Double Oak Vineyard & Winery
  ~ The 32nd harvest for Double Oak Vineyards ~
~ The 21st vintage for Double Oak Winery
Mountain Grown Fine Wine

NEWS & EVENTS ~ May ~ 2017 

      Visit Double Oak during the SPRING REGIONAL WINE TRAIL May 20
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      News ~ Both Present & Past ~ Many photos help tell the story


Double Oak Winery Tasting Room ~ February through December ~
Open Every Saturday 11 - 5

Wine Tasting ~ Picnicking ~ Touring
We welcome your visits for wine tasting and sales, picnicking and tours!

Double Oak is beautiful and interesting in all four seasons of the year!

Groups are easily accommodated.
Bring your friends with you for a delightful outing to our artisan winery and family farm.

Click here for more information about visiting Double Oak.

Click here for a list and description of Double Oak fine wines, special sales, shipping & discount information, and for information about the Double Oak Wine Club.


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Sierra Vintners Spring Regional Wine Trail ~ May 20 ~ 11-5         
Featuring six wineries ~  Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Katoa Cellars, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard and Solune Winegrowers.
Enjoy a wide range of fine wine, tasty food and music!

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Fine Wine ~ Enjoy tasting delicious Double Oak fine wine, all estate grown and produced. Award winning, mountain grown fine wines: Pre-Release, Current Release, Library wines & Barrel Samples.
Savory Food Bites ~ Medley of tapas _ Roast Crostinis with toppings ~ Tomato Bruchetta, Basil Pesto, Olive Tapanade  & Roast Veggie Crostinis.
Delightful Music ~ Popular local singer, song writer, guitarist Heather MacAdam will be playing a delightful mix of popular songs and original compositions in a wide range of styles from jazz and blues to rock and roll.
Special Wine Sale ~2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (One Day Only Wine Sale @$7.99.)
Participate in Special Drawing ~ for the delicious Zinfandel trio of three great vintages: 2008~2009~2010
Enjoy relaxing and visiting with your friends on the Tasting Room patio or under the shade of the Grandfather Oak overlooking the picturesque vineyards. Take in the beautiful Sierra views surrounding Double oak. Walk among the beautiful grapevines.
You will be pleased.

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Ticket information ~ Spring Wine Trail: 
For ticket purchasing information, go to <Sierra Vintners - 2017 Sierra Vintners Spring Regional Wine Trail>
Tickets (food, wine and entertainment): 
    1 Wine Trail Ticket: $35 (Wine Club members: $30)
    3 Wine Trail Season Ticket: $80 (Wine Club members: $70)
    Designated driver: per trail, $15 (food & entertainment - no wine)
Promotion/coupon Codes:
There is a place to enter “Promotion/coupon codes” when purchasing the ticket.
Wine club members: Get a ticket discount when you use the Wine Club discount code. 
There is also a promotion code for people not in the Double Oak Wine Club: Simply enter the Double Oak promotion code <Double Oak WT>. Then your name will be submitted for a drawing for the Special Double Oak Zinfandel Trio: 2008~2009~2010. This drawing will take place during the Spring Wine Trail at Double Oak. The names of Wine Club members attending Double Oak during Wine Trail will also have their names in this drawing.

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Sierra Vintners Regional Spring Wine Trail
11-5 Saturday, May 20

Double Oak May Wine Special
Click here

Wine Club at Double Oak
Double Oak Wine Club Trios & Sextets ~ 
February, May, August & November
Double Oak Wine Club Case Club ~ 
May & November
Click here for more information about the Double Oak Wine Club.


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Award Winning Wines
Double Oak Winery has done very well in wine competitions.  


