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!
Hello, my name is Candice Licari, and I am the new Guest Services Coordinator here at Talley Vineyards. I recently moved to the Central Coast to further pursue my career in wine. I first became interested in wine while working at Petra’s Bistro & Wine bar in Mammoth Lakes, where I was given the opportunity to taste wine from around the world. I was also able to participate in wine pairings, blind tastings, and staff trips to wine country, I knew the wine industry was where I belonged. It has been a dream of mine to move to the Central Coast, and I am thrilled to finally be here. I am ready to discover what this beautiful place has to offer. The vine to glass process is something that fascinates me, and I feel fortunate to be working here at Talley Vineyards.
With summer upon us and harvest right around the corner, this is the perfect time to visit Talley for an Estate Tour and Taste. The berries are gaining size every day and will begin to change color in the next few weeks. During this tour you will experience our estate Rincon Vineyard, our winery, the El Rincon Adobe, and our barrel room, where you will become a wine “thief” and taste wine directly from the barrels. This tour finishes with a cheese course in our beautiful Rincon Room overlooking the Rincon Vineyard. We are also in the process of creating a new Reserve and Barrel tasting which will take place in our barrel room. This experience will include a tasting of our current releases and barrel sampling. For more information on tours and private tastings you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you enjoy sipping wine and grooving to live music come on by for Tunes at Talley, which will take place every other Sunday from 1 to 4pm. We will have select wine by the glass available for purchase as well as growlers and bottles to enjoy at our picnic area. We will also have food for purchase from various food trucks from the area. For dates and information, please see our Events page. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you all there!
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!