Saturday, May 17th, 2014
I’m overwhelmed at the response we’ve received to our new wines and the number of keen visitors we’ve entertained over the last couple of weeks! It is all we can do to write and apply labels fast enough to keep up.
I’ve become accustomed to putting off my vineyard work on weekends in May to stick around the barn and help the girls with tastings. I must admit that I secretly enjoy this, as it allows me to overhear all the interesting and thoughtful reviews of my wines. There is always a gut-wrenching fear belying my calm facade that these wines won’t live up to their predecessors. You would think that after nine vintages of wrenching guts I might have learned to trust my palate by now, but it always takes a few satisfied customers to reassure me.
That is all part of what makes this time of year is so exciting, from the inbox full of pre-orders to the smiling faces of return visitors parading through the barn door. The fact that people would think enough of our wines to pre-order them on spec, without even trying them first, is the ultimate in trust. I treasure this trust as much as any award or five star review we’ve ever received. The “pre-order” is my gold medal.
With that trust comes the pressure not to disappoint. This challenge drives what I do in the vineyard every summer. In the back of my mind is the knowledge that this vine I’m currently thinning will produce fruit to make a wine that someone may already have dibs on for next year. On one hand it’s a very reassuring thought, but it also means there isn’t much room for error!
As the first buds of 2014 start to reveal themselves one precious leaf at a time, I confidently venture out to the vineyard and strive to earn more trust.