Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Some people have all the luck, in this case it was me. I got a Ferrari invite to the Nationals at Monza, held on October 26th through the 29th, 2006. Wow, what a thrill. First, this was Michaels retirement party and his last official running of a track for Ferrari. This was a great weekend with all the thrills and excitement of racing (even though I was a spectator). More to come in the following days about this event.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Monterey County Hospitality Association held their annual golf tournament yesterday (October 18th) to incredible weather (80 degrees) and sunshine. Team, Chateau Julien, placed in first position for the winery category. Our trophy is pictured here. The golfers were, Bob Brower, Bill Anderson (winemaker), Steve Diamond (Manager of National Sales and Marketing) and Frank Mineo, Area Manager for American Wine and Spirits. Our gross score was 68 - 4 under par.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Our last grapes for the 2006 season are still hanging in Carmel Valley at the Estate.
Marta Kraftzeck reports as follows "We are essentially 3 brix behind where we were on this date last year. Therefore abour 2-3 weeks behind. hopefully we won't get any rains for the next month and we can pick them in early November or so".
Brix currently - 17.4 in the west block
House block - 17.1
East block - 17.1
Come on California sunshine! By the way - temperature for tomorrow is forcasted at 80 degrees F.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Pictured with Bob and Patty is the President of Volvo, Anne Belec and her assistant.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The negative effects of temperature fluctuations on wine quality were confirmed in the study, aimed at finding a correlation between high temperature, temperature fluctucations and shelf life as well as a reduced organoleptic profile of the wine.
The study found that wines that were exposed to larger and higher temperature fluctuations were negatively affected on a sensory and chemical level.
What this all means is that wines from other regions of the world may have problems that are not associated with their wine quality, just the shipping so --- Store your wine in a quiet and temperature steady place and enjoy your wine!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Research shows that both compounds are found in high concentrations in seed and stems and may be found in the skins of immature grapes. Catechin is a useful indicator of seed extraction in wine. A pattern of high concentration of either of these compounds shows indications of immature grapes, and results in a bitter "cotton mouth" finish in some wines.
Now you know!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Gewurztraminer is in short supply for 2006. This year we only harvested 11.19 tons that will make approximately 541 cases of wine. We harvested this variety on October 2nd. This wine is normally released just prior to Thanksgiving on the year of harvest.
Last year we harvested 24.65 tons on September 19th that made 1,192 cases of wine.
This represents a 55% decline for this years harvest.
Pictured here is Marta Kraftzeck welcoming the grapes to the Chateau.
Monday, October 02, 2006
RAIN!!! IN THE FORCAST FOR CALIFORNIA FOR OCTOBER 6TH AND MAYBE 7TH!
Monterey County normally recieves about .8 of an inch of rain in October (National Weather Service). At Chateau julien we have already harvested over 200 acres of grapes and are closing in on completion for the year. The only grape left in the field is Sangiovese - pictured here. This is a thick skinned and loose clustered grape and can easily take at least one rainfall. Of course, we have to monitor all the conditions after rain to keep the vineyard and grapes in the best condition possible. We will keep you informed. By the way - We are harvesting Gewurztraminer as this blog is posted!