Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ah..the good life

Here is a picture I took at this years wine and art festival of one of our guests enjoying himself. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Our Web Site

Congratulations to Chateau Julien! The Winery Website Report just gave us a great score on the effectiveness of our website. Out of 2,231 wineries sampled our website scored better than 97% of them with a score of 68 out 100 points. Below is more information about the rating or you can go to

The current median score of all the winery Web sites in our evaluation database is 48. The highest score is 83. So every site has room to improve. Most sites can improve their scores with simple changes that will actually generate results (site freshness, and a lack of attention to trade and media are typical problem areas). That's why we created The Winery Web Site Report.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Sights to be Seen

In 1996, Château Julien Wine Estate started a new venture with a partnership in an "Estate Vineyard" in South Monterey County's Lockwood Valley. Over 25% of the 246-acre vineyard is planted with the winery's flagship varietal, Merlot. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown in addition to experimental blocks of Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, Marsanne, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Located in a unique coastal valley on the western Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the vineyard sits at a 980 foot elevation and is a short 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard's slight elevation, diurnal temperature variations and ideal gravely, loam soil result in wines with intense varietal characteristics unique to Monterey County. With a slightly warmer climate, the Estate Vineyard continues to benefit from coastal influences and Monterey County's long growing season.