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2009 Petite Sirah Estate Reserve

2009 Petite Sirah Estate Reserve

Blog 🕔October 11, 2010

Before we pressed the 2010 vintages, we decided we should bottle the 2009 Petite Syrah.  We had been collecting bottles, had soaked the labels off them, and washed them thoroughly.  We had bought a transfer pump to move the wine

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Sleeping in the winery

Blog 🕔October 7, 2010

The wine making operation is taking over.  Since we don’t have a winery building yet, or even a garage in which to make wine, we are making it in the dining room.  The livingroom area has been shrunk by moving easy

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Harvest ends 2010

Blog 🕔October 3, 2010

Yesterday was the last day of our harvest and it sure has been an interesting year in the vineyard.  We brought in 7,500 pounds of grapes (about 50/50 Petite Syrah and Zinfandel), up from 2,800 pounds last year.  Next year there will

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Buy Local Wine! September 2010

Blog 🕔September 27, 2010

At a recent local wine competition awards dinner, I spoke to one of the judges who is a well qualified gentleman from New York, who was a judge for the famous Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  This year was his first year judging our

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Harvest Weekend #1

Harvest Weekend #1

Blog 🕔September 26, 2010

Yesterday we had 27 wonderful buyers and volunteers here to harvest 3,300 pounds of Petite Syrah grapes. It was VERY hot. 90 at 9 a.m. There are another 600 pounds out there that the buyers will come to pick next Saturday.  We were

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Judging Wine

Judging Wine

Blog 🕔September 22, 2010

A paper written some time ago by our friend Lum Eisenman on Judging Wine, talks about the consumer oriented competitions and the Davis 20-point system to judge wine – originally devised to expedite bulk-wine transfers between wineries (like quality transferred for like quality). Lum goes

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Cucamonga Curly

Cucamonga Curly

Blog 🕔September 21, 2010

Cucamonga was the first true home to the earliest vineyards planted by the Spanish missionaries moving northward from Mexico into California.  Long before Napa, Sonoma, the Central Coast and other well-known and respected appellations, Cucamonga vineyards were home to thousands

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Vineyard & Wine Expert Visits Chinook

Blog 🕔September 19, 2010

One of the instructors from the Mira Costa College Wine Technology Program, a well respected grape and wine expert from this area, came to visit this morning.  Pete Anderson and another friend who makes wine toured the vineyard and we had them address our concerns

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9-11-2010, The USS Halsey departure

9-11-2010, The USS Halsey departure

Blog 🕔September 12, 2010

This Blog posting today has nothing to do with wine or grapes, except perhaps to be thankful for the freedom to pursue our dream because we live in America.  Norm’s son, Matt, is a Petty Officer E-8 in the U.S. Navy, the chief

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Tiered Winery Ordinance Law Suit & Injunction

Blog 🕔September 9, 2010

As reported by our Vineyard Association’s General Counsel, this morning the California Superior Court posted a lawsuit filed on 3 September by the “San Diego Citizenry Group” (SDCG) against the County of San Diego requesting that the Tiered Winery Zoning

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