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

May 05

Sharing Wine with Friends

What is it about opening a bottle of wine and sharing it with friends?  The toast, usually for something good, a special event, something from our past, something for the future. Recently visiting with friends we enjoyed a little Pearl on the porch and some 1897 with our dinner.  Sitting around the table we shared stories and adventures, recipes and memories. It is times like these which are special in our lives. There have been many times over the years where we make a toast, sometimes the occasion is special,… Read More

Apr 21

Wine and Glass

We love our red wine and enjoy drinking it out of a nice glass.  We have learned so much about wine over the years, when to pair it with certain foods and when to just sit and enjoy.  We often say we are not wine snobs but wine glass snobs.  Yes, they do make a difference, and yes it is so much fun to do the testing. We recently bottled our new vintage of Mourvedre.  Michael brought home a bottle, I prepared lamb and took out the Riedel Old World… Read More