Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Happy Spring 2021 my WineGrape brothers & sisters! As we emerge from our “COVID cocoons”, we see a more optimistic grape and wine market than that of March 2020 and before. The under-$20 wine market is on fire. The COVID shutdown strained consumers’ wine budgets...
Secure Bulk Volumes Now

Secure Bulk Volumes Now

It’s 1 week after Unified Symposium (Ha!) and what’s the word?… BULK WINE! Bulk sales are brisk. Bulk sales activity in December & January were the hottest we’ve seen in the last 10 years. Aromatic whites, especially Muscats and 2019 Petite Sirah were the...
2020 In Review

2020 In Review

I think it is safe to say no one will forget the 2020 Vintage. The wine grape market was already struggling for the third year in a row and then a pandemic, wildfires, and economic uncertainty hit us all at once. We saw a large shift from on-premises sales to largely...
Year In Review – The 2018 Harvest

Year In Review – The 2018 Harvest

Wow! What a ride that was! As the winemaker for Agajanian Vineyards & Wine Company, I get to see it all – from early ripening grapes in the Central Valley to Cabernet Sauvignon in the North Coast. Our first grapes were in on August 9th and the last crush was...
Wine Grape Super Sale

Wine Grape Super Sale

The end of summer is fast approaching and while harvest has started in some parts of California, not much has moved in the North Coast yet. So, before everything gets crazy, we’re offering some great deals on 2018 winegrapes with reduced prices while they last. Take...
Good Yields and Heat Watch

Good Yields and Heat Watch

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager Summer salutations everybody!  We’re a month into summer and just a couple weeks away from the onset of Veraison.  I feel that it’s been a relatively mild summer with longer periods of lingering fog and temperatures in the mid...
Good fruit set. Good weather. Fingers crossed.

Good fruit set. Good weather. Fingers crossed.

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager Crop estimates remain inconsistent. Some vineyard sites have set a large crop, some sites shattered pretty heavy and crop size is below normal. Many sites are still going through bloom. Generally, the crop potential seems to be...
Is It Still Too Early To Tell?

Is It Still Too Early To Tell?

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager We’re halfway through May and the 2018 vintage is definitely late by at least 2 weeks. Pre-bloom crop estimates are all over the place and it’s still way too early to guess the relative size. Newer vineyards and especially...
Spring Findings and Potential Light Crop

Spring Findings and Potential Light Crop

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager April… always a challenging month for Growers. Tax time, contract renewals, frost watch, mildew spraying. Most NorCal vineyards have now emerged from dormancy, some areas with late varietals are still at pre-leaf stage, others...
Pot O’ Gold Findings

Pot O’ Gold Findings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin Go Bragh! Sooo… I’ve got some crow to eat. Last month, I opined about barren ski slopes, lack of rainfall and a “False Spring”. God took pity and blessed us with an additional month of winter! The Sierra snowpack is back up to low-normal,...