There is a treasure within the winery that has nothing to do with wine. It is, perhaps, the most photographed and discussed accessory in the cellar. I love telling the story about this special piece of art.
My daughter used to join me in the cellar after she returned home from kindergarten. I would provide her with Crayola markers and paper, and she would create for hours. I fashioned her a chair out of a single case of wine and a drawing table out of two cases of wine stacked on top of one another. After a particularly productive day, she pinned this note to the wall with a thumbtack and there it hung for about seven years, until one of our good customers made me promise that I would frame it as to protect it. For the last year it has been in a frame on top of our wine display case.
Her note is the item that welcomes me every time I walk into the cellar. It is a ray of light that catches my eye during those long harvest nights. Her note becomes part of every tasting I conduct and I simply never tire of telling the story. Her note is also a stark reminder of how time flies.
She wrote me another note recently. Only this time it was a farewell letter in advance of her two week Montana wilderness adventure. Just like that she was grown up enough to head off by herself! Eight years in a blink of the eye...
I suppose I'll keep her framed note in the cellar with me until I am much older and grayer. And I will continue to tell the story long after she has flown the farm. Some things just become part of the fabric of this whole experience.
Winemaker and Co-Owner, Ayres Vineyard & Winery