A Touch of Irish
by Angie Van Ruiten Rogan
March is here with its rain, cloudy skies, and daffodils. It's also time for all those of Irish descent or simply a love of Irish beer and traditions to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My maternal grandfather, Adrian Dykzeul, was a Dutch man with a "touch" of Irish, as I was told. I haven't participated in any DNA ancestry testing, but my grandfather always said we were Dutch and Irish. For me, this declaration became more convincing when attending a Dykzeul family wedding or anniversary party. In addition to all the Dutch songs my relatives sang, we could always count on my Opa Dykzeul to sing "It's A Long Way to Tipperary." I can honestly say when Opa sang his favorite song, we all stopped and enjoyed the moment with a tear in our eye.
My grandfather would sing the lyrics and when he got to the refrain, everyone in the room would join in. "It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go. It's a long way to Tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know! Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square! It's a long way to Tipperary, by my heart's right there!"
The memories of my Opa and Oma as he sang this song to her flood back to me as I write these words, and the tune fills my heart. I am lucky to have that little bit of Irish in my blood. To everyone reading this, "May the luck of the Irish be with you!" Angie
Wine Maker's Corner
by John Giannini
March is the time of year when we start to see bud break for most of the wine grape varieties. The delicate buds will start to grow and become shoots. Very soon the dormant, bare, woody vines will become lush with green growth. As the year progresses, they will carry the grape clusters that will be harvested in the fall. Jim, John, and Jake Van Ruiten will begin monitoring and managing the vineyards to ensure the quality of grapes we receive in the fall will be of the highest quality.
In the winery we continue to blend, filter, and bottle 2018 white wines and 2017 red wines. Due to input from Akaylia Sidener, our tasting room manager, and Tonya Steiger, our wine club manager, we are working on a few limited addition blends. Stay tuned. Proost, John
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