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Vintage 2010 Report

by David on February 10, 2011

3.58 million tons of wine grapes were crushed in California. We never would have believed it based on the various doomsday reports that were running rampant around the Internet in 2010. View the complete report Download the complete report 2010 but came in significantly higher than industry experts had projected but average prices for the […]

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Goosecross Featured on KTVU News At Noon

by David on February 10, 2011

We were happy to welcome a news crew from KTVU in Oakland recently for a nice profile story. Click on the photo below to watch the video on their website featuring our winemaker Geoff Gorsuch:

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2008 Napa Valley Syrah

by David on January 26, 2011

The cool, breezy Carneros location with a north-facing exposure guarantees that our hillside Syrah gets plenty of the all-important hang time it needs to develop full, ripe, rich flavors. Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch comments that “2008 was an extremely challenging vintage that left us with distressingly low yields, but the flavors are there in spades. This […]


Happy New Year! All of us at Goosecross wish you a happy and healthy 2011! On these cold winter days we always turn to comfort food – the kind that warms us from the inside. Colleen developed the recipe for these slow-cooked short ribs to warm your kitchen and your heart. The fork-tender short ribs with […]


Sauvignon Blanc/Fumé Blanc

by David on January 5, 2011

Are they the same thing? Yup – pretty much. Sauvignon Blanc is the grape; Fumé Blanc is a marketing name that was made up by Robert Mondavi to sell Sauvignon Blanc at a time when it wasn’t popular. Others adopted it. He got the idea for the name from the French Sauvignon Blanc of the Loire Valley in […]


What’s an AVA?

by David on January 4, 2011

It’s important! When I buy wine, one of the first things I look for on the label is where the grapes were grown, which, in America, is the AVA or appellation. It’s the number one influence on wine character. Heck, in most of Europe, wine is named and sold in terms of location, not variety! It turns out that […]


Seven Cool Things About Zinfandel

by David on January 3, 2011

1. It’s THE California heritage grape. Before prohibition, it was the number one wine grape in California and the vast majority of red wines were Zinfandel based. Today, it’s number three. 2. Why so popular for over a century? It’s delicious! Expect ripe, spicy, very-berry flavors: raspberry, boysenberry, bramble, pepper and spice. The list goes on… It’s […]


Ice Wine (Eiswein)

by David on January 2, 2011

What better topic for a cold, January day! While our harvest finished way back in October, many an ice-wine producer is gearing up now. There are sketchy stories told about wine being made from frozen grapes at various times in history, but the official history begins around 1960, in Germany. It’s amazing what people will […]


What Makes a Good Year?

by David on January 1, 2011

As we say good-bye to 2010, it seems like a good time to ask, yes? Of course, we’d love to take credit for a good year, but it’s really the weather. If you look at famous wine-producing regions world wide, we all have fairly mild, Mediterranean climates. And we all want the same thing. Enough sun […]


Sparkling Wine Production in 5 Steps

by David on December 31, 2010

We told you how to open it, but we didn’t tell you what it is! The thing about sparkling wine, from a winemaker’s perspective, is that it’s a lot of trouble! You have to go to all the trouble of making wine, and then make it bubble. Here it is, in a nutshell. 1. So, […]