Reflections on the 2018 Season

Santa Ynez Valley Nebbiolo on the vine in early November Our third harvest season will go down as the longest and most challenging so far.  The annual grape harvest in our region normally lasts six weeks. It begins with harvesting Tempranillo for rosé in August from the high desert of Los Angeles County and then finishes either in coastal Ventura County or Santa Ynez around six weeks later.  In 2018, our first fruit of [...]

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 where Chef Woodall riffs on classic L.A. street food paired with locally made wines. Breaking the mold of “wine dinner” norms, [...]

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 for rosé are harvested at lower sugar levels and higher acidity. The fruit looked gorgeous this year and although [...]

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 of August. Lewis Vineyard looks spectacular this year. We've been able to reduce water usage even further than previous [...]