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Fall Is In The Air

Cooler temperatures have moved in, and we are really looking forward to lighting the firepits this weekend!  Imagine yourself enjoying the crisp fall air, the flavors of your favorite PBV wine, the laughter of friends, the great vocals of Lisa Jones, and the woodsy smell of a crackling firepit.  Now stop imagining, and make it a reality by joining us tomorrow from 2-5pm to enjoy all that and more in real life!

Lisa Jones
We’ve always had fun when Lisa Jones comes to play. You’ll find her very friendly, her voice is strong, and another quality – something that I’m coming to really appreciate in musicians – is that she loves interacting with guests. So feel free to visit with her, request songs, and generally have a great time while she’s entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining….how cute is Pepe?!? One sure sign of fall is when he arrives at the cellar door, covered in beggar’s lice. You can almost hear him ask if you can come out and play!

By the way, many of you have asked what’s wrong with Pepe’s tongue. Our best guess is that he went after a groundhog and….well…let’s just say that the groundhog didn’t enjoy french kissing our doggie! Pepe is left with a permanently forked tongue now, but he doesn’t let it get in him down. He still can beg for treats and attention like nobody’s business!

Even Clyde has a hard time resisting! Pepe always makes for an easy excuse to take a break. Come on by this weekend and have fun with his antics in person. He just asks that you please bring the sausage. :)


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Around Here in Early September

We received our first batch of grapes last week on Thursday.  Clyde and I processed just a bit over two tons of Vignoles grapes, which will eventually end up in the Whittenburg and the Dry Creek wines.  As you can see above, Vignoles grapes are fairly small and have tightly packed clusters, which made it a little difficult to pump easily.


There I am guiding the grapes into the destemmer/crusher.  We started processing at 9am and had finished pressing out all the juice by about 1:30pm.  Overall, our first day of crush went well, and we were glad for the smaller load that gave us a “warm-up” for the season.  We’ll be processing 6 tons of Cayuga White grapes tomorrow afternoon – a much larger batch!  I found it was easiest to post to our Instagram page last week, so I’ll do the same for all the action once we get going tomorrow.  I’ll also share a picture or two on Facebook when I get a chance, so if you would like to keep up with what we are doing, keep your eye on either of those pages..

The weather is cooling off after a hot and humid August, so we are enjoying the chance to move our events to Saturday afternoons in the wine garden again.  The Faretheewells kicked off the music for us this month in fine fashion last weekend.

dog feeding frenzy
And of course, our doggies had a blast with the customers around here. Crystal’s doggie, Shade, joined with Maggie and Pepe in begging for treats on Saturday.

branding bins

Clyde spent some time today marking the bins that we use to haul the grapes.  He used the same branding iron that we use to mark our barrels to brand the harvesting bins.  That way, when growers use our bins, they know where to return them once they finish.  Each of the smaller bins holds about 1 ton of grapes, while the larger bins (in the back) hold about 1 and 1/2 tons of grapes each.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at what we are up to lately.  What is September bringing your way?

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Saturday features The Faretheewells

faretheewellsWe processed our first batch of grapes yesterday, and I posted a bunch of pictures up on facebook and on instagram.  Be sure to go check out the action of our first day…just be warned though – there were donuts involved!  Now we are getting ready for live music tomorrow.  Anyone who enjoys bluegrass and folk music will enjoy The Faretheewells, so plan to come out from 2-5pm and relax with a picnic.  Until then – cheers!

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