Hindsight and The Future
We’re barreling into 2023 with some great things that Josh and I are really excited to share. With just a year of Thibido Winery in motion, our gratitude abounds for you; our supporters, readers of our newsletters, followers of our social media, ambassadors of our brand, and lovers of our wine.
When we planted Thibido Vineyard in 2019, we dreamed of growing the grapes into incredible wines. That process has been challenging to say the least. Our first year in the vineyard we faced heavy flooding and some crazy erosion that demanded our attention. Thankfully, all the erosion control methods we implemented in 2019 were the very reason our vineyard stood pristinely unmarred by California’s 100-year storm of 2022. The 2023 vintage is sure to be one for the record books.
Our first pick of the vineyard in 2021 offered us the award-winning Best Day Grenache Rosé 2021. The rest of the fruit from 2021 has been patiently lying in wait in the winery, quietly resting in barrels. Now, the time has finally arrived to print some labels, wake up those wines and send them to bottle to be shared with our wine club!
Josh has planted an array of varietals on our small vineyard, primarily Rhônes (see map). Thus far, our wines have all featured 100% varietals but this vintage we’re shaking things up. Coming your way in 2023 are a Syrah Grenache co-ferment, a Carignan based blend, and a Mourvèdre blend. These new labels feature new art that I really had fun putting together with our graphic designer who happens to be my little sister, Chelsea Smith. Our daughters are featured on one of the new wines this year that turned out to be so whimsical and fun.
On a completely different note, we’ve spent the last year putting Thibido on the map with outstanding reviews and scores (check out our wines here) and enjoyed some travel trips sharing the wine in Montana and around Los Angeles and Orange Counties. We’re honored to have Thibido in some incredible wine shops and at several impressive restaurants and wine bars (see list here). Paso Robles’ The Backyard On Thirteenth features our wines by the bottle. And Thibido wines are featured in the luxury mini-bar in every room at the hip, local Pacific Motel here in Cayucos, California. San Luis Obispo’s very cool Region. Wine Bar at Hotel SLO will roll out Thibido wines in their state-of-the-art pouring machines this spring.
We’re so proud to share the release of these new wines this year with our wine club and beyond.