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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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