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Pinot grapes at Dutton Ranch's Campbell Vineyard...
Harvest is almost here! (in some places)
It's the most wonderful time of the year for those of us in wine country! The culmination of all the year's labor is coming together for the growers, and the pass-off to the winery at hand.
Dutton Ranch started harvesting grapes for sparkling wines this week (which always come in early so you get fruit at higher acids and lower sugars). We're heading into a very warm spell, and may even hit 100 (or more!) today and for the next week here in Sebastopol, which is a rarity. As a result, picks for still wines in Steve's Dutton Ranch vineyards in Green Valley are filling up his scheduling whiteboard.
With Dutton-Goldfield's vineyards strung along the coast from Marin to Mendocino, that means different vineyards are at different stages of ripening for us. The picture of the Pinot cluster at the top was taken last weekend at Dutton Ranch's Campbell Vineyard in Green Valley of Russian River Valley; the picture of Pinot here was taken the next day at Bill Aubuchon's Docker Hill Vineyard in Mendocino County—big difference!
...and at Docker Hill Vineyard in Mendocino
This breadth of vineyards and ripening rate means the picking time for us extends to about 6-8 weeks—typically, we start around Labor Day and wrap up sometime before Halloween (or sometimes even creep into early November). While Dutton-Goldfield doesn't have any of our vineyards on the picking board yet, that might soon change, and push us into an earlier than Labor Day start to our harvest (sorry, Dan). Good thing our interns are starting next week to get the place clean and prepped for the incoming fruit.
Stay tuned for more harvest updates, here in our emails, and on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
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or Create Your Own!
If you can't come to visit us, the next best way to connect with DG over a glass of wine is our Virtual Tastings. Join us for one of these upcoming Virtual Happy Hours, book one of our Virtual Tasting packages, or email us to put together your own customized Virtual Tasting.
► Virtual Taste of Place - **Wine Club Only** - August 21 at 3:30pm PST
We're taking our annual Wine Club Taste of Place event to the Zoom waves this year. Meet the vineyard stewards and hear the stories behind some of your favorite Pinots: Bill Aubuchon (Docker Hill Vineyard), Ulyses & Malia Van der Kamp, and Barbara McDougall. We are almost filled, so make your reservation today! Buy package (must log in to access).
► New Kids on the Block - Friday, September 4 at 4pm PST
Taste our newest additions to the DG portfolio with us: 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast), 2017 Van der Kamp Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain), and 2017 Docker Hill Pinot Noir (Mendocino County). Reserve your space | Buy package.
► Cool Runnings with DG Chardonnays - September 18 at 4pm PST
We think our cool climate Chardonnays are some of the best produced (yes, we are a bit biased). Join us as we taste our three single-vineyard Chardonnays: the fifty-one-year-old Rued Vineyard, our classic Walker Hill, and from Marin County, Devil’s Gulch. We’ll supply the wine, you bring the oysters. Reserve your space | Buy package.
► Create Your Own Custom Virtual Tasting
Have a business meeting you need to replace with something virtual and fun? Or a wine group who would like to dive deep into a varietal or region? Or just a group of wine fans who'd like to connect over a tasting? We'd love to help you put together a Virtual Tasting with the wines of your choice. Email us to make a plan!
Make an Appointment to Visit Us
Yes, we are still open on our patio, and invite you to visit us. In order to maintain our social distancing and sanitizing protocols, tastings are available only by appointment. We have a maximum of 3 appointments each hour, so we can ensure we have adequate space between tables of groups, and time for cleaning and sanitizing, and can take a maximum of 4 people per group at our tables.
Summer Wines still available at 10% off cases!
We've already sold out of one of the wines, but have extended our popular Summer Whites offer through the end of August. Plus, we just got word that October's Wine Enthusiast will include scores of 94 for our Pinot Blanc, and 93 & Editor's Choice for our Riesling!
Order any of the wines below—either all of one or mix and match—and your price will automatically be adjusted to 10% off. For our wine club friends, this is on top of your club preferred pricing on the wines!
2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir
2019 Shop Block Pinot Blanc
2019 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Gewürztraminer
2018 Green Valley Vineyard Gewürztraminer
2017 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling - SOLD OUT
2018 Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling
Our overnight shipping for half-price deal is still in place,
so you can be enjoying your wines right away!
We hope you're all staying well, and look forward to sharing our wines and our home with you!
Your friends at DG