There are few moments along a growing season’s viticultural timeline that generate the same kind of excitement as budbreak. Veraison, certainly. Harvest, of course. But budbreak comes first, and with it comes Spring, and accordingly, it occupies a uniquely symbolic place. In the… Read More ›
Vineyards and Oenology
Greetings everyone, and welcome to another week of #VineWatch13! Things are beginning to get exciting for our vines; on the mountain, we’ve actually begun to see a few buds popping out! Nothing yet for our friend over in the cab… Read More ›
Be The Winning Bid & Bob’s Yer Uncle! -or- David Gates In Oz! -or- This Trip Is Fair Dinkum! -or- Australia Tastes Ace! -or- Rhone Rangers, From San Francisco to Sydney!
David Gates is a great man. David Gates is our Vineyard Manager, and he is a great man. A great man managing great vineyards. David Gates is President on the Board of Directors for Rhone Rangers. Rhone Rangers is a… Read More ›
Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like mind in search of no-mind. There is no there there. Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like sequestration. There is no perfect answer, and there must always be compromise. As but one example, consider weeds…. Read More ›
I was early, by intention. I wanted to absorb the air, the space, the mojo. Ghosts of Shamans past — silken-shadowed, proud and twirling — wove the naked canes with threads of dripping gossamer. In my car, the metal murmuring… Read More ›