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And the legacy continues…

And the Legacy Continues…

 

This is not really a #ThrowBackThursday, but rather a look forward. In this Corona virus time, perhaps we all need a look forward as well as a look back. A wine for the future that is also a wine from our past.

As summer is upon us our friends like to turn to our refreshing Cloudburst. A special white wine blend that we make from the best of our white wine grapes. You can relax knowing that it too will be a quality wine.

Our 2018 Cloudburst won a Gold medal at the 2020 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Previous vintages of Cloudburst won 1st place at the 2019 Grapevine Grapefest People’s Choice Wine Competition and placed 2nd or 3rd every year at that competition since 2015, a legacy to continue.

Rest assured drinking Bingham wine, knowing not only where the grapes were grown and the wine made, but that you are drinking quality wine. Relax and enjoy!

Today we started bottling our 2019 Cloudburst. It will need to sit in the bottle for a few months to make sure that it makes it way through bottle shock. Then it will be ready to enjoy.

 

No need to worry though, you can buy our 2018 gold medal winning Cloudburst today. Choose to have it shipped to you, delivered as curbside service, or delivered to your home if you are within 5 miles of our Grapevine location.

 

Blessings,
Betty

 

Vineyards Update for April 21, 2020

Vineyards Update for April 21, 2020

 

Growing grapes on the High Plains is new every season for us even after doing it for over a decade. Some years the crops are abundant and the next the yields are sporadic. No matter what the season brings our way, we spend hours training the vines to produce the best quality fruit to ultimately make the best wine for our friends to enjoy and celebrate with. Here is a glimpse at the 2020 crop of just three or four of the twenty or so varieties that we grow.

Here is the Malvasia Bianca at Dandy’s vineyard.

 

Actually that is one Albariño vine in front of the Malvasia Bianca. Not much growth on the Malvasia Bianca. But the Albariño looks interesting.

Even as we are seeing leaves, we have to check the buds to see if they are actually fruitful buds or not. The Dirt Farmer spends days walking the vineyards and inspecting the growth.

We will keep watching, but the growth is slow here.

There are some buds there though.

Just not as many as we would like to see.

On to a variety with more growth. Here is the Petit Verdot that I showed  you a couple days back with the “bonus canes” left on to allow for a few more buds to develop. It is growing nicely.

Notice the buds on the bonus canes, the extra sticks that the pruners left on the plant that they would normally have cut away. Our vineyard consultant Fritz Westover gave us that suggestion. He has a great web site and learning opportunities if you are interested in growing grapes yourself.

There are so many buds here that we may have to fruit thin some for optimal fruit quality. We want enough buds, but not too many. That is why we need the trained eyes of our Dirt Farmer and Fritz to tell us how best to take care of the vines.

Now we will take a look at another vineyard. Our vineyard over by our winery is our oldest vineyard. Here you see the first few rows of Gewürztraminer and then the rows of Viognier.

If you like Viognier, the prospects do not look too good in this vineyard.

We do have over 30 acres of Viognier, so I’ll take you to check some of those vineyards next week. There is some hope, as you see a few buds coming along.

Yes, I guess it is that little bit of hope that keeps us all going.

Blessings,
Betty

Early Vineyard Buds of Spring

Early Vineyard Buds of Spring

 

As spring is upon us, the buds are beginning to show. There are not as many buds as we would like to see, but there are some. A single bud is such a thing of beauty. This is a Carignan bud.

 

 

The delicate beauty of the Carignan bud.

 

 

The reason that we are not seeing as many buds and new growth on the vines is because of winter freeze damage. The damage was severe enough that we have also been concerned about the health of the vines themselves.

 

 

There is still life and health in the vine itself as shown by the green color in this Carignan freshly cut cane. Even though we are seeing some buds there is a question of whether they will be fruitful buds. The #DirtFarmer is walking the vineyards though, and checking the buds and the vines. The vineyard crew is doing what they can for this years crop as well as the health of the vines for the future.

 

 

A Graciano bud.

 

 

The Mourvedre looks bare.

 

 

But there are a few buds in the Mourvedre as well.

