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February 25, 2016
Did you know that a wine barrel is made out of a tree that is 250 years old?
Lisa and Blair recently spent the day learning about the intensive process of producing a wine barrel and we are happy to report that the high price tag on french oak is worth every penny.
The starting point in barrel construction are the long pieces of oak called the staves. The staves come from the 250 year old tree and only the most perfect pieces are used for wine barrels. The rest of the tree can be used for railroad ties, furniture, etc. Staves spend 2 to 3 years seasoning outside before they are ready to be shaped. As shown above, the staves are then softened with fire. Heat is used to help bend the staves in conjunction with pressure from the metal hoops. After the wood is soft enough to bend, a metal wire tightens the bottom of the barrel and more metal hoops are hammered on by hand. The barrel is then toasted over a flame. The level of toast matters in terms of the flavor impact on the wine that will be stored in it. The freshly toasted barrel is then sanded, packaged, and shipped to the customer.
We really enjoyed our tour and appreciate learning another aspect of the wine-making process.
October 22, 2015
The Redmon Vineyard is now officially at 10% verasion. The vineyard is currently being irrigated and the shoots that were once green are now all brown and lignified. We are one step closer to the 2015 vintage being ready.
It's a great time for a visit to Napa. Call us if you get our way. We look forward to hopefully seeing or hearing from you soon.
July 17, 2015
Auction Napa Valley was a big success this year!! The Redmon Wines e-auction lot topped out at $3,600 and the total raised for the weekend was $15.8 million.
For the first time, Redmon Wines hosted a pre-auction Friday night dinner prior to the big day on Saturday. We joined forces with three other local vintner's and poured some amazing wines as seen above.
Thanks to all who supported the auction and e-auction lots!!
July 17, 2015
Redmon Wines has a new additon to its team. Blair Sprout has come to us from the financial services industry in Chicago. She was first a club member and customer and now works for us here in St. Helena.
She and I had a chance to open the Redmon 97 point, 2006 Estate Cabernet together last week. We had to improvise as we did not have a decanter so we used an oblong shaped vase. It still drank beautifully!!
March 7, 2015
Redmon Wines was excited to participate in the Cure Dechenne last weekend at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. This was a fund raiser to support muscular dystrophy. 300 people attended.
The course of the evening was the 2012 Redmon Chardonnay paired with a beautiful scallop over a mix of corn and beans. It was an amazing evening!!
March 7, 2015
Kyle and Justin had a great time in the vineyard this year pruning the vines. The vineyard looks great and we are all set for spring!!
January 22, 2015
Redmon Wines poured their finest for the largest and oldest food and wine society in existence last Friday night. The event took place at the Montage Resort in Dan Point and held about 125 people. The Redmon story was well received and everyone enjoyed the 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 Estate Cabernet. Thanks for all those in attendence!!
November 16, 2014
Redmon Wines will be pouring this up coming weekend at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Come visit us at one of these three events: Wine Spectator Celebrity Chef Dinner Thurs @ 6 pm at the US Grant Hotel, The Vault Reserve Tasting on the Hornblower Friday @ 6pm or the Grand Tasting Event at the Embarcadero Marina. We'd love to see you!!
August 11, 2014
The Redmon family had fun in the vineyard this weekend working with our vineyard manager to prune the vines. The kids helped him pair back the fruit to exactly two clusters per shoot.
The vineyard looks beautiful and we are excited about Harvest which is not far away!!
April 22, 2014
With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to reach out and introduce one of my favorite tour guides in the Napa Valley: Doug White of Behind the Label Napa Valley. Doug is a long time local (I actually went to high school with him) who owns and runs a very special transporation company. He specializes in helping visitors see the off-map side of Napa. He will help you arrange very personal expereinces in the homes of vintners and wine makers and keep you informed and entertained during your visit.
To make an appointment with Doug, please call 707-363-4023. www.btlnv.com,