Seasonal Rhythms of The Cellar

Seasonal Rhythms of The Cellar

I stepped outside yesterday after a day spent toiling away in the cellar. A bright beam of late afternoon sun caught me by surprise and my face wrinkled. The coming and going of sporadic spring showers tapping the metal roof above all afternoon had tempered my...

A New Adventure Awaits

A New Adventure Awaits

After years of living in Oregon and enjoying all this area has to offer, my husband and I feel a pull to a rural way of life. So, we've decided to do some traveling and experience life in other parts of the country.  Our first stop along this journey is to live in the...

From Challenge Comes Change

From Challenge Comes Change

The theme of International Women's Day (and therefore the month as far as I'm concerned), is Choose to Challenge. The website tagline reads "A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change". The second part of this sentence has always rang true to...

Finding My Place in Wine by Allison Fields

Finding My Place in Wine by Allison Fields

When I first started studying wine in my early 20’s, I searched to find a mentor I could not only learn from but also connect with. But my Sommelier courses were dominated by stuffy men in suits that I definitely didn’t connect with, and I struggled to fit in with...

Sparkling: harvest through tirage bottling

Sparkling: harvest through tirage bottling

When Bill and Donna made the exciting decision to launch the Winderlea sparkling wine program in the spring of 2016, the cellar was buzzing with activity. Rosés were being bottled, Pinots were being racked, Chardonnays were being tasted. And now, the challenge of...

Waiting for Nature’s Magic

Waiting for Nature’s Magic

As I write this we are in day two of an ice storm.  We've had a lot of tree damage so far, and the roads are treacherous.  It's beautiful to look at the smaller trees and the limbs from our Yew hedge bent over because they are encased in an inch or two of ice.  At the...

Creating Green Energy

We think a lot about sustainability here at Winderlea both because we are Biodynamic® and also because we are a certified B Corp and part of their Climate Action Group.  Sometimes programs are more suited to large complex organizations than they are to us, so we try...

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