Andrew’s Newsletter, the End of Summer in Reflection

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Andrew's Newsletter, Harvest, Vineyard | No Comments

The Ultimate Veritas Summer Newsletter 2019 The 2019 Summer – a Retrospective  As summer draws to a close I have a few thoughts about how I think or used to think about summer and what we as a family winery  have experienced in the summer of 2019 plus a Farmhouse feature of the person behind […]

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Spring this year has been propitious. I could have used superlatives like “awesome” or “unbelievable” but I am a bit averse to superlatives, and “propitious” is a little more precise meaning that spring is favorable, indicating a good outcome, but not let’s go overboard.

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2019

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2019

As you know, I always like to start my newsletters with something poetic: the Bard or Keats or something of that ilk. This morning, I wanted to find a poem about winter and all I could remember were bits and pieces of a poem I vaguely recollected in which a recurring line was, “and greasy […]

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

What could be a better way to start the Autumn Newsletter than by showing a water-color rendering of our very own vineyard painted by my truly beautiful and talented wife, Patricia? Or should it be by my, truly talented and beautiful wife? Either way… it sounds good. And if you have been following our newsletters, Autumn […]

Our Travels in Portugal Part 2 – The Red Wines

Our Travels in Portugal Part 2 – The Red Wines

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Andrew's Newsletter, Travel, Vineyard | No Comments

The Red Wines of Alentejo As I outlined in part one of the blog The Alentejo is a vast area of Portugal that is relatively uninhabited except for vineyards, olive groves and cork-bearing oak trees. Within this vast area there are 29,000 hectares of vineyards – an area almost as large as the whole of […]

Our Travels In Portugal

Our Travels In Portugal

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Andrew's Newsletter, Travel, Vineyard | No Comments

As autumn sets in, it occurred to me that almost a year ago today, Patricia and I went on one of the very best educational wine tours we have ever experienced. We have taken many exciting trips around the world, but this trip to Portugal with our friend, Richard Hewitt who owns Vino Tours, was perhaps one of favorites.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Summer 2018 Newsletter

It is almost as hard to get things done in summer as it is during the Christmas holidays. In France, the French admit it and everyone goes on vacation. The whole country nearly shuts down, and if you want the best of Paris do not go during August – everyone’s at Cote D’Azur.

And so it is with grape growing, we are simply waiting in the sultry, sweaty sun for the grapes to ripen – the summertime blues for which, as you remember from Eddie Cochran, there is no cure. Then again, you can think of summer as a time when the living is easy, when the fish are jumping, and the cotton is high if you are Porgy from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

2015 Veritas Viognier

2015 Veritas Viognier

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Vineyard | No Comments

Today, I share with you the story of our 2015 Viognier – a story, which began just about one year ago this month. It was April 13th, 2015 when the Viognier vines came out of hibernation and the buds sprang alive. Each year we expect bud break around the 15th of the month, so they were […]