Cab Harvest with Cara

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Daughter number two, Cara, here. This year I have the amazing opportunity to make three (!!) barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon – from start to finish. On Wednesday, we picked the wonderful grapes, and destemmed them. Here is a photo of me during this season’s harvest.

We had a crew working with us, so we picked 8 tons of grapes in total, most of which was sold to a winery in Napa.  This year we will harvest about 45 tons of grapes from our 9 acres of vines, the bulk of which are Cabernet Sauvignon.  Our planted varietals include Chardonnay, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petit Sirah, Primitivo,  Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

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I’m super excited that I have my grapes! Personally, I like big, bold reds with lots of oak. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my favorite wines, so starting with it will be perfect. This will be the first of many short blog updates. I will keep you updated on my Cabernet Sauvignon’s progress, in the meantime please feel free to reach out if you have any ideas on a name for my vintage!

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Cheers,

C

Spring 2018

Another beautiful day in the vineyard. Fruit set is well underway.


 

And the newly grafted Petit Verdot!

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Fall 2017

All the wine is in barrels and the olives are soaking in brine. We spent Thanksgiving wrapping up fall chores before the California "winter" sets in — pruning fruit trees, cleaning tools, and enjoying the finally (almost) finished house!

Community Harvest 2017

Community Harvest is a non-profit organization that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. A group of volunteers from the Davis branch came through our orchards twice this season already, harvesting 185 lbs of peaches and nectarines one day and 175 lbs of nectarines and 25 lbs of apples another!

The fruit was delivered to organizations around Davis, including STEAC, Kennedy Apartments, Cesar Chavez Apartments, Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, DCM Shelter, and Davis Senior Center.