What the 2015 Grape Crush Report Means for Livermore Valley Wineries

Each year the California Department of Food and Agriculture publishes the Grape Crush Report. This report tabulates the California grape harvest in terms of total tonnage, price, and sugar concentration by cultivar and reporting district. The report should be required reading for anyone interested in growing and making wine. Last week, California released the preliminary […]

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Notes on our Spring 2016 Release

Last year our winemaking team grew with the fortunate hire of Dave Hendrickson. A Wine Spectator scholar at UC Davis, Dave trained with the finest minds in modern winemaking. He followed his formal training with internships at important wineries in Sonoma, where he learned the art of wine crafting. The 2015 vintage is Dave’s initiation to Occasio […]

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Thoughts on our Wines of Winter

I enjoy choosing the November release of new wines because it moves us from the light wines of summer to heartier wines well suited for the coming winter months. Headlining the release is the 2012 vintage of our Heritage Cabernet Franc. We continue to explore the depths of the Del Arroyo Vineyard and its abilities […]

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Winemaking 101 – Fermentation Cap Management

Carbon dioxide produced during fermentation causes the grape solids (skins, seeds, stems) to rise, forming a cap that floats upon the wine. Unmanaged, this cap can create problems in the wine. For example, with a floating cap, there is little contact between the juice and the skins, which inhibits the extraction of color and flavors. […]

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