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Watch our Chardonnay grapes being harvested at night
Behind the Scenes / October 12, 2012

Experiencing night harvest is a rush for anyone who loves wine grapes. You can see your breath, the grapes are cold and the air thick with fog. I stopped by one of our top Chardonnay vineyards on […]

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Grape sampling: a critical winemaking step during harvest
Behind the Scenes / October 5, 2012

Perhaps the biggest make-or-break decision made by a winemaker each vintage is deciding when to harvest the grapes. The chemistry of the freshly picked grapes largely determines the potential of a wine’s greatness, as well […]

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Inside Chardonnay winemaking: press cuts
Behind the Scenes / September 27, 2012

Our 2012 Chardonnay is already beginning its transformation. After passing through the destemmer and sorting process as detailed in my previous harvest post, Chardonnay grapes–still firm and cool from the night harvest–are then transported to […]

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Our first Merlot grapes of 2012: taking a trip down memory lane
Behind the Scenes / What's New / September 25, 2012

The first of the 2012 red grapes arrived to the winery this morning in the form of 36 tons of Mazzoni Merlot. Our winemaker, Rob Davis, has been working with grape grower Mike Mazzoni since 1994, and […]

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2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay harvest on the sorting table
Behind the Scenes / September 21, 2012

On Tuesday, September 18, we received our first grapes of the season in the cool and crisp early morning hours: Chardonnay clone 76. Upon their arrival to the crush deck, the freshly harvested grapes began […]

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Harvest 2012 begins with Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes
Behind the Scenes / What's New / September 18, 2012

The first grapes of the 2012 vintage glided down our sorting table this morning at 5 a.m. For the last week, we’ve humored the idea of Alexander Valley Merlot being harvested before Russian River Chardonnay this year because their sugar levels […]

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