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My Visit to Captain Vineyards

Hello! My name is Camille and I am one of Susan and Sal Captain's 8 grandchildren. I am writing this post on August 17, 2022. I just came inside from harvesting prunes off the tree right outside the front door. French Prunes! Me in the blue dress! MY STORY    I, Camille Captain, am 9 years old and live in Greenwich, CT. Visiting the vineyard is always one of my favorite trips. I get to help out with the crops, and I love walking the dog, Cleo, every day. But most of all, I love our annual family reunion that my grandparents host every year.   During my stay, I have been learning to find the average brix (the sugar...

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The Message in the bottle is Sustainability

Captain Vineyards is a winery in Moraga, California that is dedicated to sustainability. Many rave about the winery’s bold reds and beautiful views, but their green operations are also causing a commotion amongst viticulturalists, environmentalists, and wine-lovers alike. Their consistent efforts to decrease waste have been acknowledged for eight years by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. And everything that is uprooted from the land is returned. This means 100% of organic materials – pruning clippings, grape skins, seeds, and stems – are recycled. In fact, Captain Vineyards is proud that they no longer require a green waste container because of this initiative. Captain Vineyards began dry farming its 3,500 vines in 2007. All water used in the cleaning and...

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Topping the Barrels

Every 4-6 weeks, Sal ventures into the cellar for a day or two of TOPPING, you can call it the angels share of our wine.  Sal, has to estimate the need of extra wine ready for this monthly action.  The wood barrels will allow for a small amount of wine evaporation, enough, to make the need to top off these barrels.   It is quite exciting to do, because for sure we will have some extra wines for us to taste at the end of the day!!  Sometimes, it does become a job, especially when you are needed else where at the vineyard or grandkids!  Temperatures are starting to range into the 70's & that calls for all our 2021 wines,...

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