Looking Ahead

A few weeks ago, it would have been hard to imagine that seemingly every aspect of our daily routines would be disrupted. On my way back from working harvest in

Calling the Pick in Honor of Ulises Valdez

When I sat down to write this journal entry, it was with the intention of focusing entirely on the practice of “calling the pick”; a crucial decision that signals the start of harvest, and, ultimately, the birth of a wine. Then, on September 12th, a longtime friend and treasured colleague, Ulises Valdez, died suddenly at the age of 49, and so I want to spend a moment remembering this dear friend and singular man.