Good news from over here at the cellar. We bottle on the 4th and 5th. All the glass arrived unharmed. Quite a long trip down from Canada. And luckily the driver was a good sport. We're still doing some work on the driveway here at Page Springs Cellars. Only the skilled and the patient survive when attempting to back a semi trailer down our "hill" at 6 a.m. We had the traffic all backed up, people grumbling just trying to get to their morning java, etc. But I'm finally gonna have my '05 juice in bottle so I'm fine with it.
Here's the catch, as there always seems to be one. The heat in Phoenix has no friend save the lizard and his cactus. So although I'll be selling wine through Eric's tasting room, I won't be able to ship from about May 1 to Sept. 15. Any wine purchased from my website during that time will have to be considered a preorder, as FedEx can't be trusted to remove the wine from their trucks overnight. And it's usually 90-plus at night. However, we will be shipping from April 17 (my birthday. I'll be 22 years old. again.) to May 1, so anyone who gets their order in early may end up being one of the lucky few who taste this elusive juice prior to the fall shipment.
Down in the Kansas Settlement, near Wilcox, our new vineyard is coming along well. We renamed it. It was Dos Cabezas and El Norte, and now it is known as Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. Named in honor of Apache leader Cochise and the Cochise Stronghold located to the Southwest of us in the Dragoon Mountains. Cochise has an interesting story. Polar opposite from that of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce (from where my Native American blood allegedly flows). Certainly worth looking into if you're interested in the histories and strategies of some of this nation's most respected leaders and warriors. Hopefully his passion will manifest in our grapes.
My night job starts up again late April, so I'll most likely have a few dinners to report. Our tour dates are posted on toolband.com. Any suggestions for restaurants as well as local wineries/vineyards to visit will be welcomed.
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