• Community

    Having studied ministry and worked with churches in my previous life, I thought I knew a thing or two about community. What it looked like. How to do it with some success. But rural living is giving me a new education. This is what community looks like out here. Don’t recognize it? Try this one.
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  • Six weeks

    The grapes have been in the ground six weeks. The trellis system is complete and all the vines are now protected by milk cartons. Six weeks ago   Today Our cartons runneth over.

  • Leveling

    So after discing the new field comes rough leveling. This is the implement. Here’s what it looks like in action. It’s a whole lot more efficient than going out there with a shovel and doing this by hand. I asked Nathan how he knew the best ways to level sand. (It’s not as easy as
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  • One vine at a time

    Each day the trellis system expands a few more rows. I’m told the process will take about a month to complete.   I can’t tell you how impressed I am with these trellising and milk-cartoning and wiring crews. It’s hot. It’s been particularly windy this week. There’s sand blowing in their eyes and ears, and
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  • My thrilling day

    Before we can finish discing the field, the mesquite must be removed. Now for all you folks like me who don’t know why, this is why: The thorns. They can take out a tire at twenty paces. Trailer tire, disc tire, truck tire, pivot tire, tractor tire–it matters not. The thorns are gonna win. So
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  • Starting to take shape

    It’s magical. In order to protect the young vines, three guys take these: And transform our vineyard of sticks into this: A combination of steel t-posts, bamboo stakes and milk cartons. It seems someone’s been drinking ridiculous amounts of milk in preparation for this day. Fifty-one thousand half gallons to be precise. They’re very full.
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  • It is finished

    All 51,000 vines planted and accounted for. Don’t they look lush. We are officially exhausted and taking a day off for the first time since we arrived almost two months ago. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled postings come Monday. In the meantime, we’re going to put our feet up, consume mass quantities of
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  • A dream realized

    This week I’m watching my dad’s dream become a reality. Four years of countless hours spent investigating and strategizing, creating spreadsheets and tweaking projections, discovering new wines and meeting delightful grape enthusiasts: today the dream is fulfilled. It’s a rather powerful thing to behold, this beginning. Something like a wedding–a long-term commitment, lots of laughter
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