Vineyard Manager Andy Joughin is Retiring

Semi-retirement is probably more accurate. Heeding the pleas of his wife Jackie he will limit his management to his own vineyard. What we will miss most, I think, is the skepticism and experience which he always brought to his work, and which balanced nicely with our optimism and ignorance.

Farming in the Santa Ynez Valley for more than 40 years, half of that with our vineyard, makes you acutely aware of limits and possibilities.

At his home vineyard Andy produces several varieties, among them Primitivo and Lagrein. The wines from these grapes, not surprisingly and not by chance, are excellent examples of the marriage of variety, climate and soil.

We hope we can continue purchasing his grapes but he needs to brings us more pomegranates from his orchard.

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