Winter lingered this year, but the late freezes were brief and gentle. The late spring saw more moisture than our drought-parched minds could remember, and it seemed to flow right into a very early arrival of the monsoon season — brief, almost daily afternoon showers, for those uninitiated in the climate patterns of the Southwest, usually followed by waterfalls from the cliffs, a rainbow or two, and finishing with a spectacular sunset.
The vines are loving the mild weather and the moisture, throwing out tendrils so fast you swear you can see them grow. The fruit set looks great, and several vineyard blocks that were previously unharvested, look to be going commercial in 2015.
The WWOOFERs are hard at work making it all happen, and hiking and touring our corner of the Canyonlands on the weekends. For a much better account of all that, go to our Facebook or Instagram pages. And if you are a WWOOFER, or want to be one, and are not sure what you’re doing for the rest of the summer, check in with Danny and Hannah via the Contact Us tab on this website. The harvest is still a fair ways away, and there are a lot of great memories to be made before that happens. Come join us!
Last month saw our first commercial wine release: a white blend, crafted by our winery partners and friends at the fabulous Sutcliffe Winery in McElmo Canyon, near us in southwest Colorado. Sutcliffe wines are legendary in the southwest, found on the best restaurant menus from Dallas to Denver to Telluride, Santa Fe to Flagstaff, and we are very proud that our 2014 white varietals were chosen for their first Utah bottling, the White Blend from Montezuma Canyon Ranch. It’s yummy, clean and crisp on the palate, a perfect summer day wine. Our partnership with Sutcliffe’s winemaker Joe Buckel, and Owner/creator/amazing person John Sutcliffe, and their vineyard manager Jesus, has upped our game, and we look forward to growing with them as our vines mature.