Apr 07

Barrels

Earlier today we had a visitor from Bordeaux in France.  Jean came last year to meet with Michael and to talk about barrels, French Oak Barrels.  We bought a few and Jean came to taste the wine today and see how it was maturing in those barrels.  The wood comes from different forests in France.  Each barrel will have its own characteristics which will then be reflected in the wines created.  We tasted our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon this morning which went into these barrels in the middle of October last… Read More

Mar 31

just another Friday

It has been a busy day at the farm today.  We created an area for some of our vintage reds to be on display and for sale.  We have enjoyed hearing from people who have opened a 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2004 Michael’s Blend, a 2006 1897 or many other wines and vintages from the past with the usual comment-it is delicious!  Wines that have been aged are so special.  They remind us of the time they were created as well as the occasion when opened.  Sometimes a nice dinner… Read More

Mar 24

Spring

  As we await bud break we look at this time as here we go again.  Our winter weather has been so up and down we are not sure what to expect.  People will always ask us when is bud break?  Michael’s comment is March 28th around 3:30 in the afternoon.   We shall see how close he is this year.  Our first vines were planted in 1997 with an acre each of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.  What an adventure we had begun!  We watched these vines carefully as some… Read More

Mar 17

The Honeymoon

Spending almost a month in the South of France in 1996 changed our lives.  We were on our honeymoon and little did we know the influence those weeks would have on the rest of our lives. We always enjoy a chance to return; to learn about wine, to enjoy wine, to eat wonderful meals often hours long, and to just be.  All of these experiences in France- the wine, the food, the culture have influenced our lives at home and at the farm.  People see that and feel that in… Read More

Mar 10

The Farm

That is what we have always called this place.  Michael would say he is heading to the farm.  “The farm” became ours on December 18, 1996.  So many of you know our story, some do not.  I will give the quick version… Two art teachers met at the state conference in 1994 in Winston-Salem, NC.  We knew this was something special.  We were married in 1996 and a honeymoon in the South of France that summer changed our lives forever.  It is one thing to enjoy roaming through the countryside… Read More