My Very First Vineyard Blog!

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This is my first blog of many to come as I sit here on my day off Sunday (not really any days off with a wife and three children two of them being twins) The masses have spoken and they want me the vineyard manager to give you some information from the outside of the winery or in my world the vineyard and farm. The past week has been very hectic and very encouraging at the same time with the yearly growth of the vineyard and the winery. We received our shipment of vines this past week. We will be planting 617 new Chambourcin this coming Thursday and Friday and will have plenty of these available for you to plant on the View of the Vineyard this coming Saturday March 31. Last Friday we also had to replant 155 Norton that didn’t make it from previous years due to a number of different reason. After going through 2 different machine and 9 hours later we got them planted. It takes longer replanting on the older section of the vineyard because the trellis system and wires have been established in previous years. We have to work around the pre established vineyard but as my beloved Marine Corps has taught me you have to “adapt and overcome”. The more miserable the conditions are the more I love it (I wouldn’t go as far as to tell you my whole crew agrees with me though lol) I want to end my first blog and Thank my outstanding vineyard crew who are truly the backbone of the vineyard Janet who reminds me of my mother a lot with all her good advice she gives me, Nellie who is the longest running vineyard employee we have going her fifth full season Nellie reminds me of the USPS rain sleet or snow I can always count on her dependability, Garland who reminds me of myself when I was younger eager to learn and willing to work the extra hours when needed, Jon who is entering his first full growing season, Chuck, who primarily works with Joe on the grain side of the farm but can get thrown into the vineyard especially early in the year when we are planting new vines and replanting old ones and last but not least my wife Cara (I know she is not a employee of the Winery or Farm) without her understanding, support and listening to my numerous rants and me coming home from work planning my next day work many hours before the next work day begins our outstanding vineyard would not be possible. I am very fortunate to have a job that challenges you daily and at the same time makes earn your paycheck. As the 2012 growing season is just beginning (the majority of our vines have started to break bud which means the buds are splitting as we speak and the new growths are starting to come out) you the reader will get to read firsthand the challenges and rewards that go into growing the grapes that go into the Layton’s Chance wines that so many have come to love. Feel free to let me know if there is something in particular that you want me to talk about in future blogs as well. Until next time.

Semper Fi Marines!


Wine, Business, Blogging, and Reconstructing!

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Ok. So I am sure you have seen that our blog has been somewhat on a hiatus. But I would say that it has not! I say that we never truly understood what a blog was or how to administer one. Does anytone else have a business that has had this rude awakening? Where you think that you are doing everything right only to find out you were really even in the same ballpark? It is what makes have our own business really interesting for me, but I digress!

So, in the midst of trying to get everything we need done for bottling, this summer’s event (super exciting this year!!! Lots planned!!), not to mention all of the festivals we will be going to, I have been trying to understand and reformulate our blog. I realized we do not have a blog we have a newsletter update and that is what we want to change!! I guess I am going to elaborate on what my vision is to change but would love to know yours!! So I guess what I am saying is I will show you mine, if you show me yours!!

What I would like to do is…..
Instead of just one of us here at the winery writing, it with be a combination of us each writing in our area of expertise or on something we just have to get off our chests! Also, instead of just giving tidbits of what is happening at the winery we will also be giving information and asking questions. I would like to make the blogs more inviting, engaging and informative. If you have any topics please let me know!!! Or if you want to hear from anyone specific let me know that too!! I can’t wait for Richard our Vineyard Manager to start writing! He will have to try hard to keep up with the creativity of our Tasting Room Manager, Jennifer Hoffman.

I look forward to my first “real” blog where I say something more than we are under construction but everyone has to start somewhere!! If you notice the meet our bloggers page, you will see everyone that will be posting blogs to our page!

Help! I am under construction!!!

Help! I am under construction!!!