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Blushing Beauties

by David on July 30, 2010

Oh – they’re starting to blush. Just as lovely as can be! And, this is such a significant event in the vineyard that there’s a name for it: veraison. They’re still awfully sour, but this beginning blush tells us that the sugar is on its way up and the acid is on its way down. […]

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Flowering in the Vineyard

by David on June 21, 2010

This brief video is a show and tell on wine-grape pollination. Visit our video library for more videos Subscribe

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Grapes in Bloom

by David on June 3, 2010

Please enjoy this gorgeous close up of the grape flower, courtesy of Terry Stigall of terryjphotograpy.com This was taken at our State Lane vineyard. The larger, yellow-green ovals are the buds, with petals about to open up. The thread-like, white protrusions are the pollen-bearing stamen that emerge when the petals open. Lucky for us, the […]

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Goosecross: Pruning Time in the Vineyard

by David on February 21, 2010

In this 2-minute video our Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch, does a show and tells of when and how he prunes the vines. He references the term “buds” several times. For each bud left after he prunes, a shoot will emerge in the spring. He can expect that each shoot will produce one to three clusters of […]

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It’s Pruning Time in the Vineyard

by David on January 4, 2010

A vineyard update from Goosecross, Napa Valley, Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch: I always look forward to pruning season every year because it’s great quiet time out there, just me and the vines. We get a lot of questions this time of year because some vineyards in the valley are already completely pruned, others look quite wild […]

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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 […]

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Goosecross: The “Green Harvest”

by David on September 3, 2009

Geoff does a show and tell on how and why clusters are often thinned as harvest approaches. Enjoy! Subscribe

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Goosecross: Springtime Shoot Thinning

by David on June 23, 2009

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

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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 […]

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California Wine History

by David on June 20, 2009

California wine is nearly as old as our country, believe it or not. People are nearly always surprised to learn that there were around 800 wineries in the state, with more than 100 wineries in the Napa Valley alone, in 1890. The fact that Napa Valley’s first non-native settlers arrived around 1838 makes it all […]

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