I'm so excited to share with you how things have been going for us
Paul has left the 777 due to cutbacks, so his new airplane will be the 787. Training will start soon and he is looking forward to it. It's a short 1 1/2 years before retirement when the vineyard will be our only job. He has managed the vineyard and we have some amazing vines ready to give us a beautiful 2020 vintage......or should I say.....so far so good. LOL
It's been pretty hot and dry here and our baby grapes (la Crescent and Marquette) are feeling the heat. We have hand watered them several times as we did not put an irrigation system in. We carry the hoses around making sure not to damage any as we wind them around the tiny shoots. Can't wait until they get a bit bigger. It's quite a job.
Loretta has been busy learning computers. Of all the things we do, it's probably the least I like about this endeavor. Practice and time seem to be the only cure.
The tasting room has been closed and from the looks of things, it will remain closed until the 6' seperation goes away. Having said that, we are OPEN conducting business. Our tours have increased and so has our turnout. We are operating still with restricted hours of Sat 1pm-6pm and Sun 1pm-5pm. We have entertainment and food peroidicly so be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events. There are some interesting ones. If you are not on our mailing list please signup so that you can receive information on the events.
We have tasted our new wines (Tannat) and (Tannat/Arandell Blend) and they were exceptional. I wanted to bottle them up and bring them to the tasting room but our wine maker said not until December. The complexity, depth, color, balance, aromatics and finish were outstanding. I can't wait for those two to be in the Tasting Room..
Arandell is being bottled on July 8th. We are very excited to have this wine back in the tasting room. It will be another month though, as wines go through "bottle shock" and they are truly out of wack so to speak. It takes a few weeks before they remember who they are. Arandell has been such a wonderful wine for us selling out of the 2017 vintage. We have also sold out of Cayuga white 2018, Verde 2017 and limited amounts of Sparkling Winchester 2017. We do have 800 more bottles that has remained on the lees for another year. Once that wine comes to the vineyard, we will let you know.
We are offering Flights, Glass and bottle sales now. No reserverations required on our regular hours, however, during the week we will accept reservations for tours only (At least 6 required since we are closed). We have ample room and spacing well above the requirment in many places.
I am excited to say that everyone has seemed to take this all in stride. It's been something unimaginable really.....but its here and we are all dealing with it. #vawinetogether
Thank you to all who have stayed with us and supported our vineyard by coming out and also making us feel a bit normal again.
All the best.
Paul and Loretta Briede