Back At It

2013 BottlingAfter a two month hiatus of blog posts I figure it is time to jump back into the fray of the interweb. One of my resolutions for the year was to try to do at least one post per week so I guess I have 8 or 9 to make up over the course of the rest of the year… no time like the present to get started.

The last two months have been the proverbial whirlwind. As far as many of us can tell in the Napa hospitality world there is no slowing down anymore. What used to be a “slow season” from November through April is now just slightly less crazy than our high season. Look at it this way, if you were an accountant and had two tax seasons as opposed to one; or if you played a sport and had no off-season to recover. Pick your metaphor, the long and short is that there is truly no rest for the wicked.

That might sound like a complaint but it is actually some praise. The fact that we are seeing more consistent interest in wine is amazing. It is what producers small and large hope to achieve. The only challenge becomes keeping your head on straight. The last couple of months I’ve felt like my own has been a bit off kilter and it isn’t going to straighten out on its own.

MTGA has stayed very consistent over the last few months with some solid strides forward. With new markets opening up and the current releases really coming into their own everything seems to be on a good track. All of the current barrel lots are progressing well and the 2014 vintage is all but ready to be bottled (which will officially happen this August). The 2016 vintage is nearly all set as well as far as grape contracts and plans go. Just a bit more paperwork stands in the way of ensuring that the rest of this year is going to kick ass and chew bubble gum.

With everything moving in the right direction (or so it seems) it always makes me antsy… as if there is something I am missing or more that I could be doing… Almost like the calm before the storm. The reality is there is always plenty more to get done but taking some time to recharge the batteries everyone once and a while is not a bad choice. That is what the last few months have felt like: recharging and gearing up for what has yet to come this year.

I do have some good news for you! It does look like Riesling will be back on the docket this year!! Since it is my favorite white wine varietal I still feel like I am being selfish for keeping in the lineup but I am totally okay with that.

More posts and wine/Napa awesomeness to follow!

-Manderson

 

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