Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stonecrop Vineyard - Harvest 2018

Gearing up for harvest 2018 at Stonecrop vineyard, pictured below sauvignon blanc rows, a few more weeks to go before the picking begins and a few our Wellington friends will make the trip over the Rimutakas and one friend will make the longer trip from Montauk to help pick our grapes!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Montauk to Martinborough

Each year we are fortunate to have Montauk friends join us at the vineyard for Harvest - Of course we put them to work! Picking grapes, washing bins and driving the tractor.
This photo was taken when our friends Sue and Dan visited in 2011 - it was a great vintage!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Leaf pluckers at Stonecrop vineyard

Our neighbor's sheep leaf-plucking, this practice was introduced to the Dry River Road region by Dr Andrew Harris, owner of Stonecrop vineyard. 
Sustainability in action, and a win win situation for both the farmer next door and our sustainable vineyard.

Leaf plucking is the removal of the leaves that surround the young grapes, this improves air flow which reduces the chance of disease and also improves exposure to sunlight.

Fortunately sheep will eat grapevine leaves but not the pea size grapes, they also do a better job than machines or humans, removing more internal leaves and are more gentle in doing so. 
#sustainable #vineyard #dryriver #sheep #grapevine #leaves #leafplucking #pioneer #healthyvines #grapes #sunlight #aircirculation #grazier #symbiotic

Know your #winegrower #winemaker  #welove #ewe #winwin

Friday, December 29, 2017

Osteria Francescana

Thanksgiving was a very different affair for us this year - We traveled to Venice with dear friends where we walked and ate our way around the city for 10 days, but on Thanksgiving Day we drove to Modena for dinner at Osteria Francescana, it was a gustatory adventure; an evening of exceptional culinary delights and outstanding pairings. No wonder Massimo Bottura's restaurant has three Michelin stars and rated as one of the world's best restaurants.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Montauk Clam Chowder Contest

The 36th Fall Festival and Clam Chowder Contest was held on October 7th, it was a gorgeous Fall day and the crowds lined up on Main street to try all the tasty chowders on offer.
Andy and Sally were delighted to be judging and tried over 20 chowders.
It's not every day you get to taste chowders and sip Stonecrop sauvignon blanc at 11am in the morning!
Photo credit Andy Harris

Monday, September 25, 2017

Montauk Community Garden, Stonecrop and Montauk Pearl Oysters

Back in the Spring at the Montauk Community Garden's annual fundraiser held at Harvest restaurant, we donated an evening of wine and oysters for 6, (oysters donated by our friend Mike Martinsen, Montauk Pearl Oysters) this past Saturday our lovely 'winners' joined us at our home along with Mike, it was a perfectly balmy September evening for sipping our handcrafted sauvignon blanc and rose wines and slurping local oysters.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Music For Montauk + Stonecrop

The Montauk community were once again treated to Music For Montauk's week long Summer Series.
Outdoor concerts were held at Fort Pond House and Third House where folks enjoyed chamber music and sipped wine, of course a number of Stonecrop bottles were spotted on the picnic blankets.
On Friday a spectacular benefit was held at The Art Barge in Napeague, featuring a riveting violin performance as the sunset set over the bay, and new works by violist Jessica Meyer which left the audience asking for more, more, more! 
Stonecrop's rose, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir were poured throughout the night and were perfectly paired with Sarah Newbery's tasting delights.