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August 1, 2018 | Cinde Dolphin

August Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Zin Pack Sale - Month of August
Taste of Amador - Aug. 18
Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour - Aug. 25
Summer Concert Series - Aug. 25
 
Hello Friends,
 
August is beginning with great growing conditions. Temperatures during the day are in the mid 90's, evenings down in the low 60's. This 30-degree temperature shift is just what the vines need for ideal growing conditions. Veraison is almost complete, setting the stage for a slightly later than normal harvest in mid to late September.
 
Growth on the vines is a bit inconsistent due to cold wet weather in May. The ground stayed cold much longer than usual leading to a late bloom and fruit set. During this time we got some additional rain and even hail. Some vineyard blocks responded with heavy clusters, while others have slightly lighter clusters. With that said, we should end up with normal tonnage this year!
 
We just finished bottling a good portion of the 2017 vintage. Sneak peek - we are very happy with each of the wines! Once again, we think our Zinfandels are superb and the Italian varietals astounding. And, our Carneros Chardonnay is off the charts. We'll let them all rest in the bottle for 6-12 months except for the Chardonnay, which will be released during the Holidays.
 
You may have missed our newsletter over the last couple of months. We had an exceptionally busy June and July. Between cellar duties, tilling the vineyards, and an active schedule of youth sporting events, we just had to prioritize. The newsletter is our favorite way to stay in touch with Story friends, and we make every effort to keep it on schedule. Thanks for your patience. We're also happy to report the matriarch or our wine family, Jan Tichenor, is around a lot more these days. You'll find her in the tasting room and walking the grounds, warmly welcoming our guests.
 
This time of the year, we like to do a wrap-up of the current wine competition awards. We received some very impressive ribbons and honors from across the state, including Best of Class (Sangiovese, Primtivo Amado Co. Fair), Best Italian Wine (Primitivo, Amador Co. fair) and a few Double Golds (Barbera & Picnic Hill, El Dorado Co. Fair). All in all 9 Golds, 18 Silvers, and 5 bronze medals from just 4 competitions: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Orange County Wine Society Competition, El Dorado and Amador County Fairs.
 
Finally, plan to join us at the end of the month for our August concert series with Mike & Bobby ROCK (details below). Please stop in our tasting room, and take time to enjoy the spectacular grounds. Our vineyards are full of vivid color as we prepare for the upcoming harvest season!
 
Cheers, 
The Story Winery Family

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Zin Pack Sale - Month of August
This month, our luscious Zins (all of them!) are 30% off when six or more bottles are purchased. Stock up on your favorites before you run out. Mix or match!
Taste of Amador 2018 - Aug. 18 6 to 9pm
Guests are invited to wander the shaded, lush gardens of Hanford Courte Park in Sutter Creek to taste and enjoy delicious offerings of food and wine. Stop by and say "Hi" to our tasting room crew! Tickets available online.
 
Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour - Aug. 25 4 to 7pm
Come experience the history of the majestic Preston Castle. Attendees will sample fine wines from Amador wine country, and listen to live music on the patio. An added treat - view the unrestricted areas of the Castle where docents will be available to answer your questions. Purchase tickets here.
 
Summer Concert Series - Aug. 25 11am to 3pm
It's the last show of our Summer Concert Series. Don't miss it! The duo of Mike and Bobby ROCK will perform on our stage and play a wide variety of music including classics, as well as current favorites. Bring a picnic and enjoy the afternoon under our beautiful oak trees.

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