Wow! This year’s growing season has been one of high speed and overall high temperatures, so we’re in the final stretches of ripening now, with all the reds entering the stage we call “veraison,” where the grapes turn from hard green marbles to their purple-hued majesty.
We’re in a “Count Down to Harvest” this month. Out in the vineyard, the vines are netted to prevent bird damage and the grape clusters are taking on color and sugar levels are bumping up. In the cellar we’re busy emptying barrels, assembling blends and getting ready for bottling some of our 2011 and 2012 vintages. That frees up cellar space for what is shaping up to be an abundant, flavorful and early harvest.
Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 1-5pm, Sippers Session for our wine club members. Come enjoy the latest wines in your shipment!
Special Note: August 4, Come get your wines, then head to Nonno’s in Redwood estates for a special “Pizza & Poetry Party” to benefit our late winemaker friend Katy Lovell’s family. From 2pm – 5pm on Sunday, enjoy pizza, salad bar and winetasting for $20.
Thursday, August 8th, Music in the Mountains, a benefit for Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music at Nestldown here in the mountains. www.cabrillomusic.org
Saturday, August 24th, 1-5pm, Library Reserve Club party
Sunday, August 25th, Vins des Montagnes, the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Auction at Roaring Camp, Felton, Sip wines made by legendary winemakers and taste edible delights, accompanied by silent and live auctions. www.scmwa.com
Mix and Match Four Pack—choose any 4 of 2009 Chardonnay, 2008 Syrah, 2008 Zinfandel, 2008 Zinfandel-Syrah or 2008 Petite Sirah for a mere $79!!
Or mix and match a case for $216. Incredible bargains, stock up!!