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Letter From the Director

2018 is upon us – with fog in the air and some rain in the forecasts it’s already looking better than 2017.  I think it’s safe to say that as the end of the year approached most of us were simply “done with it”. 2017 was a very tough year for growers on many fronts. […]

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2017 Vintage Recap

Rick Aldine — North Coast Grape Manager Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a happier New Year to all. My sincerest thoughts to all who are affected by the October and December firestorms. 2017 definitely goes down in my history book as the most difficult growing season in history, starting wet and ending on fire. Our […]

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Fire Update and How We Can Help

Dear Friends, We would like to take this moment to thank you for the outpouring of concern and well wishes during this crisis with the California North Coast Wine Country wildfires. Agajanian employees and their families based in the Napa office are all safe and accounted for, but many friends and neighbors have suffered catastrophic […]

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Harvest 2017

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager If you’re selling or buying grapes or bulk wine, please call me on my cell at (707) 287-6073 or email me at OR visit our Napa office to taste through our premium bulk wine offerings. Our Napa office is located across from The Meritage Resort, 2785 Napa Valley […]

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Ready for Harvest?

Rick Aldine – North Coast Grape Manager Howdy all. The 2017 vintage is beginning to shape up. It’s been a tough 1st half of the vintage. Labor shortages combined with lingering wet weather, soggy vineyards that were too wet to ground-spray and “woolly” unleafed canopies has created a mildew and botrytis time bomb that were […]

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Watch out for mildew: June notes from the vineyard

Rick Aldine – North Coast Grape Supply Manager Happy Father’s Day! What a challenging Spring our Growers have experienced. Heavy rainfall, unusually cool bloomtime temperatures, rain and heavy hail on June 11. The lingering effect of these Springtime challenges will continue into the summer… 2017 has not been an easy growing year. Our drought-busting rainfall […]

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Viticulture Report for May

This time of year, I talk about two things very often. If you have been following our monthly emails for a while I suspect you could guess them. Firstly, the powdery mildew pressure is high – this may be an understatement for some growers in the northern regions of the state. Multiple spring rain events […]

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April Notes From The Vineyard

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager Continued rain. Heavy mildew & phomopsis pressure. Grape demand exceeds supply. Give me a call to get out and look at 2017 grape opportunities OR come by our Napa office to taste through our bulk wine offerings. You can reach me at (707) 252-4800 office, (707) 287-6073 cell, […]

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Spring Conditions in the Vineyard

After a wonderful rainy season, many growers are curious what the coming season is going to be like. Well they are not alone! We all wish we had a crystal ball to tell us the truth. I still haven’t found a crystal ball that doesn’t end up growing a “Pinocchio nose.” Instead I look at history […]

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Bulk Wine Season is Off to the Races!

I think it’s fair to say that California is inching toward a drought recovery.  (Well, the majority of California anyway.)  Reservoirs are nearly full, the ground in Northern California is quite saturated and the Sierra snowpack is deeper than it’s been in years. This should make for a booming 2017 Harvest but let’s not get […]

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