Welcome to my blog. As the resident winemaker I have so much to share with my loyal followers. With this blog I hope to create a dialogue be myself and my fans. I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for wine with you. I hope you will give me input about what you would like to learn about. Also, this blog will keep you posted on what is happening at Old Coach Vineyards & Winery.
Old Coach Vineyards has exploded into an abundant lush green foliage and a heavy uniform crop of beautiful grapes, all just eager to mature into what we hope is the best crop ever. This time of year the golden hills and summer wildflowers are only outmatched by that green vineyard canopy. We are constantly vigilant of the delicate balance we have especially in our sustainable vineyards. The sight of our mower and of our weed-eater, the silent soar of our resident owl families [...]
We are grateful that our vines are 10-15 years old and well established, and that we can adjust irrigation, and nurture vines through these confusing weather patterns. Having been in agriculture of some sort all my life, I have seen these misbehaving weather patterns before. But now, with technology of finely tuned minimalist drip irrigation, on finely adjusted time clocks, and soil rinsing with a sudden welcome drenching rain or good deep well water, the effects of drought and mineral build up in [...]
What else do you want to say about this, about your wine, about anything at all? I have always been a pretty good cook, and Jason is also a good gourmet cook. I am sensitive to harsh tannins, he loves the nose and focuses on aromatics and mid pallet. So, when we co-blend we have the whole experience covered and the two of us come up with a nice balanced blend. I am proud of my wine and how far reaching it has [...]
What is your advice for women wanting to follow in your footsteps? Do your homework. By that I mean, educate yourself on all aspects of wine growing, wine making and especially on wine marketing with the utmost integrity. Making a profit quickly cannot be the most important thing here. As they say: “If you want to make a small fortune in wine growing or winemaking, start out with a large fortune” What I am most eager to advise is, go slow, know all [...]
I have limited myself to making 1,000 cases a year. With that I can have a balanced life. If I produce more grapes than that, I sell a few tons to what I feel are some of the best winemakers in the area. I have grown to where I want to be. I have the location and plenty of land to grow many times my size. It could be taken to huge numbers but I like the management of this size for me [...]
What roll does your spouse/partner play in the vineyard/wine making/ business decisions related to the wine business? My husband is as enthusiastic as I about our winery and the industry in general, and supplied seed money for development and support until we could recoup our costs and became profitable. He stands back, evaluates, calls it like it is, demands quality and efficiency, helps with marketing, and is a good business partner. He asks good questions, then lets me run with it. Jason has [...]