A Common Respect for Each Client’s Philosophy
Mike Richmond, Winemaker, Andrew Brooks, Assistant Winemaker, Bouchaine
“Good farming is the key to good winemaking. Grapes don’t wait for you. You must be there when the fruit is ready, not when you are available. Walsh provides Full Contract Farming for us. They are, quite simply, outstanding farmers. During harvest, picking is scheduled at night, with crews able to run round the clock. Our relationship is collaborative, with frequent “kick-the-dirt” meetings to share ideas and new developments that keep us on the edge of viticulture advances. They also keep really, really good records, including field recommendations and scouting reports. Whether a vineyard is organic, sustainable or conventional, Walsh’s business– philosophically and in practice – is rooted in a common respect for each client’s philosophy. And, they are good neighbors, giving back to the community, often without fanfare or notice.