Blog, sometimes it an annual thing, although according to my taskmaster, Chelli, I’m supposed to do this more frequently!
I’m going to chat a bit about what I see going on in the vineyard right around the house. This is easy since I see it every day, at least like maybe, 6 times a day. I drive out in the morning along a row of Cabernet grapes. I come back along the same row. I sit on the back porch and look out at a different clone of Cabernet that’s planted about 15 feet from the deck where I usually eat lunch. Right now I’m sitting along a few rows of younger vines along the side deck off the kitchen. These are developing a little differently from the rest.
Anyway, point being, I see these grapes every day, all day. It’s kinda like kids or dogs or rabbits or the like, if you see them every day, you aren’t too surprised by how big they have become, it's just an ongoing thing. We have a lot of grapes on the vines, the clusters are pretty large in comparison to last years. Or so it seems to me, just sayin’.
I am thinking that this years’ harvest has the potential to be a pretty large crop of some well-watered and well-fed grapes. The flavors should be concentrated if the heat keeps up.
The single largest issue that has been lurking around has been the potential for “powdery mildew”. The mildew can certainly spoil the grapes and wreck havoc on the vines if not taken care of appropriately. But, so far, so good. Not seeing any signs of the beast.
I will try to keep posting “Views from the Vineyard Deck” more consistently as the Summer morphs into harvest season and maintain a bit more current views on the progress of our local vineyard.
That’s all for now and, as always, if you are in the neighborhood, give a shout and if we are home, come on by for a visit.
Keith Webster (and of course Chelli, the Boss)
We sincerely thank all of you who emailed or sent text messages to us following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa Valley early on the morning of Sunday, August 24, 2014. We appreciate your concern for our well being.
Much like you, our hearts go out to the wider community which has been affected by this disaster. We are very proud to be part of a community that comes together and supports each other in times such as these, making it possible to move forward, stronger than ever.
The news networks are covering many of the worst cases of damage. At last count, 33 downtown Napa buildings have been red tagged, condemned as unusable. It appears that we are coming out of the cleanup and beginning recovery, unfortunately, there were many injured and many local businesses and homes have been severely affected by the damage caused.
Webster Cellars made it through with minimal damage to our inventory, but some of our counterparts have experienced significant loses. We wish them a swift and full recovery.
Napa has seen many natural disasters from flood, fire, recession and earthquake. We will overcome this latest one and come back even stronger. Please continue to support the Napa Valley and keep us in your prayers and thoughts.
Thanks again for reaching out to us with such great compassion and concern – it is great to know that we have such caring friends!
Keith & Chelli, Webster Cellars
A blog, what a responsibility!!
My marketing VP told me I could write a blog, I’m not actually sure what a blog is supposed to be other than a rambling stream of conscious. So, here goes. Oh, and I suppose it should be about something to do with Wine.
The other thing is, I’m not really much of a wine geek so my blog might be more about what I’m thinking and feeling than what it takes to make a great wine.
Great wine is pretty much like anything that’s great, highly subjective. Either you like it or you don’t. Art, cars, flowers, clothes, you name it and it’s what you like, not what anybody tells you that you should think is great or good.
Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time drinking a fair amount of fermented grape juice and discovered that the style of wine I like is a bit more finessed than some of the most recent offerings from a lot of the folks in the wine business these days, so I decided to make my own. I knew that the grapes totally make the wine, and that some of the best red wine grapes that make one of my favorite types of wines come from around the neighborhood I decided to move to, Napa Valley, California.
So, here I am, living in St Helena, CA with my amazing sweetie and making what I think may be some of the best tasting wines around. I started making wines that reminded me of the wines I drank growing up in Europe as a kid and having a bunch of fun doing it! Making wine and having your friends around helping you make, bottle and taste the wines that you’ve just taken out of the barrel, tasted and blended into a fabulous Bordeaux style red wine blend.
Now what could you do that’s more fun than that? I spent the better part of my life travelling around the world, enjoying art, theater, eating great food, cooking great food, drinking wonderful wines and learning what it is that I like in both food and wine. I think that qualifies me as an expert in what I really like, remember, we started off there, talking about what makes great wine.
So, from here on out, the next time you see my “Blog” here, we are going to be discussing the finer things in life and just general ruminations on living the “high life” in wine country and all the cool things that happen here during my tenure.
Ciao for now!!!
Keith Webster, “the best winemaker you've never heard of”.
St Helena, California