Jun 09

Grapes and Wine

    Isn’t that what this is all about?  It all starts in the vineyard and right now the vineyard is really growing.  Hard to believe in just a short time these grapes will grow larger, change color and be harvested.  This will occur a little over three months from now.  This part of the process is just the start. The red grapes growing now in 2017 will not be in the bottle before 2020.  They will age in barrels in the winery, checked and tasted to see how they… Read More

Jun 02

Our American Wine Story

Last night we went to the movies.  We were asked to talk about our experiences owning a winery before and after the film.  “An American Wine Story” hit many buttons for both of us.  Words like passion, feeling compelled to do this- you just had to. What was that moment when you knew you had to? We poured Viognier and Mourvedre before the show.  These are the wines that were such an influence upon us.  We talked to friends and wine club members and people we did not know.  It… Read More

May 26

The Storm

This past Wednesday was a very unusual day.  A tornado came through our small community of Courtney.  The vineyard and winery are one mile from the Courtney Elementary School where the roof to the gym is gone.  Many in this community grew up in that gym.  Trees are down a mile away, many trees along Courtney-Huntsville Road.  Photos on the news have shown this area where homes are gone and people are finding items miles away.  The photo below is what is left of the gym. We were VERY LUCKY!… Read More

May 19

Wine Festivals

Tomorrow will be our first wine festival of the season.  The list begins: which wines to bring, the tents, the tables, the tablecloths, the banners, and numerous other items for a day away from the winery.  This is our home away from home, a small 10′ x 20′ area where we talk about Hanover Park, share our wines and sell wine.  So many people walk by, stop and taste and visit.  Some have never tasted our wine before, some are old friends.  Again, hospitality, knowledge and fun all play a… Read More

May 12

The Tasting Room

People pull up to this old farmhouse and are not sure what to expect.  The front door opens and you are greeted- hey, hi, how are you doing?  There is that first time, you only get it once.  Hospitality is the word, the feeling of comfort and being welcomed, and a place to feel at home. And then there is the wine.  Do you like dry or sweet?  If you are given the look as though they are not sure, then it is probably not a dry wine they are… Read More