Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pick Up Day / Open House

This Saturday will be pick up day at the winery. We'll have our 2006 Uvas Creek Cabernet available for pick up from our Fall release. If you placed an order, your wine will be available.

We will also be pouring tastes of our other releases this year, the 2006 Haut Tubee and 2006 Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah. We will also be pouring the 2006 Chaine d'Or Chardonnay and 2005 Chaine d'Or Cabernet Sauvignon.

The winery will be open from 11 am until 3 pm. If I have the room, I'll pull down a barrel for barrel samples as well. We will have snacks for everyone as well. If you'd like to bring a picnic up, the crush area is now clear and the little hill by the pad is open. Bring a blanket. Hopefully the weather will stay nice.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Shipping Update

Well we did pretty good through harvest on getting updates in, and we are definitely in recovery mode now and the posts have slowed down. We've still been busy, but now we're trying to catch up on office work, shipping, and still doing punch downs on the last of the Cabernets.

We did get just about the last of the 2006 Uvas Creek Cabernet Sauvignon orders this week. There are 3 orders we still need to ship, two will go Friday and one is on hold until the 23rd. Pick up day is the 22nd at the winery, but I've already made a few local deliveries.

Saturday is our F.O.W. event, and we set aside 10 cases of wine for that event. There are 43 people who bought tickets, but I still don't think we'll go through 10 complete cases, so we may have a little wine left on Monday. Right now we're trying to manage the difficulties of just having one car. Tomorrow I need to be at the day job, Stef needs to be at the winery and some how we need to get to the UPS store and then get me up to the winery after work. More logistics :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


The first rains of the season came last week, and along with them, the first cold temperatures.

Our first Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was last weekend. Anyone that donned vineyard gear and braved the elements was awarded, those that made it through bottling with us (some of them twice!), were awarded, and those that were instrumental in our successful harvests were awarded. I totally forgot to thank Amber for her work on the website and getting updates posted for us, and we only briefly mentioned Kathy for her appearances at marketing events.

Publicly I thank you all for your spirit, your willingness to be subjected to the rigors of grape farming, and for supporting us as we grow our business.

Other firsts in the past five days:

First fire in the fireplace.

First time cooking squid ink noodles.

First frost on the rooftops of my neighborhood.

The first black president.