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Harvest Update from Goosecross

by David on October 9, 2009

Our Harvest Calendar tells the story. September brought us a few blasts of heat and the grapes came rolling in at a fairly rapid fire. The bad news: It’s exhausting to have so many burners going at once. The good news: A lot of the really hard work is behind us, now, so we begin […]


A Year In The Vineyard

by David on July 8, 2009

Managing a vineyard, like many of the most worthwhile things in life, is a labor of love. Before planting, the grower must make a thorough investigation of the soils and meso-climate1 on the site to determine what variety will perform best in that situation. He must select the various clones2 and rootstock hybrids3 to suit […]


Goosecross: Springtime Shoot Thinning

by David on June 23, 2009

Geoff Gorsuch shows how and why shoots are thinned in the vineyard. Subscribe


How We Make Our Estate Meritage

by David on June 20, 2009

In 2002, we had to re-plant our home vineyard here at the winery because the Chardonnay we planted in 1978 was diseased. The phrase “crisis as opportunity” comes to mind. After almost 25 years, we had a chance to take a fresh look at our property and re-evaluate what belongs here. It’s a process! We […]


Pinot Noir

by David on June 20, 2009

Common synonyms: Pineau de Bourgoyne, Franc Pineau, Noirien, Salvagnnin, Morillon, Auvernat, Auvernaut noir, Plant Dore, Vert dore, Burgunder blauer, Blauer Spatburgunder, Clavner, Blauer-Klavner, Schwarzer Riesling, Mohrchen, Schwarzer Burgunder, Pinot nera, Blauer Nurnberger, Nagyburgundi They say that if Cabernet Sauvignon is the thinking man’s wine, Pinot Noir is pure pleasure. But, it’s viewed as a problem […]


It sounds like some new, secret, stealth airship. And in fact, it is. But the war isn’t a military one. It’s agricultural. And it’s being fought in vineyards throughout California. The glassy-winged sharpshooter is actually an insect, about one half-inch long. It feeds on the water-conducting tissue of over 35 different kinds of plants and […]


NVWR® 72 – Do Old Vines Make Better Wine?

by David on October 7, 2008

Do old vines make better wine? When you see “old vine” on the label, do you assume that the quality will be higher or the flavor more intense? I thought it would be interesting to explore the subject with Winemakers Geoff Gorsuch, Bob Pepi, and Jeff Booth. Enjoy! Winemakers: Jeff Booth, Geoff Gorsuch, Bob Pepi

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2008 Vintage Update, Part 2

by David on August 25, 2008

As we said in July – it’s been interesting, so far, and continues to be. In our last update, we reported virtually no damage from the various challenges that have come our way: frost, heat, wind, rain, smoke. But, once the clusters were more developed, Geoff Gorsuch, our Winemaker, noticed a higher incidence of “shatter”1 […]


2008 Vintage Update, Part 1

by David on July 1, 2008

It’s been interesting, so far. We saw the first signs of new growth right on time, middle of March, accompanied by night after night of frost. 2008 has been called the worst year for frost in about 30 years and millions of dollars in loss was reported throughout the north coast. So, what do we […]


NVWR® 48 – Why do Clones Matter?

by David on August 7, 2007

What do we mean when we talk about grape clones or selections? Are they chosen for their performance in the vineyard or does it have more to do with the overall character of the wine? In this episode, Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, will tell you a little about how they’re identified and […]

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