Good things coming!

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Hi all!  I’m so excited to post this update since we have a couple of pieces of big news.First up, the excavator is out here today clearing trees and brush for the new winery building.  The picture above is looking across the driveway from the cottage around 6:30(ish) this morning.

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That’s a closer look at the tangled woods that have to come out.  Clyde has been sitting on his hands to keep from playing with driving this bulldozer!

Fortunately the professional equipment operator kept his keys!  And put in a good morning’s work – here’s what the same spot looks like now:

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Whoa! I have to admit I was a bit in shock when I looked out the window late this morning, and could see our hay field instead of those trees. It was a little taste of what everyone will get to enjoy once we have the new building up and running.

By the way, if you’d like an idea of what we’ll be putting up, check out this post for a peek at our plans.

The other piece of news is that Clyde is making wine at our wonderful winery neighbors, Red Moose Vineyards.  He started three batches of wine last week in their empty tanks, and has one more load of juice coming in this afternoon.  Hopefully by the time the building is ready, we’ll have at least a few of our normal wines available to purchase again.

Right now we hope to have the production area of the new winery ready to go by harvest time in August, but I’m not sure on when the tasting room will be ready.


It feels so good and uplifting to have all this forward momentum going on here.  I can’t thank everyone that has donated to us, given us a shoulder to cry on, or sent us an encouraging note – you’ve been lifesavers!  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.  Cheers!

You just won’t recognize the place anymore

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As promised, I’m back to show the progress on the old winery cleanup site.  Can you believe what a difference?!? I am amazed at how fast, and what a change this has made in the landscape (and to be honest, our psyche as well) after the winery fire.  What was once a big pile of ashes is now….a big hole in the ground.

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After getting all the junk out of the space, Contractor Mark & his friend Mike spent 2 full days Wednesday and Thursday, jack-hammering out the old concrete.  The old dirt and concrete has been dumped over the side of the winegarden for future wine gardening!

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There’s a closer look at the jackhammer attachment on Mark’s skid steer.  I’m pretty sure Clyde didn’t try to sneak off in the middle of the night to play with the toys, er, tools, after the guys left for the evening.  Pretty sure. 🙂

They still have a day or two left before everything will be finished, but they are definitely making headway on all that mess.

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Last night, I was treated to a beautiful sunset.  Our new building will feature plenty of space to enjoy this type of scenery when you come for a visit!

I hope everyone out there has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.  Even though we’re not open, we will be thinking of you and making plans for you to come in the future.  Cheers!

April Update

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I’m so sorry we haven’t had an update for you all for way too long.  We have been moving forward, but sometimes it feels like one step forward, two steps back.  I can report that we’ve touched base with an excavator, contractor, the tax and trade bureau (for our alcohol licensing), clean up company, and insurance companies.

Each has promised to get back with us, so in the meantime we are investigating the cost of the equipment that we’ll need and trying to figure out if we’ll be able to produce anything immediately or if we should buy wine from another producer.

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We’ve had a few personal issues which have slowed progress too.  Many of you had met Clyde’s mother Maxine at various events over the last couple of years.  Unfortunately, she started to really decline around Christmas, and by the end of January, we needed to put her in a nursing home.  While she stabilized for several weeks in the home, she took another fast down turn in the middle of March, and passed away on the 24th.

There will be a memorial service for her on April 17 at the Presbyterian Church in Steelville at 6pm, followed by dinner at the church.  Anyone who would like to join us celebrate her life and reminisce about time spent with her at the winery these last few years is more than welcome to do so.

To say that all this hasn’t been extremely emotional would be lying.  We’ve been pretty private this past couple of months, feeling frustrated and drained both emotionally and physically.  I don’t know how or when we’ll get out of this funk, but I know that it will happen one of these days.

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Our Grandson Micah has brought us a lot of joy despite everything (as well as all the caring folks who keep in touch in with us). You can’t help but be happy when he’s around! Micah inspires us to continue to explore life and to drool.

Lots and lots of drool inspiration. 🙂

Well, time to go pull out the lawn mower and sharpen the blades. Hopefully this spring will bring a renewal for the winery, and for our hearts.  I’ll update sooner next time and hopefully have lots of progress to fill you in on.  Cheers!