Soak It All In: Maceration Methods for Winemaking

Winston, here!  I sure am glad that all the hard work of monitoring Mom and Jacob as they picked grapes off our vines is over.  Watching over Wyatt already keeps my paws full, and I barely had any time for napping when I had to oversee…
Look at the shadows to see this glass of Cabernet Franc showing its legs.

Wine Legs - What Can They Teach You?

Winston here!  I took a few weeks break from writing this so Wyatt could take his own turn at blogging, and so I could turn my attention to harvest.  Good news! All of our grapes except ⅔ of our Chambourcin crop have been harvested and have…

Wedding Traditions

Weddings are absolutely beautiful days that represent the union of two people and two families.  Couples often put years of thought into the special touches that they want present on their special day, and they often call on age-old traditions…
Wyatt laying in the grass.

Winston's Words of Wisdom for Wyatt

Oh boy! Winston told me yesterday that this time of year is when you wait, wait, wait for the grapes to be ready to harvest.  He said he was too busy to sit down and write today because between watching me grow and the grapes ripen that…

Fining Agents in Wine

Today, Mom received a call in the tasting room that made me think twice.  Someone was calling to ask if our wines were vegan, and Mom ensured the person that all of our wines are vegan.  Then she mentioned that we don’t use egg…

From Veraison to Harvest

Vidal grapes and Cabernet Franc grapes growing side by side.Right now is an exciting time at the vineyard, and you don’t have to look far to see the changes.  No, it’s not Wyatt that I am talking about. It’s pretty exciting…

Veraison - The Small, but Mighty, Change in the Grapes!

I don’t know if you’ve seen my new little brother, but Wyatt has some pretty big paws to grow into and not just physically.  As I slow down, I am making sure to teach Wyatt everything I know about grapes, vineyards, wines, and (most…

The Evolution of a Wedding Venue: From Six Penny Farm to Brix & Columns Vineyards

What’s in a name?  When you come to visit us here at Brix & Columns Vineyards, you will find out that we put a lot of thought into the naming of each step of our journey.  When we first built our house in 2007, we named our farm Six…

Minerality?! What Does This New Term Mean?

Now, I know I am no expert in this world of wine. My specialty is more along the lines of being able to sniff out who has the good food stashed in their coolers, but I have done a lot of research and a lot of listening around the tasting room. …

What Makes a Wine Considered Sweet?

If you’ve stopped by the vineyard and met me, I don’t think there is any denying that I am the sweetest thing all around, but after me, there are a few other sweet items in our tasting room.  Our name itself gives you a hint of the sweetness…

A Spring in my Step, and Clusters on my Vines!

I may be an old fellow and slowing down a bit, but there is one thing I will never get tired of: springtime! Sure, I let those bunnies hop through my yard without barking at them as much, and I haven’t chased too many skunks this year (Mom…

Wine Tasting 102

It’s that time of year again for lazy sunny days spent cruising the countryside, driving from one vineyard to another, drinking delicious wine, and petting incredibly handsome dogs (ahem!).   Sometimes people are visiting a winery for…