Special Wine Dinner at Capo in Santa Monica, November 16

Los Angeles friends, please come to our special wine reception and dinner at Capo, Sunday November 16 at 6pm. Capo is just south of the Santa Monica Pier at 1810 Ocean Avenue.

Capo is usually closed on Sunday, so we’ll have the whole place to ourselves for a very special evening. Capo has been a great supporter of my wine. They’ve featured a variety of my single vineyard Pinot Noirs on the wine list for the last year.

For this special event, things start at 6pm with a wine reception, where we’ll introduce the evening and begin to learn about the terroir of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. My distributor in LA, Return to Terroir, is commited to wine education, so this evening will be a great chance to gain lots of wine knowledge.

Next we’ll have a multi course dinner paired with four of my single vineyard wines, from Armstrong, Crowley Station, Bjornson and Zenith vineyards, to see the differences in each site and appreciate how each pairs with Capo’s excellent cuisine.

We’ll also be selling limited quantities of these rare single vineyard wines, which will be available later on for pick up via Wally’s Wine in Westwood, another great support of Vincent.

The event is limited to 20 people, and costs $195 all inclusive, inc. tax and gratuity. RSVP by calling Capo at 310.394.5550.

I hope to see you November 16th!

Mailing list member tasting at the winery, November 8

Mailing list members, come taste our new fall releases at the Vincent Wine Company open house, November 8, 2-5pm, at the SE Wine Collective in Portland. Address is 2425 SE 35th Place at Division. There is no charge and friends are welcome.

We’ll have several wines from 2013 available to taste and buy, and of course we’ll have any futures orders ready for pick up for those of you who bought ahead of time (super helpful, thank you!).

Not on our mailing list but want to attend? Just sign up using the link in the sidebar to the right to send us an email. There’s no charge for that either.

New releases for fall – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc

We’re delighted to announce the release of several new wines, all from the 2013 vintage. We offer 10% off purchases of six bottles or more, and 15% off orders of 12 bottles or more. We can arrange shipping if you need it, later this fall when weather is cooler.

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard $39
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard $39
2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge $27
2013 Vincent Chardonnay Willamette Valley $23
2013 Vincent Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley $20

All of our wines are extremely limited in production. Order by emailing vincentwines@gmail.com with your selections and include a phone number to call for payment information.

One week left for 2013 wine futures

Just a reminder that the deadline is September 8 for mailing list members to get in your orders for 2013 Vincent wines at the best prices I offer all year.

Not on the list yet? It’s not too late. Simply join the Vincent Wine Company mailing list here and I’ll email you the offering on all 2013 Vincent Pinot Noirs as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Free shipping on case orders over $300 as well as 3-packs of 1.5L magnum bottles.

Just be sure to order by September 8. Wines will ship in the fall once they are bottled and the weather has cooled.

Here come the 2013s

Our annual futures offer goes out next week to our email list. It’s not too late to get on the list. The annual futures offer gives you first access to our newest wines, before anyone else, at the best prices we’ll offer all year. We also offer free shipping for orders of more than $300. And we custom bottle 1.5L magnums, so if you like big bottles, get on our mailing list and place your order.

The 2013s will be bottled in September and released in October, when weather should be good for shipping. For Pacific NW locals, we’ll have an open house tasting and futures pick up event in Portland once harvest is finished, date to be announced. Should be early November. Stay tuned (and get on the mailing list).

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Flowering in the northern Willamette Valley 2014

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Grapes about fully set at Armstrong last week

It’s June and that usually mean it’s flowering time for the grape vines of the northern Willamette Valley. In a normal year Pinot noir flowers in mid-to late June depending on location and plant material. If Pinot noir wants at least 100 days from peak of flowering to harvest, and perhaps 110 days, that means harvest comes at the end of September into mid-October.

In 2010 and 2011 the grape flowers set to fruit super late, around July 4 and later, meaning we knew we’d have late harvests. And we did. In 2013, flowering was about a week early and that provided plenty of time to harvest mature fruit before the heavy rains we received at the end of last September.

This year we’re had a warm spring until the past week, which allowed bloom to again be a good week early in many locations. A week ago I walked the four vineyards I work with to assess how complete flowering was, and at Armstrong and Crowley Station things were pretty much completely set, at Zenith things were nearly complete, and only at Bjornson vineyard were the grape clusters only about halfway through fruit set.

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Flowers still needing time to open at Bjornson last week. But huge clusters!

Overall the crop looks great. Clusters are large but that should help mitigate the brunt of the warm summer all are predicting. Weather for flowering has been ideal at the earlier sites, with all sun and mild conditions, leading to a successful fruit set.

At Bjornson, this past week’s cloudy, showery weather with isolated hail wasn’t ideal, but really we see variable weather at some point during flowering every year and I see no reason for concern. Heavy rain, persistent cold, and more than spotty hail are all things I do worry about, but we haven’t seen that. For the later sites in the valley, mostly at the highest elevations, the weather is back to nearly perfect. So expect happy growers, provided the season continues on the path we’ve traveled to this point.

2012s sold out at the winery

Our wines sold faster than ever this year. Even after going to extreme lengths to spread the wines around as far as we could, dipping into the quantity we set aside for the library (we’re saving too much wine so it was a good thing!), we’re completely sold out.

That doesn’t mean the wines are totally unavailable. Our distributors in CA and NY still have some cases in their warehouses, and locally in Portland there are several accounts with some wines on the shelves. But we’re completely out.

So…it’s a great time to get on our mailing list for our first offer of 2013s. If you don’t know, we offer our wines pre-release at special prices to mailing list members each August. Click the mailing list tab above and sign up. There’s no obligation, we’re not a closed list, we don’t force you to buy or kick you off. Of course, if you don’t buy, or don’t buy enough, the wines do sell out, So there’s reason to act. And the mailing list gets access to special bottlings and formats that you won’t find at retail.

As always, we thank you for supporting us. There’s no growing grapes and making wine if people don’t enjoy and buy the wines we produce. We’re committed to making wines that speak of Oregon, of the vineyards they come from and the years they were grown. Things change vintage to vintage, site to site, and we’re passionate about wines the reflect that kind of uniqueness. We hope you agree.