Here are the awards that these delicious Double Oak wines have won:
2014 Chardonnay: Gold at Yuba Sutter Fair; Silver: Amador; Bronze: El Dorado
2013 Chardonnay: Gold & Best of Class of Region at the CA State Fair; a Double Gold at the Calaveras County Fair; Silver medals (4 in all) at the Amador and El Dorado County Fairs, Pacific Rim and SF Chronicle wine competitions; and a Bronze at the New World International.
2014 Rosé: Bronze medals at the New World International & Pacific Rim..
2011 Merlot: Bronze medals at the Amador and El Dorado County Fairs.
2010 Zinfandel: Gold Medal: Yuba Sutter Fair; Silver medal: Amador; Bronze: Pacific Rim & New World International.
2009 Zinfandel: Silver Medal at Pacific Rim; Bronze medals at the CA State Fair, Riverside International, West Coast Wine Competition, and Amador and Calaveras County Fairs.
The 2008 Zinfandel: Silver Medals at the CA State Fair and El Dorado County Fair and a Bronze at the Calaveras County Fair.
The 2009 Cab Sauvignon: Gold at Calaveras; Silvers at the New World International, Pacific Rim, Orange County Wine Society, El Dorado & Amador County Fairs; and 2 Bronze Medals at the CA State Fair & West Coast Wine Competition.

Several of these delicious, award winning wines are still available for tasting and purchase at the Double Oak tasting room.

They are also available at several markets in the local area. To see the list, go to the Wines Page and click on "Where You Can Find Double Oak Fine Wines":

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To give a gift of double oak fine wine:
      ~ Visit the winery & choose wine and other gifts. 
      ~ Order delicious Double Oak fine wine as a gift.
      ~ Order a Wine Gift Certificate.
      ~ Gift a Double Oak Wine Club Membership.

Visit the Wines page for particular information about wine gifting.


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The 2016 harvest, Double Oak's 31st harvest, was great!
   The crop was bountifu and beautifull! The grapes were all fully ripe, with just the right balance of sugar, acidity and phenolic flavors. The past coulple of years we let some Zinfandel grapes hang longer for a new Double Oak wine: Late Harvest Zin. We finished harvest in early November of this year, a couple of weeks later than in most of the past years, and almost a month later than in 2015.  

Ripe Fruit ~ Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ready for harvest.  

    RipeChardonnayGrapes       RipeCabernetGrapes

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Below are a few photos from past Double Oak Harvest Open Houses.

Happy wine tasters & craft vendor   Happy Wine Toasters
Above left: guests enjoying wine tasting and visiting & in the background a craftperson showing her creations to an interested fan. 
Above right: wine tasters toasting & in background a wine tasting station.

    Guests & vendors in winery       Guests discussing wine at Tasting Room bar 
Above left: a view into the winery with craftpersons and their crafts, a Double Oak wine tasting station and guests enjoying themselves.
   Above right: Guests discussing wine with the winemaker and enjoying the fine offerings.                                                                           

    OpenHouse_Artists in Breezeway   OpenHouse_ View into winery_ crafts and wine
Above left: the winery breezeway with artists and their artwork, and guests who are enjoying the fine offerings.
Above right: a view into the winery with craftpersons and their crafts, a Double Oak wine tasting station and guests enjoying themselves.


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Below are some photos of past Double Oak harvests:

Wonderful Harvesters! Here are a few photos of some of our hard working and cheerful harvesters. They are filling tubsHarvesters at Double Oak filling tubs; We were very grateful for their help! 

HarvestersAtDblOak     HarvestersAtDblOak  Harvester   

Skilled and hardworking vineyard boss Bob and his assistant ~ These pictures show: Bob on the tractor in the Merlot. with his assistant loading tubs of grapes into the bin on the back of the tractor that Bob is driving.

 Bob on tractor in Merlot             Bryan loading tubs of grapes into bin; Bob on tractor.

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WinterTime in the Vineyards ~
The vineyard floor becomes green and abundant with the cover crop we have planted and encouraged. This cover crop adds to the tilth of the vineyard, provides a place for the beneficial insects to live until the grapevines are again in leaf, and also provides nitrogen for the vines. 
   The grapevines themselves go dormant from the time of autumn leaf fall to spring bud break. Being dormant means that the vines are asleep with minimal metabolic activity. The vines' have a reserve of carbohydrates which act like a biological antifreeze. The more carb reserves the vines have stored the better prepared they are for avoiding winter stress. Good vine management helps the vines have sufficient reserves to get them through winter dormancy. Double Oak pays careful attention to building up the soil by "green" techniques and to vine training, pruning and thinning.

