What what??? Only 2 more days left of January 2015? So much has been and is going on for Smith Story Wine Cellars this first month of the New Year! A little insight to running your own winery for the first time...IT DOES NOT SLOW DOWN AFTER HARVEST ENDS! The first of the year has been crazy wearing so many hats, shoes and gloves...all while Eric broke his ankle (saving a baby seal), Ali lost her car-keys (all of them) for over a week (she found them in a pocket of course!) and Lord Sandwich came down with a case of the fleas (thank you Russian River Banks!). Freaking out - ohh yeah, but every day our to-do list grows, we are able to check major items off. We'll see our families soon - we hope...oh and start calling all our friends to let them know we are ready to mingle again!
We hardly know where to begin with this post - other than to
Yes yes, ALL-CAPS is extreme, but's it's been extremely non-stop since New Years Day. First time to make decisions on packaging for each wine - glass, label design, label paper, colors of the capsule, type of corks to use, screw-cap colors, boxes, where to warehouse, who to sell our wines to...it's ALL HAPPENING. The ecommerce area of the website is in beta-testing right now - we're going live soon! All this while our Harvest 2015 vineyard partners are lining up, man we are so excited to tell you all about this soon.
How can you HELP us? Please take a moment to sign-up for our mailing list - we are sending out our first official winery email offering within days. Yikes - days away from showing off our new Harvest 2014 Babies to the world. Oh and we've been meeting folks for barrel tastings at the winery...don't hesitate to contact us for a special "garagiste winery" tasting in the Russian River Valley with us!
A nerve racking, hard as hell, insanely awesome time of our lives going on...thank you for following and being a part of Our Story too.
Most of all, we are so glad to have each other through this beginning chapter of our new winery!
This is Our Story,
Eric & Ali