Author Archive | Joyce

Vineyard Math

During harvest, we are often asked math questions.  How many tons of grapes come from an acre of vineyard?  How many bottles of wine come from a ton of grapes?  If Peter picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many… Ok, just joking about that last one. But, seriously, we hear the first two questions …

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The sweet smell of Merlot in the morning

Mother Nature tried her best to derail the 2010 harvest with a cool summer, late heat, and early rain, but the grapes prevailed!  This morning, we picked nearly seven tons of Merlot from the Moon Vineyard in Carneros near Napa.  The acids and sugars were perfect, making the grapes truly “ripe for the pickin’.”   We …

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Villa del Monte Wine Club News

We are pleased to announce that Villa del Monte Wine Club shipments are scheduled for early November. Think of the fun of sharing new wines with family and friends over the holidays!  If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to do so!   At Villa del Monte Winery, we handcraft wine in small …

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A wonderful scent is in the air

All around us, there are wonderful food smells. But nothing, no nothing, beats walking into the winery during these days of crush.  The winery is filled with the aromas from two tons of freshly crushed Pinot from the Regan Vineyard in Corralitos, CA.  The cherry aroma hits you first and is quickly followed by the …

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A big shout out to our Yelp visitors

A big “thanks for visiting us” to the folks who found on us on Yelp and stopped by to taste wine. It was a pleasure to meet you and we commend your timing!  You got to see the winery in full action as we pressed Syrah, crushed Cabernet, and punched down the Pinot.  Thanks for …

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It’s going to be a busy week at the winery

This is going to be an exciting and busy week!  We’re looking forward to Tuesday when we will pick and crush two tons of Pinot from Regan Vineyards in the southern part of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Our grower says the fruit is looking beautiful! Meanwhile, the Syrah is cold-soaking in the winery, and we …

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It’s winemaking season!

 Since the weather can’t decide if it is summer or fall, we have designated it to be “Winemaking Season.” And if you were anywhere near Highway 17 or Summit Road this week, you know that there has been a flurry of winemaking activity as local wineries pick perfectly ripe fruit and crush newly harvested grapes.    …

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Award-winning wine

The results are in and Villa del Monte wines placed well at two recent competitions:  2010 California State Fair and 2010 WineMaker Magazine.  We are pleased to have received these awards: 2008 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Regan Vineyard Double Gold, 2010 California State Fair Silver, WineMaker Magazine 2008 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Quenneville …

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Bid high and bid often

At Villa del Monte Winery, we understand the importance of being a good corporate partner for our local community.  If you are attending either the Loma Prieta Education Fund Gala 2010 or the Los Gatos High School New Millennium Foundation 10th Annual Fundraiser this weekend, be sure to bid on the Villa del Monte wines and …

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Los Gatos Wine Walk

Wasn’t the Los Gatos Wine Walk great? The temperature was hot and so was the town!  It turned out to be a perfect day for shopping and wine tasting.  And ogling beautiful cars.  We enjoyed visiting with everyone who stopped to taste our Pinot, Merlot, and Chardonnay.  It was great to see so many people …

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