Just learned that our 2015 Stone Temple Pinot received the only double gold medal for Pinot Noir at the Michigan wine competition in Lansing. It is the vineyard out our front door you see as you come up the driveway and head into the tasting room. Our 2018 Gunzan Rose’ from the same vineyard was also awarded a gold medal, along with our 2015 Reserve Syrah. Not too shabby. We garnered 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals for our dry reds, Cha Cha Chardonnay and the exquisite Peach Train making it an even ten for ten. Could it be that the way we manage the soil helps make our wines taste better? Does a live soil make for a more alive wine? We like to think so.
Sue and I will attend the awards tasting on Thursday as an excuse to get out of town and celebrate my birthday. We are also nearing the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. That needs to be celebrated as well, and we’re just the people to do it! Didn’t attend the original Woodstock as I was a newly turned 14 year-old, fresh out of 8th grade, two years away from a driver’s license, and had not travelled off the farm any farther than Chicago an hour and a half away. Sue would have been 10, and her parents were just as strict as mine! What a shame!
Lots of vineyard work to do in preparation for the 2019 harvest and the tasting room is plenty busy with people filling out their summer vacations. Still, it’s important to pause every once in a while for a little reflection and connection while you consider your direction. After all…”we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”