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Welcome to the Emeritus Blog! We'll share all sorts of fun things here, check back every few weeks and be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date!

Alexis Nicolai
February 7, 2017 | Alexis Nicolai

We're OK - Heavy Rains Are Good for Us!

We have been getting drenched out here and are in the middle of another big storm today! You may have seen pictures of flooded vineyards, roads and farms. Because we dry farm the rain is of particular interest to us. Keep reading to learn more!  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Alexis Nicolai
December 9, 2016 | Alexis Nicolai

Emeritus Barrel Program

The most important part of wine making, after the grapes, is the choice of oak barrel and Emeritus wine is aged only in French Oak barrels. Brice and Nicolas go the extra mile every year by traveling to France to hand select the trees that will be used for our barrels.  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Alexis Nicolai
August 15, 2016 | Alexis Nicolai


During this time of year, you start hearing the word veraison quite often, that word, veraison, brings up feeling of excitement, anticipation and, sometimes, anxiety. Veraison is originally a French term that describes the process of grape berries changing color.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Samantha Willis
June 14, 2016 | Samantha Willis

The Importance of Fog

The Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast are known for producing elegant Pinot Noirs. These are the cooler regions of Sonoma where the climate is heavily influenced by fog and the nearby ocean.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM
Emeritus Team
March 28, 2016 | Emeritus Team

What El Niño Means for Emeritus

You’ve heard it talked about by weathermen and news folks nonstop over the past several months…but what exactly is El Niño and, most importantly, how is going to affect your wine?!  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Mari Jones
November 20, 2015 | Mari Jones

Thanksgiving at Emeritus

We celebrated Thanksgiving as a company yesterday. Many of our team have worked together for 30+ years, some for only 15, and then of course we have the newbies who had their first Emeritus Thanksgiving yesterday!  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM
Emeritus Team
November 2, 2015 | Emeritus Team

Tasting Room is Open!

If you read our blog, follow us on social media or have been out to visit the winery in last year you know that we’ve been working on opening up a new tasting room! Well we finally did it!!  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Laurel Kane
September 16, 2015 | Laurel Kane

What a Long Strange Pick It's Been - Harvest 2015

And just like that, another vintage in the books! This year our crop was much smaller than we had projected (a theme in California, due to the drought), but the quality of the fruit was extraordinary.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Laurel Kane
August 24, 2015 | Laurel Kane

Happy Harvest 2015

Happy Harvest 2015! Harvest began on Hallberg Ranch in the wee hours of the morning on August 14th, which is the earliest we’ve ever started. The weather leading up to our first pick was hot, followed by a heat wave (it was over 100 degrees!) that first weekend. Everyone was worried about the fruit ripening faster than we could pick, but we’ve had a cool, damp several days since then which buys our vineyard crew some time. “All I can say is thank the weather for cooling down!” Nicolas said this morning.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Emeritus Team
July 6, 2015 | Emeritus Team

Kirk Lokka Honored with Viticulture Award of Excellence

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Kirk Lokka (or, as we call him, Don Cruz), we can tell you that he is larger than life. Kirk is one of the founding partners of Emeritus Vineyards; he is our VP of Vineyards and General Manager. Kirk was recently honored by the Sonoma County Winegrowers with the 2015 Viticulture Award of Excellence.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM

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