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In this issue (told with Mark Huff's engaging style): ◊Thanksgiving-holiday season tastings. ◊2016 Vintage run-down (or how to survive an astoundingly early harvest). ◊2014 Pinot Noir futures are ready for pick up! ◊Compare cool versus hot vintages at our holiday tastings. ◊New releases - 2014 vintage. ◊Last call for 2015 Tempranillo...

Feb. 6, 2014: Encountered a snow storm when returning from Seattle area.  [caption id="attachment_456" align="alignnone" width="225"] St. Helens Snow Storm[/caption] Feb. 8 - 10, 2014: With more than 10 inches of snow, the pruning must go on. Winery dog, Brix, helps out. Pruning Feb 9; the show must go on.Winery...

Even as the dense fog envelops Stag Hollow, Mark begins the first step of the vineyard cycle, pruning. The young Tempranillo is first, a seemingly easy job of snipping small stems to several buds. Yet there is always more to do: remove unwanted buds (snip),...