Monday, April 22, 2013

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival!

It's always Pinot time in Anderson Valley, but on May 17-19 it has a special prominence as we dedicate an entire weekend to celebrating the varietal at our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival!

The festival boasts a full weekend of Pinot-centric events, from a technical conference to a BBQ, grand tasting, winemaker dinners, and Sunday open houses. If you haven't attended before, we highly recommend it -- I've consistently found it the best Pinot tasting we've poured at, year after year. A full schedule of events and tickets can be found at the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Web site, here.

Tomales Bay Oyster Bar

On Sunday, May 19, from 11-5, Foursight will be hosting our annual Open House at the winery and tasting room. We plan to again serve fresh Tomales Bay oysters, alongside a leg of jamon serrano and a bruschetta bar. In other words, get here early before the oysters run out! Last year they were gone in record time!

We'll be pouring our new-release Pinots, alongside some library wines and 2012 barrel samples -- an incredible vintage in the making! And, of course, we'll have some specials to celebrate the day!

Ozzie and the whole family would love to see you here!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Big Changes, Events, and the 2013 Vintage!

It's that magical portion of springtime here in Anderson Valley -- the one where the weather is warm and sunny, the grass is tall and green, and none of us get any sleep because of frost fans, pumps and the like. Luckily it's hard to be bitter about it when it's so beautiful. We just drink a lot of coffee!

Spring is always an extremely busy time of year for us at Foursight. Event season starts up again -- we just had our fourth anniversary party (photos below) at the winery, and May brings our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival (get your tickets now, before they sell out). Our spring wine club shipments go out, and we also start ordering bottling supplies and planning blends for late summer.

Tasting Charles Vineyard Pinots - April 6, 2013

Click here for more photos of our Fourth Anniversary tasting -- a five-year vertical of Pinot Noir!

This year we have a few changes. The biggest is that our head winemaker, Joe Webb, will be moving to Foursight full-time in late May! He's always had other projects on top of his winemaking duties here at Foursight, so we're excited for him to be more involved in the tasting room and front-of-the-house business, so to speak.

This also means we'll be able to do some private, winemaker barrel tastings, tours, and other exclusive tastings this summer. If you're interested in setting something up, shoot me an e-mail and we can go from there!

We also plan to expand our hours for the summer season, including Thursdays for the months of June, July and August!

In the vineyard we've had enough frost nights to almost fill two hands, with some lows in the upper 20's. That's typical for our vineyard, but never pleasant. Otherwise, the vintage looks good so far. Budbreak was around March 20, and the vines look happy! With the dry spring we may have some water concerns come late summer, but it's still too early to tell.

Don't forget to join us for our annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Open House! We'll have fresh Tomales Bay oysters, a leg of jamon serrano, and bruschetta bar, and plenty of Pinot Noir. Come by between 11-5 on Sunday, May 19, and celebrate with us!

Happy Spring!
Kristy Charles
Foursight Wines