I'm not ready to mothball my blog quite yet. I did promise to post occasionally, so this is one of those moments...
For a winemaker in the northern hemisphere, the months of September and October are the hardest, because of the grape harvest. There are vineyards to visit, picking decisions to be made, fermentations to monitor... Apart from all these duties, life back at the winery goes on: the last quarter of the year (what we call OND) is when most of the wine sales are made. So on top of everything I had bottling blends to coordinate, assemble, test and refine, and it was insane. The good news is, if you like California wine, vintage 2013 will be one to seek. The wines are going to be spectacular, but yours truly earned a few white hairs in the process!
So now life has finally slowed down, and I can decompress by playing with paper, glue, corks and brushes. It is amazing how much I relax when I have the opportunity to create. This happens to all of us, don't you agree?
One of the things in my embarrassingly long to-do list was to send wine to our dear friends Ashley and Brian. They recently purchased a new home, and with the holidays coming near, we thought they could use some wine for the many parties they will surely have. Why, oh why did you have to move to Texas?!?!?! We miss you so!!!
Some time ago I pinned this cute image, made with coffee sleeves. I thought it would make a good housewarming card to go with the wine. Check out my version.
I still like the original better. There's something Picassian about it.
I defrayed the cost of one or two Starbucks mochas by not having to buy a Hallmark card. True savings!
Thank you for reading, and if you're in the US, Happy Halloween!