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El Corazòn de la Viña

El Corazòn de la Viña

Blog 🕔July 30, 2010

The Heart of the Vineyard.  My son-in-law Jeff, teaches high school Spanish and helped me name the meditation labyrinth.  It is a seven circuit classical Cretan Labyrinth which are also associated with the seven primary chakras of the of the body.  Chakra is

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Our 4th Happy Anniversary!

Our 4th Happy Anniversary!

Blog 🕔July 29, 2010

It was four years ago this week, July 27th that we closed escrow and began moving into the little house here on our 5.75 acres in Ramona. I remember Norm was driving his truck, we pulled up to the front

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Wine Making 101

Wine Making 101

Blog 🕔July 27, 2010

If we’d known there was so much chemistry involved in wine making, we’d have paid closer attention in high school chemistry class. The other problem is we are old people now, and forget from one year to the next what

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Tiered Winery Ordinance

Blog 🕔July 25, 2010

About 14 years ago, Schwaesdall Winery here in the Ramona Valley opened their small tasting room. It cost Johnny about $7,000 in fees to the County of San Diego. About 18 months ago, Hawk Watch Winery in the back country,

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Not all wine & roses in the vineyard

Not all wine & roses in the vineyard

Blog 🕔July 23, 2010

Even though we are having a wonderful life creating a beautiful place for friends and family to visit while striving to grow premium wine grapes, it is not always a walk in the park. Something or someone is always lurking

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Vineyard Meditations

Blog 🕔July 22, 2010

Working in the vineyard is a very calming and meditative activity. I usually keep a small note pad and pen in my tool pouch to write down the creative ideas I come up with during the process. Norm came in

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Destination Resorts Revisited

Destination Resorts Revisited

Blog 🕔July 20, 2010

I mentioned in a prior posting our destination resorts around the property, and talked about The Love-Love Tree. This is it on the left. The little plastic box under the love seat has a pair of binoculars in it, since

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Fire Season is upon us

Blog 🕔July 19, 2010

Ramona is in the “fire interphase zone”, a term used to describe the area that is prone to wild fires. When we moved here in July 2006, there had been only 2″ of rain that year, and in order to

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First Award for Chinook Vineyards grapes!

First Award for Chinook Vineyards grapes!

Blog 🕔July 18, 2010

Every summer for the past three years, the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association has held a summer social for its members. We gather at Hellanback Ranch (yes, it’s way out in the back country at the very end of a long

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Supporting my vineyard habit…

Blog 🕔July 14, 2010

I am keeping all my day jobs to support my vineyard habit. As opposed to selling my home in Carlsbad 4 years ago to buy another place with some rental income to help pay the mortgage, we have wound up

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