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Alexis Nicolai
July 28, 2017 | Alexis Nicolai

Bottling at Emeritus Vineyards

We have finally started bottling our 2016 vintage wines! On Monday, July 24th we began putting wine into bottles. Our winemaking team starts the process long before now, testing blends and prepping the winery.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Alexis Nicolai
July 12, 2017 | Alexis Nicolai

Racking and Blending

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 »

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 12:36 PM
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
June 14, 2016 |

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
September 16, 2015 |

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

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