 

 

 

 

The Petit Verdot is interesting to see. Because the buds were so few, two bonus canes were left on each vine to see if more fruit could be achieved. Notice my purple circles around some of the bonus canes. The bonus canes allow for more area to accommodate more buds.

 

 

The Tempranillo will be a short crop as well.

 

 

The Teroldego vines, an Italian variety, have quite a few buds. The young vines are very vigorous. 

 

 

This is early in the spring for us to even want to see buds. We usually do delayed pruning in order to not encourage bud break too early in the spring because there may yet be freezing weather which will kill the buds.

There is a cold spell forecasted for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. If the temperature falls below freezing for an extended period of time, the buds that you do see may die.

Once again it is just another spring time in a Texas vineyard. Texas can produce great wine grapes, but not every year.

As we celebrate Easter Sunday, we will remember our blessings and trust the Lord for the outcome of our crops.

Blessings,
Betty

Are You New to Home Schooling? Are you new to Pandemics?

Are You New to Home Schooling? Are you new to Pandemics?

 

So much is changing for all of us. Here is an idea for those of you that are home with your children. Read them a book such as this one that describes courage in the face of adversity.

Hero Over Here, A Story of World War I is a heartwarming book about a young boy who would rather be “over there” becoming a hero or in Montana being a cowboy riding the range. Instead he must stay home with his mother and sister wearing his knickers. But that is precisely where his adventure in true courage begins in the midst of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Keep in mind when reading this book to young children that it covers topics that are heavy such as war, illness, and death. But these are some of the same topics that they may be encountering or may soon be encountering. If you do not have anyone to read it too, read it to yourself. I cried the other morning when I read it to myself. I think that I will read it to my one child that is still home schooling even if she is a junior in high school. But I have an idea that if I started reading it aloud that the college graduate child and the child currently going to college might both choose to listen in.

You can tell how old this book is by the line of plastic covering which does not quite reach the top and bottom of the book. I starting covering our books in plastic so that the last child could enjoy it as much as the first. When I first began doing it, I did not know how to cut the plastic cover in order for it to fold over for a smooth finish. I guess you learn a few things through the years home schooling.

Perhaps you can find this book at a library. The only place that I could find it for sale was from Sonlight Curriculum. This is the curriculum that we used for the majority of our years home schooling. We also have participated with our local Classical Conversations group. There are so many different options for home schooling that are great that I really prefer the term “personalized education”. There are support groups, co-op classes, tutors, and sports teams. Our children participated in group classes, youth orchestras, and a tennis team with other home schoolers.

Here is a small fraction of the books that we ended up with. We are getting our library organized now for the grandchildren to enjoy.

The Spanish Flu Pandemic during World War I would be an interesting topic for you and your children to study. History.com has an interesting article on it. As well as one on “Pandemics that changed the world”.

Or you could study up some on how germs are spread by watching this video of Mark Rober. Check him out of Facebook, he has several interesting videos.

So for those of you that are homeschooling for the first time because of this crisis, take heart, this is something that can be a successful as well as enjoyable time for you and your children.

We hope and pray that you and yours stay well during this time.
Blessings,
Betty

Update from Bingham Family Vineyards due to the COVID-19 virus

Update from Bingham Family Vineyards due to the COVID-19 virus

Latest Update as of September 1, 2020

All of our Locations are now open with limited capacity and social distancing. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Read about our full shipping notes and costs here.

Meadow

Our winery at Meadow is a working vineyard and winery which will keep functioning with strict sanitation standards as always to grow grapes and prepare the best quality wine available to you. If you are in the area and desire a tour or curbside wine delivery service, please call our winery office at (806) 585-6616 . Our normal office hours are 9:00 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Vineyard and winery tours are available by appointment by calling our winery office.

Also every Saturday, we have a booth at the Wolforth Farmers Market. Come buy the wines that we have available for the day.

Wolfforth Farmers Market every Saturday

Grapevine

Hours at Grapevine
Monday – Thursday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

If you prefer curb side delivery, we provide that as well.

  1. Select the wines of your choice from our web site for purchase.
  2. Choose pickup at Grapevine at checkout rather than shipping.
  3. Call our tasting room (682) 651-8668 one hour in advance or make an appointment for your pickup.

