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Anyone who knows us knows that we like to support charitable causes.  My background includes teaching high school students who could not suceed and working with children and teens as a psychotherapist.  Given that, helping our young get the best tools for life is high on my priority list.  That is where Cabermet for Care comes in.

The program was started as a tool to support our customers’ efforts to raise funds for their causes.  Over time we have also supported causes that are meaningful to our family. Yet, the best use of Cabernet for Care has been grass root efforts to raise funds for schools and small community projects.

The program is very simple, 50% of the retail sale price goes to the selected charity in our customers name.  This can be one of our selected charities or one of yours.  That is a $4680 donation for every 10 cases.  The current Cabernet for Care wine is our exceptional 94 pt. 2005 Estate Cabernet. 

Cabernet for Care can be used by a group of friends,  a public or private school, a non-profit or the charitable giving department of your company.  Large or small, together we can make a difference.… Read more

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 Next week we will offer three new ways for you to enjoy Clark-Claudon.    I can’t wait to share the news with you.  For now, I am watching  a continuous down pour outside my window. 

I have been asked, What does this do to the vineyard?  We were below the needed rain level about a month ago.  Now, we are well over.  The rain has been battering us for days.  The soil is completely saturated and the reservoirs are spilling. 

This can be a set up for terrace slippage and major erosion.  In addition, with bud break coming, heavy rain can knock off the tender buds. Plus, muddy vineyards and tractors do not get along very well.  Consequently, the cultivation that is usually happening at this time is at a standstill.

Thankfully, the erosion control system at our vineyard is serving it well.  To date, we have not lost any terraces and the cover crop & drainage system are preserving the top soil.  We are all hoping the rain will stop by next week.  If it does, all will be well.  As I have said before, growing grapes and making wine is not for the faint of heart!… Read more

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The 2011 Season has begun...

I love the smell in the winery right now; baby wine all fruity and lively as it goes to barrel.  I pull out the bung allowing all the wonderful aromas to leap out and then I stick in the “thief” to steal a taste.   Following the wines evolution is such a tough job, but someone has to do it!

In the vinyard, the air is crisp and moist.  The fog swirls around me.  The vines are bare and stark with short canes sticking out at strange uniform angles.

These vines do not have some kind of blight, rather they have been pre-pruned.  All the leaves now gone; the wild canes, once controlled by trellis wires, have been cut to about 2 ft.  This early “haircut” supports the health of the vine while  preparing it for the focused decisions made during the final pruning…The 2011 season has begun.… Read more

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