Girl and The Grape

Winemaking. Life. The Dirt. Alison Crowe is a Winemaker Based in Napa.

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A New Year’s Letter from Vintage 2019

I did manage to get my Christmas cards out before the day of, but some years have been so busy a New Year’s card and letter goes out to family, friends and colleagues.  By the end of December the presents are exchanged, the roast beasts consumed and perhaps the relatives are headed home; maybe the New Year’s cards and letters get enjoyed a little more...

Working Harvest? What to wear (and what not to)

Whatever you’re harvesting, paddock boots (pull on, no laces, last forever) make an ideal footwear foundation. Ahhh, Harvest is upon us!  I’ve got a wine-buyer buddy who’s traveling to Bordeaux to “help with harvest, the hard work and all” (as he put it) and I received a letter from a gal who was off to Italy for her first internship.  They both asked...

Third Annual Carneros Cornhole & Wine Tasting to Benefit Local Fire Departments- Aug 10

    What started out as a fun way to get folks together for some wine and friendly competition in the summer of 2017 looks to be turning into a yearly occurrence.  As we prep for the third annual Carneros Cornhole & Wine Tasting on August 10, 2019 at Etude Wines, proceeds of which benefit the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments, The Carneros...

Unified Symposium Preview- What’s cool, new and different in 2019

  “Winemaking Begins With People”….and we’ll see some of our favorite folks this coming week at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Some of you have heard me say before that no, wine doesn’t begin with grapes, it begins with people.  And you can see some of your favorite industry peeps, and meet some new friends and colleagues, at the 2019...

The Winemaker’s Take: Mild 2018 Harvest Promises Old School Elegance

  Velvety-soft Napa Cabernet berries ripening slowly in the mild October sun.                       A year ago today I was frantically driving around Napa’s Rutherford and Oakville back roads, dodging Police barricades and sneaking around road blocks to check on the last of my Napa Cabernet.  95% of my harvest was in the barn but I still...

The Most Important Step in Winemaking That Nobody Talks About

The finished product- bottled and ready to share Harvest:  Sunlit vines, sweeping vistas and artisans working around the clock picking and crushing grapes.  Blending the final cuvée:  the master Winemaker contemplates a sparkling array of nectar-filled glasses, carefully selecting the perfect blend.   All highly Instagramable, all part of winery marketing...

#bedavidstevens- The Wine Industry Remembers and Celebrates a Beloved Colleague

This is how I’ll always remember David Stevens- at a wine competition judging table, laughing. Photo credit Mike Dunne There are some people you can’t help liking, who always seem to have a smile on their face and who leave you encouraged and uplifted at the end of every interaction.  Such was the case with David Stevens, whom the wine industry has...

Winemakers Love April Showers…. but Only Before May Flowers

Cloudy skies and rain this week don’t pose a problem- it’s OK for grapevines to have April Showers as long as it comes before their May Flowers (grapevine bloom). 4/6/18, Napa CA An early April “Pineapple Express” is upon us, having rushed into the North Bay as of last night, providing a steady rain through today, Friday, into Saturday.  I was tasting...

Napa and Sonoma’s Early and Frosty Bud Break….and its Silver Lining

It looks scary, but purposefully-sprinkled frozen water actually protects baby grape buds, as long as the temperatures don’t get too much below freezing. Here, one of our Carneros Chardonnay vines hangs tough. Thursday, 2/22/18- It was quite a sight for the morning commuters zipping along Hwy 121 between the towns of Sonoma and Napa Monday this week: ...

For My SoCal Friends: Lessons I learned from the Wine Country Wildfires

The Wine Country Wildfire “Burnt Toast BnB” Crew surviving- with masks on. L to Right, John Egerman, Alison Crowe, my mom Sandy Crowe and sister Jennifer Crowe. Wearing our “N95” anti-smoke masks! My parents were just up here in Napa helping Chris and I prepare to evacuate during the October Wine Country Wildfires and now they are facing a similar...

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