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Husch Combines Efficiency with Sustainability

Giving the fish a break: It’s a known fact that farmers and fish share the river. Husch has been partnering with The Nature Conservancy and the Navarro River Center for the last several years as they work to help farmers understand and improve the conditions for fish.

In 2011 we built a second pond which allows us to store more water, thus reducing the need for river water during the summer irrigation period. To further minimize that need, we have begun lining our original pond, which being unlined, leaked a significant amount of water that we would ultimately replace from the river.

In order to begin the pond lining process, we pumped all the water from the old pond into the vineyard, storing it in the soil. Then we waited for the floor of the pond to dry out - enough for heavy equipment to enter and clean out the debris collected on the bottom over the last 50 years.

Much to our disappointment we didn’t find any interesting relics on the bottom of the empty pond. The kids had hoped for a pirate chest filled with gold. The adults were hoping for interesting artifacts that would add to our rich history here in the Anderson Valley.

Finally we had to move on and are in the process of having a HDPE liner installed, and pumps reinstalled. Once this project is complete our dependence on the river will lessen. If Coho and steelhead had thumbs, they’d be pointing up.

More Solar at Husch

After enjoying the success of our first solar installation at our Garzini Ranch winery in the Ukiah Valley, we knew it was time to maximize any additional space for solar panels. With a nice portion of Southern facing roofline, we added 81 solar panels and a rated capacity of about 30 kilowatts. Now our entire system is the equivalent of putting 800 tons of coal back into the earth.




Husch's New Releases

2015 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Husch’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon represents an "only the best" approach to winemaking. 2015 was a dry and warm year leading to small and concentrated grape clusters and an early harvest. Field selections of clone 4, 6, 21, and 337 were hand-picked over the course of eight days as each vine ripened. We fermented in small batches, then aged the wine for two years in tight grained oak barrels (75% new). This vintage is compelling from the time you pull the cork until the last drop is enjoyed. Black cherry, mulberry, dark plum, and cassis are on the forefront, while more subtle notes of coffee, crushed herbs, vanilla and violets round-out the palate. Enjoy with short ribs, beet salad or soft cheeses.






APPELLATION: MENDOCINO
HARVEST DATES: SEPT 9 - 17
MATURATION: 24 MONTHS IN BARREL
ALCOHOL: 14.3%
CASE PRODUCTION: 203
$38 PER BOTTLE $456/CASE
PLUS 10% OFF CASES OR 20% PRP DISCOUNT




2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC

The warm, dry summer of 2017 provided near-perfect ripening conditions, until a heat spike rolled into town and the playbook was thrown out the window! We picked some fruit early (to avoid heat damage) and we protected the unpicked grapevines (no, not with SPF30) but rather overhead sprinklers. When the last fruit was picked, we captured a great range of ripeness and resulting flavors. This instant classic, replete with lively aromas of lemongrass, lime, melon, gooseberry, and pineapple guava that burst from the glass. The crisp refreshing flavors pair nicely with oysters, clams, grilled veggies or goat cheese.






APPELLATION: MENDOCINO
HARVEST DATES: AUG 29-SEPT 16
MATURATION: 6 MONTHS IN STAINLESS STEEL TANKS
ALCOHOL: 13.8%
CASE PRODUCTION: 9,800
$15 PER BOTTLE OR $180/CASE
PLUS 10% OFF CASES OR 20% PRP DISCOUNT




Juice: 2017 Gewurztraminer - no alcohol

Our grandmother Beatrice Oswald enjoyed the sweeter things in life, and convinced our grandfather to begin crafting non-alcoholic juice in the early 1980s. Having grown up with these juices on our table we were thrilled to resurrect the Husch recipe for homemade varietal grape juice to share with our children. This juice is made from 100% Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer grapes from our estate vineyard. Picked at perfect sweetness, the grapes were crushed, pressed and stored at near-freezing temperatures for the duration of the busy harvest season. Once activity in the winery slowed down we were able to carefully bottle this non-alcoholic, non-pasteurized juice. Fresh stone fruit, rose hip, and honeysuckle aromas.





APPELLATION: ANDERSON VALLEY
HARVEST DATES: SEPT 5, 2017
SUGAR AT HARVEST: 21°BRIX
ALCOHOL: NONE
CASE PRODUCTION: 112
$11 PER BOTTLE OR $132/CASE
PLUS 10% OFF CASES OR 20% PRP DISCOUNT



Welcome New Assistant Winemaker: Derek Sanchez

Husch is pleased to announce our new assistant winemaker Derek, who has relocated to Northern California from the Central Valley where he grew up working in his family feed store business. He developed an interest in winemaking when he helped his great-aunt make wine with home winemaking equipment used by his Portuguese immigrant great grandfather. Derek reflects, "Let's just say the wine was unique, I don't think we even used wine grapes, but it got me interested in the art of winemaking." He earned his degree in Enology from Fresno State gaining hands-on experience while working at a wine bar and the Fresno State Winery. His next step took him to pursue a Master’s Degree where he studied at France’s Montpellier SupAgro. During his time there, alongside studying, he traveled extensively, visiting numerous wineries and regions across Europe. Derek says “here is where I developed my palate and love for old world wines.” He then conducted research in Madrid, Spain, where he studied the influence of native yeasts on wine aroma – making him a natural fan of Husch’s Renegade Sauvignon Blanc, calling it reminiscent of Pouilly Fumé. Derek commented, "I have a true passion for wine and want to make wines that speak to the place they were grown, taking lessons from new world science and old world ideology.” He has since moved to the area with his newly-wed wife Natalie, a high school agriculture teacher. Our PRP members had the pleasure of meeting Derek and his wife at our annual Picnic in the Vineyards this past June. We are thrilled that he has joined Husch and look forward to many bountiful harvests.

FAVORITE HUSCH WINE: Knoll Pinot Noir - it perfectly expresses its unique position as Anderson Valley’s first Pinot Noir. Earthy, delicate floral aromas and rich red cherry flavors. As for a white, I love the Renegade - those native yeasts make the most delicious Sauvignon Blancs.

PET PEEVE: The lack of quality wine glasses in most restaurants. No, I don't carry my own glasses to dine, but as a foodie who loves to cook, I really appreciate proper glassware.



Mendocino Complex Fire

Pictured is a plume of smoke from the River Fire in the Ukiah Valley, which is now referred to as the Mendocino Complex Fire. It was quickly contained and diverted east thanks to the swift actions of Firefighters locally and across the country. Our hearts go out to Lake County residents, as they endured the brunt of these fires.