Roots' new winery is complete! Now time to move everything in, including 174 barrels filled with Pinot Noir -- see photo above -- (plus 50 more), not to mention tanks, press, other equipment and more! Chris' commute is about to become very, very short.
This harvest marks the earliest one for Roots and the biggest. About 25 tons came from our 7-acre vineyard. That's an expletive-ton of fruit! The grapes look great and taste perfect. It is always a relief when it has all been picked at our place. Although the vineyard now looks quite bare, the winery does not. Bins stacked high. Fermenters lined up. Forklifts zooming around. Crush is upon us as we await more fruit from our circle of growers. Cheers!
Meet Bluebird, our eight-week-old Blue Merle Australian Shepherd. Although she has already picked up a handful of nicknames — Blue, Baby Blue, Pretty Bird — her name definitely fits as she likes almost flit around and chase us. Being an Aussie, she has already started herding a bit, aka nipping at our heels — Theo does not like this on bit. She is equal parts chill and energy, the perfect fit for our family. We will never forget Roo but are so happy to now have Blue...bird.
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Chris and I are excited to announce the beginning of construction on our own winery on Roots Vineyard. Since 2002, we have produced our wines at a variety facilities; while most every winery has been great to work with, we are excited to build a winery to call our own — a forklift to call our own; a floor squeegee, a power washer, a press... The list goes on and our expenses go up, but we are financially ready and excited.
Chris' commute will be tough — there is a terrible patch of poison oak between the winery and the house — but so far this is the only drawback we see. Stay tuned for continued progress, and, in the meantime, soil yourself.
Second day in New York and inspired by restaurants like The Dutch. Craving oysters on the shell and Roots Melon de Bourgoge RIGHT NOW!
The birthday gift was a hit! My mother-in-law and I went in together to buy this 1940s fridge for Chris' birthday. We had the gentleman (Tad at Tad's Gateway to Restoration in Mac) turn half of it into a kegerator — the tap handle is from an old corkscrew. The other half is for chilling whites and roses in the tasting room, which is now underway. What was the inaugural keg? Hop Valley Alphadelic IPA.
While spring has its own bouquet of beautiful smells — lilacs, fresh-mown grass, even rain — its aroma in our vineyard is not always so pleasant.
Chicken shit. This is what we spread three days ago here at Roots. Sure the bags of fertilizer (see photo above) are beautifully illustrated, but what's inside is not pretty, at least for my nose —the odor reminds me of what our dog smells like when he "rolls" in the neighbor's cow pasture.
We've also started our sulfur applications, which has its own distinct — BAD — smell, too. We spray the organic element to prevent powdery mildew. Sulfur is STINKY — and sticks to the dog who then climbs on couches and rolls around on the carpet. It smells so bad, I almost prefer the eau de chicken shit...
Our new labels are finally complete. You can't see it in the photo, but the roots are embossed! We are very excited about our new design, and can't wait to share it with you in person.
Arriving home from Theo's swimming lessons last night, I (Hilary) checked the mailbox before heading up to the house. Amid the bills, junk mail and a photo radar speeding ticket — damn you, Sherwood cops! — was an envelope from the Yamhill County Planning Commission. Inside was fantastic news! We finally received our conditional use permit to build a tasting room on our estate vineyard — and a winery, too, in the distant future.
Roots' tasting room will be quaint — and in our detached garage — but it will be ours! We are so excited to share it with you once it is complete. Fingers crossed, we hope to open before summer's end. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on its construction. Cheers!
Welcome to Roots Wine's new website! The year 2014 promises lots of new and exciting things for Roots, including moving from Laurel Ridge Winery to Medici Vineyards in Newberg. We are excited about this new adventure. And so is Theo!