Chalk’s Bend Vineyard and Chalk’s Ridge Vineyard
Chuck Hussey has 17 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Alexander Valley. He believes that sustainable agriculture practices are essential for both good stewardship of the land and quality grapes and wines.
Chalk’s Bend Vineyard and Chalk’s Ridge Vineyard.
Alexander Valley.How long have you farmed this property?
Since 1992.Total acreage managed and grape varieties planted:
I have 17 acres of vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.Why did you become a grape grower?
I have a passion for wine and the entire growing and winemaking process. Being involved in several aspects of the industry, from the vineyard to marketing the product, has allowed me to learn more about it while helping to promote the industry and the community in which we live.Farming philosophy:
I believe that sustainable agriculture practices are essential for both good stewardship of the land and quality grapes and wine. Sonoma County winegrape growers have embraced these practices to the benefit of the industry and our neighbors.Is your vineyard designated on any wine labels?
Which ones? Not yet, but we have been a major component of many “reserve” wines.What is your favorite food/wine combination?
It’s pretty simple—Cabernet Sauvignon and a good piece of beef. Early on in my wine experience I read a suggestion for matching food and wine at a restaurant. The author suggested selecting the wine you wanted to drink, and then selecting an entrée that would be compatible. This approach works every timeAdvice for young people:
This applies to everyone, but may be best for the new or novice wine drinker. Don’t be intimidated or afraid to say what you like. The best wine for you is not the one that someone else says is the best wine, rather it’s the wine you like the most. It can be any color or sweetness, as long as you enjoy it.Any other information that you would like to include about yourself, the ranch, your business, family or history of the area:
I have been very active in support of the Pruning Contests, especially in Alexander Valley. In the past few years, I have helped raise over $10,000 for prize money in recognition of the skill of our vineyard workers. I am the president of Alexander Valley Winegrowers as well as a Board member for Sonoma County Grape Growers Association.