Moms and Wine

My mom was a teacher and I remember how she mostly appreciated the silent moms.  The ones who did not trouble trouble.  These were the moms who left the teachers to do their jobs while they took the responsibility at home, but who would be there at the drop of a hat should there be [...]
Read More

Why oh why?

Who in their right mind ever decides to write a blog?  This had to be one of those crazy, third glass of wine, middle of the night, failed Eureka moments.  But now, emotionally I've committed, and dammit if I can run a wine farm I can surely write a blog. I mean really, how hard [...]
Read More

July – No rest for the wicked

General Be careful what you wish for, and when is enough, enough?  Sometimes it rains for 8 days straight and even though it is a blessing, it can sometimes create some havoc on the farm.  Not only do we now see where the summer weather created some new leaks in the cellar roof, but localised [...]
Read More

Nearest and Dearest and reason for drinking

It’s one thing to work in the family business, but quite another to run your own family on the side.  Sometimes these two get so integrated that you have to resort to opening wine from someone else’s' cellar just to feel like family has not taken over your life completely.  But I guess invariably they [...]
Read More

What is in a name?

When listening to wine makers, wine drinkers and the wine speaking community phrases like "Boutique", "Reserve", "Private Cellar", "Single Barrel" and a few more get thrown around like ABC's in pre-school.  But do they really mean anything and if so what? Most of these terms are used to distinguish a wine from the next producer's [...]
Read More