May 10, 2013
Posted by Anisya Fritz, Proprietor
Lynn always likes to say that good wine is made in the vineyard. All of us at Lynmar share this fervent belief, and our vineyard is cherished and hand worked with the greatest of care. We are surrounded by Quail Hill Vineyard with its rolling hills, and each day, even those of us who do not work the land, find ourselves talking about the vineyard – with pride in our voices. “Some of the oldest vines in Sonoma County”, “look how green it has become”, “bloom is around the corner!”
I was thinking about this the other day - Lynn and I talk about the vineyard almost as much as we talk about our children. It evokes a similar depth of feeling, it brings a smile, it requires faith. You watch it, and nurture it, and give it the best you can, but in the end its destiny is beyond your control. The sun and the fog determine its path and its fruit is a result of the rootstock, the clone, the soil and the care received.
We began living at Quail Hill full-time about three years ago and this has been a time of unprecedented fertility for our vines, for our organization and for our staff. We have had an abundance of blessings – especially in the babies that have been born these vintages. Just this year alone, our winemaker, our chef and our wine-club manager have had, or are having children.
Mitch Albom once said “There’s a story behind everything, but behind all your stories is always your mother’s story…because hers is where yours begins.” Every great wine is a product of the vines that delivered the grapes, the soil that nourished the vines, the hands that tended them, the sun that warmed them, the sum of which is the mysterious terroir used to explain its beauty. But the story begins with the vine. To the mothers and mothers to be, Happy Mother’s Day! Here is to you and all the stories you began or are about to!