Introducing Tony Biagi

We’re excited to share our big news:  winemaking veteran Tony Biagi has joined Amici as our Consulting Winemaker. Tony has decades of experience working with some of the most prestigious labels in the Napa Valley, and we’re delighted to have him on board to lend his expertise to Amici.  Tony will be working closely with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell.  On a personal level, he fits in to our group of amici like he’s always been part of the gang. “What I’m most excited about is to be joining such a wonderful extended team that’s already in place,” he says of Amici. “There’s such a supportive atmosphere, it’s really a family feeling.”  If you’d like to know more about Tony and his background, check out his bio on our website.

Kicking Off Harvest 2015
Tony came on board just in time to throw himself into the harvest.  We kicked off our harvest season on August 14 with Sauvignon Blanc, about two weeks ahead of usual, and things are looking great.   It’s a smaller yielding harvest than the past two years, but quality is excellent.  Hear Consulting Winemaker Tony Biagi discuss this year’s harvest with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell:

Singing “Purple Rain” to the end of Harvest 2014

What a great fall season (earthquakes notwithstanding).  We celebrated the official end of harvest for Amici on Monday as we brought in our last load of grapes (from the famous Tokalon vineyard, no less—look out for that one in a couple years).  After nine weeks of harvest craziness, the last grapes rolled off the sorting table as the crew cheered and champagne corks popped to the strains of “Purple Rain” by Prince. We caught it all on video, so we hope you enjoy this little glimpse of life around our winery.
Loud music warning:  if you’re watching this at work, you might want to get those headphones on!

Celebrating the Close of Harvest 2014

Checking in on the Sauvignon Blanc Vineyards

Winemaker Joel Aiken heads out to the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to look at how the grapes are coming along for harvest 2013.  At this point, Joel estimates a Sauvignon Blanc harvest date of late August, about two weeks earlier than the usual September date.  Chalk that up to a warm, dry spring in which the grapes have ripened evenly in mild temperatures.