The Fun-Spirited Winery

Our Hours: (Spring & Summer) Friday, Saturday & Sunday Noon to 6 PM.

WINE DOWN Every 1st & 3rd Fridays from 6:00-8:00 PM

Wine Tasting $5 for 9 wines.

Beer Tasting $5 for 5 farm microbrews.

Wine & beer tastings are done throughout the day up until 5:30 PM. Parties of 6 or more please email us here to request a time and date for a group tasting.

If you would like to host a party, bridal shower, birthday, wedding or the like, please email us here for prices and availability 

Sunday
Oct232011

Falling into Fall

Wow did we have a wild ride this summer. After I blogged in late July, we got rain rain and more rain. Hurricane Irene alone dumped 8+ inches on us. The next weekend was another 5 inches. And we all know how much the grapevines HATE rain...so they were grouchy all through August and September and as a result, our harvest was low. Boo hiss! There's always next year!

I adore this time of year. It's so crisp and bright and the leaves are so crunchy under my horses' hooves. Trail rides through the ever changing forest with Twinkie make me soooo happy!

Making wine makes me happy, too...and our 2011 Chardonnay/Cayuga Blend (Maybe called "Half Assed Jack"-LOL), 2011 Riesling, and 2011 Cab Sauv is in the tanks. We'll be getting juice/grapes in the next few weeks to make more Whaleyville Red and a new Pinot Grigio (our Pinot vines are too young to produce yet.)

In the meantime, come visit! We have Wine Down Fridays from 6-8 with music by Bryce Butler and complimentary lite fare. It's a blast.

 

Wednesday
Jul272011

Sweating like Crazy

So the good news: 1. The grapes look wonderful (especially my beloved Riesling) and 2. I'm losing water weight every day. The bad news is: 1. Some of the grape leaves (especially the Chardonnay) have powdery mildew and 2. Since I am still drinking too much wine, I gain the weight back every day.

OK, before you freak out at the MILDEW (ewwwwww), it won't hurt you--it's the kind your squash plants and tomato plants get when it's hot and humid. 

Speaking of humid...a story for ya...when I was a young Kathryn, I was talking to a farmer one day and he looks into the hazy sky and says, "Wow, it sure is close today." To which I replied, "Close to what?" See, here on the 'Sho, people use "close" for "humid" or muggy.

Back to the mildew...we've been spraying as needed and we could do without the darned pop up thunderstorms and stifling humidity...But the vineyard is still growing like crazy. We've been pruning and pruning and pruning. Gawd, I love it. You can prune a row, all of the higgly piggly vines sticking out sideways or 3 feet above the top wire, and when you get done chopping the octipus branches, the plants look like big topiaries. YAY!

July is almost over!!! In August we have several private events (50th birthday party, bridal showers, group events) so I have only scheduled one "public" event: A wine and food pairing dinner on August 18. It's called the End of Summer Maize and will feature corn and other yummy creations by Richard Major. Stay tuned.

 

Tuesday
Jul052011

Oh my...It's already July!!!

Goodness, I have sucked wind at blogging lately. My only excuse is that I've been doing some stuff on Facebook, and the Maryland Wineries website, and two newsletters, and...

OK, you get the picture. Speaking of which, send me any CV pictures you have and I'll put them on the website  on & on Facebook, yay!

Soooo, in the last month or so, we've re-bottled the Whaleyville Red (no more cork issues, we hope), bottled the 2010 Riddle Farm Riesling and 2010 Diana's Delight, worked day and night in the vineyard, held a dozen or so different events and...

Just stop by and see us. I'll chew your ear off about how busy we have been while you drink your wine.

Lots of events this month...if you're not on our mailing list, sign up to the right of this blog and I'll send you our current newsletter.

xoxoxox 

Friday
May272011

Whaleyville Red & Corks, oh my!

To our beloved Whaleyville Red drinkers...apparently we've had a few corks fail because there is some fizz in some Whaleyville Red bottles...PLEASE refrigerate the Whaleyville Red and keep it cold! Otherwise the corks might push out and you'll end up with...a mess...

Friday
May132011

Newsletter

Hi Everybody! TGIF and all of that...The May newsletters went out this week. Be sure to open yours as I've offered a free case of wine for anyone who does...hahaha, NOT. But there's neat events listed and what not...and if you aren't an Amici yet, become one because the recipe in the Amici Newsletter is to DIE FOR. Sign up to the right of this post...xoxoox