Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Spring in the vineyard   Phew – we dodged a bullet. Remember my “winter” newsletter bemoaning the winter that never was? Well exactly on track, dear old Mother Nature graced us with bud break almost two weeks early. As I explained previously, that exposed us to two extra weeks of frost risk and although I […]

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

March 2017 March 2016 The Winter That Wasn’t   The polar ice cap is melting! Chicago has had no snow for the first time since Chicago was built! In Afton, it has been the warmest winter in 17 years! Warm winters are treacherous times for winegrowers because they can mean early bud break and early […]

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

And here we are again in Autumn, the time of the year when we are all reminded of the impermanence of life. After the rush of spring and the glories of summer, the golden leaves start to fall and we feel the foreboding of winter. What tugs at the emotional strings is the realization that […]

Summer Newsletter 2016

Summer Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

One of the best things about going away is coming back. I am trying to understand my own feelings after returning from two months in France; is it merely the return to security and familiarity or is it a much deeper sense of belonging to what one has created? My kids roll their eyes when […]

Spring Newsletter 2016

Spring Newsletter 2016

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Easter is over and spring is sprung. May is an important date, as it is when we celebrate the final emergence from the gloom of winter. The sap rises and the vines start to weep from their pruning wounds as the overture to bud break. Our spirits reawaken to the veritable joys of being alive. […]

Winter Newsletter 2016

Winter Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Snowmageddon – Snowzilla – or the 2016 Veritas Winter Newsletter Snow is friendly; it’s one of the “favorite things” from The Sound of Music. –Snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes with silver white winters that melt into springs. If nothing else, the kids had fun with no school for almost a whole week, […]

Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Andrew's Newsletter, Harvest | No Comments

“Autumn season of mist and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun,
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.”

Summer 2015

Summer 2015

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Of all the seasonal newsletters I find summer is always the hardest. Summer is summer; no bourgeoning growth of vines, no dripping drops of honey, no winter calamity, just good old sultry summer. I usually open the newsletter with musical lines like Eddie Cochran’s “There ain’t no cure for the summer blues,” or even the […]