VIDON Under Glass

VIDON Under Glass

My experience opening a bottle of wine the other night motivated me to write this month’s newsletter. After successfully extracting half the cork (leaving the other half firmly in place in the bottom of the neck to be retrieved only after a great deal of wrangling),...
VIDON – Past, Present & Future

VIDON – Past, Present & Future

While on a Sunday drive around wine country in September, 1999, we noticed a ‘For Sale’ sign on Hillside Drive advertising 20 acres. Visible from the sign posting was an abandoned house, a double-wide, old cars, appliances, tires, old 55-gallon barrels and junk of...
Planting a New Block

Planting a New Block

A New Vineyard Block is Planted Early this month the last block in VIDON Vineyard was planted bringing the total vine acreage up to 12.5. This 2.4 acres of Pinot Noir includes another acre of Pommard (Hans is popular), 0.4 acres of Clone 115 (Mirabelle) and an acre of...
Pruning – the Winter Work

Pruning – the Winter Work

After harvest, when the wines are aging in barrels, the vines begin losing their leaves and become dormant. Pruning, the major winter vineyard work, can be done any time between leaf loss and bud break. However, we usually start the process in January when the canes...
Sulfites in Wine

Sulfites in Wine

Sulfites in Wine There’s a lot of misunderstanding and erroneous information about sulfites in wine. I’d like to try and help set the record straight. Sulfites occur naturally in all wines. Yeasts produce sulfites during fermentation so nearly every wine has some...