Over the past couple of weeks, I have been busy archiving and assembling the pieces to a very extensive, permanent timeline display for our Rincon Room. (Will be ready by September). I have been digging in the basement, rummaging through closets and emptying cupboards in search of forgotten piles of newspaper clippings and old photographs. What I didn’t anticipate, was how much fun it would be to stumble across so many keepsakes of milestone events, both for the Talley Family and the winery.
I’m pretty sentimental, so my favorite part has been going through all the old pictures. Much like how you think your parents didn’t exist before you did- that’s kinda how it was for me and Talley Vineyards. Hard to imagine that Talley had already been up and running for over 20 years before I started here, 6 years ago. Now I have a more complete view and appreciation for their history as wine industry pioneers in the area.
I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pictures.
|Don and Rosemary Talley in front of the Adobe in the early 1990’s.|
|Don Talley mid-punch down from one of our first harvests, circa 1986 or 87|
|Brian and Johnine Talley at the first San Luis Obispo Vintner’s festival in 1994|
|Tasting Room being built in 2002|
The focus of my blog post this week is crop thinning, a critical activity that occurs every year at this time. Below is a video featuring Vineyard Manager Travis Monk discussing how and why we thin chardonnay. In summary, we remove clusters from vines where the clusters have a tendency to pile up on one-another. If we don’t remove some of these clusters, we risk botrytis or mildew, which reduces both quality and the size of the crop. Enjoy the video!
As I thought about what to write about for this week’s blog post, it occurred to me that so many things are going on around here that it would be fun to include them in a video montage, shot in a single day. For those who would rather read than watch video, here are a few highlights.
The sun rose just after 6AM over the beautiful fog laden Arroyo Grande Valley. At Talley Farms, we’re in the full swing of things, harvesting cilantro, nappa cabbage, lettuce and spinach. We’re also packing harvest boxes and there’s some fun video of that. Meanwhile, we’re planting bell peppers, our key fall crop.
On the vineyard side, our crews are focused on two aspects of canopy management. The men are lifting wires and tucking shoots (included in the video), while the ladies are removing leaves (visit our archive for that video). The goal in both cases is to expose the clusters to air and sunlight to prevent mildew and botrytis and to promote even ripening and optimal flavor development. In the winery, we’ve just completed racking together the 2012 Chardonnays, so the crew is busy washing barrels. You can watch Nacho Zarate and Pat Sigler discuss the finer points of barrel washing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief tour of Talley Farms and Talley Vineyards on a typical July day. Cheers!