All of the Pinot Noir is coming in at 24+ brix and the pH’s are good, too. Alcohol may be a little higher than usual, but the 2012 vintage in going to be fantastic!
Our other friend who left us way too soon was Phil Anderson. Just saw Ghost laying on his bed which reminded me of the time I ran into Phil and Bi-Mart and I had the largest dog bed they had in my cart. We were just given the “ownership” of Ghost and needed a bed for him. Phil asked me what I was doing. He told me to spend a little money and get a round bed at Costco. His wife was there so he just called her found our what color and style I wanted and passed that on and had her get one for us. We would still have that bed if it wouldn’t have been pushed against the pellet stove and burned and melted. This was the practical side of Phil; the side seldom seen but often remembered.
The past few weeks, we have lost two dear friends; Dr. Al Mozejko was one of them. He died Sunday, Feb. 22nd. As with the other, I did not get to say goodbye, so I am going to say goodbye in my blog with stories. My first story about Al is appropriate for breakfast time since it is just after 7:00 a.m. Al gave us this mixed grain hot cereal mix years ago. It contained three what I considered obtuse grains. He told me how to cook it and I’m sure in Al’s way, he told me several times. It was actually very good and until I loaded it with sugar and/or honey pretty healthy as well. Al was funny about fun. I believe he had maybe three dishes in his repertoire yet, he always asked me for recipes and I most always gave them to him knowing full well he would never make them. The last recipe I gave him was for Sweet and Spicy mixed nuts. I made these for Thanksgiving, a holiday he was almost always invited to. He loved them even when they were slightly burnt. I sent the leftovers with him. It took me six months or more to get the recipe to him but it is one of those hundreds of stacks of papers he has in his house ready to organize.
You would think there is not much to do in January and February with regard to vinifera fields (I love that word, “vinifera”), but alas it is the time for pruning and tying and spraying for weeds. It used to be RJ looked forward to any chance he could get to ride on the tractor but with age, back and joint pain comes the dreaded ailment known as tractor butt. Takes the joy and relaxation right out of tractor riding.
Our winery has become famous in Japan. It all started when we got a visit from a Japanese tour guide not long after we were open. They were looking for wineries to feature in their guide-book. Yes, we were included with pictures and we have been in the book ever since. So, consequently, we get Japanese tourists visiting our winery with book in hand and they often ask us to sign our page. The word is that the Japanese tourists go back to their friends and tell them about the trip, including Plum Hill. Then, their friends come over to the US and visit us, too. It was one of these tourists who told us that we were famous in their country. How famous, we will never know.
Today, a nice couple came in, I believe an American with a Japanese wife. They were asking lots of questions. RJ shared the Japanese guide-book with the man. He was writing a blog or guide, himself. He left us a great note in our sign-in book.
Hopefully, those of you who follow me know these things about me:
1. I love to craft more than anything.
2. I never throw any thing away.
3. I love to repurpose things.
Well some time ago, a blade fell off of RJ’s rototiller attachment for his tractor. That is what that round rusty thing is below. It is on its side leaning on the fence railing. In the middle is a hole where it attaches to the bar on the tractor attachment. I told RJ not to throw it away. It is slightly rounded. About the same time, we had a huge anniversary party with lots of helium balloons and balloon weights. After the balloon died, I took the sparkly weights apart and found small concrete disks in them as the weight. I took three disks and glued them to the underside of the disk (would that be the convex or concave side, I forget), using two-part epoxy. I now had a great plant stand for my outdoor plants. Wow!
Our annual Valentine’s Dinner is 4 days away, but we are full. The love rocks are made for each couple. Now I just have to figure out where I am putting everyone. 🙂
So today I met with whom I call my “business coach,” who is actually a Small Business Development center (SBDC) Advisor. And as he most always does at the end of each session, he said, “I hoped I helped you today.” Today, we covered alot of ground and he asked some good questions. We concluded the obvious, we need to sell more wine to keep up with the inventory…duh! And as the head of marketing, that is my responsibility, another…duh! So I’m laying awake thinking about that when I came to an aha moment. As much as I talk about our winery and how much fun it is, I don’t talk about our wines. And we make great wine!!! We have a variety of white wines, at least one for every pallet, two rose’ wines, a big red (syrah), a red dessert wine and oh yeah, several pinot noirs that would hold up to most. But I must warn you about out pinots, they are traditional, aka, subtle and delicate, If you’re looking for a big red, that’s why we make a syrah. So yes. coach, you helped me.