Thursday, September 27, 2007

Grand Opening Success!

Those of you who made it down to Sonoita for our opening day celebration know what a fun day it was. Thank you all for coming and making it successful with your good cheer. It was great to see old friends and to meet new people. We look forward to seeing you all again and to meeting those of you who have yet to visit our tasting room.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


We're ready for our opening on September 22! Come on over! Joan and Tim

Thursday, September 13, 2007


We spent last week-end pressing the grapes we had destemmed the previous week-end. By late Sunday we were through. Tim disposed of the pomace in our compost pile. We will mix it with alpaca manure when we get enough of both. So, what is pomace, anyway? It's only a fancy name for the pressed grape skins.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The grapes are harvested!

Whew! The past week has been a busy one. Tim and I had planned to spend the week-end labeling our wine and getting the building ready for our Sept 22 Grand Opening. Then Tropical Storm Henriette threatened both our vineyard in Sonoita and our grape suppliers' vineyards in Willcox. We all made a quick decision to get most of the grapes off the vines. So, Tim and I had several long days, from before sunrise to after sunset, picking, destemming and crushing. The winery now smells of fermenting grapes but Tim will write more about that as he is the wine maker. As the farmer in the family, it is a good feeling to have the grapes in bins. Now I can get back to preparing for the opening.