The Wisdom of Home

A perceptive winegrower takes notice of subtle cycles in the vines: the cracking of the soil in the winter, the spongy flex underfoot during a thaw, the first germination of undergrowth in spring, and the swarming hatch of beneficial insects as summer approaches. Knowing the importance of this daily evolution towards ripening, a respectful winegrower… Continue reading The Wisdom of Home

Published
Categorized as Features

Defiant Nature

The vineyard is just finishing bloom, the flowers smelling like a mix of jasmine and honeysuckle. Pitifully, the perfume is fleeting, tamped down by an untimely rain that lingered much too long. The days of rain during bloom made nature seem defiant and cruel. Somehow the vines and I will persevere, pollinate, and set fruit.… Continue reading Defiant Nature

Published
Categorized as Features

Weeping Vines

There is a moment every spring when the vines weep. It only lasts for a day or two and it has just now begun. Warmed by the spring sun, their sap begins to flow upward from the trunk and out to the tips of the fruiting canes. Eventually as the sap arrives at a pruning… Continue reading Weeping Vines

Published
Categorized as Features

Small Creatures

Waking to the ice storm this morning makes me humble. Winter has won. Three major storms in three weeks have left the vines sealed in ice, the earth securely blanketed in snow and drifts as high as the fruiting wire. Yesterday, the pelting ice began at noon and by 3:00 my vineyard crew had to… Continue reading Small Creatures

Published
Categorized as Features

Ancient Ways Carry Purpose

This past week, while discussing with my tasting room staff the ability of plants to sense things invisible to the human eye, we also addressed human and plant emotions. Someone asked if the vines got mad when we harvest the fruit from them year after year. No, I don’t think the vines become angry. Bewilderment… Continue reading Ancient Ways Carry Purpose

Published
Categorized as Features

The Wanderlust of Wine Yeast

Laying on the compost pile, my back to the ground with eyes closed, I feel the warmth of the microbes working below me. It is as warm as a heating blanket, gentle and steady. The mound is only half built and hasn’t begun to release the intense heat of a fully working pile, but within… Continue reading The Wanderlust of Wine Yeast

Published
Categorized as Features

The Gentle Tread of Earth into Wine

November 2010 The wine is almost finished fermenting. What was once a grape, a perfect circle of sugar and juice drinking in sunlight, is now transforming itself into another existence. Anthony Nappa, our winemaker instills a sense of calm from the time the first berry is picked, continuing through the capricious moments of fermentation and… Continue reading The Gentle Tread of Earth into Wine

Published
Categorized as Features

The Everlasting Grace of the Vine

October 19, 2010 Yesterday morning Nicholle, who works at our Farmhouse Inn, came into the kitchen and said “Barbara, there are about 10 deer in the vineyard, don’t you want to keep them out?” It was a honeyed moment for me as I answered “No, they are just eating the grapes.” Actually they were eating… Continue reading The Everlasting Grace of the Vine

Published
Categorized as Features

First Oragnic Harvest at Shinn Estate in Long Island

September 22, 2010 Yesterday the beautiful sun was rising at 6:30 in the morning through the group of trees to the east of the vineyard. It was like red-orange velvet fire, promising only a softness so kind you couldn’t reprove it in any way. I silently welcomed its warmth that would eventually slather itself over… Continue reading First Oragnic Harvest at Shinn Estate in Long Island

Published
Categorized as Features