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September 19, 2013 | Events, Wine Country Travel | The Society

First Harvest of the Year at Chalk Hill Estates

“The 2013 harvest is in full swing, giving us no end of excitement--and the occasional hand wringing!" --Lisa Bishop Forbes, winemaker Chalk Hill Estate

grape harvest Chalk Hill Estate


For nearly four decades, Chalk Hill Estate of Sonoma County has produced exceptional, highly-acclaimed wine. The quality begins in the vineyards with conscientious and scientifically precise agricultural practices. The focus is on creating and maintaining the optimal flavor, freshness and depth of character of each varietal.

Chalk Hill Estate beauty shot


Each of the 60 vineyard blocks are tended individually. The grapes are hand-harvested by parcel and fermented in individual blocks.

The September 2013 harvest began with night harvest of the estate sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grapes. The video shows our crew loading bins with the pristine sauvignon blanc.

Nighttime picking is easier on the crew because they avoid the wasps and bees that are out during the day and the temperature is not blazing hot. It's also better for the grapes as high temperatures can change their sugar composition and sometimes allow wild yeasts to grow unchecked. It saves on energy as well; since the grapes are cool, they don't need to be chilled prior to fermentation.

Lisa Bishop Forbes, winemaker Chalk Hill Estate


"Chardonnay will follow next along with Pinot Gris, then Malbec and Merlot. The fruit is beautiful and very flavorful, with ideal sugar and acid balance." --Lisa Bishop Forbes, winemaker Chalk Hill Estate

“It is a privilege to be involved with such a significant and strikingly beautiful property. For nearly four decades, Chalk Hill has been one of the premier wine estates in California. Our Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and proprietary Estate Red are all considered benchmarks among their peers. Our commitment to sustainable farming ensures that our land will remain healthy for generations and our wines will accurately reflect their origins in the hills of eastern Sonoma County.” - William P. (Bill) Foley II

Bill Foley at Chalk Hill Estate


Meet Bill and Carol Foley and taste the elegant wines of Chalk Hill Estate on Saturday, September 28th, 3 - 6 pm at the ocean front Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. A fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child, the event celebrates the launch of the Foley Food & Wine Society.

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Foley Food & Wine Society Launch Party
Saturday, September 28, 2013
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Bacara Resort & Spa - Santa Barbara, CA


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