Monday, October 10, 2016

2016 Harvest!

2016 end of summer brought us bottling the 2015 wines, quickly followed by getting into the vineyard to sample the grapes that came in just a week later for a very early 2016 harvest! 

the very first grapes of 2016!

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the old meets new in grapes delivery vehicles


Jeff is the master of the basket press 


brian checkin' the fermet
The 2016 vintage came fast but we had an amazing crew this year and I think we made some pretty great wines!  

there were a few long days ... but we ate well and also got 'rewarded' by the media this fall as well with a nice spectator score of 93 for our '14 sunnyside, a New York times review of the willamette valley and a stunning 12 page article in the October edition of Sunset!!! the affirmation of our work is awesome and we are once again grateful!!


We also got some great harvest from the farm ... the big table farm cider project continues and the horses helped out with that!! and the garden just gave and gave and filled our table with some pretty stunning harvest meals! Thank you brian

just some of the 240#'s of taters brian pulled in : )   


even the pigs ate well ... 


and Tim came out and cooked our harvest meal! it was an amazing celebration as always!

and now we all sleep !!    

and art making happened this summer too!

In addition to hosting dinners and wine guests and doing the 'work'

 Brian and I made our art! and enjoyed the farm this summer!!

Brian got lots of time in the beautiful garden he made and I got studio time and time with my horses.

Brian included me in the blending this year more than in the past and we had some pretty romantic sundays in the cellar barrel tastings and building the 2015 blends! It was lovely! 

Romance and Art punctuated the 2016 summer for Brian and I - it was pretty dreamy! 

We certainly are enjoying all the fruits of our work! 

thank you all for being part of this dream! 

the 2015 labels got crafted

and the 2015 blends created 

my art studio is finally getting used again! 


and Curley the bull came to big table farm to be sure ALL the ladies are happy! : )  

romance is NOT dead!! 


it's been far too long!!

Hello Everyone - I'm FINALLY doing some re-caps here from our amazing summer we've had on the farm. I apologize for being gone from the blog so much -- My phone makes it way to easy to post on instagram and face book and my poor blog is getting short shrift...  but rest assured we are still here busy as ever and thriving !!   These are some shots both from farm dinners, bringing in hay this summer as well as a super visit with my sister... just some highlights!

Bringing in the hay is always a highlight of summer for me it's good clean hard work and I have a hand full of great friends that are just crazy enough to come out and help - My buddy Preston is not only game every year but loans us his truck and flat bed with is a great help - Sarah is always game and Jeff I must say is becoming a damn fine farmer both bucking and stacking... Jeff is always there by my side for the whole 30 tons. Thanks this year also goes out to Kevin, Kevin, Lionel, Scott, Tommy and Trevor : ) Cheers Everyone! and thank you! Tommy I will always remember you getting behind the wheel of our pick up for your 'first drive' -- everyones first time behind the wheel should be in a hay field IMO ...

These next two shots are from my sisters visit - she fit right in from picking tons of blackberries and pulling tansy weed to ironing linens and setting a beautiful table for our amazing farm dinner pre IPNC to pulling on her boots and heading out to the beach with the boys! It was a full and wonderful visit!  


The summer was punctuated by two amazing farm dinners one very small one for 16 special guests at the big table and the Outstanding in the field dinner for 150 at a really big table! Both awesome. Tim Wastell and David Padberg cooked the small dinner.  Tim, David, Jobie, Eloise and a hand full of other AMAZING talented humans cooked for the other! -- It's pretty awesome to know that this farm and these wines bring so many together. Thanks go to neringa sunday for the beautiful photos of the  outstanding meal - 

so much talent in this line up!! Love all you guys! 

goatio - she's just shameless! ; ) 


and the more intimate dinner - with these two amazing guys!