Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It all started with a simple wine kit and grew to the 21 vines we planted in the side yard of our home. My husband and I entered the world of home wine making. Our first home made wine from our vines was a red wine blend, Bordeaux style. We used carboys with French oak cubes for ageing...I have to say, the first wine was good, but nothing to really brag about. We quickly discovered that oak barrels rather than oak cubes gave a much better flavor to our wines. Now, our small batch wine at home, is aged in oak barrels and tastes much better.

In May 2011, my husband and I purchased 27 acres of property that had 13 acres of established vineyard. For home wine making, we made a huge leap from 6 year old vines to 10 year old established vines of exceptional root stock. I will have to say, our home made wines are much, much better and certainly on the  fantastic side!!! 

Our first vintage from this well established vineyard is our 2011 vintage; a barrel of Syrah, a barrel of Cabernet Franc, a barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon and a barrel of Petit Verdot. At this point, all wines are still in the barrel and have aged nicely. 

The following blog posts will talk about each varietal and wine we are producing at this time.... 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How it all started and where it might be going.

It was that first sip of a perfect red wine that stole my heart. There I stood in Napa at Opus One with a crystal glass in my hand with the most amazing wine I had ever tasted.  I was 25 years old, very impressionable and up until this point, I had really never drunk wine.  This was my first trip wine tasting in Napa and I loved every minute of it! Captivated with the color, aroma and taste of a fine wine I was about to embark on a hobby that was filled with science, art and passion! Wine!

That little trip through Napa was an education that has lead to today’s passion and lifestyle. As I toured the different wineries, took in wines color, aroma and taste I was developing a palate that would take me deeper into wine and finally to where I am today….the owner of a vineyard.

This is a blog sharing an adventure, a passion and a love of something some consider a science, others and art. Together, we will walk through this vineyard and experience this wine. Join me on my new life as a vineyard owner and a winemaker. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Welcome Wine Drinkers!

Welcome to the Harris Vineyard & Winery blog!

Harris Vineyard Est. 2011, 13 acres of vineyards which consists of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.