The days go slow but the years go fast. I just completed my fiftieth harvest in Santa Barbara County.
From a quality standpoint, harvest was very good but a few varieties were low in yield. Megan has her hands full with the new vintage and the new wines are progressing well.
Difficulties can definitely arise from something that you have no control of, a constant issue with my life in farming
I thought I left the heat behind 50 years ago when I moved from Delano in the San Joaquin Valley to Santa Maria. We are right in the middle of a major heat wave, which can be detrimental to grapes.
August is here and we are within five weeks of harvest. The vineyards are starting to show signs of maturity.
The crop this year looks to be normal in size. What is normal anyway?
It is bloom time, which means that the vines flower and the berry emerges. We need decent weather to make this happen and what we have had is close enough.
Now that we are all free, we are free to do as we please, and of course, drink more wine!
April showers bring May flowers. In the vineyard, April means bud break and a chance of frost.
Most of our crew have been with us for more than 20 years. We are so fortunate to have a loyal and dedicated workforce in these times.