And just like that Harvest 2017 has finished. It was a hectic spring, summer and fall, with a few mishaps along the way, but it is such a relief to have the crop picked. We get to sleep in a little bit later now, but its also a busy time in the cellar with the fermentations finishing up, its now racking racking and more racking. We still have ¼ of the vineyard netting to take down, and in time it will happen. Christmas is around the corner again, another busy time of the year with events, bottling and new wine releases. We are 2 weeks out from the release of our Heritage. The heritage is a blend of Ortega Wine, and Apples . We called this heritage, as its made with a variety of heirloom apples from our orchard block. The trees there are well over 100 years old. The perfect late fall wine. A favorite is the Blackberry wine, and we release this around the same time every year. 2 weeks before Christmas! The blackberry makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, and it doesnt last long. Best to get your name on the list fast. Stay tuned for our releases and whats happening…. we post a lot of our stuff on Instagram. @millstonewinery
Summer has officially hit, and it hit with a bang. Our tractor broke down, and unfortunately we are still waiting on the parts, but we do what it takes to get the job done, and that’s where our 1948 Willy’s jeep came in. It’s loud, sounds like a fire truck, and not so environmental friendly, however it’s what had to be done. There is lots of work in the vineyard to do. We are pulling out some hefty weeds after the rainy spring we had, and getting ready to put the first wire up. The chickens are loving all of the bugs that come along with the weeds. We have 12 new hens that have joined the family. The first couple of weeks, they watched the elders and didn’t leave the coop much. Now they are as happy as can be, free ranging and following the others into the vineyard. Lots of landscaping has been done around the grounds to host the busy season ahead. In May we released our first Rose vintage. 100% Merlot. It’s a dry style, super refreshing, and perfect for the patio days. We hope to see you here……
Next week on August 8th we are releasing our 2015 Bastion Blanc white blend, our 2015 Ortega, as well as the release of the long awaited Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Stop by the tasting room next week and pick some up!
1 bottle Millstone Merlot 4 half sticks of cinnamon 1 orange cut into 4 quarters 1/4 tsp nutmeg 3 all spice(whole) 7 cloves(whole) 6 tsp brown sugar. Add more sugar to your liking. Maple Syrup is a really nice addition. Add to taste. Optional: Star Anise, ginger. Add all ingredients to a saucepan on low heat. Heat slowly to 80 degrees Celsius. SERVE HOT. GARNISH WITH A SPRIG OF ROSEMARY, CRANBERRIES, OR POMEGRANATES. Enjoy!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!!
1.) Decanter The best advice is to buy something that is easy to clean, if your using it often.
2.) A good set of Burgundy glasses If you’re into reds, then Reidel makes a good set to really get your swirl on.
3.) The world atlas of wine 7th Edition Every wine lover’s bible
4.) Bicycle wine rack If you like both wine and biking then this is the perfect gift.
5.) Bottle shock movie This is an all-time favorite of mine, and I am sure you’ll love it as well.
6.) 2 awesome wines for $40 Millstone 2014 Pinot Gris, Millstone 2013 Merlot- a good red for the first use in the decanter
7.) A good sturdy wine tote And if your looking for one of these made locally, Helen from Reclothe Nanaimo makes some really great tote bags made from recycled materials. Check out some of her stuff… http://reclothe.me/