La Vie Dansante Wines


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.

In the life of a Winemaker, June is a month to catch-up and July is a month to begin preparing for harvest. As a rule-of-thumb I figure that 90 days after the Fourth of July we’ll be knee deep in harvest. Right now I’m feeling a combination of “more ready that ever”, and “pure panic” which pretty much describes me every year at this time.

On the “ready” side, we’ve got all of our grapes under contract and the quality this year is looking exceptional. This is mostly because of the wonderful winter rains and the temperate days we’ve been having but also because over the past four years we’ve developed relationships with the local growers and are no longer the low man on the totem pole – we get better fruit. This is also the first year we don’t need to purchase a bunch of new supplies and equipment. We’re in the fourth full year of winemaking and we plan to produce about the same amount of wine as last year – 1,500 cases – so instead of buying new gear we’ll be able to use the tanks, barrels, and such that until recently held the 2014 wines which are now in bottle.

On the “panic” side – there’s only about 75 days until the first day of harvest… are you kidding me? Where did the time go? We’ve got a MILLION things to take care of before the first grapes hit the crushpad. There’s equipment to clean and repair, the Flatbed needs a smog check, we need to bottle the 2016 Whites, etc, etc, etc.

This month we’re kicking-off the La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia with “The Art and Science of Tasting Wine” on July 13th, be sure to check out the additional information under the “Events” section of this page. We’re hoping to provide a new symposium each month going forward. A list of topic can be found under “The Life”, “Wine Symposia (Classes)” tab at the top of this page. A calendar hasn’t yet been determined

We’re starting to get a little more serious about distributing La Vie Dansante wines locally. Leanne Burr ( has joined the team to head our sales and marketing effort and take a little of the stress off of me. She’ll be working with our accounts to ensure they have a supply of our latest wines at all times as well as upgrading our retail merchandising and marketing materials.


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.


7/12 – Release of the LVD Wine Company “Stage Right”.  This is our first release under our secondary label, “LVD Wine Company”.  Stage Right is a blend of approximately 60% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah.  It retails for $20 per bottle and is meant to be an everyday red wine blend.

7/17 – The second La Vie Dansante Wine Symposium (class): One Grape, Five Expressions; Syrah Around the World. 6:30 to 8:30 at GVA Cafe in downtown Morgan Hill. Tickets are $40 per person and are available in the Tasting Room or online through through the La Vie Dansante Online Wine Shop.  Wine Club discounts apply!  The first class sold out quickly and space is limited so get your tickets now.

9/09 –  Fall Wine Club Release for all La Vie Dansante Wine Club Members.  Stay tuned for more information on which wines will be included and what we’re going to do to celebrate the occasion. Expect to see an email approximately the end of August announcing the release.

TBD – Harvest 2017 begins!