Previous Blog Posts
- Judging Wines at Sunset & The End Is Near
- Harvest 2015 IS HERE!!
- Fish Wrangling at the Winery
- Circle of Life in the Cellar
- Earth Day, #NapaGreen, & Make Room for Baby! Er, I Mean Bottling...
- Winter Road Trip Nostalgia
- Stormageddon? No Complaints Here!
- Holiday Crunch Time
- Kimberlee's Steps to Thanksgiving Happiness
- Picking Merlot is really just that easy!
- Harvest 2014 is Going Strong
- Sustainability and Napa Green
- There's Something Screwy Going on Here
- Man Down!
- Early Budbreak Deja Vu
- Watching Ourselves on TV - AWKWARD!
- A Vintage Year for Markham
- Markham Terroir
- Everyone in the Vat!
- Laboring on Labor Day
- Harvest 2013 is Well Underway!
- The Bets Are on the Calendar for the First Day of Harvest!
- Summer is Always too Short
- Early Harvest This Year?
- Wine is Different for Everyone
- The Awakening
- Rosé in Time for Spring
- How long should I age this?
- Fall Arrives, Harvest Ends
- Harvest 2012 Is Well Underway
Judging Wines at Sunset & The End Is Near
Back in April of this year, I traveled to Sunset Magazine headquarters to be one of the chosen palates to judge their fourth international wine competition - the results of which have just been published in the October 2015 issue. My husband, Charlie, and I have been Sunset subscribers since 1987 when we graduated from college, moved in together, and his father started our annual subscription. It was a thrill and honor to be invited by Sunset's wine editor, Sara Schneider, and judge alongside illustrious industry members in the original Sunset buildings and gardens. Click here to see the wines we liked best.
There's something you should know about the sea of medals in the marketplace from wine competitions: They're only as good as the judges who award them... When I invited my dream team, the overwhelming response was, "Absolutely, I'd love to be part of that!"
- Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine
Photo above right of Kim tasting by Thomas J. Story, as published in the October 2015 issue of Sunset Magazine.
Now on to #napaharvest 2015...
Panoramic view of our Yountville Estate from one of Kim's days in the vineyards.
...it has been "hot, sweet and sticky," to quote one of my favorite rock stars, Sammy Hagar. With the way the vintage progressed, it was half over before we discovered the vintage's rhythm - which was that there was none. The drought kept the berries small and concentrated with below-average yields. Unbelievably high (100°F+) heat for six full days wreaked more havoc and the winery went from empty to full in a week! As we begin to press our first reds, the deep purple hues show how hard our pumpover crews are working. The whites are somewhere around half-way through their fermentations, but remember, we just brought them in a couple of weeks ago. Fastest vintage E V E R! No, we're not done, but I can see the finish line! We'll keep a slideshow of our 2015 harvest on the Our Vineyards web page - but please enjoy a first look at the latest photos below.
- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls