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Organic vs. Conventional Farming

Organic vs. Conventional Farming

Organic grape and wine farming: Thanks to the support from all of our Hydeout Sonoma vineyard clients, we are a 100% organic farming operation. As the debate continued, I invite you to take an...

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Dysfunctional Family Chickens

Dysfunctional Family Chickens

Here at the Hydeout, we have many projects going on around the property.The latest addition being a chicken coop! Many friends in Sonoma have backyard chicken coops and we thought it would be great...

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Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits…

Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits…

Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits...we've lost many grapevines, three years in a row, to damaging gophers. The gopher population is out of whack. Hard to say why? Maybe not enough snakes? We don't...

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Before harvest, let’s bottle some wine…

Before harvest, let’s bottle some wine…

As the clock clicks down to another harvest, it's time to make some room in the winery. Here are a series of short videos and time lapses of our most recent bottling of Dysfunctional Family 2017...

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Ganau…it’s Italian for cork!

Ganau…it’s Italian for cork!

For over 20 vintages, I have been a loyal customer of Ganau America, a cork company based in Italy, with natural cork sourced from Sardinia and Portugal. Join me on a pictorial journey through their...

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Hope for the future of wine and food

Hope for the future of wine and food

From my view on the Advisory Board of the Sonoma Valley High School Agri-Tech Academy, I get a first-row seat to watch some of our best and brightest explore their love of farming and plan for their...

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Sonoma Harvest 2018 – Part 2 “The Day”

Sonoma Harvest 2018 – Part 2 “The Day”

Sonoma Harvest, Part 1, "The Night" featured some harvests at night. As the sun rose and fruit was loaded onto the trucks, here are some daytime images of a few of our client's harvests. And check...

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Dysfunctional Family Winery grand debut…

Dysfunctional Family Winery grand debut…

On a gorgeous Sonoma evening, Dysfunctional Family Winery made its official and exceptionally grand public debut. The town mayor sang the star bangled banner (no, she did not). The Wine Spectator...

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Farming Sonoma vineyards organically

Farming Sonoma vineyards organically

  Farming Sonoma vineyards organically is expensive and time consuming. And it makes the wine more expensive too. Why? One of the biggest risks to vineyards around the globe is mold and mildew....

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Fun with Wine Science…

Fun with Wine Science…

You love wine. But maybe you never gave much thought to the science of wine? Here is a post that reveals some science behind wine... The preeminent magazine for wine professionals is Wine Business...

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Sonoma “Bee Hive Dive” at Nick’s Ranch

Sonoma “Bee Hive Dive” at Nick’s Ranch

My motorcycle buddy and all-around renaissance man, Nicholas Freedman, hosted a very special lunch and 'bee hive dive' at his east-Petaluma ranch, benefiting the Sonoma Academy. Many bee experts,...

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Sonoma International Film Festival

Sonoma International Film Festival

Join me for a quick visit to the Sonoma International Film (and food and wine) Festival, as seen through the eyes of Hydeout Sonoma: Our houseguests during the festival were the director and stars...

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Meet the winners…

Meet the winners of the Hydeout Sonoma blogpost contest. These 3 eagle-eyed readers spotted my-newt joke in the previous blog post.... For their efforts, they each received a bottle of 2016...

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Wine Industry Convention

Wine Industry Convention

The Grape and Wine Symposium, in Sacramento every January, is THE largest grape and wine industry convention in North America. Here is a quick 'beginner's tour' for those who are unfamiliar with our...

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