What’s The Point?

What is all this hoopla about high points in the wine industry? We, like most industry people, encourage folks to ignore “punctuations” and “accolades” as they are called, and drink what you like. However, you may have noticed that lately we have been shouting our scores from the rooftops. But what do they mean? We will tell you! But first...check ...

Cheers to the 21st Amendment

WIN PRIVATE CLYDESDALE TOUR OF FOLDED HILLS - SCROLL DOWN TO ENTER  RAISE A GLASS TO THE 21st AMENDMENT!  On December 5th, 1933, after a 14 year dry spell, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ratified the amendment to repeal prohibition. To commemorate the occasion my father, August Busch, Jr., presented his father with a six-horse Clydesdale hitch. The Clydesdales commenced a tour ...

Celebrate the True Meaning of Labor Day

The True Meaning of Labor Day Labor day was established in 1894, back when a 70-hour work week was typical. Business owners and workers realized the need for more rest and time away from work. The holiday was established to honor and celebrate workers and the contributions they have made to our country. As time has gone on, an unbalanced ...

Finding Quality Grapes in SYV

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING WINE Making wine is a patient craft, and timing is everything. For winemakers, there is just one chance every year to get it right. A winemaker who toils for thirty years, has just thirty chances to make remarkable wine – it’s an idea made even more poignant when we remember that a truly great wine ...

Planting Your First Vineyard

PLANTING BY MOONLIGHT The first signs of light came not from the sky, but headlights and headlamps cutting through thick fog, making their way to the top of the vineyard road. At the front of the team was Ruben with over 10,000 bare root vines, a large box of breakfast burritos and his crew of around 45 hardworking men and ...

Deciding What Grapes to Plant

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO PLANT? In Europe, vineyard owners are under government regulations that only allow certain grapes varietals to be planted in each region. Here in California, we can plant whatever we want - and many growers do. Their decision might be influenced by their personal taste or what is popular at the time. How is Folded Hills different? ...