We don’t know about you guys, but all we want to eat and drink during the summer is a nice crisp white wine and seafood (well, maybe a burger once in a while). Our 2013 Carr Sauvignon Blanc is so crisp it is perfect for all those hot summer days. Paired with these shrimp tacos it’s even better!
As you may know, California is in the midst of a major drought. We have been seeing some of the driest conditions our state has seen in the last 500 years. As you drive up highway 154 you will drive past Santa Barbara’s water reservoir, Lake Cachuma. The lake is so low it looks as though you could walk right across the middle of it.
Brunch is one of the greatest traditions in our opinion. It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch and a delicious sparkling wine is almost always a requirement. Whether you are celebrating, Mother’s Day, Easter, or just a Sunday Brunch grab a bottle of our 2009 Carr Blanc de Noir, Kessler-Haak Vineyard and pair it with these delicious pancakes.
The 2013 harvest was a nice surprise. The year started off much like 2012 with an early bud break starting the growing season sooner than normal. The continuing drought had woken the vines up too early again and the worries of frost were on everyone’s mind. March passed with just one close call. Then April came with one more 33˚ morning giving all of us a good scare, but we made it through the spring with no frost. This was the first year since 2008 that we did not see any spring frost damage in Sta. Rita Hills….
We started picking at 3:00 this morning at Kessler-Haak. We finished with about one and a half tons of Chardonnay.
We were up before dawn today picking Kessler-Haak Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine.
Harvest is almost here. This Sangiovese shown in the picture from Vandale Vineyard is looking delicious and almost ready to be picked, four more weeks. The Sauvignon Blanc looks like it will be the first thing that we pick for harvest. We will be picking those grapes from Coquelicot and Vogelzang scheduled to come in the first week of September.
The vines are off to a good start this year. The late season rain has given the vines a good push and we have seen strong growth. The Sangiovese at Vandale has already flowered and has set a good looking crop for this year. Pegasus Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon has just started to flower and man are there are a lot of flowers. This spring has been mild and it is looking like we are in for a hot summer with a good size crop.