Happiness Project

I Missed This…

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is why they write to little. Anne Lamott

What have I been doing with my time?

I’ve been all over the place these last few months, and just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write. I was at the IFBC17, which was such a blast. The food was good, and meeting the people that make up all those food blogs out there was amazing. I’ll post more on this soon.


As soon as I got home, I mean the very day I got home…my mom arrived in Paso, and my cousin from Indy. I met my cousin at the winery, and my daughter was kind enough to pick up grandma from the airport. We all met at Barns and Noble and then went out to eat lunch.


A highlight was staying in my own inn, and having my mom and cousin stay there too. I like to get up early, and get started, but since I had guests, I had to wait for them to get ready before we got on the road. My goal was to get to 4 Missions in 3 days. We made it to 4, but one was closed…so I am going to count it, since I had to drive 25 miles to the destination.

After they left we had harvest, but harvesting the grapes was weird this year. We had a cold spell, and the brix count was not high enough to pick. We had day after day that the Brix count had stalled, and we were not the only ones in the area. All the sudden it got warm, and everyone had to pick at the same time. We finally got all the grapes we could get, but the Nebbiolo was still out there in the field. We love our Nebbiolo, so we couldn’t just abandon the effort. All the tasting room staff, myself and my husband got out in the field and picked the fruit ourselves.

smc vineyard

Yesterday, I just returned from Santa Rosa where Demetra and I spent the 5 days. We socialized, we laughed, we ate, and we drank copious amounts of wine. We met some really great people, and I am excited to tell you some great stories in the coming days.