Old School


Kicking it old school for this morning's bottling.  Vintage TOPGUN mug with both the Hornet and the now retired big fighter, AKA the F-14 Tomcat.  Mug has seen a little wear since I picked it up in January 2000 but still does the job, and looks good doing it.

Bottled some great new wines and will update the blog with some pics and info in the next couple days.

Estate Fruit Harvested for the First Time!


We harvested our estate Zinfandel vineyard for the first time a few days ago.  Unfortunately, the yield was a bit small this year.  As you can see above, these second leaf vines gave us only one beautifully ripe second crop cluster. I ended up tossing the grapes in with one of our Grenache fermentations as eighteen berries do not add up to much wine.


We dropped a large amount of unripe fruit so the vines could concentrate their energies on maturing the overall plant.

Looking forward to next year and am expecting around a half ton of grapes from our home vineyard.