I apologize for the lack of blog posts during the past week, but we've been doing the 7 days a week thing again - working our day jobs during the week and spending our weekends working on the tasting room. It's quite amazing how close it's getting to finished.
Last weekend we stained windows (no easy feat when they're 25 feet in the air) and trim pieces, and this week they all went up. We actually have two functioning toilets and one functioning sink, with a tasting bar to come in the next week or so. We had originally hoped to have all our paperwork submitted and post our "intent to sell alcoholic beverages" sign this week so we could be open for the Alsace Festival in February. No luck there - we just couldn't make it happen that soon.
Rosemary and lavender are about the only plants that can survive our frosty and wet winters, so we'll soon have the beginnings of landscaping outside. We've also been working on the parking lot - digging trenches for dividers and scheming on how to separate parking spaces.
In other family news, the parents will be going to Australia on a nice vacation in the near future. It's their second trip, so they're going to do the Margaret River region this time. As I just mentioned, the Alsace Festival is February 21-22 (see more info at www.avwines.com). It's a great event and I encourage everyone to think about attending (we'll all be there), butit also means that I'm close to full-time with the winegrowers association until it's over. Joe's working away at Londer and we're slowly bringing the wedding pieces together. We're still working on a DJ, but other than that most of the major bookings are done.
In Foursight news, our 2006 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir just received a double gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! And, to make it even better, our 2007 Sauvignon Blanc got a gold medal! We're stoked.
I'll post tasting room photos soon, but figured you've all seen a toilet before so I'm going to wait a few more days for additional progress. :)