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Even though we had lots of smoke from the Shasta and Mendocino fires, the temperatures were moderate, so the berries were plump and beautiful, which made for a bumper crop for the whole valley. It was one of the five biggest crops we’ve ever had!

Since Barbara’s passing in 2016, Sheldon had wanted to do something special as a tribute to her. He decided to try something new; Ode to Barbara, is a cuvée of 54% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cab Franc. It will most likely be released in August of 2022. Keep an eye out!

With a neighborhood partnership in place, we bought a firetruck in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Sheldon drove it across the country to its new home in a little firehall near our second gate. Quite the adventure! In a perfect world, we will never use it. In the meantime, it is comforting insurance.