Hello Everyone in Woot Country.
My name is Jake Stephens, proprietor of Diamond Ridge Vineyards in Lake County California along with our Two Jakes of Diamonds wines, twojakesofdiamonds.com.
There are many facets in the stone of winemaking, but all begin in the vineyard.
Terrior says it all, and it says nothing. Terrior is a French term, taken from the word Terra, "land." The land separates one vineyard from another, one area, and one region from another. It is like the flour in a cake, without flour you have no beginning.
Our Terrior is phenomenal, it says it all. But land alone doesn't make great wines, it says nothing, without the constant vigilance of our vines. Unlike most business, farming is not a divided highway with traffic headed systematically to and fro.
Mother nature has a great deal to do with daily vine regiment. Like my dad used to say, "a banker won't do it, too many irregularities."
Without a balanced vine you cannot have a balanced flavor profile in the grape. I envision a grape as nothing less then a miniature canteen. What goes into this delicate vessel is generally what comes out.
My foreman, Danial Hernandez, and I have worked together for the past 18 years in an effort to make our vineyards a spice rack for winemakers. We endeavor to leave no stone unturned, literally, in our effort to produce Ultra Premium Winegrapes.
Winemakers, including our own Clark Smith, regard this vineyard as the Diamond of Lake County.