Sonoma Coast

Five Simple Steps To Start A Winery

Step One – Steal Grapes

In the fall of 2006 I found myself, even by my own admission, doing something I should not have been doing, standing in the falling rain, picking Cabernet grapes behind the St. Helena library in Napa Valley. Lets just say these were not my grapes.  After hauling two large trashcans back to my garage, I made my first wine. And it was terrible.  I put a picture of my dog on the label and stuck it in the back of my cellar. Ignoring the obvious question, “why did no one pick expensive St. Helena Cabernet?” I continued on. 

Glasshaus Wines: 2013 First Impressions & Vintage Report

By Guest Blogger, Rodney Gagnon, Winemaker and Founder of Glasshaus Wines

By all accounts, the quality of the 2013 vintage rivals that of 2012. 

VINTAGE WEATHER REPORT
The weather throughout the Petaluma Gap region during the 2013 growing season (Apr-Oct) was slightly warmer and sunnier with higher humidity, compared to the previous 10 year average (2003-2012).

Pinot Noir Wines | MacPhail Family Wines Sonoma

One of the great joys of the wine business is finding a home at a place where the Pinot Noir wines, the people, and the place at which you work come together in great harmony.  I have been with MacPhail Family Wines for nearly 3 years and one of the most enjoyable parts of my job is the storytelling about the people and places from which our wines come.  We specialize in “wines of place”, wines that truly reflect the place from which they are grown.

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