As we roll right into October like grape clusters into the press, harvest continues. On Friday, September 29, Dave and his twin grandsons, Mattias and Rowan, and their Mom and Dad, Marianne and Bill, harvested some absolutely perfect Cabernet Franc – and surprisingly, the Petit Verdot as well.
Dave says they got three tons of Cab Franc at 23.5 Brix and a pH of 3.4, which is just about perfect!!! Three and one half tons of Petit Verdot were also brought in at 24.5 Brix. The Merlot still hangs. Usually, it’s the Petit Verdot that comes in last, but this year, the Merlot awaits. It will be picked sometime in October, which is fitting, since this happens to be Merlot month!
We pause to remember Anne’s birthday, October 3. Dave recently took a moment to install a shiny starfish above her memorial on the side of the gazebo. It was created by Jerry Clarke, fifth generation Californian, the former mayor of Capitola, and the original graphic artist who designed the Burrell School bell tower icon that graces the winery’s labels.
We’ll be marking Merlot Month all month long with one of our favorites from the estate. 2012 Merlot will be specially priced.
October 7: 12-4pm. Grazing on the Green in Aptos. One of our favorite cancer benefits. Come join Burrell School for this annual festival with music, food, wine, beer and spirits.
October 9: Columbus Day. Summit area wineries open!
October 13: 6-9pm. Pinot Paradise Reserve Tasting at Hollins House at Pasatiempo. Premium Pinots and Chardonnays from these esteemed wineries: Armitage Wines • Bargetto Winery • Big Basin Vineyards • Burrell School Vineyards & Winery • Cinnabar Winery • Cooper•Garrod Estate Vineyards • House Family Vineyards • Kings Mountain Vineyards • Loma Prieta Winery • Mindego Ridge Vineyard • Mount Eden Vineyards • Muccigrosso Vineyards • Muns Vineyard • Nicholson Vineyards • Silver Mountain Vineyards • Silvertip Vineyards • Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards • Wrights Station Vineyards & Winery
October 13: 9-12pm. Pinot Paradise Technical Session at Scotts Valley Hilton. Meet some of the founders of the modern Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation and learn more about the geology that underpins the foundation of our great region.
October 13: 1 – 4pm. Pinot Paradise “Pinot Picnic in the Park” at Quail Hollow Park in Ben Lomond. Bring a picnic and spend an afternoon in the original home of Sunset magazine, tasting Pinots from local makers.
October 14: Pinot Paradise “Pathways,” a self-guided visit to the vineyards and wineries that produce our region’s renowned varietal. At participating wineries
October 14: Jennie Guy of LulaRoe will be at the winery for fashion show pop up featuring comfy wardrobe essentials. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping!
October 29: 1-4pm, Cheese Salon at the winery. Come enjoy some tasty cheeses carefully assembled by our favorite local cheesemonger, Tabitha Stroup, of Friend in Cheeses Jam Co.
We are thankful for a bountiful harvest, and for your continuing support!