Feb 09

What Launched the Ship

February 9, 2018 What has influenced you over the years?  Experiences can influence your future and at times you do not realize it.  In the winter of 1996 we knew we were heading to the South of France on our honeymoon that summer.  We would only drink wines from the South of France, to learn about the wines.  We knew very little about wine at that time.  In Nobles Restaurant in Winston-Salem they suggested a wine from Domaine Tempier which is near the town of Bandol.  Tasting that wine changed… Read More

Jan 26

Many Shoes

It is not always easy to do everything in the tasting room.  It takes teamwork and many pairs of hands and feet to make it work well.  This weekend is an event called Yadkin Winter Reds.  Wineries in our county get grouped together to each serve one red wine paired with a small dish.  Guests travel from winery to winery during the afternoon. Every event takes time to prepare and all here play a role. I am lucky to have a group of women here all with different strengths that… Read More

Jan 25

Sketchbook Journaling at Hanover Park

  Thursday Feb 8th and Thursday Feb 15th –Sketchbook Journaling Class If you always keep a sketchbook or a journal but have never thought about combining the two, then this class is for you. Or does the thought of this class scare you but intrigue you? Then this is also for you. As a retired art teacher I have always kept a sketchbook. My students kept them also. Combining drawing and writing has been a wonderful combination and a chance to share with others. While traveling, keeping a journal and… Read More

Jan 12

The Winemaker

January 12, 2018 Every winemaker has his or her own style.  It evolves over time but the palette tells him what tastes right and what will be.  Our winemaker, my husband Michael has often said that he knows he can’t get fired, so he experiments.  We like our red wines and Michael ages them, watching carefully over the barrels.  Sometimes these barrels will become the 1897, our reserve red, aged for almost 6 years.  Why do we do this?  Because we can, and we like the results. Over time as… Read More

Jan 05


January 5, 2018 All I can say is it’s cold out there!!  Guess it is cold almost everywhere right now.  The sky has been clear, and on Wednesday, late afternoon it was just beautiful although deceiving.  Winter is a time when the vineyard takes on a totally different look.  Many lines show the vines going up.  All the new growth from last year will be cut back, pruned, over the next few months.  Then it all grows back again, filling in the row with vines, green leaves and grapes.  Hard… Read More