January 2008 Archives

Ok, I've gone and done it. I've heeded the advice of a very well known writer (Hint- Do the initials JL mean anything?!) who has encouraged me to start my own blog. When he first suggested it, I thought it was preposterous. Me?? Why would anyone want to read a blog by me? And the frightening thought occurred to me, suppose I write and no one comes, or listens, or comments?Furthermore, anyone who knows me will think it's insane, given my abhorrence for computers and all things technical/computer related. I can barely figure out how to use my new digital oven let alone a blog! I'm into real life stuff. I'm a people person. I like to talk on the phone. I like letters.



Fast-forward 35 years. Dad's retired now, and my husband Don and I are running the show.  2007 marked our 35th year, and we seem to be becoming a bit of an anomaly. Not too many of us left out there┬ůsecond-generation hands-on winemaking families. Lots of newbies with lots of $$$ or as seems to be the trend, big time conglomerates swallowing up brands to add to their international portfolio. Just look at the list┬ůMurphy-Goode, Matanzas Creek, Mondavi, and that's just the M's!! Truthfully, the landscape of our industry is changing as fast as my 15-year-old daughter's interest in boys. Goodness, who can keep up? 


The way I figure it, that just makes what we do and the wines we produce even more extraordinary. So my ongoing blog will attempt to shed light on life as a female vintner trying to carve out a spot in this ever-changing crazy world of wine.

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