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Aftermath generally refers to after a disaster, and this was not one.  But the fact remains, we feel as if we have been through a storm: exhausted, but glad to be alive.  And the funny thing is, the harvest of 2013 wasn’t even all that “difficult”; in fact, it was quite well behaved in that […]

Never has a harvest been so eagerly awaited as the 2013. Never have we had such a complicated year leading up to it: really late flowering of the vines, really late ‘veraison’ when the grapes begin to ripen, hail in July, more rainfall before summer’s end than we normally get in a whole year … […]

No, this was not our idea. Normally at the beginning of September we are harvesting the grapes for our fizz. But this is not a normal year, and so we are not harvesting the grapes for our fizz. We are sitting here twiddling our thumbs, and scratching our heads. At least the month opened with […]

If July was hot, then August came hotter on its heels.  But we are not complaining: never before have we turned the page of the calendar from the one month to the other while the vines were still growing.  Veraison, when the grapes change from a hard jade green to a softer, luminous, slightly transparent […]