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The Incredible Shrinking Vintage

by David on October 15, 2010

If we had create a theme for the 2010 growing season, I think the word “thinning” says it all. A certain amount of shoot, leaf and cluster thinning is part of being a grower, but this year takes the prize! Here, you see ordinary springtime shoot thinning, which is done to assure we don’t have […]


NVWR® 95 – Harvest Recap 2009

by David on December 1, 2009

It’s hard to believe another harvest has come and gone. If anyone has told you that every year is the same here in Napa Valley, don’t you believe it! Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while I tell you about this, seemingly, text-book growing season that threw us a curve ball at the […]


Goosecross: 2009 Vintage Recap

by David on November 9, 2009

Have you heard that every year is the same here in Napa Valley? Don’t you believe it! After the drama of the 2008 vintage with its roller coaster of weather-related challenges, we enjoyed a remarkably mild, blissfully uneventful 2009 growing season. That is, until Mother Nature tossed us a curve ball on October 13th. We […]


Goosecross: Harvest Ends with a Bang!

by David on October 29, 2009

Well – things took a rather dramatic turn after our last update! Shoulda known better than to brag about the great weather Mother Nature reminded us, once again, who’s in charge and she did it in spades. A mere four days after that post we got three+ inches of torrential rainfall in 24 hours here […]


Goosecross: Crushing Cabernet Franc

by David on October 20, 2009

Enjoy this 2-minute video of stemming and crushing the Cabernet Franc from our Estate here at the Goosecross winery in Yountville, Napa Valley. Join us on our crushpad – you’ll see how the freshly picked grapes go into the hopper and are fed into the small machine called a crusher-stemmer before going into a fermentation […]