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Do You Know How to Use a Cork Puller? a.k.a. Ah-So, a.k.a. Waiter’s Fork

First, place the long “tine” between the inside of the neck and the cork. Don’t push too hard or too far, just about 3mm.

Gently pull back on the long “tine” just enough to be able to position the short “tine” between the cork and the neck.

In a slow side to side ‘rocking’ motion, gently push the Ah-So into the bottle, one tine at a time. Emphasis on gentle.

Once the Ah-So is all the way in, hold the bottle firmly. Twist and pull all at once. The cork should easily come out.

Library Wines... 3 Common Mistakes

If you are reading this you have become the proud owner of one of our beautiful Library Cabernet Sauvignons. To ensure a perfect fulfillment of promise please read this short guide for some ideas of what to do, what not to do and what to expect and not expect. As wine is very new to a large segment of the US population, library wine can be even more of a mystery. Hopefully the following passages will allow the mystery to vanish.

Soil to Soil

The Napa Valley was formed over time, through shifting of tectonic plates, volcanic activity and the flooding of the San Pablo Bay. This set of unique geological occurrences gave way to an amazing mix of soils that allow Napa to produce wines of remarkable quality. In this small Valley, we have half of the Earth’s soil types, over 100 soil variations and 33 soil series.

Drought? Did you say drought?
What drought…. I don’t see any drought….

Oh, how easy it is to forget about drought after a winter like this one. With this winter’s torrential rainfall, the questions flood in like: “how does all this rain affect the vines?” “will this affect bud break?” “how will it affect the wines?” etc. Well, I admit there were periods of standing water in many of vineyard for days on end. There were overland rivers through vineyards as well. As I write, the vineyards are still saturated and hard to get into with our tractors. The good news is that we needed the water and the vines are dormant during the winter.