Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rockin' Video #2: Harvest 2011 Begins!

Last year we started creating crush videos, but refused to set them to soft jazz or instrumental (snore). So, to that end, we're kicking off 2011 with the Beatles -- definite rock icons. Because of the massive amount of footage we took this vintage, there will several installments.

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone out there is having a fantastic holiday! On this day I wanted to say a big thank you to all our customers, wine club members, and friends and family who have supported us during the past few years. We're thankful for you, and all you've done to help us realize our dream. (air kisses!) :)

Now down to the serious business: what am I eating today? The normal turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (albeit my nana's apple and cranberry from scratch - yum!), along with roasted sweet potatoes, a broccoli ring with hollandaise (no idea where it came from, but hollandaise and butter makes everything delicious) and rolls with my mother's homemade jam. It's all too delicious.

What are we drinking? Bubbles to start -- probably Roederer Estate Brut. Foursight Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Gewurztraminer cut through the thick hollandaise and butter, plus the Gewurzt is awesome with turkey. Then Pinot Noir, of course, which I love with simply roasted sweet potatoes and the not-too-acidic cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie for dessert, with our 2009 Semillon (just try it - it's amazing together).

Happy Eating!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Foursight in the Press!

We've been very lucky to be mentioned in some great publications this fall, as well as being discovered by some up-and-coming writers. And we've just barely released our 2009 Pinots. I have to admit, however, that I've gotten so caught up with posting on Facebook, Twitter and the like, that I've been neglecting to put it all on our blog! Smartphones make it too easy...

So, to that end, here are links to some fantastic articles about our tiny winery. Enjoy, and have a fantastic Thanksgiving! We're headed to the in-laws house, then back here for the tasting room. We'll be open all Thanskgiving weekend for those looking for some fun with the family!

FOURSIGHT IN THE PRESS

Foursight's 2009 Zero New Oak is "Wine of the Week" from Elin McCoy, also a wine columnist for Bloomberg News: www.zesterdaily.com/drinking/1111-foursight-zero-new-oak-pinot-noir

We're featured in VIA Magazine: http://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/californias-highway-128#relatedlinks

Foursight's entire line-up in the Aspen Daily News: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/149983

Our little winery is in the Sacramento Bee, among many others: http://www.localgetaways.com/2011/10/anderson-valley-the-perfect-weekend-getaway/

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Will Global Warming Force Us to Change Varietals?

It's a big question that no one in the industry really wants to have to address, but one that's been tugging at the back of our minds for some time. Will we eventually be too warm to grow the grapes that we currently grow?

Yesterday's NPR article summed up the concerns nicely. If we are able to breed new grapes that are more drought-tolerant and heat-resistant, will we be able to sell them? If we have to make up new names for new grapes to adapt to the new climate, will they be commercially successful if consumers still want Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir instead?

It's a bit scary to think about, especially since the NPR article states that we might have to worry about it as soon as 2040 :"According to a recent study from Stanford University, about 2 degrees of warming could reduce California's premium wine-growing land by 30 to 50 percent. That could happen as soon as 2040. Water supply is also expected to be an issue...."

One thing that's slightly comforting to me is that Anderson Valley is starting out as the coldest commercial grape growing region: region one. That means that, if we continue to warm over the next 30 years, then maybe we'll just shift toward region 2 or even 3: the new Napa. Cab everywhere! Of course, it will break our hearts to not be able to grow Pinot Noir, and, if that trend continues and we have to keep replanting to adjust to a changing climate, then we're not much ahead of the game.

As for water, well, that's a dissertation in itself, not a blog post. Here locally, the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association helps to fund a river gage that tracks the level of the river, including during frost and irrigation season. The majority of grape growers here aren't allowed to access the river and instead have ponds that catch winter rain, but it's still important to keep an eye on the state of our water.

Any way you cut it, climate change is something that could have a big effect on what we grow, and what's available to consumers to drink. I imagine if it really shifts and we all have to replant, that many farmers will reconsider their dedication to farming anything at all, especially finicky things like wine grapes.