You can also choose home delivery within 10 miles of our Grapevine tasting room by calling our tasting room at (682) 651-8668 or using the Tock.com web site. The charge will be $10 delivery charge. Club benefit pricing will apply. This fee will be waived for purchases over $50.

Very Important: When we make an appointment for this home deliver, please make sure that there will be a person over 21 years of age that has a valid driver’s license with them for identification to accept the delivery.

Fredericksburg

Hours at Fredericksburg for wine tastings are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.

Enjoy a wine tasting of 5 Bingham Family Vineyards Estate wines for $10 or $15 for an all red wine tasting. Tasting includes a complimentary long stemmed wine glass. We also offer you food choices such as a meat and cheese board and a snack pack from Fresh Pickens in Fredericksburg, Texas, which strives to serve locally sourced food items. Also, internationally known Askinosie Chocolate, providing farmer-forward chocolate. Just as you want to know who grew your grapes and made your wine, this is the chocolate to enjoy knowing the farmer who grew your cocoa beans. Reservations are strongly suggested because of limited seating.

If you prefer curb side delivery, we provide that as well.

  1. Select the wines of your choice from our web site for purchase.
  2. Choose pickup at Fredericksburg at checkout rather than shipping.
  3. Call our tasting room (830) 304-6616 one hour in advance or make an appointment for your pickup.

You may also enjoy your purchases on the outdoor patio area at Yee Haw Ranch Outfitters which is adjacent to our tasting room.

We will be closed at our Fredericksburg tasting room on Wednesday, September 9th to have work done on our parking lot to have even more room for you to come visit us.

No Tips Necessary

As always, tips are not necessary, our servers are paid a fair hourly wage as well as a bonus on the amount of wine sales and wine club member signups. If you would like to show appreciation to our servers as well as our whole team, please buy more wine!

When you purchase more wine, you enable us to reward our whole team. Our vineyard crew, winery team, tasting room team, and our family all thank you. We hope that you will consider purchasing wine in any or all of these ways available to you during this time.

Rest assured drinking Bingham wine, knowing not only where the grapes were grown and the wine made, but that you are drinking quality wine. Relax and enjoy!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Blessings,
Betty

Special COVID-19 RESPONSE Guidelines for Bingham Family Vineyards Locations

Introduction: Our Tasting Rooms in Meadow, Grapevine, and Fredericksburg will be focused on the good of all members of our society, especially the weak and vulnerable, we have decided to limit the number of people in our tasting room at one time and to practice the following measures to reduce the opportunity for viral transmission.


HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR SERVING YOUR CUSTOMERS:

  1. Customers should not be permitted to loiter in commonly trafficked areas
  2. Only provide service to reservations.
  3. Parties should maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other parties at all times, including while waiting to be served.
  4. Pathways for patrons’ ingress and egress will be clear and unobstructed.
  5. Staff to ensure customers maintain a 6-foot distance between parties. 
  6. Hand sanitizing stations available upon entry to the establishment.
  7. No parties of more than 6 people.
  8. Do not leave menus, list, glassware, or other items on an unoccupied table.
  9. Use disposable menus (i.e., a new menu for each patron).
  10. Contactless payment is encouraged. Where not available, contact should be minimized. Both parties should wash or sanitize hands after the payment process.
  11. Train all employees on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  12. Screen employees before coming into work: Send home any employee who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19: – Cough – Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – Chills – Repeated shaking with chills – Muscle pain – Headache – Sore throat – Loss of taste or smell – Diarrhea – Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit – Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  13. Maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals. If this distancing is not feasible, measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
  14. All employees and contractors wear cloth face coverings or face shields over the nose and mouth. 
  15. Open doors for customers to prevent them from touching door handles.
  16. Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, and chairs.
  17. Regularly and frequently clean restrooms, and document the cleanings.
  18. Disinfect any items that customers contact.
  19. Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and customers.
  20. Placed readily visible signs to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  21. Clean and disinfect the area used by customers (e.g., tables, chairs, etc.) after each group of customers depart, including the disinfecting of tables, chairs, stalls, and countertops.
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