During the month of Janaury, we use this chance (when it is not raining ) to take care of some chores. So far this year, we have:
1.Updated our computer system – nothing like a new, faster system to keep our lines of communication in top gear!
2.Cleaned out the Trailside House Cellar Room - we are going to begin offering our Reserve Cellar Room tastings on Valentine’s Day weekend (watch for details and invitations).
3.Replaced the gravel driveways with a new paving job – its race-track smooth and easy on even your best shoes!
4.Worked on Vineyard Draining systems – it seems like the entire Stags Leap District watershed passes through our vineyard and our poor vines get very wet feet!
While our to-do list still remains long … we are ready for Spring (today it is almost 70 degrees) and hope for lots of company in the Tasting Room. We’d much rather share our wine then do the chores anyway!
Baldacci White Red Christmas has been running every day to give all our customers some fun ideas to give (and get) from the winery for the Holidays. Each day is a new special with the exception of the “Napa Resident” which continues to run daily (until Saturday, December 12) and gives you a chance to live the Napa Lifestyle for a weekend with plenty of great Baldacci Family Vineyards wine to keep you happy throughout the entire year! Check out the wine page on the website baldaccivineyards.com to find out more each day!
Did many of you get a chance to see the article in the Sunday, Nov 29th, Travel Section of the San Francisco Chronicle? Check out the link to see what they had to say about “A find, hidden among Silverado’s heavy hitters” … but many of you already know!
To read the full story: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/11/29/TRKM1ANFC4.DTL
We are thankful for so many things. But, today especially, we are thankful that our new website is live!! Creating a new website is much more complicated than we thought … a year in the making! It has taken countless hours and as many glasses of wine to track down the info and photos that anyone might want to have (at a glance) — the how’s and why’s of Baldacci Family Vineyards. We hope that this becomes a site that you enjoy visiting as we continue to update our content with events at the winery, wine tasting notes, and great specials for anyone who is on our email list.
Please let us know if there are any topics that interest you and we can begin some interesting posts to share what we like to talk about … that would be wine … and us (of course!!)
After the harvest of 2008, many of you noticed the corner part of the vineyard near the Tasting Room was removed and instead of grapevines you only saw brown dirt. We are starting a process of replanting four acres of our vineyards. These vines (which are Vineyard Blocks 3 and 4) were almost 30 years old and about 90% of them were infected with some disease which left them unable to produce grapes that we could use in our wine. While most Napa Valley Cabernet vineyards produce about 3-4 tons per acre, we were lucky to harvest one ton per acre off this block of the vineyard.
We used large tractors (a D12) and many man hours to remove the vines and rip the soil down about 5 feet to really break up the many years of compaction that occurs from continual farming. Once the ground was cleared, we planted a cover crop of beans and grasses to help build the bio-mass in the structure of the soil. The cover crop grew all winter and early spring until we mowed it to get ready for the new vineyard installation. By late May, we had planted 8000 new Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The vines that we planted were Clone 7 and Clone 31. We decided to plant Dormant Bench grafts which means that these vines have already been growing for two years in a nursery environment before we planted them in our vineyard. As we cultivate these new vineyard blocks, putting our farming practices and emphasis on growth and development of the vines, we hope to see small clusters of Cabernet grapes in the Fall of 2010.
RIPPING OUT THE OLD BLOCK 3 AND 4
LIBBY (THE DOG) CHECKING OUT THE D12 AS IT IS RIPPING THE VINEYARD
PERFECTLY CLEARED VINEYARD (WITH BURN PILES)
THE COVER CROP IS ALMOST AS TALL AS DEBI
MIKE CHECKING OUT THE BURN PILES
MOWING THE COVER CROP IN LATE SPRING
INSTALLING THE END POSTS AND VINEYARD
SETTING UP THE IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE
WE ARE READY TO PLANT!!