Another Early Harvest

Chalk it up to the drought or global warming, we about to head into Crush 2015. But as you'll hear in the coming weeks and months, this is a strange growing year. Partly due to the drought but mostly due to the long 'bloom' time the vines experienced during flowering and fruit set. Typically this process takes 7-10 days in a vineyard. This year it took 3 weeks! That extended bloom has reached havoc with cluster uniformity, shattered clusters, and above all weird chemistry. So we head into the year not exactly know what to expect....

The same could be said about last year. But that had an entirely different set of variables, the largest of which was a major forest fire right below our doorstep. The good news it the wine from last year tastes fantastic. We recently bottled the 10-month aged reds and was happy to see the color and concentration of the wines was off the charts.

We'll definitely have more to report in the coming weeks so stay tuned....

STORY AROUND TOWN

 

Wine Club BBQ (members only)
Saturday Aug. 22 –11:30 – 3:30
There’s still time to join the Story Wine Club. You and a guest will be invited to this awesome complimentary event that includes a barbecue buffet, provided by Sierra Smokehouse, of ribs, brisket, tri-tip and more. And, of course, we’re serving some of our award winning wines. Call or email Susie (susie@zin.com) to RSVP 209-245-6208.

El Dorado Hills CSD, Saturday Night In the Park
Saturday August 22, 5-9PM
The Chamber and the Community of El Dorado Hills host this event annually that draws more than 4,000 locals. We’ll be pouring Story Wines from 5 to 9pm, but there are lots of activities for the whole family and delicious food from local restaurants. Check out the website (link).

Mystery Box Special
Friday thru Sunday,  August 28-30
Test your intuition with our mystery box special. Boxes are pre-made with valuable selections from our wine tasting list. A box of two wines is just $30 or a box of four wines is just $60. No one ever goes home unhappy! 

The Big Crush 2015
October 3-4  11-4
Pre-event tickets are officially available. Go to the website (link) now, and purchase tickets for a $5 discount.