Barreled - A Winery Blog

Welcome to our "Barreled" Blog.  Sit back or paddle in to all things Longboard...

Longboard Vineyards is releasing two unique sparkling wines just in time for the holiday season. I had a love-affair with Méthode Champenoise since 1985. That year, while still an Enology student at UC Davis, I spent the first of two harvests with Domain Chandon in Napa Valley. It was because of a recommendation from Dawnine Dyer, Chandon’s winemaker, that I later got my first ...

Syrah Wine in USA

What guides us in the vineyard

Farming Practices at Longboard Vineyards

I have been thinking about bullies lately.  As a kid in the schoolyard and a teenager growing up in a small beach town on the shores of the Mediterranean, I ran into my share of them.  Whether because of genetics or my family history (most likely a mix of both) – I grew up as a sensitive male who shied away from confrontational situations yet at the same time, I was always very ...

Today is one of those foggy and quiet mornings in Russian River Valley. Low grey clouds mixed with wispy fog that still allows you to experience the vivid shades of green from the healthy growth on the grapevines. Something is different about sound quality on mornings like this, I wonder if the low clouds act as would walls of padded recording studio – bouncing and distilling s ...

Things that go into winemaking

Expanding a bit on the email we sent in January… 2012 is now gone and despite the rumors of the planet’s demise, we are mostly here in one or more pieces.  Nature delivered us a great gift this past harvest (Longboard’s 15th); a bountiful crop that was both free of pests and diseases and brimming with developed flavors.  I know, it is boring to hear another winemaker say that ...

I was never good at Math, as anyone who worked for me in the cellar can attest to – I always tell them to assume I screwed up the math on the workorder and to check for themselves that what I wrote down makes sense.  But I think I’m right in calculating that this past vintage was Longboard’s 15th harvest (with 1998 being the first, please let me know if I screwed up this calcul ...

As a teenager, I was drawn to science fiction books. As soon as Asimov, Herbert or C. Clarke published a new one, I was on it like a Hobo on a Ham sandwich. It was science fiction that introduced me to the concept of Entropy (a thermodynamic property of systems, basically the observation that isolated systems tend to lose energy and eventually collapse). You may ask what does ...