Growth Spurts

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in In the vineyard | No Comments

Summer in the Russian River Valley is such a beautiful time of year. Foggy mornings and warm afternoons make this an ideal time to visit wine country. Summer marks the arrival of grape clusters, which begin forming on the vines as the leaves soak up the summer sun.  From new plantings to leaf pulling to cluster development, here are […]

The Bumper Crop Year

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Day to day, In the vineyard | No Comments

Harvest 2012 ~ The Bumper Crop Year In farming they say “feast or famine” and with this year’s harvest there is no shortage of celebration in the Russian River Valley with a fantastic vintage now resting peacefully in the cellar. After a pair of unusually cool seasons in 2010 and 2011, vintages which resulted in […]

The vineyard sites

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008 in In the vineyard | No Comments

Goddard Ranch Purchased by my grandparents; Charles and Helen Bacigalupi in 1956 this ranch is the homestead of our family and the oldest ranch that we farm. With stewardship of this site for over a half a century this vineyard includes the Paris tasting block of Chardonnay. This Chardonnay which is planted to an old Wente […]

An upset in the world of wine ~ The 1976 Paris Tasting

The 1960s was the first time Charles Bacigalupi had ever heard of Chardonnay. Bob Sisson, the University of California farm adviser for Sonoma County at that time began advising Russian River Valley growers to try planting Chardonnay. Charles obtained the budwood for the Chardonnay from Karl Wente and planted 14 acres of it in 1964. […]