So much work is going on here at the winery that I am running about two weeks behind keeping you up-to-date on how progress is going.

We have had our ups … and downs.

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Remember he was way up there while they were building our new equipment barn.

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And he was way up there when they put the roof on it.

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Of course he had some really good helpers. Hey, there is our son, Blake, up there.

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Then we put the new shelves in.

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Lots of good storage. Every likes this barn because it can be heated.

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Even though the vines enjoyed the nice moisture that we got in January, the workers in the barn prefer to work where it is a little warmer.

While this has been going on Daniel, our winemaker, and Manuel have been busy at our other winery space.

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Lots of good reds being aged in oak.

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Some older oak and some new oak depending on the varietal.

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And more yet, this is just to remind you all that as we are about to bottle our 2014 whites, we will have some red wines also; but most will be coming later in the year or even next year depending on their need for aging.

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Here is our son, Daniel. He spent his spring break for Texas Tech working in the winery, but then this year, we all spent spring break working.

Then our efforts moved to the winery building itself.

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The installation is important here, since this building we want to keep cool all year.

But then came tearing out the floor and making sure that it has the right slope and drainage area.

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Honestly, at this point it doesn’t look much like a winery does it?

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Personally, I was pretty depressed at this point, but Cliff assured me that things were moving right along.

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Then the concrete came! Yea!

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Did I tell that we have lots of really good helpers. Well we do.

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Just in case you didn’t see the drains in the last photo, here they are trying to stay out of the messy work. Tapped up to be unveiled later.

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It was so nice to see the guys getting to the end of the floor. But I’m sure that they were happierĀ about it then even I was.

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Then there has been work to do out in the vineyards.

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This work was laying down arms in front of the pre-pruner. Two helpers working together works out nicely.

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Of course some of my workers aren’t always crazy about having their pictures taken.

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But then it’s back to work, so that we can get the work done. Next I’ll show you the pre-pruner running that has been running in the vineyard that last couple of weeks, or you can see some photos from spring 2010 here.

Blessings,

Betty

 

 

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