Celebrate the Seasons: Winter

The landscape of the vineyard is ever-changing. While it seems quiet in the winter months, there’s a lot going on above and below the ground. This season is all about erosion control, checking and repairing irrigation systems, assessing the health of the vines, mitigating pests and diseases, and making farming decisions based on notes from the previous season.

My role as a vineyard owner is to work with my vineyard manager to revisit issues we uncovered during the previous growing season. Our collaboration helps us make farming decisions for the coming season based on data from previous years. Weather forecasts are a driving force for many of these decisions.

We prune the vines in late January. Pruning is one of the most critical farming practices and requires that the person pruning does so with precision since it impacts the long-term health of the vines. Its purpose is to direct each vine to produce its maximum yields of high-quality grapes, while allowing adequate canopy growth for the coming season. All vines are pruned by hand, based on their individual needs; no two vines are pruned the same.

Winter Food & Drink

Just as I curate décor in my home, I also curate caring for my 40-year-old vines. The result is my Mount Veeder Magic old-world Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winter is considered Cabernet Season by many wine lovers.  I often make my Jambalaya and serve it with my Mount Veeder Magic Vineyards Cab. The rich and spicy flavors pair perfectly with my big sturdy Cabernet Sauvignon. www.mountveedermagic.com

Winter Decor

Since we spend more time inside during the winter, I appeal to the sense of smell by using essential oils that reflect the season, like cedar, fir, pine, bergamot and ginger, I place a drop or two on sachets, pillow or towel tags. I also add oils to natural or artificial branches and stems arranged in a tall vase, which add a dramatic touch to any space. Remember that a little essential oil goes a long way.

To add color, I bring in fresh herbs from the garden or a market and put them in a tall shot glass or small vase. They look beautiful on the kitchen counter and also give easy access when cooking.