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Erin Crain
April 7, 2015 | Erin Crain

Renwood Winery Concludes Renwood Heart Fund Initiative

Renwood Winery is pleased to announce that it has completed a four month fundraising program in support of the American Heart Association's My Heart, My Life and Go Red for Women initiatives. The multi-faceted promotion consisted of a $1 donation to the AHA for every bottle of Renwood wine sold, a social media campaign awarding a $1 donation for every #RHF and/or #AHA hashtag shared, and tasting room sales of Renwood logo red earbuds in which 100% of proceeds were donated. As a result of those efforts, Renwood is honored to announce that Winemaker Joe Shebl will be presenting the organization with a $15,000 donation.

The Renwood team embraces the American Heart Association's program to promote heart health through education and the encouragement of a healthy lifestyle. "We see moderate wine consumption as playing a part in a healthy lifestyle that includes a health conscious eating plan and getting regular exercise." Says Winemaker Joe Shebl. "We try to lead by example and have incorporated several of the American Heart Association's tips into our daily routines here at the winery. I have even begun riding my bike to regularly check our vineyards. We feel really good about helping the AHA raise awareness and save lives.

Judy Coffey, American Heart Association Western States Affiliate board member added, "We thank Renwood for their contribution in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke in women."

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent and treat these diseases — America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers — the AHA funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/AHA.NorthBay.

Established in 1993, Renwood Winery specializes in hand-crafted Zinfandel. The winery is located in Amador County and is one of the most respected wine producers in the Sierra Foothills. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 11am to 6pm. For more information visit Renwood.com.

Time Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Joe Shebl
January 19, 2015 | Joe Shebl

January 2015 Winemaker Report

The winter months are generally a slower time for us, but this year has been different. In our vineyards we are continuing tremendous efforts to increase vine health and fruit quality. It truly is a year-round operation and our highest priority. Every day we are doing something in our Ranch to make our vineyards some of the most pristine and well tended, at a world-class level. This includes many things such as choosing the correct cover crop to keep weeds down and implementing cutting-edge pruning techniques.

Often I am asked, “How long do you use your barrels?” The short answer is we follow a strict five-year barrel plan and are ever aware of each of our 3,000 barrels' status and situation. We track them using a sophisticated barcode system that helps monitor exactly what wine is in them, for how long, and when it is time for the barrel to “reinvent itself” as a chair or table.
Every year around this time, Moises and I begin the task of blending. There are days that we taste 40-60 different wines, selecting the best of the best for each individual wine we make. Hey, someone has to do it, right?! Our approach is simple, but thoughtful. Throughout the course of a specific wine lot’s aging, we taste it a minimum of 50 times so we know exactly what each can bring to the table when blended, most years we have at least 60 different lots in the cellar. We conceptualize our cellar as a spice rack…there are endless options. This makes it easy sometimes, and other times you have to walk away and try again tomorrow. There’s never a dull moment.


Needless to say, we love it, and are again very excited to share our newest vintages with you as they release throughout the year.

Sincerest Regards,

Joe Shebl

Time Posted: Jan 19, 2015 at 12:21 PM

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