La Vie Dansante is a boutique winery crafting wines of elegance and finesse from locally-grown Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, and Viognier. Our wines are truly hand-crafted – if you find a fingerprint on the bottle it likely belongs to the winemaker! We offer wine tasting on Monday, Thursday, and Friday as well as the weekends as part of Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio located just east of the Gilroy Premium Outlets. Come, escape to the country, and join us for a glass of our exceptional, award winning wines.
What is up with this weather? We thought last year was cool, and in fact it was the coolest summer anybody could remember, but this one is off-the-charts strange. It’s early May and it’s still cold and rainy… with more in the forecast!
The rain doesn’t worry us other than it’s making it difficult to get into the vineyard to work with the grapes. Oh, and the weeds are going crazy which for us organic farming guys means a lot more work with the week wacker since we don’t spray herbicides.
People are asking if all this water is a problem and the answer is, for now, “no”. getting water into the soil is almost always a good thing. There’s one day in the spring when the grapes flower that rain can be disastrous – it washes the pollen off the flowers and we get no crop. The only other problem with rain can occur later in the summer where excess moisture can cause mold and mildew on the clusters. We don’t worry too much about late rains. First, they never happen, and second our hot, dry, windy climate dries the vines out so quickly mildew has difficulty forming.
Our big concern is the lack of heat. Each variety of grapes needs a specific amount of heat to form sugars and drop acids – to ripen. Rhone varieties tend to need more than most. In a perfect vintage the heat is a nice slow gradual accumlation without any big hot or cold spikes. So far this year we’re not accumulating any heat in the berries. Maybe the rest of the summer will be warmer than normal…but maybe it will be like last year and we’ll never catch up. If we don’t catch up some of our grapes will never mature and the wines will be light and low in alcohol – I mean REALLY low in alcohol.
There are things we can do in the vineyard to mitigate the problem but they’re big, scary, un-reversable things like dropping fruit. If we drop fruit now the vines will use their limited energy (heat) to ripen the remaining clusters but we’ve severely limited our production.
So that’s where we sit right now, “to drop fruit, or not to drop”. Last year we guessed wrong and because of that unlucky guess we have no 2018 Mourvedre or Petite Sirah. The trick this year, like every year in farming is to not over-react. It will all work out in the end.
Stop by and try the La Vie Dansante wines every Thursday through Monday 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 weekend tasting fee, or when we pour as part of Blended, is $10 (refundable with the purchase of a bottle). On the weekdays we have no tasting fee.
5/4 – Saturday, 1pm to 5pm – Los Gatos Wine Walk. Find us at La Lune Boutique.
5/11 – Saturday, 2pm to 5pm – Saratoga Wine Walk. Find us at Stark Complete Realty.
5/18 – Saturday, 5pm to 8pm – South Valley Wine Auction at the Morgan Hill Community Center.
5/27 – Monday – Memorial Day! We’ll be open our normal hours, from noon to 5pm. We’ll have BBQ Sausage Sandwiches – buy a bottle, get a sandwich. Also we’ll be pouring all three LVD Wine Co wines and offering special case discounts.
6/08 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – Summer Wine Club Release! Join us for our “local style grinds” – Hawaiian Barbeque, music, and wine! Wine Club members and their guests only. Not yet a member? Join today in our Tasting Room or online.
6/10 – Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 – Blind Six Tasting at The Grapevine in Morgan Hill. Ever wonder how a Sommelier can take a sip of wine and nail what it is, where it came from, and even – sometimes – who made it? Join us for a fun and educational class and we’ll lift the curtain and show you their secrets. Reservations are $30 each and are available in the Tasting Room, in our online wine shop, and at The Grapevine.
6/20 – Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 – Wine Symposia; Building the Perfect GSM. We’ll take three wines, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre and designed the perfect GSM blend for La Vie Dansante Wines. This class has a short lecture then it’s all hands on with the wines. Oh, and there’ll be wine to drink too! Tickets are $45 each ($36 for wine club members) and are available online in our Wine Shop.
6/27 – Friday, dusk – Our first movie night of the summer! We haven’t figured out the movie yet but the plan is to have the Tasting Room open from noon until the end of the movie. There’s no admission fee but we have a 2 glass (shared bottle between 2) minimun. We provide the popcorn and surprise movie treats. 21 and over only, no outside alcohol but outside food is welcome. For evening events – no pets please.
7/04 – Thursday – Independence Day! We’ll be open our normal hours, from noon to 5pm. We’ll have BBQ Sausage Sandwiches – buy a bottle, get a sandwich. Also we’ll be pouring all three LVD Wine Co wines and offering special case discounts.