Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jour de la Terre

We had our annual Earth Day event last weekend, and my good friend, Sara, took some photos for me so I could share them with you. See what you missed out on? =)

Route du Vin glass and herb at Sand Creek

Pregnant me pouring our Ste. Gemme and passing out goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Jeremy at Twin Oaks

Amy and Sara, avid Route du Vin customers, and valued friends. =)

Monday, April 27, 2009

How to build trellis using homegrown cedar posts

I've talked here, here, and here about our love of cedar posts for our trellis. Here's a real tutorial. First you cut the cedar posts (see first link above) in the woods, sometimes split them if they are too wide, and then sharpen them. From there they get put on the wagon, usually a few at a time with the front end loader on the tractor.

wagon full of split cedar posts ready to go to the vineyard

Then Dad takes the post off the wagon, and carries it to it's spot in the row of grapes.

Then he holds the post, and lines it up straight with the vines, and other posts, and other rows while the tractor pushes it in the ground.

This is a picture of Dad motioning to push the cedar post into the ground.

This is the end result; rows and rows of new cedar posts out of our forest, ready to have wire attached and hold up vines.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Click here for a great article on our Earth Day event last weekend in the online version of the Wall Street Journal. Check back here soon for information on our next Route du Vin Event, the Progressive Dinner, or go to our website, Route du Vin Wine Trail to purchase tickets online, or call 1-800-398-1298 to order your tickets over the phone.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bud Break!



Here are pictures of our 2009 bud break. You can see the Riesling are a little further along than the Vignoles. We are having a late spring this year, it has been long and wet and cold. Click here to see the Seyval Blanc bud break on April 12, 2006, and click here to see pictures of the Seyval blanc at bud break on April 2, 2007.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Earth Day Weekend!

I'll be busy today prepping 300 goat cheese stuffed mushrooms using this recipe from Martha Stewart. Hope you have your tickets for the Jour de la Terre!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I've Been Away

Almost all conferences and seminars and wine competitions happen in the early part of the year because that time is the slowest around a winery. Last week I traveled in an Mt. Pleasant Winery RV to Geneva on the Lake, OH for a wine marketing conference called License to Steal. The idea is that wineries get together and "steal" each others ideas, whether it pertains to tasting room etiquette, or events, or facebook. I learned a lot and plan to implement new and fresh ideas throughout the Sainte Genevieve Winery.