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With the warm weather; 80 degrees on Friday, 2012 bud break isn’t far off.  The vineyard is pre-pruned with detailed purning planned for next month.  Nitrogen fixing legumes are bright green and lush between the rows; soon to be disked into the soil.  The reservoir is almost full and the bird houses are cleaned and ready for their Spring residents.  Who knows what stories the 2012 season will tell.

In the winery, our master winemakers, Jean Hoefliger and Fred Delivert, have completed the first round of 2010 Cab blends while monitoring the beautiful 2011 baby vintage.  For all the concern; both the 2k10 and 2k11 vintages will be all about location, location, location.  Again, our terrior and viticultural practices made such a positive difference.

Fred and Jean are thinking the CC Traditional Cab and Eternity Reserve Cab are both hitting all the right notes.  Everyone who tasted CC at Premiere Napa Valley agreed.  I can’t wait to be in on the next blending session!  From season to season so many possibilities.

 

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Premiere Napa Valley is a wonderful event where vintners auction off unique 5-20 case lots to national and international trade.  This year it raised a record breaking $2.4 million!  It is a relaxed day of seeing old friends, visiting with vintners and enjoying a wonderful lunch prepared by the CIA.

This year I left from PNV for a trip to Antigua, Guatemala to see my daughter Briana and her family.  Briana was there for a photo shoot documenting the work of Constru Casa and Transitions.  Contra Casa works with local Guatemalans to build homes.  Transitions helps rehabilitate men who have lost the use of their legs; victims of drug wars, political conflict or birth defects.

In many ways the contrast from Premiere Napa Valley to this work being done in Guatemala was extreme.  Yet, the vintners  of Napa Valley are some of the most generous people I know.  Through their association, Napa Valley Vintners, they too do much to give back.  Consequently, from Premiere Napa Valley to Antigue Guatemala, my soul is full.… Read more

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We are all hearing such down news every day.  But, there are some good stories out there.  I had to blog about this particular one.  Chuck Jenkins, a wine consultant & educator from Houston, Texas was the winner of the etched 2005 3L we raffled off during Premiere Napa Valley. Rather than just say yahoo and take the wine, Chuck wrote; “ 

“I originally thought that I’d tell you to to sell the bottle and give the proceeds to your favorite charity (I believe you’re involved with several) but on second thought, I’ve decided to take the bottle and will statrt to make annual contributions to whatever charity you’re featuring on your website. (I see it’s the V Foundation right now, so I’ll be sending them a check in your honor).  In the long run, everyone will benefit more, so thank you for getting the ball rolling!”

This again proves that wine can inspire on many levels.  I propose a toast to Chuck! 

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