The fires, as you know, have ended but the effects on
our community are apparent all around us. Thankfully what has also been
apparent is the tremendous outpouring of support for those whose lives were
touched by this terrible event. We were fortunate to have been spared direct
damage by the fires but as part of the larger Sonoma County community we have
seen friends and neighbors and fellow vintners who were not so lucky. We know
that all of you who live in the area have also been affected in some way.
To support the ongoing recovery efforts here in
Sonoma County we will donate 10% of all wine sales through Thanksgiving to
the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.
This past September 17th we hosted our annual harvest
pick up party at Vine Hill House. It was great to see everyone on such a
beautiful warm afternoon and enjoy our 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir and our
newly released 2016 Chardonnay which is sourced from the nearby Pratt
vineyard in the Russian River valley. We are thrilled that our Estate Grown
Pinot gets better with every vintage and everyone at the party seemed to
agree! Our next pick up party will be in February around Valentine's Day.
The winner of our contest to guess the number of
corks was Sylvia Zensen of Santa Rosa. The actual number of corks was 296 and
she guessed 276. Well done! She wins a bottle of our 2016 Chardonnay.
We are preparing the holiday Wine Club shipments and
will be contacting members soon with details.
The vineyards are changing to the warm gold, orange
and brown of fall which are beautiful against the blue sky. Soon the leaves
will fall and the vines will go back into hibernation. We look forward to the
end of our event season so that we can enjoy the holidays and get ready to do
it all again next year!
We wish you a peaceful and safe holiday season. Till
Dan and Jan
and everyone at
Vine Hill House and O'Connell Vineyards
Here’s a fun and
easy recipe to make for a holiday hors d’oeuvre. Pour it over goat cheese
and serve it along with fruit. It’s good over ice cream or even a simple
cake. It also makes a great gift. Enjoy!
Honey and Walnuts
1 ½ C best-quality
1 C walnut halves
1. In a
small pan over very low heat, melt the honey, even if it is hardened, being
careful not to let it come to a boil. Let it cool.
2. Place walnuts in a 2-cup jar and pour the lukewarm honey over
them. Let cool completely before using or storing (airtight) in the
Makes about 2 cups.