Thursday, November 30, 2006
Today we celebrate the bottling of our first proprietory wine called "Bravura". This wine is a blend of Merlot and Malbec, grown on our Estate vineyard. Our winemaker, Bill Anderson, created this special bottling to celebrate 25 years of winemaking at Chateau Julien Wine Estate.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
As November comes to a close - just a few more pictures of our annual Winemaker dinner held on November 11th. Good news!!! Tomorrow, November 30th we are bottling Bravura. This is our "proprietory wine" made to celebrate 25 years of great winemaking at Chateau Julien Wine Estate.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
As reported by "Rich Cartierre's - Wine Market Report" be aware of the wine appellation on your wine purchase. "A sizable portion of foreign wine is being blended with California" wine "and then sold under an "American" appellation label". To better understand this, look at the wine label and if you see the words "America" as opposed to Monterey or Napa or California, this wine may contain some foreign wine. ATF laws permit up to 25% of foreign wine to be blended legally. "Records at the federal Tax and Trade Bureau show that there are 1,602 wine labels approved over the last 18 months with an American appellation". Truth in labeling??
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Our son, Bobby, is hosting dinner for Thanksgiving and we are going to take a couple of days to visit with him. Tomorrow we visit the school of Enology at Fresno. To our loyal blog fans, we will post again by the weekend.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Just 16 days after harvest the vines have lost most of their leaves and are ready to go to sleep for 2006. While this apprears to be a dormant time, the crop for 2007 is being created by the vine. The process of a winter sleep, rain, frost and other elements are now at play.
Recent news published by Rich Cartiere's Wine Market Report indicates the following -
"Old World wine producers France and Germany have staged a double digit volume and revenue growth comeback in imported bottled table wine shipments into the U.S. markets."
"While the Old World is seeing its shipments surge, bottled table wine shipments into the U.S. from the three key New World wine producers - Australia, Chile and South Africa - are declining"
p.s Chateau Julien has enjoyed excellent export growth for 2006 - opening 2 new foreign markets.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
In the world of
the Brower family, our 1st grandson, Cort Brower Resh was 3 years old last week. Another blondie and a great kid. Naturally!!!! The son of Dr. Eric Resh and Dawn Brower-Resh, Esq. Wow - tell me about the silver spoon!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tomorrow night, November 11, 2006, we will put together the final blend (Cepage) for the 2004 Vintage "Bravura". This is our first proprietory wine and is a blend of 50% Merlot (flagship) and 50% Malbec. We grow both of these varietals in our South County vineyard - at the Estate. We will taste 25 years of winemaking at the "sold out" dinner event.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
As reported by the Wall Street Journal on November 2nd - "The mice were part of a new study showing the reseratrol at high doses can block many of the deleterious effects of high-calorie diets in mice, enabling them to survive significantly longer than they normally would on fattening fare"
The study was conducted by researchers at harvard Medical School and the national Institute on Aging.
Perhaps another glass or red wine would't hurt!
Monday, November 06, 2006
On your left, Jean Todt stops by to visit with Tony Nobles and Kevin Crowder. Great to see him. Next picture is Tony Nobles, trying to sleep in his Formula 1 car (couldn't be the late night party!). Possible?? I think not! Alright, I will be done with the Monza event, finally.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Well, all the Ferrari stuff of the past week reminded me that the 275 Event in Italy, June 2004 was the starting point for all of this. On your left is Bob and his 275-GTS, the second picture was taken by Ferrari for the race.
Friday, November 03, 2006
As you can we, the trio on the left is Tony Nobles (he has the Formula 1 cars), Bob Brower, and his buddy Tony Aniello. Pictured below is another of the group from the 2004 Italy 275 Event, Preston Hen. Preston was driving his FXX car and has a collection of great cars.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
As you can tell, the days are getting shorter the nights are getting colder and the canopy is beginning to turn yellow.
The good news is the seeds are brown and crunchy and the acid/ph is ideal.
TIME TO HARVEST!