We all have dreams — some big, some small. Our dream for Dancing Creek is to have complete control from the field to the bottle. Spring days driving the tractor, fall harvest, making wine through the winter months, enjoying the fruits of your labor that following year.
One day an email arrives. A 15-acre vineyard of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is available in Aptos. We jumped on it. Known to many in the area us the “Trout Gulch Vineyard,” it produces rich and elegant wines. Cool marine fog permeates this vineyard, increasing the hang time on the vine to allow the fruit to develop into its perfect flavor so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Pruning, spraying, obtaining a pesticide certification license, frost, mildew and god knows what, oh deer (and I mean the four-legged variety). What have we done? Are farmer tans sexy?