Instead of having all the family meet at Christmas, we all decided we would meet in California this year for summer solstice. Linda came from NY and Vaughn/Karina/Xavier/Matisse drove down from Portland. In addition, almost all of Karina’s family was present for the event. It was a 2 day celebration of family!!! As you can see from the pictures below we also had a baby shower for Dane and Tara (they are expecting twins) and harvested our first garlic of the season. We hope this will become a family tradition to do this in the summer instead of at Christmas. It is easier to travel and there are many more things to do.
Some friends of ours, John and Chris Mason, were bottling rose in early June. Since we had never done this, we went over to lend a hand. It was great fun to manually fill the bottles, put in the cork, add labels and foil the tops. We did about 60 cases. They are wonderful people and we really appreciated them showing us the ropes. We are hoping that this fall they will help us make some wine before our grapes are in the ground….just to make sure we like the clones we picked.