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The last harvest report this year for the Spring Mountain District

October 7, 2015

Stu’s last harvest report for the Spring Mountain District:

While most of the mountain has completed harvest, a few have not. The recent weather has been fabulous and with no rain in sight there’s not a lot of urgency by some. York Creek, Pride and Kieu Hoang still have a substantial percentage to go before finishing in several weeks, while 7 & 8 and Sherwin are harvesting this week and may finish this week or next.

Stu’s Spring Mountain District harvest report for The St. Helena Star this week

September 30, 2015

Stu’s report on harvest in the Spring Mountain District this week in the St. Helena Star: the endi in sight!

Most, but not all of us have finished. Vineyard 7 & 8 will be hard at it this week and next. York Creek and Pride still have several weeks to go. The early bud push, drought, and recurring heat with low humidity have been very hard on our vines and it shows. Because of the very small crop, picking costs have been exorbitant. It’s not been any easier on those of us who tend the vines or make the wine. Even with indications of exceptional quality (great color, flavors and chemistry) most of us will be happy to see the end of this harvest.

Smith-Madrone is one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries of 2015

September 24, 2015

Wine & Spirits Magazine has selected Smith-Madrone as one of its Top 100 Wineries of 2015. “Celebrating its 12th anniversary, Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Tasting Event honors those wineries from around the world that delivered the best overall performances in Wine & Spirits tastings throughout the year. Since its inception eleven years ago, the event has been produced in San Francisco, with Bay Area chefs and local artisanal purveyors serving signature specialties to complement the premier bottlings of the honored wineries,” explains editor and publisher Josh Greene.

The magazine celebrates the winners at a special event on October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City View at Metreon (135 4th Street) in San Francisco. The event is a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper. Ticket info here. Wine & Spirits Annual Buying Guide, on sale October 13, 2015, will feature a profile of the winery.

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District this week

September 23, 2015

Stu’s report on harvest in the Spring Mountain District this week in the St. Helena Star:

With just over an inch of rain last week, harvest slowed down considerably. This week most folks are finishing their merlot and are waiting a little longer for the cabernet sauvignon to ripen. York Creek is very happy that their zinfandel, merlot and petite syrah came in heavier than expected. Both Keenan and Spring Mountain wineries are only modestly down from last year, yet all of us have at least one if not several blocks that have yields that are dramatically down (60-plus percent) from last year. Stony Hill and Smith-Madrone finished last week and Schweiger will finish this week. The color, flavor profiles and chemistry continue to impress us all.

A celebration of story telling!

September 19, 2015

Smith-Madrone is delighted to be the winery partner for a celebration of storytelling taking place at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on September 21. Glynn Washington and Roman Mars will chat with author Jessica Abel about her new book, Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio. The event starts at 6:00 pm with a “radio fest” where you can talk to local public radio stations and shows including KQED, KALW, The Kitchen Sisters, The Stanford Storytelling Project, Radiotopia and Detour; the program continues at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets and more info:

Stu’s Spring Mountain District harvest report for this week’s St. Helena Star

September 17, 2015

Stu’s report on harvest in the Spring Mountain District this week in the St. Helena Star:

Single-digit humidity and hot weather motivated the mountain to begin harvesting red grapes in earnest. Most are harvesting either cabernet sauvignon and/or merlot, yet Spring Mountain Winery is harvesting some petit verdot and cabernet franc. Keenan is working on merlot and holding out for cabernet sauvignon, as is Sherwin. Cain, Schweiger and Smith-Madrone are looking to finish harvest next week. No question this growing season and harvest is one of the strangest in memory, even more so now because of the Valley Fire.

Smith-Madrone the only Napa winery on a British tv show airing September 20

September 16, 2015

Smith-Madrone was the only Napa Valley winery Olly Smith visited for a segment of his British TV show, Jeni and Olly’s West Coast Wine Adventures, this summer.

If you’re in the UK, the program airs on September 20 at 19:30 GMT. More info at this link. Stay tuned while we find out how Americans can watch it!