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 vineyard was planted in the 1920’s by a group of artists who wanted to block a proposed construction project. Under French law, vineyards are sacred and nothing can be built on them, so it worked! Today the vineyard produces 1,000 bottles of Gamay and Pinot Noir each year.
As usual, we are expanding at TOTW. One of the constant challenges of winemaking is that you never have enough space. So the second photo shows one of our able winery hands, my grandson Clay McFarren, standing with me in our most recent barrel room addition. And, we are about to add our third barrel room, so we will have some very nice tours for you later this spring.
Even more exciting is the third deck we will be adding to the winery – also with great views of course!
January finds me in the midst of tasting the 2012 wines and making decisions on how to proceed. First of all, 2012 was a good year and everything tastes good. The red wines are rich and dark, thanks to the long growing season and the chardonnay is lovely. I am about to introduce our TOTW Raspberry wine, which tastes just like a rosé.
In short, I think we have a lot of good wines to look forward to in the new year. Meanwhile, come by and taste our Cabernet Sauvignon / Raven Rocks Red. Mulled Wine – it takes the chill off winter very nicely.