June As they say, “the best laid plans…” Despite all of the bottling mentioned below in “May” we’re still not done. It looks like two days more for both La Vie Dansante and Medeiros. The firm goal is to be completely done by the end of June so we can clean the winery up for the fall fun. Probably a little more bottling in August – 2017 whites – money permitting and then it’s on to harvest preparations.

As of this moment harvest is probably running a couple of weeks late due to the unusually cool weather this year but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past three years at this location it’s that trying to predict harvest while still in June is a complete waste of time. Regardless of the current state we’re going to go out on a limb and guess Harvest 2018 will start during the second week of September… just like it always does!

If you haven’t been out to the Tasting Room recently you’ve missed some pretty big changes. The games area has doubled in size and will soon become the main picnic area. We’re planning to re-work the area in front of the main Winery building into a more intimate picnic setting by changing out the big picnic tables to smaller bistro tables. We’re also getting close to closing up two more walls in the Tasting Room to give us a more finished look and provide additional spacing for merchandise and graphics to tell our story. It will probably take until the end of the summer to finish, but stop by soon to see our progress.

The month has somehow escaped us without an update. You didn’t miss much, bottling, bottling, and a little more bottling.

It’s warming up and the entire vineyard is in budbreak as nature starts another cycle.  Now if the rains would just stop.  Ok, not really.  Rain is wonderful and will have no effect on the crop for at least another 30 days so bring it on nature.

The winery has been a frenzy of bottling as Ted and Jeff trade off day’s using the equipment.  Between them they’ll bottle around 1,500 cases of wine in April alone.  Sadly, most of that won’t be ready to taste until this fall so have patience.

You might notice a lot of dirt moving around behind the Tasting Room.  This is due to the Summer’s family preparing the ground for a new peach and nectarine orchard.  An added benefit to us is that they’ll be moving the fence line soon which will bring the future Bocce Ball courts onto our side of the fence as well as doubling the size of the grassy picnic area near our games lawn.  Great, more grass to mow every week!


Winemaker Happenings

Tasting Room:
Stop by and sample the wines of three distinctly different winemakers every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.  We have a $10 tasting fee (refunded with the purchase of a bottle).  If you can’t make it on the weekend give us a call at (408) 852-0779 or email for a weekday appointment.

6/09 – La Vie Dansante Wines Summer 2018 Wine Club Release and BBQ. 6 to 9pm Saturday, no cost for Wine Club Members and guests are welcome.