Well, it was a geekin’ out couple of weeks for Matt! First, he attended the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium last week, a massive trade show for anything and everything wine in Sacramento. Here, he met with purveyors of everything from corks and bottles, to winery engineers and harvesting equipment. It goes without saying: many handshakes exchanged and a few beers enjoyed!

Matt also attended the IPOB Conference in San Francisco this week. For those who are unfamiliar with IPOB, it stands for In Pursuit of Balance. It is a conference solely focused on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and their context and relevance in California! Yeah… it was a Matt-kind-of-conference! The main topics this year were California Chardonnay and its “place” in the world, as well as whole-cluster fermentation for Pinot Noir. As you can remember, we did whole cluster trials on the 2011 brick & mortar PN! Don’t be surprised if it makes a return in 2013 if the conditions are right! I don’t think Matt has stopped talking about all the fun things he has up his sleeve for 2013!

MATT IS LEAVING FOR AUSTRALIA NEXT SUNDAY! AH! He will be gone for about ten weeks making wines for Nakedwines.com, returning in the early days of May, just in time to get our first bottling of brick & mortar ready! We wish him safe travels and fast, clean fermentations while in Australia! Tan, rested, Matt returns ready to launch brick & mortar! SO exciting!

As aforementioned, bottling for the inaugural release of brick & mortar is RIGHT around the corner. We have been working feverishly to procure our bottles, corks, labels, and WAX (!!!) so we are all set for our July bottling. By the time it hits the bottle, the 2011 Pinot Noir will have been in barrel for 20 months and the 2012 Chardonnay for nine months! We can express how excited we are for this upcoming year!

We have a little something something in the works regarding a pre-bottling tasting event where people will have the opportunity to purchase the first bottles of our 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Chardonnay for brick & mortar. At the event, you will be able to taste, ask questions and purchase the wines for an October 1st release date. Jordan is racking his brain for the perfect date and location! More details to follow!

Happy sipping this weekend!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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