Bob cane pruning

Winter is pruning time in the vineyards.
This picture shows Bob cane pruning / training.
    Double Oak vineyard pruning begins in early January.
This very time consuming task takes several months in the winter season. All the pruning is done by hand. The task involves training as well as pruning. Our 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon are all "cane pruned", which requires yearly training along with pruning. The other 6 acres of grapes, Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay, are "cordon trained, spur pruned". The cordon training happens in the first few years of vine growth, while the spur pruning is done every year.
    As the final step in the pruning process, we pull the prunings into the area between the rows, where they get chopped up in the first mowing of spring and eventually return to the soil, further increasing the tilth of the vineyard floor.

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Getting Ready for Harvest ~

Bottling wine ~ Out of barrels and into bottles. Making room for the new vintage. Wine that has been barrel aging for almost two years is bottled. At Double Oak, the red wines age for about 23 months in oak barrels before being bottled. The Chardonnay and Dry Rosé spend slightly less than a year in the winery fermenting and aging in barrels and a small tank before they are bottled.
BottlingWineBeforeHarvest_1  BottlingWineBeforeHarvest_2

Preparing equipment for harvest ~ The photo on the left shows Bob making sure the press is in working order as well as clean. The photo on the right shows cleaned tubs for the harvest drying after being cleaned.

  Bob prepping the press        CleanTubsReadyForHarvest        


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DOUBLE OAK AWARDS ~ Double Oak fine wines have won many awards
Double Oak Wine Awards

To view what awards currently available Double Oak wines have won, click here  and visit the Wines page.
   All these delicious, award winning wines are available for tasting and purchase at the Double Oak tasting room every Saturday from 11am - 5pm.



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Double Oak Out & About      

  Ginny&BobAtTasteTheBest          Bob & daughter Lisa At Uncorked

The photo on the left shows Bob and Ginny at the CA State Fair event Taste the Best which celebrates the wines and wineries winning awards in the State Fair Wine Competition.
   The photo at the right shows Bob and daughter Lisa pouring wine at the annual Nevada City wine event Uncorked.


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~ Some Images from Past Events at Double Oak ~ 

Visitors enjoying the beautiful setting of decades old vineyards.

  DblOakLisaPouringWine   HappyTastersAtDblOak

Visitors savoring delicious wine and food pairings while they toured the winery

 Serious winetasters at Double Oak      FineFoodTastesAtDblOak       Crostinis_withTapanade     

and vineyards. Visitors quizzing the winegrower/winemaker Bob Hilsman and

BobTalkingWineToVisitorsAtDblOak          BobTalkingGrapegrowingWithGuests 
learning about Double Oak's sustainable, nature-friendly winegrowing and winemaking.


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InstallationOfSolarPanelsAtDblOakEstate Grown & Produced Energy ~
Double Oak is very pleased with the photovoltaic system we installed in 2009. This 4 kw clean energy system is providing approximately 95% of the electrical needs at Double Oak. While we are already energy efficient, the solar system moved Double Oak into being a producer of electricity. Even when machinery and a well pump are running, as long as that summer sun is shining, we are able to supply a surplus of green, clean energy, sending electric power back into the grid.
We are glad we put our personal energy into building this very worthwhile system.

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In the Winery ~ Preparations for New Vintage
well organized winery at Double Oak
This photo shows our well organized winery with case goods on the left and barrels in various stages of use. Far back on the left are barrels of red wine aging. We barrel age red wine for two years before bottlig. In the center at the back is this year's Chardonnay fermenting in both oak and stainless barrels. On the right in the foreground are barrels filled with water to swell and seal them, getting them ready to receive more red wine for barrel aging; that wine is fermenting in the tanks that are out on the crushpad, just outside the roll-up door in the background. Winemaker Bob and his assistant Bryan keep all these many processes and activities well organized and the equipment and winery clean and in good condition.

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We look forward to your visit.

Wishing you very Happy Days!

Bob & Ginny Hilsman

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery

At Double Oak we produce outstanding fine wine
from our nine acres of deeply rooted mountain vineyards.

We believe it’s all about balance and harmony with nature.
Expressing terroir is elemental for Double Oak.



Ginny Hilsman

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