Cartograph Wines Alan & Serena
December 10, 2019 | Cartograph Wines Alan & Serena

2019: A Year in Review

As we look back on 2019, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments of each month. Every season brings its annual tasks, but every year they’re slightly different. Here are some of our fondest memories from 2019.


Think January is the dead of winter and there’s not much going on? In reality, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make sure the Rosé and white wines are all cleaned up and ready to bottle. It’s our last chance to make sure we’re setting up each wine for a successful life in the bottle.


Brut Rosé for Valentine’s Day! We needed an excuse to open the Brut Rosé, and this seemed like a good occasion.


The Cartograph Estate vineyard received its sustainable certification!


Budbreak!!! We love budbreak, because it sets the markers for our harvest timetable and kicks off the excitement of the growing season. It’s a time of pure optimism. At this time of year, the vines hadn’t suffered any slights like a late rain or long heat spell, so we could look ahead and dream of an ideal growing season.


We greeted spring by planting veggies and cleaning up the vineyard to get it ready to support the new vines.


Spending as much time as possible at the outdoor office.


Every couple of years, we showcase Cartograph at a tasting venue outside of Sonoma County. This year, we had the pleasure of returning to the International Pinot Noir Festival (IPNC) in McMinnville, Ore., with our 2016 Cartograph Estate Pinot Noir.


This year, we were twiddling our thumbs during most of August, when we’d normally be driving all over Sonoma and Mendocino counties sugar sampling and getting everything ready for harvest. We discovered it’s just as stressful to wait around not doing those tasks as it is to be buried by them. Who knew?


The frenetic of energy of harvest means you have to fire on all cylinders to make sure everything gets done. This year was crazy, with five days straight of all the Pinot fruit coming in.


We had our epic adventure to Oregon to get Riesling, and our last grape pick was Oct. 25. It’s always a bittersweet combination of joy at wrapping up harvest and sadness that our days in the vineyard are ending for the year. This year, though, we’re looking back with gratitude and relief that our fruit came into the winery before the Kincade fire.


We continued the tradition of our end-of-harvest celebration lunch with Cartograph Circle members! And Virginie Boone gave us a wonderful 92-point review of the 2013 Brut Rosé. (harvest lunch) We also picked olives for curing at home. While we have 200 olive trees, most of them produced few to no olives this year, so we didn't even pretend that we could press oil. We will have some nice snacks in a few weeks, though, after the curing olives mellow out.


This chapter is being written right now, but we look forward to spending time with friends and family this holiday season.


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