Daily Archive for January 15th, 2013

Today at Lafond Winery

Topping was the order of the day. There are 540 60gal. barrels, each topping consumes four barrels. The wine in the barrel used for topping is being pushed out with argon gas to avoid damaging the wine. Topping requires a certain amount of agility.1.15.13-topping-1

The Weather and Pruning

It has been very cold dropping to 24F one morning. Fortunately the vines are dormant, that kind of temperature would be curtains for budding grapes unless you had overhead sprinklers, which we don’t have.

The large blowers, which we have , and the fencing to direct the flow of cold air would most certainly be inadequate. Normally in the spring we deal with temperatures no lower than 29-30F and even with these temperatures much depends on good luck.1.15.13-pruning

Meanwhile we are beginning to use our automatic pre-pruner in the highest blocks, least susceptible to frost. The image is Enrique getting ready to move the pruner.

Lafond Winery 2009 Arita Hills Pinot Noir wins Best of Class at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2009-lv-pinot-noir-arita-hills-bottle-wg Arita Hills Vineyard is our neighbor and one that we have managed for several years. Winemaker Bruce McGuire picks the best grapes for his signature Vineyard Designate Wines. It adds to a long list of his superb Pinot Noirs.
The price: 45.00/750ml
To order: www.lafondwinery.com