Barreling Viognier

October 19, 2013

Barb and Vince barreling some Viognier into new French or neutral oak barrels.

– Karla

2013 Harvest Day 5

October 18, 2013

Today we have Syrah grapes coming at us all day on the sorting table like this photo! After sorting some are destemmed, some will sit whole cluster for a bit.

– Karla

Harvest 2013 Day 4

October 17, 2013

Some Syrah, some Grenache and some Viognier. Here’s Bill Steele sorting half a ton of Grenache grapes before they are de-stemmed. These will sit with their skins afterwards for a little while.

– Karla

Sunset Magazine Best of the West 2013

October 15, 2013

Share the news! See our Sunset Magazine review on page 12 of the October issue. Best of the West #9 Undiscovered Wine Country. It’s not a secret anymore.

– Josh Kimball

New Drying Table

October 12, 2013

Our very cool, new drying table! We are drying Biodynamic peppers, lavender and herbs, all grown here at Cowhorn. Many, many thanks to Ryan Garrett for designing and building such a beautiful table.

– Karla

Frost Protection

October 10, 2013

No frost call yet this week but our weather station keeps watch. We’ve still got grapes hanging.

– Karla

Harvest 2013 Day 2

October 9, 2013

We harvested and pressed 4.6 tons of Marsanne and Roussanne grapes yesterday, a little more than projections which is always nice. We finished pressing the final bins around 6pm last night. Today we sampled more grapes and we are getting ready to do it all again on Friday.

– Barbara Steele

Vintage 2013 Harvest Day One

September 28, 2013

The first 5 mins of harvest are always a little exciting, a little emotional. Such an overwhelming abundance make us very appreciative. Viognier is up first, yahoo! First macrobin of Viognier came in at 45F and 1,045 pounds! We brought in a little over 12 tons total, finished processing by nightfall. Fruit looks great!

– Bill Steele

Is Viognier Ready to Pick?

September 27, 2013

We sampled our Viognier grapes again this morning, and there are smiles on Bill and Barb’s faces!

– Karla

Sample Sample

September 25, 2013

Sampled grapes yesterday throughout the entire vineyard. We are still going to hold out on harvesting for a few more days.

– Karla