David Coffaro Vineyard and

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Tuesday October 10, 2017

The winery and we are safe. The fires were about 15 miles from us but were moving South of us. All our employees were evacuated but are back in their homes. We did find out many of our local customers lost their homes. The fires are still active, especially over in Napa where a lot of Cabernet is still to be harvested. There may be some smoke taint in the fruit still on the vines. As I have said we have all our grapes harvested.

Tuesday October 10, 2017
I was just over looking at the fire in Geyserville. It is about 3 miles up the hill from the town and at least 6 miles from us. I think another fire would have to start in our valley besides that one to be a problem. When I left the wind had turned to the East away from the
Wednesday October 18, 2017

The Pocket Fire in Geyserville is still burning but now 65% contained. The firefighters have forced it over the hill and away from us and the town of Geyserville. I drove over there yesterday and I still saw heavy smoke all over the town.

My wound is still ongoing but I was told this Friday they will do a skin graft over the wound and I will be able to take off the bandage in three days.

All the wine has been pressed so now we are topping off barrels and checking to see if all the wines have finished fermentation. Soon I will be able to start figuring in my excel spreadsheet and see which wines we will blend in December........fun

Saturday October 22, 2017

A customer asked questions about the Estate Cuvee so she inspired me to write this for my diary even though I might have mentioned it before............

Back in 1994 I started this winery, I had Pat, and my two daughters ganging up on me, one 9 and the other 7 so I needed a new love.

At that time I had produced amateur wine and won a few awards, but at that time in 1994 I did not know a friend who would buy my wine. I decided I would make 420 cases and I thought then, I could consume 5040 bottles in my life time? Maybe 10 years or so, SO

I made 427 cases and entered the Harvest Fair in 1995 with the Estate Cuvee aged 9 months. It was only in the bottle 6 weeks and it won a gold. Those days a gold meant something. I think the judges were confused since the Estate Cuvee was the first premium wine with equal parts of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out with Carignan and Petite Sirah, a true Red Blend.

The internet was just starting so things changed for me. Young people started talking about the wine at CompuServe. I could only keep a few cases for myself, all the restaurants and retail stores wanted it and customers started calling...............


For any comments or questions I encourage any of you to e-mail.....david@coffaro.com

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