Wow, what a winter so far. Record cold the first week of January and then snow, and more snow... Yikes! It is making it tough to get to the vineyard. The ground is just saturated making it difficult for the truck. We don't want to do any damage.
Hopefully the worst is behind us, but being an El Nino year, we tend to have a wet winter.
We've been bottling to restore our stock after Christmas and New Year's. So far, everything has been tasty, no leaks in the seals on the tanks to get oxygen to the wine. That happened in the past and ruined some great vignoles. It was sad to see all that time and effort destroyed. It pays to do QA when you bottle.
An economical and fun Valentine's treat might be a trip to the winery to select the perfect wine to accompany a wonderful home cooked meal. A day with your special someone in the country, antique shopping, wine tasting, and then an evening to snuggle and enjoy your finds.