The Accidental Winemaker
I never dreamed that I'd be a winemaker! Several years ago, we came to California with our small herd of horses to escape the Florida summers. While my wife was fully involved with the horses, I became interested in the vineyards around our ranch. Met some good people, got interested. And now, in 2020, we've bottled the first of grapes that I helped source and blend, wines that have my input with the assistance of master winemaker, Steve Clifton.
Hopefully, you will enjoy drinking these wines as much as I've enjoyed making them.
Wow! I cannot believe it has been over a month since I last checked in. Holiday travel, ski trip, back to the Florida farm. Thankfully, we've been able to open back up at the Los Olivos tasting room and it's great to have people coming in again.
In honor of "Groundhog's Day" and in memory of Rona's pet prairie dog, "PD", we're offering a 10% discount to anyone who purchases and we're donating a portion of the proceeds to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. We'll continue to do other such "donation discounts" throughout the year for various non-profit organizations. While it has certainly been a difficult year for everyone, the non-profit sector has taken a double hit. Not only do their individual volunteers and organizaers have a budget crunch, the sponsors and donations they count on are also down.
Now, off to watch the horses at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida. In addition to olympic riders from across the globe, we have friends and family competing as well (Sophie & Chevito this fall).