The Doherty’s pride themselves on using sustainable agricultural practices in their vineyard, as well as their other farming operations, to help control soil erosion, provide wildlife habitat, improve soil health, protect air quality and minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Each year 500 cases of “Cortina Red”, a delightful blend of the farm’s three grape varieties, are bottled after being aged to perfection.
Cabernet Sauvignon has been referred to as the king of red wine grapes. Cabernet Sauvignons and blends where the variety predominates are some of the most prized wines produced in California. The grape is also the main ingredient in blends for many of the most famous red wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignons are dry,
MAKE SWEET WINES
One of the tricks of the trade, used by the Doherty family, is harvesting grapes at night while they are cool. In fact, the portion of their crop used for the Grindstone label is quickly loaded into a refrigerated truck, shipped to Del Rio Vineyards, and arrives by noon. Cooler grape temperatures allow the winemaker more control over the fermenting process resulting in a more stable and sweeter grape.