Lucky #13

Fall-Winter 2013 - 14 #30

2013 has indeed turned out to be a lucky year. We got very lucky with the summer and fall weather. After the driest and quite possibly the warmest winter and spring any of us can remember we got blessed by a mild summer and harvest period allowing us to bring a good sized crop to perfect, stress free maturity. We had very little water retained in our irrigation pond so a hot summer and harvest period would have been disastrous.

We are now in our 13th month of the building permit application process to remodel our tasting room (have you noticed I have less hair?). But now after crossing every ‘T’ and dotting every ‘I’ that the County has thrown at us (new well, new septic system, new road enhancement plan) we WILL be getting our permit this month.  

My daughter graduated from Colgate this year and the number 13 goes very deep with them, very lucky number

My son accompanied me to a trade tasting in August (the 13th!) and practically got hired on the spot to work at a very cool wine bar called Eno on Geary St. right off of Union square. Of course they now serve Keenan Merlot there like it’s going out of style! The grilled cheese sandwich (they use a French word) is not to be missed

My wife and I are off to Las Vegas next week to celebrate our 26th Anniversary (that’s 2x13! And yes I am doubly lucky!).

And last but not least I had a hole in one this year. On what hole you ask? Why on #13 at the Claremont Country Club, a hole aptly named ‘Devil’! That’s just dumb luck

Holiday Cheers to a lucky year!
–Michael Keenan

Keenan Winery, St. Helena
Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed Wines

The 2006 Napa Valley Summer Blend Chardonnay is the winery's first release bearing the words "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed." Wine Business reports that the winery, located in the Spring Mountain district of the Napa Valley, recently completed a solar power system on their property. The system will supply all of the winery's power needs. When the winery's reds are released in the fall they will carry the same "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed" phrase on the label.

Keenan Winery, St. Helena
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