By Justin Taylor

Without echoing the repetitive messages of broadcasters the world over, I am here to share with you a broader positive development in your own backyard.  The wine industry is largely falling under the agricultural heading as an essential business.  We are happy to be socially distant to work in the cellar or vineyard, and ever closer to our wines and vines.  We are professionals in this field to share the fruits of our labor, and it is difficult to see our extended family and guests under a collective refrain from all the fun Spring offers at a WNC winery.

The “shared space, shared experience” of a local vineyard and winery tasting room has been modified to accommodate the safety of our customers, but also to allow for the continued sale of our wines under the new wine norm.  We are beginning to shift the seasonal releases and new features to digital footprints, to share all the hard work we put in over the winter.  In addition, curbside wine pick-up is definitely the most convenient in wine shopping one could ask for. 

We look forward to the longer days of summer and times where we get to see you face to face.  Between now and then, we will continue to tend the crop, build our blends, and dream of days when fruit rolls into the winery at harvest for the crafting of another great vintage.  Cheers!

The answer to last issues trivia: the volume of the Salmanazar bottle is 9 liters.  Need help visualizing?  This is the entire volume of a case of wine, in a single bottle!  For the most part, bottles of this calibre are like pieces in a museum, look but don’t touch.  The Wine and Vine trivia for next issue: Where do sacramental wines originate from?

Justin Taylor is Winemaker at Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring. Pictured here are his wife, Elizabeth Ann, daughter, Hazel and newborn, Cooper. Congratulations to the Taylor family!