Dear Friends, Today is the last day of vacation. We have had a fabulous time as it was the first time we have gone away together since COVID. It didn’t quite replace the Brooks trip to Siciliy but it was so fun. Our highlight, for sure, was our four-hour sailboat trip in the San Francisco… Continue reading Boats, Barrels and Bottles
Dear Friends, I am officially on vacation for the first time since COVID. With Sicily being postponed for 2 years in a row (mark your calendars for October 2022), we decided to still use the vacation days but stay a little closer to home. Our trip started in Long Beach to attend my son’s graduation.… Continue reading FRIENDS IN “HIGH” PLACES
“Conservation is a state of harmony between man and land.” -Aldo Leopold The season of fall is a time of reflection for me as the garden pulls inward preparing for winter and rest. As I work in the garden thoughts of our own relations to land come to mind with the realization of its increasingly… Continue reading October in the brooks estate garden
Dear Friends, I hope you have had an excellent week. Thank you to all for the birthday wishes. I spent the day eating out for lunch and dinner with my husband and daughter. During COVID, I cannot remember the last time I ate two meals out in one day. It was nice to spend that… Continue reading Of Pressing Importance
Dear Friends, This was the biggest week to date for harvest in terms of how much fruit we received. All reports from the team are the fruit is pristine, flavors are concentrated, chemistry is in check and it is one of the smoothest harvests they can remember. This is all very exciting and there are… Continue reading PICKING UNDER THE STARS AND THE NOIR NOT PINOT
Dear Friends, It has been another fabulous week at Brooks! Everything ran smoothly as we brought 90 tons in the door this week. That is approximately 5,800 cases worth of wine. Winemaker Chris has set the mood in the white fermentation room with a disco ball and Abba. He pressed the first Pinot Noir for… Continue reading Food. Joy. Disco. The 3 Ps of Pinot!
Dear Friends, What an exciting week at Brooks! Our six harvest interns are settled in and have completed their first 15 hour day yesterday! We received Muscat from Muska Vineyard and Gewurztraminer from Oak Ridge Vineyard early in the week. The photo above is receiving our first pinot noir of the vintage. And what made… Continue reading HARVEST HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you safe and healthy. And thank you to all our healthcare workers on the front lines working so hard for everyone. I had my first COVID test out of an abundance of caution. Not pleasant but grateful that the result was negative. One of my favorite reasons for taking… Continue reading HARVEST, LOVE AND BEYOND BROOKS ARE IN THE AIR!
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you safe and healthy. Always looking for the good news, we were honored this week to announce that we were named, for the second year, one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Wine & Spirits is the only major wine periodical without… Continue reading CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you safe and healthy. This whole week felt like a constant pivot between new COVID restrictions and managing another heat dome with temperatures above 90 degrees. Sadly, we had to cancel our last Pizza Friday of the summer. But the heat seems to be behind us and now we… Continue reading Cheers To Beyond Brooks Season 2!
Dear Friends, I hope you have had a great week and enjoying a relaxing summer. I hope too you are staying safe from COVID. The weather is bringing lots of challenges to farming and our hospitality. It is supposed to be over 100 for three days again this week. If we aren’t pivoting from COVID,… Continue reading Tuna and Temperance