To my 10 year old, Watson, this term is used in reference to old videos of Michael Jordan launching a dunk from the foul line.
To my 17 year old, Sterling, it is simply a path to the next hold while rock climbing.
For me, hang time for our fruit means phenolic ripeness in all its many facets. The heat spikes we experienced this summer were unparalleled and drove sugars sky high without the requisite softening of tannins and respiring of acids...until mother nature pumped the brakes for most of August. We were very fortunate to have harvested all our grapes before the fires began with our last pick of Syrah coming in on October 5th.
Another wave of heat coupled with 50 knot winds on the night of October 8th proved to be a recipe for the disastrous fires here in Napa and Sonoma counties. With the smoke cleared, blue skies and fresh air have returned to our lovely home here in Wine Country. We remain in awe of the strength of our community and grounded by the simple pleasures of hang time with family and friends.
So as we embrace fall and think about hang time with ones we love this holiday season, we have some special offerings for you:
We are harkening back to a staff-favorite: our 2012 vintage! Having just opened a few bottles, these wines are starting to come out of their infancy. I'm impressed by the way they are taking on weight and nuance as they loosen their grip on the vintage with more structure and a bit more tannin.
When we think of the holidays, we think of Pinot Noir here at Whetstone. So we're offering you a fun way to take a trip through the Sonoma Coast Appellation with our 4-pack of 2014 single-vineyard Pinots! Starting from the Petaluma Gap all the way up to Annapolis, each vineyard has a unique topography and micro-climate that translate directly into your glass.
Need a little Southern charm in your life? Our famous Fried Chicken Supper is featured in this stunning table top book: Napa Valley Entertaining, by Blakesley Chappellet, with photographs by Briana Marie. In addition to the people and places, this recently published gem artfully highlights the true beauty of food, entertaining, and hospitality. To make it even more charmingly Southern, we are including a bottle of our 2014 'Jon Boat' Pinot Noir!
Visit our "SHOP" page for these holiday offerings along with our current releases and case purchase specials! Plus, our 'in-house elves' are back in action! But for a limited-time only. So if personalized cards and hand-tied bows make you merry and bright, don't forget to add our Complimentary Gift Wrapping to your online order!
Any questions or special requests? We are here for you. Get in touch with us via email at email@example.com or call us in the tasting salon at (707) 254-0600.
We're raising a glass to you and yours...
Cheers to some quality hang time with family and friends this holiday season!
- The Whetstone Crew
Jamey, Michelle, Addie, Alli, Lauren & Jess
P.S. If you're like us, one bottle never quite seems like enough! So treat your guests or hosts to beautiful magnums, hand-waxed and -labeled with love.
P.P.S. How are you planning to thank your colleagues and clients this holiday season? If the perfect balance of convenience & thoughtfulnesset strikes your fancy, let us take care of your gift giving with our Corporate Gifting offer!
P.P.S. Join Michelle Whetstone at the Napa Valley Entertaining holiday event on November 29th, 4:30-7:00 pm at Meadowood. Come ready to inspire and be inspired for holiday entertaining! For more information, email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.