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All three colors this year!

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I forgot to share the very exciting detail that we have made wine in all three colors this year! Small quantities of white and rosé (500 bottles of white and 700 rosé) but we did it!! The white which is...

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2009 is in the tanks!

Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

That's it, we're pretty much done with 2009 harvest. We pressed off the syrah tank last weekend, so it's all resting hopefully getting ready go through malo-lactic fermentation before it gets cold! For now though, the weather is divine! For...

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And the harvest begins!

Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We've picked the Roussanne and some grenache to make rosé! Not a lot of time to chat right now, but here's some photos and a short video of pressing the Roussanne grapes. Making white is a lot more work for...

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Don't fence me out!

Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A few years ago I wrote, what I thought at the time, was a funny post about judging the ripeness of the grapes by when the boars started eating them. Last year when they pretty much cleaned out our roussanne...

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This is not Napa - Redux

Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Lately I have been once again reminded how different winery visits can be in France as opposed other parts of the world. A couple of weeks ago we decided to have an open house and invited two other small producers...

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Meet Elmo, our newest La Gramière team member!

Date: Mon, Jul 20, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Here he is! It's been a couple of weeks since we picked him up now and he's fitting in very well. On a bit of a whim we decided that Daisy needed a playmate and Elmo just happened to be...

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It's already July??

Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This month just flew by. The past 3 weeks I've been home for a total of 4 days! Busy, busy busy here! The vines are growing, growing, growing, and suddenly it's HOT!!! 35 degrees for the past few days. Ugh....

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Weedbadger in action!

Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This spring has turned out to be one of the busiest yet, and we are just now getting to the "weedbadging". Here's a short video with my silly commentary. As I explain in the clip, Matt is in our biggest...

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We have flowering!

Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Yep, as of last week, the roussanne vineyards were in full flower, now this week pretty much everything is except for the mourvèdre. I've been spending my mornings out there working on the wires in the 3 vineyards that are...

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Off? What's an off?

Date: Mon, May 25, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Stemming certainly from the term "off Broadway" the French have coined the term for any event that takes place outside of the normal scope of an event. Every year at the theater festival in Avignon there is another festival that...

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On a mission in Moline!

Date: Tue, May 12, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I think that I've mentioned before that my mother grew up in Moline, Illinois, world headquarters of John Deere. In fact when we bought our first tractor, I looked and looked for a used John Deere in our price range,...

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La Gramière featured in WSJ magazine online ! Thanks Alice!

Date: Mon, May 11, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Just got back from the US to find this very flattering plug from my fellow blogger, writer and friend Alice Feiring! La Gramière featured in very good company, thanks to Alice. Check it out here!

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Fixing our mistakes....

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

W e've been spending some time in the vineyards walking down the rows, looking for things that we forgot to prune, for ones low down on the vine that we forgot to cut and also for those super annoying sprouts...

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Inspiring Thirst - The Blog!

Date: Fri, Apr 24, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Just wanted to let you all know that there's a new blog out there that is a must-read for me, and certainly it will become that for you too. The team at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, our US importer, has...

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