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...

A Thank You and a Toast to the New Year

A Thank You and a Toast to the New Year

Donna and I are enjoying a few days off at the end of the year.  For me, there are few things more enjoyable than having the time to read and to listen to music.  I find it helps to quiet my mind and that, over time, important thoughts can emerge (though, to be fair,...

Surely I Can Do Something

Surely I Can Do Something

This is one of the times of year that we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.  For most of us, our health is right at the top of the list.  It is also a season for giving and an opportunity to contribute something meaningful in the battle against a big...

Simple & Delicous Holiday Duck Confit

Simple & Delicous Holiday Duck Confit

This recipe is for 6 duck legs. But honestly, if you’re going to take the time to do it, go for a dozen legs and just double this recipe.   For the perfect wine pairings for this dish  SHOP HOLIDAY GIFT SETS HERE!   Ingredients for 6 whole duck legs 6 whole...

Thanksgiving Gougères Recipe

Thanksgiving Gougères Recipe

      Indulge in this simple and foolproof gougère recipe paired alongside our latest release of the 2017 Vintage Sparkling Brut.     INGREDIENTS 5/8 C water 4 T butter 1/2 C unbleached white flour 2 eggs 1/2 coarsely grated Gruyere cheese...

Surely I Can Do Something

A Need For Connection

I want to start by thanking all of you who are part of our lives.  You may not think it means much to us but every interaction keeps us connected to a world outside of our vineyard in Dundee.  We are all doing our best to figure out the intersection between staying...

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