The Proprietor’s Blog: Holidays are Approaching, Vines are Going Dormant

December 9, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving was a true blast at our home with delicious AJA filled cocktails and AJA filled glasses. We are so grateful that everyone over here is healthy and happy.

The vines are resting, we’re finally done. All wine has gone through fermentation and is being barreled or steel tank settled to age and mature. 

This growing season was rough. 2020 was very windy during the flowering stages which caused us to have less fruit per cluster. Our yield this year was not what we had anticipated. But I guess that’s how 2020 went for EVERYONE.

But we do have some VERY exciting things going on at the winery including a native ferment. So our red blend of 2020 will be wholeheartedly Malibu.

Generally when we make our wines we cultivate the best yeasts to match our varietals…as do most wineries. And when we made our wine this year, we thought, let’s try and see if we get any native yeasts to ferment the grapes. And sure enough we were able to get the fermentation started with native yeast simply brought in on the skins of the grapes! HOW COOL!?

Our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon release was so exciting! In fact we only have about 5 cases left…it sold out pretty quickly!

What we’ve learned this year? Life is full of surprises. We’re not always sure what we’re going to get, but we have to work with what it throws at us. We cannot get upset or frustrated with the situation because that only wastes precious time. We must wake up every day ready to make the best wine the Malibu Coast has ever produced….and soon to be some of the ONLY Malibu grown wines…but that’s a story for another time.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season and stays healthy and far away from the Coronavirus. Get tested if you have symptoms, and if you don’t, avoid exposure by wearing a mask, staying at home and maintaining social distance.

Oh, and join us for a virtual tasting! That’s a great way to pass the time!

Cheers & Happy Holidays,


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

Recent Articles