"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it"

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it"

The dog days of summer are upon us and we move into the home stretch of the 2014 wine growing season. We've completed veraison at Fedrick Ranch and are reading just over 20 Brix on the refractometer. Robert's Road Vineyard, on the other hand, is still only 50% through veraison. 

There's certainly no risk of mistaking them for Russell Baker's Masterpiece Theatre, but here is your 2-Minute winegrowing update for July.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

We just made our first donation to Mentor Me Petaluma. It felt great to prove that our community supported model works but it feels even better to know that we are creating real and lasting good in the world. So, THANK YOU. It would not be possible without all of you. I'm humbled and inspired by the support that we've received, the value that we've created and the bigger things to come (stay tuned). Also in this post, is our latest 2013 barrel sample tasting video. We are half way through barrel aging so this is a good time to share how the wines are coming along.

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"

What we "expected" from climate in Mark Twain's time was not the change that we experience in today's climate. When it comes to farming, the devil remains in the details of seasonal weather patterns.

Some folks are already running around Sonoma with their hair on fire proclaiming an early harvest. They might be right but the numbers don't support their generalizations, so anything is possible at this point. It's why we play the game and why I'm a weather über-geek.

Here is your monthly coma inducing 2-Minute winegrowing weather update. I still haven't cracked the code on how to make these more interesting without calling Jimmy Kimmel to create a Charlie Bit My Finger skit like thisGame of Weather Vanes motif, maybe? Look out for the casting call... No dragons will be harmed.

"Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny..."

"Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny..."

"but the air is full of ..." OK, no need to complete Chuck Palahniuk's quote because the truth is in the numbers. Besides being calm and sunny, the air was also warm and dry in the vineyard last month. Instead of boring you to tears by making your wade through another weather post, I created this 2 Minute Video report to bore you in half the time. Pretty pictures, cooler graphs, half the calories.