The Life of Helen Bacigalupi – 60 years of grape growing excellence

The Life of Helen Bacigalupi – 60 years of grape growing excellence

I was born Helen Kathryn Long in Utah on December, 1925 at 8:30 p.m. My father’s side of the family was from Iowa, where he was born. My mother was born in Hungary and came to the U.S. as a small child. My aunt was already here working as an indentured servant and was able […]

Harvest 2016 ~ The New Norm

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Day to day, In the vineyard | No Comments
Harvest 2016 ~ The New Norm

Harvest 2016 ~ The New Norm Early is the new norm, that could be the mantra for the 2016 harvest as this year’s season continued the trend of an earlier than usual start. With an average rainfall and moderate temperatures this year’s fruit is looking to be of superior quality. The generous winter rainfall built […]

Frost Ranch History

Frost Ranch History

Frost Ranch History        Since 1956 our family has been farming in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyards today are comprised of three different parcels; the Goddard Ranch, Bloom Ranch and Frost Ranch. Each parcel has its own unique story as to how it became a part of our family vineyards. This spring […]

New technology for better farming

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Day to day, In the vineyard | 2 Comments
New technology for better farming

      As growers we are stewards of the land and are always working to improve farming techniques to become more and more environmentally friendly.  One of the ways we are accomplishing this is by reducing the herbicide and pesticide use in the vineyard, but what do we replace it with?  While doing research […]

The Artist on the Road comes to Westside Road

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Day to day, In the vineyard, News | No Comments

Richard Sheppard is The Artist on the Road and recently he came to the Westside Road to do some sketching and talk grapes with Charles Bacigalupi. His article on the 1976 Paris Tasting and sketches of the vineyard were recently featured in the harvest edition of the Press Democrat. Here is one of his sketches […]

From vine to hand to bottle; the truth about hand harvesting

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Day to day, In the vineyard | No Comments

Gloves- check, head lamp- check, multiple layers- check. Its nearing 12 am and I am on my way out the door to start my day, or night rather of picking. Hand harvesting is by far most meticulous and pain staking way to harvest grapes, however it is also a great way to get an idea of the […]