January 1999

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This year was the El Niño effect. We fought the weather and dropped, literally, tons of fruit until harvest so the grapes would ripen. The upside is that we hired our first full-time helper - Vidal. What a luxury to have an extra pair of hands out in the vineyard! Our first Syrah was released and did very well; we produced 150 cases and we should produce a similar amount for years to come as we have no more room to plant.