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Susan Johnson
July 12, 2018 | Susan Johnson


Finally got a bit of rain.  It smelled good and the dark skies looked good.  It sounded good on the roof.  Things have greened up a little already, but not so much that it look lush or anything.  Just a little green.  Green is good.  Green is alive and growing.   Alive and growing is good.  It's good in nature and its good in people.  
We had the great pleasure of hosting author Pat Blakely last evening in the tasting room at Texas Heritage.  Pat has recently published her first novel, an historical fiction, set in sixteenth century Virginia.  Pat did a highly informative and fun "Author Talk" and then fielded questions from the audience.  For those of you who know her, Pat is a cheerful, loving woman who is pleased with her life.  She is 83 years young, but looks half of that number.  Her son, fellow author and musician, Mike Blakely, introduced his mom.  It was sweet and touching and made us all smile.   The best question of the night came from the youngest attendee, Salem, who was beaming from ear-to-ear when Pat told her she loved her question.   I'm glad I was there.  I'm glad we facilitated this little gathering.  Pat is a perfect example of someone who is still "green and growing".  She is still learning and searching for unfound knowledge and experiences to add depth to her life.   Texas Heritage will have to search for more of these types of gatherings...when it feels right.
I am now a proud, card-carrying member of one of those BIG BOX stores in the city.  I joined online yesterday and ordered 2500 pounds of imperial sugar....a pallet of sugar.  Today I took my husband Billy's pickup and drove to Austin to pick up the load of sugar.  The reason I did this is simple....to save money.  Not on the sugar, but on the shipping.  It was going to cost almost $600 to get my pallet of sugar to the winery.  I'm just too tight to spend that for convenience.  So, I went to pick it up.  When they fork-lifted the pallet onto the back of the pickup, I literally thought the back tires were going to blow out.  The entire vehicle was angled with the weight.  But, I made it back to Fredericksburg just fine.  However, if you ever find yourself in a situation like this, take your bungee cords and rope with you.....they do not sell those items at the BIG B.  
Lastly,  I wanted to share that in the next two weeks we will be releasing four new wines. (3 Reds and 1 White).  The reds were from the 2016 harvest and the white was harvested in 2017.  In the three reds is our FIRST Estate wine, an Estate Tempranillo.  We think it is really good.  Really lip-licking, last drop dripping good.   As all wines are, it was a true "labor of love" from driving the t-posts to planting to harvesting to fermenting to bottling. We hope you love it as much as we do!  


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