Sunday, January 30, 2011

Foursight in Opus Vino Book!

Several of our Foursight wines are featured in the book Opus Vino: a new book featuring 1,000 of the world's greatest wineries and their wines! I went to order our second copy today and happened to watch the video on Amazon's Web site. Lo and behold, you see the Foursight Zero New Oak Pinot label twice during this film. We're honored that our small, 1,000-case-production winery was chosen for a project like this.

Click here to watch the video.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gold Medal Gewurzt and More at the 2011 SF Chronicle Competition!

The results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition have been announced! Yet again, every wine we entered was awarded a medal, and for that to happen amongst thousands of wines, year after year, makes us very proud.

Our first-ever Gewurztraminer -- the 2009 Anderson Valley Gewurzt -- won a Gold Medal at this year's competition. This is the second gold for this wine: it was awarded a Gold Medal and runner-up to Sweepstakes White Wine at the Mendocino County Wine Competition in Fall 2010. Considering these are the only two competitions we've entered the wine in, we're thrilled!

Our Sauvignon Blanc always seems to do well at the Chronicle Wine Competition. The soon-to-be-released 2009 vintage just received a Silver Medal. The 2008 vintage (currently for sale but we're getting low on inventory!) received a  Double Gold Medal and the 2007 vintage was awarded a Gold. That's a pretty impressive roster.

Our 2008 Pinot Noirs also received medals at this year's competition, following in a line of Silver and Double Golds for our previous vintages.

Unfortunately, we won't be pouring at the competition's big Fort Mason tasting this year due to an event conflict, but all these wines can be tasted in our tasting room in Boonville. We'll also be pouring the 2009 Gewurztraminer at the International Alsace Varietals Festival on February 12 & 13 (go to avwines.com for more information).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Good and Bad of a New Year

Even though the tasting room has been closed all month, it still seems like the past 17 days have slipped by in a rush. Here at Foursight we've been cleaning up the tasting room, refinishing the floors, and working on January wine clubs. As I write this, Bill and Nancy and friends are arriving in Costa Rica for a much-needed vacation. Joe and I are planning our second trip up to our ski rental in Tahoe. Most exciting for me is the fact that all the hideous wallpaper in the upstairs bedroom is finally getting stripped away for a fresh coast of paint.

As productive and exciting as all of that has been, there have been low points too. This past week the matriarch of my mother's family - my last remaining grandparent - passed away. She had been ill for quite a while and we were well-prepared by the doctors, but it's still an immensely sad time.

My grandmother and I had a special bond: I was born on her birthday. For 29 years we've celebrated our birthdays together -- not always on that day, but usually within the week. They called us "the birthday girls" whenever September rolled around. It was something I took for granted, but will never be able to enjoy again, and that's heartbreaking.

My grandmother was 88 - a long life by anyone's standards - but she'll be missed. As we move forward into 2011, I know we'll remember her and be reminded by our loss to treasure the years we have left. They are finite.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Significance of 1/1/11

Happy New Year! Today we're all celebrating 1/1/11 -- hopefully without the hangover that usually accompanies a new year. I know the thought of being at work today made me temper my usual ways. ... Luckily.

As it turns out, 1/1/11 is an interesting date in numerology, but not considered lucky in some cultures like 7/7/07 or 8/8/08 was (do you remember all the couples rushing to get married on those days)? This is what I've found out about today's date and what it signifies for the rest of the year:

If you add 1/1/11 up, it equals four, which signifies a square or box, which has a link to orderliness. So, if you believe the world wide web, 2011 will be all about tidying up our lives and putting things in order, no matter what last year held. Apparently this year will be less about people as individuals and more about coming together and having a unified purpose and global vision.

A search for today's date also turns up quite a few references to the Bible: specifically Ecclesiastes 1:1-11. I'm no Bible buff, but apparently this work proclaims man's actions to be vain, meaningless and transitory. Translations either suggest its meaning is that you should enjoy the simple things in life, such as eating, drinking, and taking enjoyment in one's work, which area gift from God, or that you should ignore physical pleasures and put your efforts toward God's commandments. .... I think I'll go for the first, thanks!

As for my personal reflection on the first day of the new year, I happen to be sitting at my desk, completing inventory and year-end financials. Definitely not one of life's simple pleasures. More like a necessary evil.

I have to admit, though, that 2010 was less eventful than 2009 for us here at Foursight, and we're thankful for it. With the opening of the tasting room (and endless construction and landscaping), a wedding, and numerous other events, 2009 was never boring. Let's face it: sometimes boring is good.

2010 passed a little more slowly, with our tasting getting busier and the family making more wine here at the facility. I quit my second job (and my personal stress level plummeted). Even the weather seemed to spare us, with all our grapes coming off the vine before the rains.

So far, 2011 shows a lot of promise. Business growth is good and the projections look great, along with signs of a strengthening economy. We have some projects around the winery scheduled for springtime, and a whole new line-up of wines to release soon. The family has more time off planned for this year, keeping us rested and sane.

So here's to an uneventful, productive, unifying new year where we have a chance to enjoy the simple pleasures in life!