David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery Winemaker's Diary

November 14 - November 20, 2010 

Monday November 15, 2010

Well it is very true: You can't teach an old dog new tricks. As a matter of fact you can not teach a cat new tricks. I'm really talking about new changes in life. Koovy is not happy like I said the other day. Pat is away still taking care of Kate after her appendectomy. She should be home later today. Koovy will not come in the house. He remembers when I yelled at him several times when he was young. He can not forget the past and does not want to change into a hew routine. He is obviously getting old and does not want to move around like he did when he was younger. He does not want to walk up the stairs into the house. He is eating fine so I am not too worried. He should be back in the house tonight. We also have a cat who is missing Pat AND of course I miss her also.

I have been working on my spreadsheets that I use to decide on my blending in January. I like this time of year because I get to be creative. I have tasted several barrels and I think this will be a great year again. The wine from the Zinfandel raisin experiment is tasting great and I am really impressed with our first Estate Pinot Noir. We only have two barrels of the Pinot that was harvested on September 2nd. The wine is full bodied with good acid and color. Who said you can not produce a great wine from Pinot Noir in Dry Creek Valley. We will only have 40 cases for sale. If any of you are interested in purchasing some please send me an e-mail. Of course you are also welcome to come by for a taste out of the barrel.
Wednesday November 17, 2010

It has been a hard decision but I've decided to raise our prices on most of the wines. We are running out of wine. We are keeping the prices the same for our 2010 Futures but those prices will also have to be raised on January 1st. If you total up our production for the 2010 Harvest you will see we are only producing 2500 cases of Estate wine. I do hope to produce a few other Zinfandels from grapes purchased from other farmers in Sonoma County but it will be certain our total production for the 2010 vintage will be under 4000 cases. Since we have sold well over 5000 cases so far in 2010 the decision had to be made to raise prices. We will also be closing the Vintage Circle program on January 1st. We will have new rules for a new club which will still offer a 30% discount on bottled wine. I will have more information soon. 

Thursday November 18, 2010

Today Brad was here and we have decided to purchase Quickbooks Enterprise. We have been thinking about our options for many months. The program will cost more money than QB Pro which we have been using for several years, but it is only money, and our file has gotten way too big. All of our Winery transactions are included in Quickbooks. We have thought about purchasing specific Winery Software but that software would cost much more and we would have to start all over again with a new winery file. That would mean all orders from the past would be very complicated to show in our data base and customers would not be able to look up their past orders. I could explain more but I think you get the idea, it would be way to complicated in many ways for Pat and I to start a new file. Our history goes back way too far to change now.


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