TCWS Board of Directors Event Co-Chairmen
The society’s sold-out June 16 event, “An Afternoon in the Vineyard,” was a big success despite Mother Nature’s variable weather. Strong winds and a bit of rain earlier in the day were concerning; however, things calmed down somewhat. And, after strategically placing the wine serving table and moving the food inside, everything worked out.
The event was held in the Gifford Vineyard, and at Paul and Candy Gifford’s home. Paul began by talking about their experience in starting a new vineyard – preparing the ground, then planting, nurturing, harvesting and marketing. The Giffords did all the work themselves, with the help of some friends.
Next followed a tour of the vineyard with a stop for each grape variety planted – Grenache; Counoise; and, Mourvèdre. Along with each stop, participants had a taste of the featured wines: Shackelford Vintners 2017 Grenache Rosé; Alexandria Nicole 2015 Counoise; and, Syncline 2015 Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, Heart of the Hill Vineyard. The favorite wine was a close call between the Mourvèdre and Counoise, with a slight edge to the Counoise.
The event continued with participants gathering on the patio. A variety of Grenache and Mourvèdre varietals, plus a blend that was 70-percent Counoise, were served along with picnic food catered by Amy Davis. The chicken and steak paninis, and the veggie tartlets, complemented the wine well. For dessert there were sweet cranberry bars. Comments gave “high fives” to Amy for her food.
Participants had many questions for Paul and Candy both in the vineyard and afterward on the patio. Comments indicated people learned a lot and enjoyed the vineyard focus. In summary, it was a “really great” event as expressed by many.
A big thank you to Paul and Candy for graciously allowing us to visit their vineyard property and for the wealth of information they imparted. Thank you also to the volunteers who helped pour the wine!