Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery, Ramona Valley, California

Posts From Elaine Lyttleton

I owe Norm $10

I owe Norm $10

Blog 🕔November 23, 2010

Okay, okay – the Digger Guy finally showed up yesterday like Norm said he would.  It’s worth losing the $10 bet just to have construction under way, finally!  Actually a better description of the activities the past 24 hours might

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Murphy’s Law of Agricultural Building Construction

Murphy’s Law of Agricultural Building Construction

Blog 🕔November 20, 2010

Our first priority when we moved to this property four years ago, was to plant the vineyard – no grapes, no wine. All things considered that went pretty smoothly, in a timely manner just about as we expected.  Mind you Norm

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Veteran’s Day 2010

Veteran’s Day 2010

Blog 🕔November 12, 2010

The first annual Veteran’s Day ceremony was celebrated at the memorial in the vineyard, dedicated to the two Navy pilots were lost when their plane crashed here in 1961.  Their story is documented in a former Blog. Several Charter members, Memorial Vine

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EH? What’d you say?

Blog 🕔November 7, 2010

Norm was a firefighter for 32 years in the days before OSHA requirements were initiated requiring protective equipment to be used to prevent damage to ear drums from the blasts of fire engine horns and sirens. As a result he

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Trip Log Part 2

Trip Log Part 2

Blog 🕔November 7, 2010

Vancouver Island now sports a blossoming wine and cider industry – which was not there when I left 33 years ago. Their brochure welcomes you to the “Wine Islands” where there are more than 80 vineyards growing grapes for over

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October 2010 Trip Log #1

October 2010 Trip Log #1

Blog 🕔November 5, 2010

For my dear Blog Followers, my apologies for my absence. As soon as we racked the wine and started the secondary fermentation, we left town for our postponed and much needed vacation/business road trip. Over 3,500 miles of fun, and

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2009 Petite Sirah Estate Reserve

2009 Petite Sirah Estate Reserve

Blog 🕔October 11, 2010

Before we pressed the 2010 vintages, we decided we should bottle the 2009 Petite Syrah.  We had been collecting bottles, had soaked the labels off them, and washed them thoroughly.  We had bought a transfer pump to move the wine

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Sleeping in the winery

Blog 🕔October 7, 2010

The wine making operation is taking over.  Since we don’t have a winery building yet, or even a garage in which to make wine, we are making it in the dining room.  The livingroom area has been shrunk by moving easy

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Harvest ends 2010

Blog 🕔October 3, 2010

Yesterday was the last day of our harvest and it sure has been an interesting year in the vineyard.  We brought in 7,500 pounds of grapes (about 50/50 Petite Syrah and Zinfandel), up from 2,800 pounds last year.  Next year there will

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Buy Local Wine! September 2010

Blog 🕔September 27, 2010

At a recent local wine competition awards dinner, I spoke to one of the judges who is a well qualified gentleman from New York, who was a judge for the famous Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  This year was his first year judging our

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