A Lifetime in Wine . . .

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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Al Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:00 PM

Welcome to the electronic age!! Nice post. Hope you get lots of responses.

VSC_Girl Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:18 PM

This blog looks great! Sign-in was a piece of cake.

kimcollins12 Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:29 PM

Looks great, can't wait to see what's in store.

Leone Manni Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:29 PM

Hey Kim. Your blog looks wonderful. Happy writing...good luck and hopefully you won't be pulling your hair out! This is exciting.

redo Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:30 PM

blog on girl

dcvprguy Author Profile Page said:
January 31, 2008 11:55 PM

Wow, we're cool! A blog. Jez, so technical and fancy. Great work, Lynda. I had no problems getting my account setup with moveable type. Very easy to do.

I look forward to watching this grow!

Cheyanne Jordan Author Profile Page said:
February 1, 2008 9:17 PM

The blog looks great! You're going to have a blast! Great job everyone!

wordsongfarmer Author Profile Page said:
February 1, 2008 10:02 PM

Hey, Kim.

Nice start! I'll enjoy reading it. One of our big disadvantages here in Connecticut is that we're too far from Napa and Dry Creek. One advantage, though, is that we're much closer to Maine. Your link to Maine is a bit outdated, it seems. For a real treat, try this one, a webcam to our favorite spot, Camden: http://www.villagesoup.com/webcams/CamdenHarborCam.cfm


Steve Straight

Loyal Creeker

Matt Author Profile Page said:
February 1, 2008 10:14 PM

Wilma? I never heard that before. Nice.
Congratulations on the new blog. Very cool looking. I'm looking forward to seeing it on a regular basis. Good luck.

wine_know Author Profile Page said:
February 1, 2008 10:56 PM

How fantastic...just like your wines. I have the highest faith that small independents shale over come our world of conglomerates, right? I hope so anyways speaking as a small retailer. Good luck & keep cranking out the marvelous wines!

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 1:01 AM

I envy you living so close to Maine. Thanks for sending me the link!
Kim (aka Wilma)

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 1:03 AM


Long live the small independents! And, keep drinking Dry Creek...
Kim (aka Wilma)

Bob Foster Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 3:51 AM

The CALIFORNIA GRAPEVINE is NOT one of your favorites? Harumph. See if I bring you and Don salt from Hawaii ever again (g)

Nice site-love the name.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 5:00 AM

Oops...how shortsited of me not to list California Grapevine. To make up for it, how about a homecooked meal with that sea salt?!

David Howard Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 5:57 PM

Wow Kim....you really did it!

Congrats on the great looking blog


David Howard Author Profile Page said:
February 2, 2008 6:08 PM

Wow Kim....you really did it!

Congrats on the great looking blog


Woody Author Profile Page said:
February 6, 2008 5:24 PM

Hello Kim

May be presumptuous but have a sense of knowing you (and Don) from that spiffy tour of your vinyards a while back.

Delighted to see you have released the 2006 Heritage Zinfandel. We'll be up to get some ASAP. (Love the wine club discount!)

What triggered this posting was seeing Dry Creek Vineyard's name among those of other friends while perusing the Locavores site:
http://www.locavores.com/ you are in good company.

Live Long and Prosper
Ralph & Susan Wood
Walnut Creek

Carmen Author Profile Page said:
February 7, 2008 6:08 PM

Great job Kim! Always on the cutting edge.

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December 18, 2008 6:39 PM

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