It’s officially Spring when the vineyards begin to sprout leaves and we start tearing them off. This labor intensive, very important step is called crown suckering where surplus shoots are removed from the vine’s cordon. As John Giguiere explains in the video, this is the first step in the season’s canopy management. Removing these unwanted shoots improves quality by reducing the density of the canopy and balancing the season’s crop level.
The drive into Matchbook Wine Company from Interstate 5 is picturesque, passing almond orchards and rolling golden hills with grazing sheep. Traffic here is rare and unusual. Today we had a 5 pm rush hour sheep crossing lamb jam on County Road 92B. Check it out:
Fall is harvest time here at Matchbook Wine Company and it is the most exciting time of the year. What better way to celebrate fall than with a Chardonnay harvest video? Happy first day of fall from all of us here at Matchbook Wine Company!
The 2016 vintage of Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand is in the bottle and ready for you! Check out winemaker, Hayden Oliver, as he highlights the 2016 vintage of Chasing Venus from the Matchbook bottling line. The winter weather outside may be frightful, but this wine is just delightful! We enjoy this refreshing, classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with holiday hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and shellfish.