David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery Winemaker's Diary

Weeks 38 - 39
September 21 - October 4, 2008 

Wednesday September 24, 2008

I am animated tonight. This next few days are real important to me. I could win the sweepstakes on both the 2007 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc for the best white wine and of course I should win the Sweepstakes for the best red wine: 2007 Block 4. I know a Fantasize.

First of all I want to see this debate on Friday. I am really upset that McCain wants to delay it. I understand McCain and I think it was a great strategy. He is heading to Washington. 

We need a bail out!!! Big!!! I know finance. Sure we could do nothing. It would be really interesting and I would make a lot of money after the stock market goes down to 8000 and rebounds. We need to stop what could happen on Monday a drop of almost 1000 points. I hope tomorrow we decide to do something. The most important thing to understand about the STOCK MARKET is that IT does not like uncertainty. As you can see as soon as the market can see there is even a possibility of a solution the STOCK MARKET goes up, like last week. When nothing happens this week the Market is ready to go way down MORE. I own a lot of stock recently. I believe the nation will make the right move. I will be up at 6:00Am tomorrow. 

Relax. I am only investing small amounts. 

If all this insanity does happen: I could be wrong but I would not buy unless the DOW is at 8000. Now I have to admit I will start buying at 10000, down 1000, I will buy again several times, like at 9000. We have to support the great corporations that have made our Nation GREAT. If the stock market goes down we all lose!!! 

Harvest is near again. I will have more to report tomorrow. 

Thursday September 25, 2008

Today we harvested our Petit Verdot and our Cab Franc. We have enough to produce 5 barrels and the wine will go into the 2008 Escuro. The sugar tests I took showed about 25 to 26 brix which will give us a wine between 14.5 and 15% alcohol. It looks like we will pick our Petite Sirah early next week. The quality looks great.

The Stock Market rebounded today with the hope that a bill will be made, but things fell apart late today so watch for the Market to go down tomorrow.

Saturday September 27, 2008

Congress is still trying to tease us with a bill. It should happen by Sunday or it could be interesting at the start of the Market.

It has continued to stay warm so we have moved into full speed ahead with the Harvest. It will probably reach over 100 degrees tomorrow. Yesterday we received 12 tons of grapes for the WineGuerrilla and today we received the last of the Barbera for us, a second crop. I was happy to get 820 pounds. We added some of our Petite Sirah so the final blend will be 78% Barbera and 11% each of Petite Sirah and Sangiovese. The Sangiovese was harvested with our first crop of Barbera on September 7th. We will be able to produce 85 cases and we have sold 48 cases of 2008 Barbera so far. Those of you interested in purchasing some please call or e-mail. 

Also today we received the Price Family Zinfandel for the WineGuerrilla and a ton of our Petite Sirah. By mid day Wednesday we should have all the Petite Sirah in. There may be a rain storm coming in on Friday. Our Carignan and Cabernet may be ready by Wednesday and Thursday. 

Monday September 29, 2008

Unfortunately I was right about a drop in the Market if the House did not OK the Bail Out bill. The Dow Jones Industrials went down by 7% (777 points). qqqq the top 100 Nasdaq companies was down 8%, the top 2 being Apple (down 13%) and Google (down 18%) in one day. The problem is banks will not be able to lend in the near future if we don't do something. There will be a depression and millions will lose their job. The Dow could be down much more tomorrow since I hear there will be no action until Wednesday. 

What I am thinking now is that maybe this is the time to run up the National Debt but this time through infrastructure which will put millions of people to work. Here is a link to an interesting chart. http://zfacts.com/p/318.html  Look further in this site to get more info. I have been totally against running up more debt but look at this site where it shows our National Debt has not risen as fast as I thought compared to the our National Income. As a matter of fact we had more debt compared to our national income at the end of World War Two. 

We are back picking Petite Sirah today and it looks great. We are also planing to pick our Alvarelhao, Touriga, Souzao and Aglianico. If it does not rain Thursday or Friday we may bring in our Cabernet. It is fun!!

Tuesday September 30, 2008

Some of you may be wondering how we did at the Harvest Fair. We actually won a gold for our 2007 Carignan. We also received three silvers for our 2007 Terre Melange, 2007 Petite Sirah and our 2007 Block 4. This competition is a real crap shoot. I disagree with many of the wines that received golds so I won't be entering again.

Thursday October 2, 2008

It looks like we will be getting a few inches of rain tomorrow. We only have Cabernet, Carignan and Mourvedre left to pick. All three of these varietals are thick skinned and can stand up to a lot of rain. The question is whether the rain will dilute the quality of the wine. I've decided to pick one ton of Cabernet and one ton of Carignan. They were both showing between 24.5 and 25 % sugar. I'd rather harvest at 25 % or a little higher but I don't know how much rain we will get. Next week after a warm up we will harvest the rest at 25+ sugar. That way we can see if the quality is different. I am hoping for 2 tons total of Cabernet so this way after picking one ton I will have a better idea of what is left out in the vineyard.

1:00 Pm: Good news!! Catarino and Salvador finished picking the one ton of Cabernet and it looks like we may have as much as 3 tons. That way I can put a little cabernet in our 2008 My Zin and maybe even the Aca Modot. Before today I was planning to put the spicy Cabernet from our sandy loam into the Aca Modot. I would rather put the Cabernet that we picked today into the Aca Modot because it has a little more tannin. 


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