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Resurfacing from wedding madness~!

Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Sorry, I think, I'll be saying that a lot in the next few weeks, but I'm under the gun! Last week it was finishing the guide and Molly's wedding, this week, the wedding behind us, it's still the guide, AND...

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Weed Badger in Action!

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Weed Badger in Action! Vidéo envoyée par lagramiere Another angle. It can really get some of the big nasty weeds that are all but impossible to rip out by hand. The special support that the blacksmith made, wasn't strong enough...

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The moment we've all been waiting for!

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Weedbadger syrah 2 Vidéo envoyée par lagramiere Here it is in action! Yes, it's true, the Weed Badger is up and running. We're pretty happy with how it works, now Matt just has to practice! I think he'll get better...

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Oops!

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Here's a good one. Friday night I was relaxing with a cup of tea waiting for Matt to get home from a business trip to Zurich. The phone rings and it's Mr. Paume, the man we bought our vineyards from...

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Vine food and body building

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We recently had our the soil of our various vineyards analyzed, and found that some of them were out of balance and that we needed to give them a boost. As you certainly remember we spread some horse manure this...

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Getting Certified

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Since we bought our vineyards in late 2004 we have farmed them organically using only copper and sulfur in the vineyards along with many biodynamic preparations such as infusions of nettles, horsetail, willow and other natural remedies. We didn't apply...

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Weed Badger Progress!

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I'm sure you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out how the Weed Badger assembly is coming along. Matt has spent lots of time working on it, and at times has regretted not ordering it pre-assembled. But...

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And the winner is....

Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Maybe me! The nominees for the American Wine Blog Awards have just been announced and La Gramière has been nominated in the category for Best Winery Blog! I realize that my blog has a more narrow focus than most wineries,...

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Le Mazet and the Saladin Sisters

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Saturday night we were invited to a party at a "restaurant" called "Le Mazet" by the Saladin sisters of Domaine Saladin in Saint Marcel d'Ardèche. It was in celebration of the first anniversary of the re-opening of the family restaurant...

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Checking in

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Well, this week went by without me writing one blog entry, and without me really even thinking about it! Of course it's always in the back of my mind, but for some reason I really didn't consider taking the time...

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Indie Wine Fest - Here we come!

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A couple of months ago I got an email from Alice Feiring asking if I had any plans to be in the US this May. Hmm, I didn't really have any plans to go, but it could be arranged, why,...

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What were we thinking???

Date: Sun, Mar 2, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Every once-in-awhile, Matt and I ask ourselves that question; "What exactly were we thinking? Who's idea was it to buy vineyards???" This coming off of our third weekend in a row of vineyard work and now labeling, yet again. Yes,...

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A taste of home!

Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Saturday night after pruning we had the brilliant idea of making Carnitas burritos! Oh, I can't even tell you how good it was to have a taste of home. Brian, Matt's brother, who is visiting from Switzerland told us that...

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New York- here comes La Gramière!- Thanks to Thirst Wine Merchants!

Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We packed up 28 cases of 2006 La Gramière and sent it off last week. As usual, there were a few hiccups in our plans... Remember when I posted the photos of us labeling and putting capsules on the bottles?...

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