La Vie Dansante Wines


For the past couple of weeks I’ve been stressing over preparations for the 2017 harvest.  There’s always so much to do and something is going to get overlooked.  It doesn’t do any good to worry… but I can’t help it.

This afternoon I found out that we can expect the first fruit to arrive at the winery on Thursday, September 8th – Eight whole days from now.  My first reaction was pure panic – “how can we possibly be ready?”  We have the 2016 whites and some custom crush bottle, the winery to clean, and equipment to prepare.  On top of all that there’s a Wine Club release, Fall Passport, Campbell Wine Walk, and Noe’s Birthday party to plan.

About an hour later I realized that I’m much more calm than I’ve been in weeks.  It’s finally here, harvest has arrived, and there’s nothing I can do about it except deal with the pressure.  If there’s one thing I’m good at it’s dealing with pressure.  Just knowing the date when it all starts was enough to take away all of the stress and anxiety.

So it’s that time of year, the time when things get crazy and fun.  There are a ton of upcoming events and reasons to stop by the winery in the next few months so come on by and see what we’re like in crisis mode.  It may not be pretty but it’s sure to be exciting!

On Saturday August 12th we’ll be releasing the first wine under our secondary label “LVD Wine Company”.  The LVD Wine Co marque was created to allow us to offer wines of unique character and exceptional value that don’t strictly fit into the La Vie Dansante Wines philosophy, i.e. they’re not made from Rhone varietals, or they’ll collaborations with other winemakers.  These wines can be fun, playful, and at times event a little experimental.  The first release is “Stage Right”, a blend of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Six weeks to go until harvest, things are starting to move fast!  Today we saw the first indications of veraison – the changing of colors in the grapes – in the Zinfandel.  It seems like everyday we remember one more thing that needs cleaning or something we need to order for harvest.  That reminds me…. filters…

So far it looks like a stellar year for the grapes.  Lots of water early on but no rain since May, good heat during the day but nice cool nights.  We’re also spending a lot more effort on our spray and canopy programs which should show in the quality of the Estate grapes.  Last year was a great year but everything is falling into place to make 2017 event better.

In August we’re taking it a little easy.  Although the project list is still a mile long, we’re trying to save money and energy for a busy September and October.  See, that’s the thing about running a winery – there’s never an even flow.  Certain times of the year, like crush and and bottling, require long days and lots of money, but other times are much less taxing.  To keep sane you need to remember to go with the flow and if it’s an “easy” month, enjoy, and if it’s not…  work your ass off.


Upcoming Events

Tasting Room:
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 for a weekday appointment.

9/08 – Harvest begins! The first fruit to land on the crushpad will be Viognier grown by Todd and Kim Englehardt at Lion Ranch Vineyards which will arrive either Thursday or Friday depending on the availability of pickers.

9/09 – Fall Wine Club Release for all La Vie Dansante Wine Club Members – It’s movie night at the winery.  We’ll be showing “Bottleshock” on the outdoor screen and feasting on a Make-Your-Own Nacho Bar and Gourmet Popcorn.

9/16 – Noe’s First Birthday Party! Our winery puppy is turning one, or so we think… she was a stray so we really don’t know, it’s kinda arbitrary really.  Join us all day Saturday the 16th to enjoy cake for the humans and puppy treats for our furry friends.

10/07 – Release of the 2015 Roussanne

10/13-15 –  Wineries of Santa Clara County 2017 Fall Passport.  Reina Carillo from GVA Café is busy working up a special recipe incorporating fresh grapes (remember last year’s pizza?) for this fall’s Passport. We’ll have food to purchase and live music by… TBD for now but stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as we figure it out.

11/04 – Release of the 2014 Syrah

11/18 – Winter Wine Club Release for La Vie Dansante Wine Club Members.  This is a release for the 12 bottle club members only but members of all clubs are encouraged to stop by and try the new wines.

12/2 – Release of the LVD Wine Company “Stage Left”, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and a touch of Syrah.

12/23 – Blended Christmas Party!  Last year was casual and a lot of fun.  We’ll be showing Christmas cartoons and movies all day and enjoying holiday goodies with all of our friends.

12/24 – We’ll be closed on Christmas Eve to allow our staff to enjoy the holidays with their family.

12/30-31 – We’ll be open normal hours, noon to 5pm, on New Year’s Eve Weekend