Winter on the Mountain

  • February 19, 2013

February, 2013 Overnight on Friday, February 15, it snowed on the mountain, so that the ground was lightly covered and every branch of each tree was delicately outlined in white. But, this winter wonderland was limited to the altitudes above…

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TOTW Blog for January 2013

January, 2013 Happy New Year! We just got back from France and here is a photo of me at Clos Montmartre, a vineyard the size of a city block high on a hill near Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Paris. The…

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Chardonnay Harvest 2012

  • September 20, 2012

September, 2012 Our chardonnay harvest happened fast, since we decided on the morning of September 1st to pick the grapes. The prospect of rain and overcast skies for the next ten days helped us make our decision. Next, we worked…

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Visiting the Old Vineyard in Croatia

June, 2012 The highlight of my trip to Europe in June was a visit to my family's vineyard in Karlovac Province in Croatia. The old vineyard has been there for well over 100 years and the new one, recently planted…

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Spring Came to the Vineyard Early This Year

April, 2012 Bud break came early this year. The buds appeared in early April and by mid-April we already had 3-4 inches of new green leaves. Winter pruning took place in February and March and we spur pruned the cordons…

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Having it All – and Still Growing

The Northwest Current, April 11th, 2012 Realtor Donna Evers seems to have it all: a 100-agent eponymous firm that routinely outperforms the market, a commercial winery at her country house in Virginia — and even an apartment in Paris. Yet…

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Chasing the Dream

Washington Life Magazine Virginia winery owners will tell you how they got vineyard fever working a summer job in a winery, and how they traded in their three-piece suits for jeans, boots and a life amid the vines. They may…

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In the vineyard: Women and Virginia wine

Loudoun Times Mirror - Jan 2010 - by Jan Liberson (originally published in the Piedmont Virginian - Autumn 2009) Farming grapes and making wine, viticulture and viniculture, are like all farming: perceived as male-dominated fields, perhaps because historically the work…

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Weekend Winemaker

In 2002, when Donna and Bob Evers of Chevy Chase harvested their first grape crop at their Virginia weekend home, experts told them that the chardonnay and cabernet franc grapes must be picked early in the morning to keep them…

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