Winemaker's Journal catalogs the joys and sorrows of making your own, growing your own & drinking your own wine. Author of novel "About That Wine I Gave You"
Sunday, February 16, 2020
“... he speedily cut down an entire row with loppers, without pausing to pull down canes dangling from the wires, left blowing in the wind, swinging like chimes, sounding dull thuds when colliding. He looked down the row, reflecting on Billie Holiday’s melancholy: California vines bear strange fruit Sap on the wood and sap at the root Gophers swinging in the ocean breeze Strange fruit hanging from the vineyard trees.” — About That Wine I Gave You Available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083QYNGZK
Our adventure started in 2004 in the garage pressing 1,000 lbs. of grapes by hand & paw, thus began Blue-Merle Winery in San Diego, California. In 2006, "Bluey"--the Australian Shepherd Blue-Merle who rules the winery--had outgrown life in the city. So, we downsized the house, upsized the land and moved to Blue-Merle Country, a land where dogs run free, blessed with pomegranates & persimmons, olive trees & macadamias, and prowled by bobcats, coyotes and an occasional mountain lion. Continuously battling the challenges of steep terrain, rattlesnakes, drought, and wildfires (not to mention vine-eating gophers and ground squirrels), we planted our vineyard in 2007 making hundreds of mistakes along the way. Join us and a cast of characters on our continuous adventures and musings as we "Grow Your Own, Make Your Own, Drink Your Own Wine."