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Our road has been paved and will be open from both Stuart and Boucherie this weekend. While there is still a bit of work to be done with curbs and landscaping, the worst of it is over. Thank you to everyone who braved the potholes and wove their way through working trucks to reach us. We appreciate your perseverance and dedication to wine.
Canada long weekend. Our wine shop on Hayman Rd is accessible from both Stuart and Boucherie. It is a bit bumpy but my little car manages without any trouble. Just take your time. I hope every is enjoying this gorgeous Canada Day. Sunshine at last!
The trucks are busy on our road but they always leave a way to get through. Fotunately, we are on a quiet road so it is rare to have to wait at all. If you see a sign that says "Road Closed - Local Traffic Only" on your way to Rollingdale, please consider yourself local and drive through. The signs are in place to reduce traffic flow during road work in our neighbourhood but the road is still accessible and you are welcome to drive through. There are 2 ways to access Hayman Rd (at the bottom of Boucherie Rd and off Stuart Rd) and there may only be one open but the traffic controllers or the detour signs can direct you. Always an adventure.
If you see a sign that says "Road Closed - Local Traffic Only" on your way to Rollingdale, please consider yourself local and drive through. The signs are in place to reduce traffic flow during road work in our neighbourhood but the road is still accessible and you are welcome to drive through. There are 2 ways to access Hayman Rd (at the bottom of Boucherie Rd and off Stuart Rd) and there may only be one open but the traffic controllers or the detour signs can direct you. There will be one or two days this summer that the road is completely closed, even to residents, but we don't know when. Please call our wine shop 250-769-9224 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the accessibility or driving conditions of the road. We will try to inform people through facebook and twitter of actual closures but you can always contact us directly.
Surprise marriage proposal at Rollingdale. A couple was planning a trip to Rollingdale Winery for their 5th dating anniversary. They had been to Rollingdale for their 1st anniversary and returned every year since. Before arriving, the man mailed in a custom label to us with a picture of himself holding a sign saying "Will You Marry Me?" with instructions. After their wine tasting, Katey showed her this extra bottle. Joe had a camera, hidden out of sight, waiting. Watch what happened here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Z7_eLSV40
Our neighbour's donkey has befriended our dog and is starting to be a regular visitor at our cellar. Today she snuck inside while our backs were turned. I guess she wants to help out. At least we hope that's what she wants because we are pretty sure she is underage.
We started our morning today with blending trials of the Left and Right. It was a tough day on the job tasting a variety of blends to decide how to assemble our 2008 La Gauche and La Droite, but we got through it. We hope you like the choices we made!
Joe hard at work making important decisions that will effect the quality of my wining and dining for years to come.
Today people are very concerned with how their produce is grown. What about the wine that is paired with carefully selected goods in the kitchen? There aren't too many organic wine growers and wine makers in Canada, but the demand for organic wine is rising. The rewards for searching out these wines are tasted in the glass and felt in the body. To learn more about Canadian organic wines check out this article in the Vancouver Sun:/assets/client/file/Organic%20Wines,%20Vancouver%20Sun%202010.pdf
Below is a photo of one of Rollingdale's certified organic vineyards in West Kelowna. Notice all of the life in the vineyard, it is home to many plants and animals because it is chemical free. Also, the yellow ribbon that runs down every row is a pest control method, it is large fly tape to catch leaf hoppers. This photo was taken in September 2009.
Introducing Rollingdale’s newest pet. He isn’t very cuddly and he has to maintain a strict diet of helium but we’re very fond of him. His name is Vigilante and he spends his days hovering over our vineyard scaring the not-so-smart and somewhat visually impaired starlings away. Silly looking balloon or terrifying predator? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.