Everybody’s been asking what affect all the early spring rains had on the vines… well, now we know – they’re going crazy! I’ve only been making wine for a half a dozen years and we’ve been in drought pretty much all of that time. I’m not used to seeing what a little water can do for vegetation. The vines are extremely vigorous which is causing us to do a lot of extra maintenance. First we did a pretty extreme shoot thinning early on to cut back on the non-productive canes, now we’re about to go through and hedge the vines. “Hedging” is when we trim the individual canes back to about four feet. This corrects the cluster to leaf ratio and opens up the canopy so that spraying can be more efficient. We don’t want the vines to “struggle”, but we don’t want them to think they’re on vacation either.
The first of the new Rosés, the Rosé of Mourvèdre, is out this month. It’s the perfect summertime pool wine. Low in alcohol but high in flavor and acids, it’s meant to be served well-chilled and not taken too seriously. This is a fun wine to accompany the warm afternoons ahead! Coming up next should be the first of the “LVD Wine Company” wines, “Stage Right” (or maybe “Left” depending on which is most ready in the first week of July). LVD Wine Company is a second label for La Vie Dansante Wines. It’s our play-around label where we can produce wines from non-Rhone varietals (I SWEAR I’ll be doing a Tempranillo…someday). The first wines, the “Stages” – Left and Right – are our answer to the question “do you use the grapes off this property?” Well, yes, yes we do – a bit. Stage Left is an Estate wine blended from Cabernet sauvignon and Zinfandel. Stage Right uses the Estate Cabernet but blends it with Syrah sourced from across the valley.
We’ve been working on the landscaping around the Tasting Room. This month we expect to plant grass in the picnic area and Olives along the parking lot. We’d also like to get the shade sails installed over the outdoor Tasting Area but that’s going to take some serious engineering – which around here means some serious drinking. We’ll see how that one goes. Speaking of engineering, our top priority for post-harvest is a patio with a firepit. We don’t even know where it’s going to be right now but we WILL have a nice fire to lounge around this fall. Of course you’re all invited too!
Happy Mother’s Day!
We had a very busy month in April and we were hoping for a chance to slow down a little… nope.
This month we’ve made a ton of progress on the Tasting Room and grounds including finishing the front wall, pouring epoxy on the bars, and installing a sprinkler system for the grass. That last one may not sound all that cool but one of the worst jobs last summer was dragging the rainbird around every day so we could water a tiny patch of grass. Now the sprinklers are all in-ground and controlled by three valves. That’s one less chore each day.
Speaking of watering, after much thought and going back-and-forth, we’ve re-planted the garden behind the winery building. Tomatoes, Peppers, herbs, cucumbers, and edemame so far. Basically, things we love to snack on or pickle. It’s a lot of work, the veggies aren’t usually as good as those at the Farmer’s Market, and you certainly don’t save and money, but hey… we like watching things grow.
The big, big news this month is that we’re finally getting to start up the “La Vie Dansante Wine Symposiums”! These are a series of classes to be held once a month on a Tuesday at GVA Cafe in downtown Morgan Hill. The first class will be on wine appreciation and how to get the most out of your visit to a Tasting Room. More details will becoming within the next couple of weeks via eMail and Facebook.
Speaking of social media, we also just created a Pinterest page for La Vie Dansante Wines. On it we’re tracking all of the DIY projects we’ve done around here as well as keeping track of other projects we’d like to tackle as we free up time/money. If you use Pinterest, follow along here: La Vie Dansante Wines
Heads up, our next wine club release will be next month on Saturday, June 3rd. We’re planning an All-American Picnic with food, music, and lots of wine in the form of a combined party for all three wine clubs. A number of Founder’s Club members elected the six bottle per year version of the club and as such won’t actually have a release this time around since they’re three bottles twice a year rather than the more common three bottles four times a year. No worries, you’re still invited to the party. Another option is to have me bump you up to the 12 bottle a year club. All of the discounts and benefits remain the same but you’ll be gaining the other two releases each year. Look for a separate email soon to explain your options further.
Stop by and try the La Vie Dansante wines every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.
We pour at “Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio” located on Dryden Ave east of Hwy 101 just north of Gilroy. Our tasting fee is $10 (refundable with the purchase of a bottle).
If you work the weekends give us a call at (408) 852-0779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a weekday appointment.
6/03 – La Vie Dansante Wine Club Release – the All-American Picnic, Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at the winery. Free for wine club members and their guests. We’re also planning to release the 2016 Mourvedre Rose at this event.
6/10 – Official release of the 2016 Rosé of Mourvèdre in the Tasting Room. Bring a picnic and come taste this fantastic summertime wine!
7/08 – Release of the first wine under the “LVD Wine Company” logo.
7/13 – The first La Vie Dansante Wine Symposium (class): The Art & Science of Tasting Wine. 6:30 to 8:30 at GVA Cafe in Downtown Morgan Hill. Tickets are $35 per person (plus a small service charge) and are available in the Tasting Room or online at: The Art & Science of Tasting Wine.
7/15 – The official release of the first of the “Stages”, either “Left” – the Cab/Zin blend, or “Right” – the Cab/Syrah blend. We’re not sure which one is first, get to tasting them and let you know.