If you drop by our house on most evenings, you will find Sally and I sitting in the backyard sipping a nice glass of wine and feeding blueberries to our chickens. Sally and I really enjoy our evening glass of wine. In fact, my love of drinking wine inspired me to learn to make mustang grape wine. While we really enjoy making our homemade wine, it just doesn’t taste like the wine we are willing to pay for. Our mustang grape wine making experience made us wonder if we could learn to make wine that tasted a little less like cough syrup and whole lot more like the “store bought” wine that we really enjoy.
Thanks to a chance meeting, Sally and I recently had the opportunity to learn how to make good wine. We volunteered to help Doug and Linda Rowlett of Paradox House Vineyard harvest their white grape (Blanc Du Bois) crop. Paradox House is a small, family owned vineyard in Industry, Texas. When harvest time comes, they rely on a small army of volunteers to get their crop to market. In exchange for a morning of hot, sweaty labor the Rowlett’s provide the volunteer’s an absolutely fabulous meal, free wine made at the vineyard (which was excellent), access to several dedicated hobby wine makers and the opportunity to help Doug and Linda make 200 gallons of really good wine.
Sally and I had so much fun harvesting these white grapes. While it was hot, we really enjoyed the work and visiting with all of the seasoned volunteers. Since I do not know that much about grapes or the wine industry, the horticulturist in me truly enjoyed everything about the day. I learned a lot, made new friends, ate well, sampled a variety of great wines and learned how to make “store bought” wine. What more could you ask for?
The Rowlett’s grow two main crops – white Blanc Du Bois and red Lenoir (also known as Black Spanish). They sell their grapes to some of the top wine makers in our great state. If you would like to help them harvest grapes (and learn how to make wine) you are in luck. They Rowlett’s will be harvesting their Lenoir grapes this weekend. If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to spend your Saturday, use the contact info at the bottom of this post to contact them (you must contact them before you show up). They will appreciate it and I promise you will have a great time! Families are welcome so load up the car with kids, cousins and friends. The more the merrier! Just be sure and dress appropriately. Grape production is Texas agriculture. Please wear close toed shoes and dress for the heat!Doug and Linda Rowlett firstname.lastname@example.org Paradox House Vineyard, Inc.
8544 Bermuda Industry, TX 78944 281-435-7227