Sierra Starr’s 2015 harvest: “One for the record books”

The 2015 growing season has been one for the record books as far as Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley is concerned, according to vineyard manager and co-winemaker Jackson Starr. Despite widespread reports of California grape yields being down as much as 50 percent in some cases, Sierra Starr enjoyed perhaps the most […]

Life cycle of a wine grape

BUD BREAK The first tender buds of the growing season emerge from the dormant vine during bud break in spring. After about a month of growth, a vine will develop bunches of tiny flowers. Each flower has the potential to form a single grape berry. FLOWERING After about a month of growth, a vine will […]

Crush: “quality over quantity” this year

WINE LOVERS MAY BE ONE OF THE few beneficiaries of the long dry spell in California, at least for one more year. Just as every cloud has a silver lining, the drought is causing the vines to produce smaller grapes, which results in more concentrated sugars and flavors. Vintages during dry years tend to garner […]

Vintners predict quality wines from grape harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST began early. Deploying little more than a pair of well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vineyard, hand harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) and hauled them off to the winery on a big tractor. The freshly picked grapes were sorted for quality, […]