Sunday, December 26, 2010


Season's Greetings to all our loyal blog followers and best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2011.

We've been closed during Christmas and New Years to take some family time. The break has been wonderful!

Cutting out dead canes, placing new ones and pruning is coming along just fine. We've replaced several broken end posts this year (three still left to do) which is very unusual. With all the torrential rains, we've also experienced some erosion in the vineyard rows.

It started snowing yesterday and continued through the night into this morning. We're still experiencing snow showers, but it has tapered off considerably and we are expecting freezing rain to start sometime this afternoon. In combinati0n with wet roads and below freezing temperatures tonight, the roads will become dangerous. Luckliy we're stocked up with food and goodies and will weather this storm just fine.

God Bless, Barry

Sunday, December 12, 2010


We had our first snow on December 4th, which was also our Christmas Open House. The snows came in bands and by the end we had about an inch accumulated. Our wines at Yadkin Valley Wine Company are bubbling right along and we received the ten Hungarian oak barrels we'd ordered earlier this year.

I'm also making Malbec and Pinot Grigio for our family. It was racked yesterday for the first of four rackings. I cleaned the carboys, added some potassium metabisulfate (KMS) and filled everything back up to the top. KMS has potent anti-microbial properties and helps prevent spoilage. Next time I rack I'll add some oak chips.

We are sitting in the tasting room with the fire going strong and Christmas carols in the background. Merry Christmas to all. Barry

Friday, December 3, 2010

Outdoor Fireplace

Whoopie! The masons started on our outdoor fireplace today and it should be finished within about 3 weeks. They made good progress, with the outside block up to about seven feet and the firebrick flooring placement completed. Just in time, too, because the weather forecasters are predicting up to an inch of snow for tomorrow night.

We're sitting in the tasting room as I write this blog, listening to Celtic christmas carols in front of our indoor fireplace. Tomorrow is our Christmas Open House, so come sit by the fire with us and munch on complimentary goodies like Chili, veggies and cookies. And of course, Misty Creek wines.

Hooch says to tell everyone "Hi" from him.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pre-pruning Has Started

Temperature here: 45 degrees with gusts up to 47 miles an hour. Tonight's low is 26 degrees, with tomorrow's high hovering somewhere around 45 degrees. This is warm compared to what we'll experience in January. Ha!

Today we retrieved the remaning harvest bins from the crush pad and they are stored on our trailer until the ground dries up enough to get back to the storage area. In the meantime, we have begun to cut out dead wood in preparation for laying down new cordons. Ground is too wet to get tractors or mowers in, so we wait. There's lots to do, so no is wasted time.

We're having a Christmas Open House here next Saturday, warm and snuggly at the tasting room; look for details on our web site calendar.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cutting Grass!

Our family got to take a much needed break over Thanksgiving. Now we're back at it. After bird netting is completely off, we get the opportunity to get back into the vineyard rows and cut grass. I've been out today on Kathy's big Kioti & bushog, cutting in the area where the Cabernet Sauvignon was the last to be picked in Block A. Now that our vines are dormant we'll also be able to start laying down new cordons prior to pruning. Pruning usually takes a good 90 days.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harvest is Over

It has been a long and interesting year at Misty Creek. Our Syrah developed way too early and Cabernet Sauvignon hung until the first frost before we picked it. Merlot was nice, and both Chardonnay and Chambourcin came to high sugars. Harvest is over and our grapes have gone to the crush pad on their first step to becoming Misty Creek's 2010 wines.

Frost has come to North Carolina, which is bitter-sweet evidence that snow is on the way. Vineyard foliage has turned from dark green to bright red and yellow, and is starting to fall to the vineyard floor. We'll mow leaves and grass together to provide nitrogen fertilizer. Everything above ground is dormant and soon pruning can begin. Plant roots have stored carbohydrates through the year in preparation for spring's first buds.

Today in the tasting room we have a fire in the fireplace and it's toasty warm inside. Wines are great, atmosphere is friendly, and all we need to complete the picture is you! Come on out and visit us. Barry

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's Friday night, and after two weeks worth of work we're only though shoot thinning on the first 3 acres; 11 left to go. After several hours of tractor problems yesterday (finally pinned it down to a bad ground cable from the battery) and a solution this morning, I was finally able to slip in 3 acres of preventative spraying. This spray includes Dithane, Rally and our old standby powdered sulfur. We expect rain all weekend, but with the tasting room on weekends, not much vineyard work will get done until Monday of next week.

We bottled two new wines this week: the 2008 Chardonnay and Misty Rose. We still have 5 cute puppies awaiting their good homes.