Vintage 2021: Spring Update

Vintage 2021: Spring Update

Cabernet Sauvignon just after bud break Napa We are off to a dry but fast start here in Napa. Bud break was only a few weeks ago but already many vineyards are at the 6” shoot mark. So far this season is shaping up to be the driest on record which could mean amazing...
Vintage Report 2019

Vintage Report 2019

I’m so honored today to be giving the keynote this morning at the Vintage Report Napa 2019. I’m excited to share notes from both my East Coast and West Coast vintages since I feel we as a country are quite separated into CA and Non-CA wine regions. There...

China’s Continuing Influence

My time in China continues to influence my life. The most radical aspects have to do with travel. The realization that I could go literally anywhere on the planet and I don’t have to get permission to do so. I can just figure out what it takes to go there, book...

Harvest 2017 Update

Harvest is usually crazy but this year seems busier than most. After a super cool and very rainy summer we have had several weeks of warm, dry weather which was much needed.  Unfortunately, the four weather forecast models that I look at this time of year are...

Back to Blogging, California, and Renovation

As many of you know or may have guessed from my absence of new material on this site, I took some time off from blogging last year due to several personal issues which needed my undivided attention. Now that it seems that life has reached a new level of balance...