Estate Fruit Harvested for the First Time!

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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.

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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.

 

Privileged to Help the Battle Buddy Foundation and Host Team Red, White, and Blue

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We were fortunate to be able to help The Battle Buddy Foundation at their recent Scotch and Cigar event at the TPC Valencia in Santa Clarita.  We know it was Scotch-centric, but the Volatus wines were a perfect pair with the food and cigars.

If you are not familiar with The Battle Buddy Foundation, they are an organization dedicated to providing dogs to service disabled combat veterans.  I have been involved with Battle Buddy for over two years now and am very impressed with everyone and, most importantly, the impact they have on veterans' lives.  Please take a look at their website and get involved if you can. 

As a bonus, look for a fun and delicious Volatus and Battle Buddy project in the spring of 2018.

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We also had a great time with representatives from Team Red, White, and Blue. John and Garrett, pictured above, were running and assisting with the recent Old Glory Relay.

It was a tremendous pleasure to meet them and I encourage everyone to get involved with a local Team Red, White, and Blue group.