It's been a busy few weeks around the winery as we put together and bottled the 2016 white wines and rose' with some help from our A TEAM crew. (Thanks!) We bottled about 80 cases of Semillon and 120 cases of Carte Blanche - this year it's a blend of Rousanne and Marsanne that I think we'll all enjoy. We also bottled about 35 cases of rose' - It's a light, dry rose' made from Mourvedre and Grenache. These wines will be released during the Spring Allocation, coming up in May.Read More
Harvest for Burnt Bridge Cellars began on August 30 (Merlot) and our last pick was October 13 (Cabernet) - so it lasted nearly two-and-a-half months. We made about 15 trips and crushed nearly 35 tons - up a little bit over 2015. We brought in some new fruit too (Malbec, Syrah, Cab) that we haven't had before, so it'll be fun watching these lots evolve over the next two years.Read More
Harvest is going great this year so far. We've picked our Merlot from Seven Hills and Les Collines as well as some Syrah from Coyote Canyon and a couple of the whites. We'll likely pick another white, some Syrah and maybe some Tempranillo this week.Read More
Q: Why do you top up the wine barrels?
A: If you ever find me climbing around the barrel racks in the cellar with a pitcher of wine in hand, you're probably catching me topping up the wine barrels. It's a pretty simple procedure. You basically fill each barrel to the top with wine. We do this to eliminate headspace in the barrels, which limits oxygen contact to the wine, which keeps the wine in the barrels nice and tasty through the aging process and inhibits any microbial growth that need oxygen to multiply.Read More
Q: What are these crystals in the bottom of my glass?
A: Here is a question we get from time-to-time in the tasting room by fans of our white wines at Burnt Bridge Cellars. They'll notice a few crystals in the glass or in the bottom of the bottle and wonder what they are?Read More