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November and December Wine Events


Nov. 17th - 12-3:30  Join us at Milkfarm Artisan Cheese Shop in Eagle Rock for a Thanksgiving holiday wine pouring   Nov. 28th 6:00 to 9:00 PM @ Red Herring - 1661 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041 Join us at Red Herring for a fun dinner party on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m [...]

November and December Wine Events2018-11-16T16:22:38+00:00

The 2018 Grape Harvest Has Begun!


August 7th kicked off our 2018 harvest in Los Angeles County with 1000 lbs of Tempranillo from the Swayze Vineyard in Neenach destined for rosé wine. This marks the earliest date that we've begun harvest, but only about a week or two. Tempranillo is an early-ripening variety,  this is a warm, high desert location, and grapes [...]

The 2018 Grape Harvest Has Begun!2018-08-09T13:15:35+00:00

Veraison Begins in Ventura County


Heading into veraison Swayze Vineyard in the high desert of Los Angeles County is looking great. The fruit is ripening evenly with moderate levels of crop and a good canopy. We will be working with three varieties from this site in 2018:  Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, and Tempranillo. We expect harvest to begin in the third week [...]

Veraison Begins in Ventura County2018-07-28T10:41:08+00:00

‘Stretch and Sip’ at Block Party Highland Park with Drunken Lotus


Combine the restorative benefits of yoga and wine with Drunken Lotus and Cavaletti Vineyards on September 9th at Block Party Highland Park. The yoga session opens at 10 AM and our 2017 The 109 Mile Rosé will be one of three wines featured as part of this session. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased [...]

‘Stretch and Sip’ at Block Party Highland Park with Drunken Lotus2018-07-28T10:35:00+00:00

June and July Wine Events in Ventura and Los Angeles


It is a busy time for us at Cavaletti Vineyards and there are a bunch of places to catch up with us and taste our wines. If you live in Los Angeles or Ventura Counties and enjoy learning about wine then these are great events to sample wines from many different wineries. Proceeds from the [...]

June and July Wine Events in Ventura and Los Angeles2018-06-11T12:52:10+00:00

Latest budbreak in years


During the winter I would have told anybody who said we were headed to a record late budburst in Ventura County that they were crazy.  A large high pressure system sat over our region all winter long. Temperatures in December reached as high as 88F.  January continued with temperatures into the upper 80’s; and we [...]

Latest budbreak in years2018-04-19T21:30:05+00:00

Spring rains finally arrive in Ventura County


The Ventura County hillsides have been brown and dusty all winter.  As we rolled through March it looked like we wouldn't be getting any spring rains at all. We started seeing budbreak and early growth on the Rhone varieties and initiated irrigation because it looked like the drought was back in full-force. Fortunately, our very [...]

Spring rains finally arrive in Ventura County2018-03-21T17:08:47+00:00

Cavaletti Vineyards Interview Ahead of the Garagiste Festival


Ahead of the Feb. 10th Garagiste Wine Festival in Solvang, their team asks all the winemakers to talk a little bit about their start in the business, philosophy, and the future of small production artisan winemaking. It was a great chance to put some things on paper that I had been carrying around in my [...]

Cavaletti Vineyards Interview Ahead of the Garagiste Festival2018-03-13T18:05:17+00:00

Garagiste Wine Festival, Feb. 10th in Solvang


We will be pouring our 2016 wines at the 6th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival on Saturday, Feb. 10th. This unique event showcases the rising stars of the small production, hand crafted wine movement. Over 40 winemakers will be personally pouring their hard to find wines under one roof. The Grand Tasting runs from 2-5 PM [...]

Garagiste Wine Festival, Feb. 10th in Solvang2018-01-14T17:03:51+00:00

The Vineyard Year in Review


It is late October and we wrapped up our second harvest with a final bin of Syrah from the Lewis Vineyard in Ventura County on October 12th.  It was a seven week harvest from start to finish that saw us bringing in fruit from three counties.  Quality was high and we were able to harvest right [...]

The Vineyard Year in Review2018-01-09T11:41:33+00:00