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The Liberty Tribune

Our blog consists of vineyard happenings, winemaking insights, event highlights,
and curated quotes from Founders!
 

Nick Gardner
 
October 6, 2022 | Nick Gardner

October Newsletter

October at Liberty!

 
In this Issue:
  • Harvest Update
  • Wine Tasting/Tour
  • Nov Shipment, Pickup Party
  • History Spotlight: Jefferson
 HARVEST
Harvest 2022

Harvest Is ... Almost Done

Harvest came fast and furious ... and three weeks earlier than ever for us!  The 15-day heat wave - all days over 100°, most over 105° - accelerated ripening.  Only the Cabernet Sauvignon remains, with its harvest expected in the next 7-10 days.  Yields were down substantially throughout the Paso Robles AVA but less severely here (~25%) .  

Sauvignon Blanc:
8/19/22, 4am start
1.9 tons, hand harvest
                                                                                                            
Sauvignon blanc harvest 2022
 
Petite Sirah
9/6/22, 12am start
0.9 tons, hand harvest
Petite sirah
 
Zinfandel
9/8/22, 12am start
1.8 tons, hand harvest
ZINFANDEL harvest
 
Syrah
9/12/22, 7pm start
6.5 tons, machine harvest (for buyer)
Syrah machine harvest
 
Harvest 2022
 
 TASTING

You're invited!  Tastings and vineyard tours available select Saturdays, by appointment only.  Learn more/book.

We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!  Let us know if your state not listed.

 CLUB

Our next club shipment will be in November around Veteran's Day (Nov 11th).  This release will include wines from the 2015 and 2016 vintages. 

SAVE THE DATE:  Pickup party is scheduled for Saturday November 12th from 3:00-6:00pm.  RSVP by November 2nd please.

Not a member yet?  Join / More info here.

 HISTORY

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Thomas Jefferson portrait  

Born: 4/13/1743
Died: 7/4/1826
Virginia  |  William and Mary  |  "The Sage of Monticello"
Lawyer, Politician, Inventor, Planter, Architect
2016 Declaration blend

  • Principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Third President, second Vice President, first Secretary of State, second Governor of Virginia, founder of University of Virginia.
  • Designed and built Monticello.
  • Died - to the day - on the 50th anniversary of Independence (coincidentally, John Adams died same day).

This month in AWI history...

10/01/1730  Richard Stockton is born, signer of Declaration of Independence.
10/02/1735  Francis Hopkinson is born, signer of Declaration of Independence.
10/07/1728  Caesar Rodney is born, signer of Declaration of Independence.
10/14/1734  Francis Lightfoot is born, signer of Declaration of Independence.
10/30/1795  John Adams is born, future President and signer of the Declaration.
10/31/1740  William Paca is born, signer of Declaration of Independence.

10/04/1777 Battle of Germantown (PA)
10/17/1777 Battles of Saratoga (NY)
​10/07/1780 Battle of Kings Mountain (SC)
10/19/1781 British Surrender at Yorktown (VA)

 LIBRARY
Jefferson, by John B Boles 

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty
John B. Boles, Basic Books, 2017.

"...In Jefferson, Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker — as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government — a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day.  Boles offers new insight into Jefferson's actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figure — a man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty."    -- BarnesAndNoble.com

John Boles is the William P. Hobby Professor Emeritus of History at Rice University and the former editor of the Journal of Southern History.

Thank you very much for your continued interest and patronage - Cheers!!

- Nick and the Liberty Team


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Nick Gardner
 
August 15, 2022 | Nick Gardner

August Newsletter

August Greetings from Liberty!!

 
In this Issue:
  • Vineyard Veraison
  • Wine Tasting/Tour
  • Club News
  • History Spotlight
 VINEYARD
Liberty Vineyard view August 2022

Veraison

The vineyard is looking its best ever and is well into veraison - the onset of ripening and change of berry color from green to purple.  Petite Sirah always turns first, Cab last; our Zin (at right) is almost through.
Zinfandel veraison

Sauvignon Blanc Harvesting Soon

The SB plants are racing through ripening, just measured at 22 brix.  Harvest expected in next 7 days - our first August pick ever!
Sauvignon blanc

Certified Sustainable

We are pleased to annnounce that Liberty Vineyard has been certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance!
Baby malbec vines

Baby Malbec vines planted in June; nest in Cab Sauv full of recently-hatched dove chicks (zoom to see broken eggs below); thematic colonial owl box (a COVID project), vacant now but hopes for barn owl tenant this winter!
Bird nest in vineyard
Colonial owl box
 
 WINE
The 2021 reds - Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah - are through fermentation and resting comfortably in oak barrels.  Next step: Blending!
You're invited!  Tastings and vineyard tours available select Saturdays, by appointment only.  Learn more/book.
We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!  Let us know if your state not listed.
 CLUB
Just in time for the holiday season, the next club shipment will be in November around Veteran's Day (which is Nov 11th).  This release will include wines from the 2015 and 2016 vintages.  More details to come!
Not a member yet?  Join / More info here.
 HISTORY
Nathanael Greene by Peale
NATHANAEL GREENE

Born: 8/7/1742
Died: 6/19/1786
Rhode Island  |  Quaker  |  "The Fighting Quaker"
Major General, Quartermaster
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Designated successor to George Washington. if killed or captured.
  • "...He is vigilant, enterprising, and full of resources - there is but little hope of gaining an advantage over him..."
    - British General Cornwallis
  • Namesakes: Greensboro and Greenville, NC; Greensboro, GA; Greenville, SC; Greeneville, TN; numerous counties and several USN ships.
  • The General Nathanael Greene Homestead is a National Historic Landmark located in Coventry, R.I. Known as Spell Hall, it was Greene's home from 1770 to 1783 and is now a museum.

This month in AWI history...
08/05/1749  Thomas Lynch Jr., signer of the Declaration from S.C., is born.
08/07/1742  General Nathanael Greene is born in R.I.
08/27/1776 Battle of Long Island (NY)
08/16/1777 Battle of Bennington (VT)
​08/16/1780 Battle of Camden (SC)
 IN MEMORIAM
David McCollough
Thank you to David McCollough who inspired so much interest in history, especially the American Revolution through his books 1776 (2005, Simon & Schuster) and John Adams (2001, Simon & Schuster; Pulitzer Prize). The author, historian, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient passed away on August 7th (we note, one day after National Read A Book Day).

David McCollough  1776

Thank you very much for your interest and patronage - Cheers!!

- Nick and the Liberty Team


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