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It’s that time of year again! In early summer, we begin the racking process. The term ‘racking’ refers to moving wine from one vessel to another. At Emeritus, racking means moving the wine from the barrel to the blending tank; the final stage of winemaking, emptying barrels to blend and then bottle. And just like that, we're one step closer to getting the 2016 vintage into your glass! Continue »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »