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Harvest, the aftermath...

Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The worst part of harvest is the clean-up afterwards!! Things slow down, our hard working parents and various friends and relatives go back home, Matt goes back to his "real job" at Cisco Systems, and here I am, stuck with...

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A great day for picking grapes!

Date: Sun, Sep 21, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

My whole body aches, and I can barely keep my eyes open, but we had such a great I just had to put some photos up! We finished our biggest vineyard today after two days off! It rained pretty hard...

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Sometimes the decision is made for you

Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Yesterday morning I went down to the vineyards to sample the grapes. I filled a large ziploc bag with grapes randomly selected throughout our 3 largest vineyards (the mourvèdre definitely needing more time). As I was walking through my favorite...

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Harvest 2008 Begins!

Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Sunday morning we decided to pull the trigger and bring in the whites, well what was left of them. The day before it seems the boars got a little hungry and did some pretty extensive sampling of both vineyards. We...

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Gambling with your grapes...

Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Well the roller coaster ride that is 2008 continues here in the Southern Rhône. Earlier this week we received juice analyses on our Roussanne that convinced us that we should harvest them today, before there was more rain predicted, more...

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Harvest Rush

Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

It's always a rush when harvest gets started. Being awoken at 5:30 by the sound of the harvesting machines driving by the house yesterday morning, I lay in bed excited, even though we would never dream of using machines to...

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Almost famous, again...!

Date: Fri, Sep 5, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On Monday a journalist from the regional paper called the Midi Libre came to interview me for a series of articles he's doing on the "vendanges" or grape harvest. It was lots of fun since he had read through a...

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A bunch of crazy wine bloggers!

Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last weekend I took a couple of days off to play. Well, and maybe to work a bit too, learn a bit, taste a bit, and to exchange ideas. The occasion was the European Wine Bloggers Conference, the location was...

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Fun with labels - redux

Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Ok, so here goes again, though this time it might be a bit worse! Remember two years ago when we were having fun sticking import stickers on all of the bottles we were sending to the US? Well for the...

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Slowly turning...

Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We've been spending time checking out the grapes lately, walking through each vineyard carefully inspecting the bunches to look for signs of anything wrong... Well, kind of. At this point now that we're fully into "veraison" downy mildew isn't really...

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New banner, can anyone help?

Date: Tue, Aug 12, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Ok, so I've just spent all morning making this new banner for the blog, but even after I followed the instructions (I think!) it still doesn't look right at the top of the page!!! Is there anyone out there that...

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Some light plowing

Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Despite all of the rain we had in May, suddenly a couple of our vineyards are suffering from lack of rain. The French have a saying: "un binage vaut deux arrosages" which translates into: "one hoeing is worth two waterings."...

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2007 vs 2008

Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Take a look at this: This is a picture of our Syrah taken last week on July 28th, no sign of color change yet! This was taken on July 18th last year. I guess that means that harvest will be...

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Essential Vineyard Accessories

Date: Mon, Jul 28, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Spring and early summer vineyard work require you to spend a fair amount of time suckering, spraying, "Weed Badgering" etc. and there are certain items that I could not get along without, so I thought I'd share the list with...

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