Monday, September 24, 2012

A Brief History...

As long as I can remember, my grandfather has been making wine.  It started out as a hobby.  He used cherries and other fruits to make his wines at first (and this was all fine), but when the hobby became something more, suddenly the cherry wine just wasn't enough.  If he could make wine with cherries, why not true wine grapes?  He and my grandmother are well into their 80s, and their wine consumption has not slowed (nor has it slowed them down).  My grandfather wanted to make wine that he and his wife could enjoy on a daily basis, and also be able to proudly serve it to their friends and family.   He is nothing if not proud of the wine he makes today.

Today we still help my grandfather bottle wine from his basement so that he and my grandmother are set for their yearly rations.  

Making my father's wine is an entire new endeavor altogether.  Suddenly the wine became something more.  Each element of the winemaking process became important.  We were still making it at home, but the quality of the final product was something we could compare to the wines sitting on the store shelves, (and in many cases, ours was better).  

I knew that my father had taken his wine to the next level when he suggested that he make the wine for my wedding.  Well, I thought, why not? His wine was good- really good.  It was one of those weddings where everyone contributed, and my father had his wine.  We even gave each of our guests a parting gift of a bottle of our Summer Solstice Red.  The wine was a huge hit, and I knew then that he would push it even further.  This led to the idea of the winery-  a place where he could keep sharing his wine, not just with friends and family, but with everyone.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Groundbreaking!

The building has begun on the winery!  Even though work has begun, we still have a long way to go, and we plan to keep you updated on our progress along the way.  Our winery, named Plain Cellars (for the town it resides in) will join the other aptly named establishments in the town, Plain Grocery and Plain Hardware.  We hope to open our doors by the summer solstice of next year with a barrel tasting celebration.