The Family Vineyard Rows

Jim Bloom has managed the award winning Middleridge Vineyards outside of Hopland for over 25 years. As manager there he won “Grape Grower of the Year” from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with his Sauvignon Blanc for Windsor Winery.

When Jim and his late wife Ranee purchased their farm in Sanel Valley outside of Hopland they asked family and friends to come help them plant the first rows of grapes. They put plaques at the end of each row designating who planted the row.

The first harvest was 1998, and Ken and Virginia traveled to California to help with that first harvest and each year since then. Jim makes sure the best grapes are saved for Bloom Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.