We are excited to introduce the newest members of the Siduri team, Sarah Weuthrich, our new Assistant Winemaker and Tyler Bruner, our new Tasting Room Manager. They come to us with extensive and varied backgrounds in the world of winemaking and hospitality. We’re so excited for the experience and passion they bring to the team.
I am very sad to say that Catherine Robison is no longer with Siduri Wines. As many of you know, Catherine has been an integral part of Siduri for many years now. And many of you have developed personal relationships with Catherine over the years from time spent with her on the phone or at our Open Houses. She will certainly be missed by many of you and all of us.
The great news is that we have a fantastic team stepping into Catherine’s shoes -- Jenny Shannon, Kellyann Azevedo and Kieran Murphy. You will all get to know them as well as I have over the next few months, but in the interim I asked them to introduce themselves to all of you, so “Jenny, Kellyann and Kieran, take it away:”
Cellar Update from Our Winemaker and Founder, Adam Lee
As I am sure you’ve heard, it has been pretty wet here in California. While that is fantastic news for the vines it has, in a few cases, put us a little bit behind in getting things pruned. That’s not a big issue, but may end up pushing harvest back a few days if this rainy weather continues. However, just because it is wet outside, doesn’t mean that we aren’t busy inside the winery. In fact, we’ve been getting things done at a pretty remarkable pace.
Over the years we’ve received more than our fair share of great press. We’ve had favorable articles written about our wines, our journey from Texas, and so many other aspects of Siduri’s 20+ year existence. But one thing that hasn’t been mentioned much is our tasting room. That’s because it’s been in a warehouse and, quite frankly, the atmosphere wasn’t what some wine writers were seeking out. Well, that has changed with our new tasting room in Healdsburg and we recently had this fantastic article written about the new gigs up north. We hope you can join us there sometime soon (and we do still have the winery tasting room as well for those of you who want the less fancy approach). Read the Press Democrat article here.
The 2016 Siduri and Novy harvest came to an end on Friday, October 7, 2016. At least that’s when we processed our last grapes. There’s still a great deal of work to do after the fruit arrives, with over 3 weeks of punchdowns, pressing, and clean up still ahead of us!
Our 2016 Harvest began on August 24 with arrival of our first grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is our tradition every year to propose a toast with the entire SIDURI crew for a successful, safe and happy harvest!
Harvest is just around the corner and it looks like it is coming on pretty quickly. In the past few days, I’ve been out in vineyards in Sonoma County, the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the Sta. Rita Hills and I am guessing we are about 2-3 weeks away from our first pick. These are the days that we follow the weather particularly closely as a cool down or a heat spike can change harvest timing dramatically.
As we write this, the 2016 harvest is approaching quickly! We are starting to see color in some of our vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Russian River Valley and other locations won’t be far behind. The start of color usually means that harvest is a mere 45 days away. This likely means a late August start to harvest – perhaps a week behind last year – but still remarkably early by historical standards. It appears that Oregon is even ahead of last year’s record setting pace. Yields are up a bit from last year in most places, but still down from the record highs of the 2012-2014 period.