I hope I don’t get banned in Alabama

I debated whether to post this on my personal blog or here on the winery blog.  Since it pertains to yesterday’s post I’ve decided to add it here, and hope you get a laugh at it!

After yesterday’s blog post went up on our winery’s facebook fanpage, my friend Shelly made a comment that an alternate name for the surprise lily is ‘naked ladies’ (I have to agree with Shelly’s daughters – naked ladies really is much more fun to yell out when you see these flowers!).

However, after reading her comment, I thought of last week’s controversial decision by the Alabama state liquor control to ban the selling of this winery‘s wines because it features a naked nymph on the label.  And then the horrible realization came over me that yesterday, I subjected you all to a whole bunch of naked ladies all over our home page.  SHAME on me!  Oh dear.  I just want to assure you all that I will do my best to keep such pornography off of our website from now on.

As a side note, I think Alabama needs to add Cleavage Creek Cellars to their list of banned wines.  I mean, just look at this logo:

AND they should probably be sure to prominently feature this wine in all stores:

Wine labels are certainly creative these days.  What’s your favorite fun wine label?


This week I’ve had fun walking out to the mailbox and checking out the surprise lilies (Lycoris squamigera) behind the cottage that are blooming.  If you haven’t run across these flowers before, they are really fun.  In the spring time, the leaves come up and slowly die back without any flowers.  Then in the summer or early fall, the flowers pop out without any leaves.  Surprise!

Jude went with me to check out the beauties, but after I started snapping pictures she ambled over to a shady spot and laid down:

Guess it was too hot in the full sun to try to stay near the flowers!  Anyone else have some of these lilies blooming?


Quick Update

Julie has spent some time updating the list of retailers around Missouri that carry our wines.  Click here for the list.

And if you are planning what to do this upcoming weekend, or if you know you are headed to Lake of the Ozarks, then you might like to check out Stone Crest Mall’s annual Missouri Wine Festival on Saturday July 25 from 3-7pm.  I’ll be there along with my neighbor Crystal pouring our wine.  Click here for more information about the event.