Winter Newsletter

29th Dec 2016 @ 11:12 by Kristen

2016 HARVEST

The harvest moon has set on the 2016 vintage. The leaves on the vines have turned yellow and orange and the valley looks aflame. Most of the wines are slumbering in barrels or getting ready for bottling early next year. Many people imagine that once the harvest is over the winemakers all kick back and go on vacation, but Winter is a very busy time in the cellar. There are secondary malolactic fermentations to monitor, blending to work out, and all the wines to get ready for bottling next starting in January. There are some new wines that are bottling up for release next year that we are very excited about: Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, and Old Vine Zin along with all the wines we already know and love. We are looking forward to another busy and exciting year!

MENAGERIE VERMOUTH

Menagerie is a collaboration between Paul Hawley and his long-time friend, Anthony DeMaria, who has been a professional mixologist for over ten years. They have been experimenting with bitters, infusions, and aromatized wines for years before bottling the first release in 2016. They bottled four different vermouths using Sonoma County wines as the base, fortified with brandy and infused with a selection of herbs and botanicals.

VINEYARD EXPERIENCES

Hawley Winery is located on Bradford Mountain, overlooking Dry Creek Valley. The winery sits in the middle of the Hawley's 10 acre organic vineyard. Unlike our downtown Healdsburg tasting room, the winery is not setup for drop-in tasting, however we offer a selection of vineyard tours and experiences by reservation and want to encourage you to visit next time you are in town.

Estate Vineyard & Winery Tour
Enjoy a guided walking tour of our organic vineyards, garden, and hopyard. Get the 'behind the scenes' look at our production facility. One hour, between 10am and 3pm. $25 per person. $10 for club members and their friends.

Blending Class
Ever wondered how winemakers come up with amazing blends? Learn, hands on, the basics of blending in the Hawley Cellar. One to two hours, starting at 10am. $65 per person. $45 for club members and their friends.

Vineyard Tour & Picnic
Enjoy a tour of our organic vineyards, garden and hopyard, in addition to a fresh picnic lunch. Picnic includes an artisan sandwich, fresh fruit, side salad, kettle chips, and a sweet treat! One hour, between 10am and 3pn. $50 per person. $35 for club members and their friends.


HAWLEY EVENTS CALENDAR

  • DEC 10th - Holiday Pickup Party

  • JAN 14th-15th - Winter Wineland

  • FEB 18th - Puppy Love Pickup Party

  • MAR 4-5th & 11th-12th - Sonoma County Barrel Tasting