Does humor belong in winemaking?

I doubt any member of my family would have survived this life without our sick humor....

The Call of The Old Dead Chicken I have been traveling a lot this year:  In January - a road trip with my young one (Ben) up to Seattle to visit my oldest son (Dean) followed by another 425 miles drive  to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia where I help a local winery produce phenomenal wines, back home for the Winter-Wineland event, a long flight to Hawaii to work with o ...

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Things that go into winemaking

Expanding a bit on the email we sent in January… 2012 is now gone and despite the rumors of the planet’s demise, we are mostly here in one or more pieces.  Nature delivered us a great gift this past harvest (Longboard’s 15th); a bountiful crop that was both free of pests and diseases and brimming with developed flavors.  I know, it is boring to hear another winemaker say that ...

I was never good at Math, as anyone who worked for me in the cellar can attest to – I always tell them to assume I screwed up the math on the workorder and to check for themselves that what I wrote down makes sense.  But I think I’m right in calculating that this past vintage was Longboard’s 15th harvest (with 1998 being the first, please let me know if I screwed up this calcul ...

In the beginning there was wine that came forth from the fruit of a vine.  And the people of the Farmers tribe tended to the vines and nourished the fruit till it burst with flavor and sugars and proceeded to deliver it to the folk at the winery. And the winery tribe folk said: “Thanks” and wished the Farmers tribe a joyful vacation while they toiled in the caves and the tanks ...

When asked why I decided to become a winemaker, I answer that to me winemaking is the most perfect union of art, science and agriculture — three things that separate us from the platypus and politicians.  As a winemaker who has lived and worked in California during a time that can only be described as the “Big Bang” of modern winemaking, I find myself emotionally charged and c ...

Last month I had fun talking on KSRO 1350 on “The Drive” with Steven Jaxon and Larry Levine.  I can always count on some “Woodie” jokes to loosen the participants and get to a comfortable place for chatting.  At some point the question about the connection between surfing and winemaking always comes up and since time is often limited, I keep it short and sweet (and true) and ta ...

Waiting for a set … It was quite a season for Longboard. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support I received from all. Your emails, the phone calls from surfers and wine lovers saying they saw a bottle here, tried one there and just HAD to have some more truly made me feel fuzzy all over (well, at least I hope it was that and not the sulfur dust from the vineyards…) As ...

PreambleFor most of you this may be the first newsletter you receive. By the time my first newsletter was ready, I pretty much ran out of wine to sell, so there was no point in sending it. It was fun to write and, I am told, read. If you want a copy, drop me a note or go to the website and print yourself a copy. Fall in Vineland If you live in the wine country you know this m ...