|Values and Approach|
Everything we offer is grown right here. We are a family-owned and -run business and we all make a contribution and are committed to creating food, wine and visiting experiences that reflect the natural beauty of our ranch.
Although Lisa and I are not from ranching backgrounds, we have spent years learning the rudiments of farming and land stewardship by doing it ourselves. More often than not, we ride the horse, ATV or tractor to get the job done. We help pick our grapes and process our wines. We gather and doctor our cattle as a family. We have had many expert advisers in viticulture, winemaking and livestock management, not to mention the helpful hands of friends and neighbors, but we have retained personal control and daily involvement in the operation of the ranch. We think this hands-on approach makes a healthy difference in our lives, helps our bottom line and adds a richness to our understanding of the products we bring you. In the end we think you will taste the authentic difference.
We take a great deal of care to steward the natural diversity and richness of the ranch. We have only planted and fenced 40 acres of vineyard out of the more than 1,000 acres of wild oak woodland on the ranch. Although we are not organic in our approach, we limit our use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in a very conservative way. Our cattle herd is well below the carrying capacity of our pastures, which leaves our soils intact and our landscape rich in wildlife, even in drier years. When we hunt, we barely dent the rich local populations of game. When you visit the ranch, we hope you'll notice our attempts to maintain its stirring natural beauty.
You might notice, in our recipes and our descriptions of our wine, a tendency towards simplicity. We have down-to-earth tastes and don't like to over-analyze our food and drink. We encourage you to enjoy the fruits of the land without complications: just cook, eat, drink and enjoy.
After watching the formerly rural Santa Clara Valley transform itself into the thriving, congested world of Silicon Valley, we were ready to try something else. Although we were already avid outdoors people before we came to the ranch, we were shocked at what a difference it made in our lives to live and work outdoors daily. We feel very lucky to connect with nature through the ranch and we want to share our experience with you through this website, our products and events on the ranch itself.