Harvest 2018 - A Steady End to an Ideal Season

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Harvest 2018 - A Steady End to an Ideal Season


Our earlier ripening varieties like Viognier and some of the younger blocks of Syrah budded out in late March and early April. Varieties that are slightly later such as Grenache, and late-ripening such as Roussanne and Mourvèdre, followed later in April (except for some younger high-density blocks of Mourvèdre which budded earlier than normal). Weather during April and May was cool and windy, which slightly disrupted pollination and fruit set, before moving into the more ideal conditions of summer. The overall character of the growing season was one of moderately warm days, cool nights, extended cooling patterns, and general avoidance of heat spikes. In short, weather patterns were idyllic, and the timing of the growing season played out in much the same way that it started – three to four weeks later than the previous several vintages and much more in a traditional time frame. ...

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What's Old is New Again

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As our estate-vineyard Rhône varietal program has developed over the years, we’ve become increasingly passionate about purity of expression in the wines that we produce. To that end, several years ago we began a process of employing more neutral vessels into our aging regime. This started with a greater use of neutral oak barrels and implementation of French oak puncheons (larger barrels), further expanding with the use of terracotta clay amphorae and concrete. ...

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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

This photo was taken many years ago, when it actually snowed at Zaca Mesa (yes it did!!). ...

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Making Bad Weather Look Good

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Making Bad Weather Look Good

Never Seen Bad Weather Look So Good ...

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A Good Bottle of Wine

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A Good Bottle of Wine

When I was in my 20’s, I drank mostly beer and a little spirits, very rarely wine. In my 30’s, wine entered the equation, but the entry point was low-level for wine, especially when competing with a mindset trained at beer pricing (never spent much more than $2 for a glass of beer in the 70’s). Needless to say, the wines of choice at the start of my wine-drinking career were what we would say are on the bottom shelf of the grocery store. ...

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Averting a Major Blow to Santa Barbara County Wine Business

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Averting a Major Blow to Santa Barbara County Wine Business

For over forty-four years, Zaca Mesa has contributed to the growth of people and families in this beautiful Santa Barbara County wine region. Next year we will have five employees who have worked here at least twenty years. More precisely, forty years, thirty-five years, thirty-two years, and two at twenty years each. They have raised their families here, and now their children are working, young adults starting families of their own in this area. ...

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The Peaceful Table

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The Peaceful Table

I remember years ago when I first saw Zaca Mesa on a shelf at the store. For some reason, it just did not sound “wine” enough to me and I passed on buying it. Isn’t wine supposed to have some sort of French name with a few silent letters or an Italian name ending in an “o”, “i”, or “ia”? Zaca Mesa was from the Central Coast. Where in the heck was that?  ...

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Technology, Communications, and the Real Thing

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Technology, Communications, and the Real Thing

“Implementing technology will not solve our communications problems. If we aren’t good communicators without technology, we won’t be good communicators with technology.” ...

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Heaven on Earth

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Heaven on Earth

We moved here from Hermosa Beach four years ago, a place we thought we would never leave. The amazing thing is we have not missed it that much. No offense to Hermosa Beach- it is an awesome beach community. Considering I moved from Chicago to Hermosa Beach thirty five years ago, it was like Heaven on Earth. The weather, the beach, the ocean, the fun- what else was there in life?! ...

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