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 [...]
The vintage date is the harvest date and reflects the weather patterns the vines experienced that year, for better or for worse. For ice wine (eiswein), that’s harvested after the new year, the vintage date goes back to the growing season. So, good weather (enough heat but not too much, no ill-timed rain) means good [...]
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 [...]
2008 has been a great reminder that every year isn’t the same here in Napa Valley. Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, is here to tell you all about this very interesting and challenging vintage.