Dateline 3/22/2016

Cabernet Franc Bud Break
Spring 2016

It’s Spring again, love is in the air and it's  time to address the new vintage that is quickly advancing upon us.  Sometimes you might wish you could apply the brakes to time and take a short break but unfortunately once the grape buds start to push, the routine starts all over again and doesn’t end until late in the year.  We are off to the races for another vintage year because unfortunately our business doesn’t provide for a sabatical or leave of absence.  If you want to be a player you must show up  and face the ever demanding new challenges that will confront you in both the vineyard  & winery.   This means an emphasis to maintain quality at all levels of wine and grape production, to stay current with changing trends, to improve efficiency in office administration and to stay competitive in the marketplace.    You might say there’s not enough time for work, not enough time for play, not enough time to rest….but….you know you will find a way to fit it all in.  The rewards are priceless because at the end of the day you will sip a glass of wine or two and reflect  upon the satisfaction of accomplishment.   Is it no wonder to find an abundance of ‘old timers” as wine grape growers?  They love what they do and winemakers can't resist the challenge to make new vintage wines that they hope will bring awards and recognition.

Vineyard News
The year has started on a good note as Mother Nature has been kind and El Nino as predicted has come on strong.  To date we have had nearly 40 inches of rain on our vineyards which is like money in the bank.  February did provide some favorable clear weather allowing timely completion of vineyard pruning,  planting replants where needed, and various trellis work.  As of now, the soils are saturated to full capacity and we are certain to receive more before the end of Spring although we hope subsequent rain will not affect the bloom during May.   We fabricated and erected in-house a steel trussed canopy  to provide additional cover for tractors or trucks and we commenced work on our rain water collection system to store runoff water for landscape irrigation of the winery gardens.  We also started  the process of self assessment for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in conjunction with the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape growers.  While we have always practiced various forms of sustainable, organic, and bio dynamic methods in both winery & vineyards, our participation with CSWA will give broader recognition towards our concern for the environment and help achieve Sonoma County’s overall winegrower  goals of being 100% sustainable by 2020.



Winery News
The 2015 wines produced from last year’s early harvest are showing great promise in the barrel.  We are proud to say these future wines received favorable comment during two weekends of Barrel Tasting earlier this month.  Although the weather for this event was miserable on both weekends with cold & rainy conditions, many of our faithful turned out to buy Futures and sales were good.  Barrels are still available for tasting by appointment but be advised tasting & sales of Futures will conclude on 3/31/16.   If you are unable to attend during this last week, you may email your order to the winery.   We are pleased to say all current release wines have been awarded many Gold Medals which includes a total of 2 Double Golds, 12 Golds and also 11 Silvers.   If you are in the area please  stop by because you might find some tasting room only specials available on certain current release wines.
We are once again excited to be getting ready for our largest event of the year, Passport to Dry Creek Valley, on April 23 & 24, 2016.  Visit our Special Events link on this website for more information on our activities that weekend.  Passports can still be purchased by going to

Hope to see you at the winery soon .
Editor J. Forchini