First Annual Ballard Canyon Connection report
One of the highlights was seeing Jeff Newton of Coastal Vineyard Care Associates jump into a 6 foot hole in the Stolpman Vineyard to explain the soil composition.
Check out the video of Jeff Newton describing the soil at Stolpman Vineyards:
Jeff Newton from Coastal Vineyard Care Associates Explaining Sun Exposure on Grapes:
Jeff Newton at Stolpman Vineyard on the Stolpman structure in wines:
After the vineyard tour and dehydrating in the 100+ degree heat, we drank various wines from each vineyard. Wineries included established brands like:
- Herman Story
- McPrice Myers
and some new ones (at least to me):
- Blair Fox
Blair Fox is the winemaker at Fess Parker who is making 2 syrahs- Larner and Tierra Alta, I believe. Lea is Joey Tensley's wife; she provided a Rose and has a Santa Rita Hills Pinot coming. Departure is a new winery with three partners, Tim Grubb and two other friends. They will be releasing a 2005 Tierra Alta syrah (with a splash of viognier). Good stuff!
I highly recommend this event- well organized, interactive, and a great group of people. For a Rhone varietal lover (and someone curious the impact of different CA growing regions) like me, it was perfect. Nice job organizing Tim Grubb!