Ever wonder what the stages of harvest include?

Ever wonder what the stages of harvest include?

By early August, the vineyards of Napa Valley are flourishing, and the planning for the annual harvest begins in earnest. While the arrival of another high-quality crop is a time of celebration, harvest time is also a period of almost non-stop hard work and critical...
What is Veraison, and when does it occur?

What is Veraison, and when does it occur?

Each year, vineyard managers in Napa Valley and around the world monitor each stage of development that will determine the successful maturation of their grape crop. Depending on the weather, elevation, soil type, and even the grape variety, the various stages may...
Flowering in the Vineyards

Flowering in the Vineyards

Throughout each year, the vineyards and landscape of beautiful Napa Valley undergo dramatic color transformations that represent the maturation of the annual grape crop. Even before the vineyards show signs of life in the spring, mustard plants interspersed among the...
Do you know the life cycle of a wine grape? Pt 2

Do you know the life cycle of a wine grape? Pt 2

Bud break and Flowering In the spring, after the vineyard crews have carefully pruned back the prior season’s growth on each vine to encourage new grape development, new buds begin to emerge that will soon open to become flowers. Signaling the onset of the growing...
Do you know the life cycle of a wine grape? Pt 1

Do you know the life cycle of a wine grape? Pt 1

As we savor the full, rich flavors of our carefully selected Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines, rarely do we think about the care and skill required to produce such marvelous flavors and aroma. While wine grapes have been produced for thousands of years,...