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  • August 20th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    August 20th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    A little over a month ago we saw these grapes just beginning to show signs of color and now we are fully through veraison. As stewards of the land we are constantly looking at the weather and this year is shaping out to being unseasonably cool. This translates into the grapes being allowed longer time on the vine to ripen thus developing excellent flavors. 2018 is looking like it will be an excellent vintage for Topophilia Wines!

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  • July 10th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    July 10th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    I feel as though just last week the shoots were emerging from their long rest over winter! Time fly’s when you’re having fun! Veraison is upon us here in the Carneros AVA. Veraison is a French term meaning “Change of color of the grape berry” and is the beginning of the final development of the berries before we harvest. We are seeing even ripening in all of our vineyards and is a sign of a good harvest to come!

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  • June 10th, 2018 Home

    June 10th, 2018 Home

    Today was a day of reminiscing on the places we love. 2010 Brennan Pinot Noir from the Gibbston Valley in Central Otago, New Zealand. Some of the best Pinot Noir I had the pleasure of working with came from this cool climate region. Red fruits, spice, vibrant acidity. Never forgetting the places we love one glass at a time.

     

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  • June 7th, 2018 Gardner Vineyard

    June 7th, 2018 Gardner Vineyard

    Phew! That was a close one! During flowering we had some unexpected weather blow through threatening our fruit set. Luckily we dodged the rains here at the Gardner Vineyard and the clusters that have formed are looking beautiful!

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  • May 12th, 2018 Gardner Vineyard

    May 12th, 2018 Gardner Vineyard

    Healthy Shoots have been growing rapidly and the clusters are beginning to take shape. At this stage the clusters are in their pre-bloom phase. The next step is flowering when the plant self-pollinates and each individual berry is formed. This is a crucial time in the development of the clusters. Any sort of rain or heavy winds can destroy the pistils and stamens resulting in poor fruit set.

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  • April 28th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    April 28th, 2018 Blanusa Vineyard

    Growing organically assures a healthy environment for all the creatures who habitat our vineyards. This is the Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)

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  • March 26th, 2018 Rocking K Vineyard

    March 26th, 2018 Rocking K Vineyard

    Bud break is finally here! Cool weather has delayed the emergence of the tiny, delicate shoots from the buds we left on the vine. This is the begging of the formation of canes that will generate the clusters for the 2018 harvest.

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