With the long, warm summer days keeping us quite busy, we wanted to have some fun with this newsletter and focus on what summer (i.e., pre-harvest season) means to us. Namely: being outside, cooking as much as possible with produce from the garden, having outdoor dinners with friends and family and trying to read something other than vineyard-related books and newspapers.
All sorts of activity is happening in the Cartograph Garden, and we’re loving it!
Clearly, we’ve got our hands full of produce this summer if the garden yields well. As always, we’ll bring what we can in to the tasting room for you to enjoy too.
If you managed to read my LOOOONG update last month, you'll remember that we were staring at the forecast hoping that the cool weather wouldn't interrupt bloom in the vineyards. It looks like we fared much better than last year and did manage to set a decent crop; we were 100 percent through bloom somewhere around June 5.
With that in the rear-view mirror, I'm turning my attention to the cellar and our fall bottling. Tasting through all of the barrels last week, I was very excited: The wines are a bit more full on the palate than in years past. It's going to be fun to get the appellation blends figured out — which I need to go start, so I'll keep this one short.
We try to spend as much time as possible outside during summer, knowing that the rainy days in late fall and the gray days of winter will have us curled up in front of the fire soon enough. Now that we have the new vineyard, spending time there is a daily activity.
We’ve discovered that there are only so many sandwiches we can stand to schlep out to the vineyard for lunch in any given week, so we decided to put a grill out there. At the end of a long day, being able to throw something delicious on the grill and enjoy it with the vineyard view is pretty special.
Below you’ll find some of Alan’s favorite things to grill, with Serena’s suggested wine pairings.
With Rosé, Gewürz, and Riesling:
Just for fun, we’ve put together a list of books we’re reading that have absolutely nothing to do with wine. We hope you’ll have time this summer to relax and enjoy a book along with a great glass of wine.
Books that help you become smarter:
Biography and autobiography:
We have only one event slated for this summer so far (Wine’d Up, on July 16), so we thought we’d share some other fun activities happening in the Healdsburg area this summer.
June 17: Cause for Paws
June 17 - 19: Healdsburg Flix Mix
June 18: Hot Air Balloon Classic
June 23: Sundance Film Festival Shorts
July 16: Wine'd Up
July 22 - Aug. 27: Sonoma County Fair
All this talk of grilling has gotten us hungry. It's a beautiful, sunny day, so we're going to wrap up here at the tasting room and fire up the grill for Provençal Marinated Chicken Legs, which we’ll enjoy with a cold bottle of Rosé.
Alan and Serena