Monday, December 31, 2012

The Holidays at Foursight

It doesn't matter where we are, but we always spend this time of year doing what we do best: eating, drinking, and making merry!

Whether it's the family tradition of fondue for Xmas Eve, with some bigger style Pinots (Kosta Browne, Loring, and a Londer dry Gewurztraminer to cleanse the palate), or a Christmas day roast with aged Napa Cabs (Heitz, Clos du Val -- yes we drink Cab!), we're very lucky here at the Charles property.

The tasting room closes Christmas Eve, but otherwise it's a steady hum at Foursight, with people stocking up on their own holiday bottles, then off to parties, get-togethers, or a quiet weekend on the Mendocino Coast.

Tonight we'll celebrate New Year's Eve with some local bubbles, probably some Rhys and Dehlinger Pinot Noir, and whatever else everyone brings to add to the mix.

It's also a great time to bring out some yet-to-be-released Foursight Pinots to reflect back on the past few years and appreciate how far we've come. Our first harvest for Foursight was 2006, with our first release in 2008 and the tasting room opening in 2009; tomorrow we'll be entering our seventh year of operations, and it feels like it can't possibly have been that long ago.

We hope you and yours are celebrating, enjoying each other's company, drinking some good wine, and reflecting back on either a good year past or a better one to come.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Fratty Pike Holiday

One of the great things about having four tasting rooms in Boonville is the ability to come together and host fun events. This weekend and next, Foursight, Londer, Philo Ridge and Zina Hyde Cunningham are having a Fratty Pike Holiday Celebration.

Fratty Pike is Boontling for "wine walk," although in this weather most of our Pikers are actually driving! All four tasting rooms are offering food and wine pairings and great holiday deals -- the perfect way to celebrate and stock up for the upcoming round of parties and meals with family and friends.

We're pairing mushroom brie puff pastry bites and fennel seed and sea salt crackers with our Pinots. We're also offering our holiday wine samplers, for 15% off retail price!

So come visit us, get your Fratty Pike card stamped, and enter to win four bottles of wine for four cents!

(Just a note: We will be closed Christmas Eve.)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Winter's Here! Road Closures, Power Outages, and More!

This week the rains returned to Northern California, and with a vengeance that I haven't seen here since 1996/1998. Since mid-week we've had 11 inches of rain at our Boonville property. We have multiple trees down on the property, and this morning awoke to a power line down!

Didn't want to get too close, but you can see the power line drooping down next to the tractor.
Needless to say, we're still without power at the family homes, but, very lucky for us, the winery derives its power from the lines that go into town, so all is open, well and warm at Foursight! In fact, Foursight has served as our teeth-brushing, tidying up station all morning, as our wells don't work without power, so no electricity means no water either!

Mid-morning, Cal Trans also closed Highway 128 to the coast. Now, this is normal once a year, maybe twice during wet years. There are several ways to get around it, but it does make it a longer trip to the Mendocino area. The one annoying thing: they place the giant closure sign right smack dab in front of our winery. Notice the Foursight sign in the photo, below. Yes, it does make it convenient for me to see if the road is open or closed, but it's hard to notice the winery when you're staring at a flashing sign declaring a full highway closure!

I was tipped off this week to a very cool site with more river gage information than I had seen before: it shows not only current flows, but historical data. Being a fourth-generation Boonter, I have heard my father tell tales of floods in years past, but being able to see the data is very interesting. There is a mark on a tree in Navarro that supposedly shows the water level during one of the historic floods. I'm not sure of which year, but 40 feet of water might do it!

(1) 41.13 ft on 01/16/1974
(2) 40.64 ft on 12/22/1964
(3) 40.60 ft on 12/22/1955
(4) 39.81 ft on 12/31/2005
(5) 38.20 ft on 12/15/1937

I imagine our power will be back on by the end of the day, but for now I'm happy to be at the winery, enjoying the electricity!