Must-Sheep TV: Watch Shafer's Unusual Take on the Soothing 'Fireplace' Video

The Napa winery has released a six-hour cut of the real-life action straight from its vineyard, to help homebound viewers chill out

Must-Sheep TV: Watch Shafer's Unusual Take on the Soothing 'Fireplace' Video
You've got mutton better to do. (YouTube / ShaferVineyards)
Apr 8, 2020

Joining the ranks of binge-worthy things to watch while sheltering in place is the Shafer Vineyards YouTube channel, which is airing many, many hours of a very particular sort of entertainment. Every spring, Shafer recruits a flock of wooly weeders to mow the cover crop in their vineyards. And now you can share in the experience of chilling in a Napa vineyard in springtime by watching six uninterrupted hours of sheep grazing. "It's our version of one of those logs-burning-in-the-fireplace videos," joked Shafer's media and communications director Andy Demsky.

Demsky said the relaxing sights and sounds of sheep grazing might be a way to ease some stress and anxiety and make for a pleasing pastoral background for spending your day decidedly not outside. "There's something about them that lifts our spirits and brings an extra touch of natural beauty, and we wanted to share that," he said. Unfiltered has found it particularly useful for (temporarily) entertaining little ones—just long enough to catch a break.

It's the closest thing wine lovers can get to a vineyard right now without actually visiting. The most adorable moment appears around the 25-minute mark when a wobbly-legged lamb stumbles around and nurses from Momma. It may not have quite the same animal intrigue as Tiger King, but maybe that's OK. "Yes, it's unusual, but these are unusual times," said Demsky.


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