photo by Chris Clemente
Winegrower/ poet/ surfer Bill Hawley pioneered Random Ridge in 1980 at the end of a remote fire road at 2200 feet on California's stunning Mount Veeder. He built a house for his young family with recycled lumber and cleared and planted the 10-acre vineyard right on the Napa-Sonoma County ridgeline. Views of Mount Tamalpais in Marin and the San Francisco Bay dazzle the southern horizon and the sun sets over Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard's intense fruit now yields a limited production of exceptional wines that are spicy, extracted, and rich: "wines with atti-dude."
Emile (with machete), Zane, and Bill Hawley 1985
a few decades later
northeast vineyard view w/tepee
the latest news @ random
late may: change in the weather
very very dry early season
started irrigating the vineyard in april instead of june
never expect frost after may 15th
but -- with vines in full bloom -- frost hit the bottom of the vineyard 21 may
about 20 vines were affected, they'll survive but without fruit this year
a change in the weather
is known to be extreme
but what's the sense of changing horses in midstream?
and I'm going out of my mind
oh, with a pain that stops and starts
like a corkscrew to my heart
Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now"
vine in full bloom
frosted vine one row up
vineyard view; frosted area in foreground
view from tepee site
branch broken in the wind
april in the vineyard
scarlet frittilaria / mission bells
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