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July 6, 2024 | Kirk Drake

July at Resistance Wine: A HOT Vineyard Adventure

Welcome back to the ever-evolving saga of Resistance Wine, where every grapevine has a story, every barrel has a journey, and every family member is off on their own escapade. Buckle up, wine lovers, because July has been one wild ride.

Securing the Fruits of Kimberly's Labor (she is really the only one that works around here...)

First up, we’ve locked down all our fruit contracts for the year. Think of it as a dating app for vineyards, only with a lot more dirt and a lot less swiping. We’re thrilled to be partnering with some of the best:

  • Syrah from Jones Vineyard
  • Malbec from Daisy Creek
  • Merlot for our Rosé from Pebblestone and Thistlecroft Vineyards
  • Cabernet Sauvignon from Pebblestone
  • Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley

With these illustrious vineyards, we’re set for a vintage lineup that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Swipe right, indeed!

The Vineyard Experiment: Now with Extra Water

Our vineyard continues to be the land of perpetual experimentation. This month, we added some new vines to replace those that didn't quite make it through the last couple of years of drought. RIP little guys, you tried.

Summet Time at Ashland Oregons Best Downtown tasting roomHere’s a snapshot of our vineyard shenanigans:

  • Shoot Thinning: Because even vines need a haircut.
  • Spraying for Powdery Mildew: A constant battle, but hey, we like a good challenge.
  • Watering: And then watering some more. Seriously, the vines are practically taking swimming lessons at this point.

But guess what? It’s working! The vineyard is looking lush and vibrant, ready to take on whatever Mother Nature throws at it next. Maybe this will be the year we get some grapes from our own Vineyard...

French Oak Barrels: The Euro Adventure

In our quest for perfection, we’ve ordered new French oak barrels. These beauties take several months to arrive because, apparently, French oak is the diva of the barrel world. And just to add to the fun, they have to be paid for in Euros. Yes, Euros. We’re practically running a mini-forex market here. But it’s worth it for that perfect aging process.

Labels and Bottling: A Sneak Peek

We’re gearing up for the bottling of our 2022 vintages and, let’s be honest, we’re more excited than a kid at an ice cream truck. Labels are ordered and we’re ready to go with:

  • 2022 Syrah
  • 2022 Malbec
  • 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon (first vintage!)
  • 2022 Tempranillo (first vintage!)

New wines are on the horizon, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Patience is a virtue, but wine is better.

Menu Makeover: Stay Tuned

We’re also working on a revamped menu with a few more tantalizing food items. No spoilers yet, but let’s just say your taste buds are in for a treat. Stay tuned for the official announcement.

Family Adventures: Because Why Not?

While the vineyard and winery keep us busy, the kids are off on their own adventures:

  • Warren went to China for a month and is now working at a donut store for the summer in North Carolina. Apparently, he prefers glaze over grapes.
  • Jasper did a week of basketball camp and is headed to aeronautics camp next. Vineyard stuff? Not interested.
  • Violet is living her best life at horse camp in Ojai. Horses over harvests, every time.
  • And me? Well, fortunately, Kimberly, our chief introvert, didn’t send me off to ADHD camp. Yet.

So, there you have it, folks. July at Resistance Wine is a mix of meticulous planning, vineyard experiments, and family escapades. As always, we’re excited for what’s next and can’t wait to share it with you. Until then, keep your glasses full and your spirits high!


Kirk Drake

Chief Extrovert


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