You’re interrupting my Sonoma summer…for this?

You’re interrupting my Sonoma summer…for this?

I will soon be sharing images of the re-construction of an iconic Cabernet vineyard in the next blog post. But while we wait for the newly planted vines to grow, please enjoy this short sampling…

scenic view

This is the project we’ve been working on all summer, with old vine Zinfandel and new Petite Sirah and the recently planted new Cabernet block. What a view into the town of Sonoma and down into the bay.

digging vine holes 3 – road view

And this is the ‘before’ picture. Steep slope, boulders, rocks, red volcanic soil. Someday, this new Cabernet block will look just as spectacular and produce a gorgeous Sonoma Cabernet.

digging vine holes 6 – close up

It is really hard work to dig the vine holes in the heat and on rocky terrain.

grape vines 4

This is what a bundle of new Cabernet grapevines look like. They are “dormant benchgrafts”, sound asleep, fresh out of the cooler. More on that another time.

Cab Sauv FPS 30.1 110R (vine tag)

The vine tag indicates the variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, clone is UC Davis Foundation Plant Services clone 30.1 (the famed Disney Silverado clone) with rootstock 110R (very drought tolerant).

irrigating 1

A protective grow-tube is placed around the plant. And the water flows. A great sense of relief.

grape vine 1 week later

In ten short days, the vine has sprung to life!

grape vine 2 weeks later

And in twenty days the new vine has pushed out of the grow tube reaching for the sun. And another iconic Sonoma Cabernet vineyard begins it’s life, soon to be delicious wine at your next meal.

Bonus Round! KSVY Sonoma radio, you made it this far. Now for the fun stuff…

KSVY Sonoma radio (Simon Blattner, Ken Wornick, Rick Wynne)

Am I on the air?

From left to right, the infamous Sonoman Simon Blattner, special guest Ken Wornick (yours truly) and smooth operator and radio host Rick Wynne enjoying a commercial break during “The Morning Show” on 91.3 KSVY Sonoma.

You can listen right now to the ‘grapes and wine’ segment of “The Morning Show”  Click here and go to minute 26

Sonoma Grower’s BBQ

Hydeout Sonoma and Dysfunctional Family Winery attended the annual Sonoma Valley Vintner’s and Growers annual member’s BBQ and “launch the harvest bell ringing”. Had a great time visiting with our fellow vintners Muscardini (Michael and Kate), Landmark Cellars (Tom and Michelle Rouse), Nun’s Canyon (Kimberly Hughes), Beltane Ranch (Lauren Benward Krause), and the incomparable Sondra Bernstein.

Click here for an 8-second video of Sonoma Grower’s Harvest BBQ



Snakes are a rare sighting but sometimes the swallow something large (see the swollen middle) and cannot move off. In which case, they become the focus of much conversation and observation. The camouflage is amazing, right?


Back home at the Hydeout Sonoma ranch, summer is veggie time. But that new Cabernet vineyard project kept us busy. Forgot all about these carrots. A wheel barrow and a trash can full! Turned them into a delicious carrot soup. 

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more blog postings on the world of grapes and wine.