Meet your hosts in the vineyard for a detailed look at the life of a Zinfandel grape (and maybe Chardonnay and Cabernet as well!). We’ll look at the soil causing rootstock selection, talk about what makes the vines strong, look at pruning and trellising choices. We’ll examine the stages of the grape, and when to pick. We’ll talk about grape contracts and how they work. Next, up to the olives to chat about the life of an olive tree. What does one look for when harvesting olives? What happens with pests? How do you get the oil out? Set in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, our property offers spectacular views of the valley, with Black Mountain, Geyser Peak, and even St. Helena making appearances. Finish with a taste of the owner’s award-winning finished and young wines, as well as this year’s estate olive oil.
After teaching for twelve years, working for Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica, and then in administration at a university, I found myself in wine country with a yearning to learn about it. Thus the journey began thirteen years ago. Working as a marketing specialist and wholesale manager for wineries in the area, I have an insider's perspective on what is needed from a wine grape grower. Being newbie growers has provided interesting insight on the realities of this luxury crop. With four years of commercial harvests now under our belts, we invite you to come join us on our voyage! MIN 2 pp
EVOO, crackers, wine* *Wine pours will be samples and not full glasses!
We'll start with a quick hello to goats Lola, Hannah, and Ivy, as well as the chicken coop gang. Walk the Zinfandel vines to the back block where we'll also take a peek at the Cabernet and Chardonnay rows. Next we’ll head to the olive hillside to walk the young trees, and lastly head back to the wine room to look at the home wine making process and sample this year's olive oil. Note: I've cancelled on guests 1x, due to heavy smoke last Fall.
10月25日 金曜日 10:30～12:00
Bring appropriate vineyard wear. Terrain is not difficult but uneven. Tennis shoes, hiking boots, or wellies. Meet at the barn on site. We have goats, chickens, and farm dogs, so absolutely no pets.