Going Organic

It may not escape your attention, but this post is completely out of chronological sequence. My mastery of the WordPress program that generates this website is rudimentary to say the least and I have yet to figure out how to reorder the posts. My “techie” sons are also getting bored of helping me. Anyway, this is about going organic at Thorny Vines which we did around 2014. I have made the...
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2015 and all that

  Apparently I have a reputation for wittering on a bit, and the length of this letter will do nothing to fix that, but 2015 was a pretty eventful year for us. Headed by Alana and Mike’s wedding in September (more about this later), 2015 also marked our 40th wedding anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of our first date. To celebrate our anniversary, we took off to Sparkling Hills...
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Preferred Pickers Update

After a summer of intense heat and almost no rain, the ripening 2015 crop was almost 3 weeks ahead of any previous year we had experienced. There was also no mildew, botrytis (bunch rot) or hail damage to speak of. The small row of Pinot Noir we have adjacent to the road was the first to go. Unlike the Riesling which is governed by all sorts of biodynamic considerations, we decided to pick the...
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Seasons Greetings 2014

Merry Christmas to you all December 24, 2014 Each year I seem to go through a phase of dreading the writing of the annual Christmas letter, and attempt to persuade Ann that it is her turn for a change. She predictably counters with the suggestion that she will be happy to oblige if I take over more responsibility for cooking, shopping, laundry and, in particular, cleaning the house. Somehow it...
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Santa has been and gone

  It may not have escaped your attention that what follows relates to Christmas 2013, and not 2014. As I sit down to try and scratch something together before having to write a Christmas letter for 2014 (always assuming there is lots to write about) I have included our annual Christmas letter for 2013 partly as a sort of record of some of the things that have been going in since the last...
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