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Sonoma Harvest 2013

Sonoma County is already abuzz with the first grapes of the season being harvested. Check out photos of Sonoma wineries everywhere already picking grapes or waiting a few more weeks as grapes ripen on the vines. We're already hearing reports it's going to be another great vintage!

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KJ: 2012 Harvest Predictions

kgBlog_HarvestPredictions.jpgIs 2012 going to produce a phenomenal vintage? What are winemakers starting predict about this year's harvest? All questions we know our readers are keenly interested in as the harvest season slowly creeps closer!

Matt, the winemaker at Kendall Jackson is predicting that "with the necessary grand gestures of knocking firmly on wooden surfaces, I will admit that things are looking pretty darn good out there, " but concedes . . .

"there's a lot of "ifs" that still need to happen for 2012 to be one for the record books:  If the warm summer weather continues into September, we're probably looking at a great one, if that heat is not too excessive where we get violent heat waves that destroy a lot of crop, like in 2010, if the rains hold off until late in October so that our latest-ripening grapes can achieve that perfect ripeness . . .

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richard barrel room cropped.jpgWinemaster Richard Arrowood
Born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, California, Richard started his winemaking career in 1965 at Korbel Champagne Cellars, after earning a degree in organic chemistry at California State University, Sacramento and completing graduate work in enology at California State University, Fresno.  From Korbel he moved on, first to United Vintners, the Sonoma Vineyards, and in 1974 was chosen by the founders of Chateau St. Jean Winery to become the first employee as Winemaster, and eventually, executive vice president.  Chateau St. Jean wines quickly received critical acclaim and Richard gained a worldwide reputation for producing superb wines, 

In April, 1990, after sixteen years with Chateau St. Jean, Richard once again moved on--to devote himself full-time to Arrowood Vineyards & Winery.  It is here that Richard has been able to achieve his goal of producing wines of singular, exceptional quality, without compromise.

His original plan was to produce reserve quality Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon only; however, Richard's drive and passion for making wine left him unable to resist working with unusual varietals and what he considered to be exceptional fruit.  The Arrowood portfolio has expanded to include limited quantities of Merlot, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Late Harvest wines, Malbec, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, La Rose, and a few special reserve wines.