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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.

2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Media Day | Texas Wine Lover

Thank you, Jerry, for attending the media day and for helping to promote great Texas Wine.

You can read his whole article on the Texas Wine Lover web site. But here are a few quotes…

Jerry attended the 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Media Day

 

“Among those top awards are the Top Texas Wine title that went to the aforementioned Bingham Family Dugout Red, along with the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Award.

The Top Texas Wine Company, and recipient of the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner’s Award, was Becker Vineyards.”

 

 

 

Jerry attended the 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Media Day

Source: 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Media Day | Texas Wine Lover

You can rest assured with Bingham wine knowing where 100% of the grapes were grown and 100% of the wine was produced.

Blessings,
Betty

Some Ideas for Social Isolation During a Pandemic

Some Ideas for Social Isolation During a Pandemic

 

You probably all have heard that Texas has joined other states across the country in ordering the closure of all schools, gyms, and restaurants. Restaurants as well as tasting rooms such as ours are still allowed to serve take-out food or curbside service.

Gov. Greg Abbott has asked us to avoid social gathering of more than ten people. These times are hard to for most of us to become accustomed to.

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Best Texas Wine – 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked Wine Competition

Best Texas Wine – 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Competition, 2017 Dugout

We were excited to let you know the good news when we heard last November that we were humbled to learn that we had won Best Texas Wine in the 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. You can read the post here where we listed all of our winners including two double gold medals, four gold medals, ten silver medals, and two bronze medals. Of those there were three Class Champions, one Reserve Class Champion, four Texas Class Champions, and four Texas Reserve Class Champions.

We are so proud of the hard work that our vineyard workers and winery staff had done with these wines. With Bingham Family Vineyards wines you always know that 100% of the grapes were grown and the wine produced by us for your enjoyment.

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