According to archaeologists, human beings have been making wine for at least 8,000 years–nearly as long as the presidential campaign season. Over those ages, people discovered how to make palatable wine mainly through the process of trial and error. Winemaking was more art than science. These days, enology (the science of wine) plays a larger role in the process, but it seems that aesthetic sensibilities will always guide the production of something that is, as Hemingway wrote, “one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
For those of us who grow it, produce it, and love it, wine is nearly as seductive and irresistible as a love affair. What starts out as an innocent little infatuation suddenly, uncontrollably grows bigger and then forces itself on you. You feel powerless to abstain. There can be some awkwardness at first, but with experience all of the self-conscious, mechanical acts become more natural. In time, you feel a gratifying sense of familiarity and reciprocity: you grow it–and it grows on you.
As you can tell, we love what we do, but we occasionally get the feeling that we keep our passion too much to ourselves. Maybe we should share. So, in the next couple of weeks we intend to do just that.
This Saturday (January 30), we invite you to join us in our vineyard here in Dutzow for a little PDA (Pruning Demonstration and Advice) among the vines. Nothing too crazy. We’ll just do what we have been doing for the last month, cutting the vines back to a balanced and manageable size, while trying to explain the process as we go along. If you like, you can grab a glass of wine and ask questions on and off the subject. The PDA will be from Noon to about 1:00 p.m. and is free of charge.
The following Saturday (February 6), we are having a BARREL TASTING featuring the newest red wine on the block, our 2015 Crimson Cabernet (a dry varietal wine made from a cross of Cynthiana/Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon). You’ll have a chance to taste samples of this promising young wine directly out of new and used Missouri oak barrels. We’ll also have tank samples of our 2014 and 2015 vintages of Cynthiana for you to try. Our cellar is pretty cozy, but we’ll try to accommodate as many tasters as possible. Like the PDA, the barrel tasting will be from NOON to ABOUT 1:00 p.m. Unlike the PDA, the charge is $10 PER PERSON. For reservations, call (800) 419-2245.
Lastly, we’re happy to be pairing with Chef Pat Long of Cafe Mosaic for our Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, February 13th. Very few seats remain. To make a reservation, call us at 800 – 419 – 2245. Details on the dinner can be found here.