News, Events & Tidbits

HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! We are open Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 pm. Upcoming events include live music at the winery, lots of festivals including our Birth of Democracy Mini-Festival. Be sure to read our June 2016 Newsletter to get all the latest news!!

Music in the Tasting Room: June

All shows are 2:30 to 5:30pm unless otherwise noted
Saturday, 6/11 Ragtop - classic rock, R&B and blues
Sunday, 6/12 Marie Anderson - country, rock and blues on guitar

Birth of Democracy

Saturday, July 2 | 12 noon to 6pm

Registration is now open for the Annual Birth of Democracy Festival! Join Democracy Vineyards, DelFosse Winery, Lazy Days Winery, Hilltop Berry Farm & Winery, and Mountain Cove Vineyards for an afternoon of wine, music and fun!


12 to 3pm: Jim and Renee Oliphant of Ragtop will supply their blend of classic rock and R&B.
3 to 6pm: singer/songwriter, Paulo Franco offers up alt-country, soul, R&B from popular covers as well as his own inspirations.

Mouth Wide Open and Farm Fresh Fixins – all to pair perfectly with a bottle of wine – face painting by Transformations - and the lovely Misty Wright, Miss Nelson 2016 will greet visitors at an entertaining photo booth! An array of artisan food, beauty and craft vendors will be on hand including Crocheted Baby Products, Fat Cat Soap Works, Favored Flavors, Gibson Cottage, Home and Hearth Baskets, Lularoe - pop up boutiques for women , Plenty of Beads 4 U, Promotions in Motion, Red Rocker Candy, Scentsy Fragrances, The Corner Spa and Younique products.

$20/person | $5/under 21 & designated drivers | No charge/under 3

Music in the Tasting Room: July

All shows are 2:30 to 5:30pm unless otherwise noted
Sunday, 7/3 Jon Spear + Dara James - blues, funk, R&B, and swing
Monday, 7/4 Sue Harlow - Americana folk
Ben Margulies

Update from Ben Margulies, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

May is always a month of dramatic transformation in the vineyard. The grapevine shoots that were a few inches at the beginning of the month grow several feet and begin to fill in the wire trellises. As they grow, we clip the wires together to open up the fruit zone and ensure good air and sunlight on the developing clusters. At the end of the month, we see the beginnings of bloom in our early varieties. An ongoing process, we remove shoots and suckers without clusters on them. This concentrates the vine energy into developing fruit.

In the winery, the Village View Gold and Magna Carta wines have been labeled, so they are now available for sale to the public! Magna Carta is part of the regular lineup in the tasting room. This is the last of the 2014 reds to be released- it is an intense, dark red wine whose age in new Hungarian Oak barrels is evident on the lingering toasty finish. The wine illustrates the many dimensions of the Petit Verdot grape with layers of dried fruit, ripe plum, and cracked peppercorns. One lot of Petit Verdot was co-fermented with Petit Manseng grapes, stabilizing the intense color and incorporating a hint of citrus peel.

Village View Gold’s label is based on the historic orchard label, and can be tasted and purchased at festivals (including Birth of Democracy) the 2016 season. The fruit is a mix of stayman and golden delicious apples, processed into juice locally by Flippin-Seaman orchards. Fresh, juicy apple notes burst out of the glass, and the wine finishes with a lively tartness and well-integrated level of sweetness sure to please this summer.

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Democracy Vineyards Presidential Straw Poll

It’s been an interesting month for our straw poll. During May, Donald Trump consolidated his position as GOP frontrunner, garnering 75% of all votes cast. John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz hung in there with 5% of the vote each while 16% of the votes went to write-ins or just plain “other”.

For the Democratic nomination, it continued to be a neck and neck competition between Hillary Clinton with 50% of the vote and Bernie Sanders with 45% of the vote. Five percent of the votes went to write in candidates or “other”.

Meanwhile, voters were given the option of selecting the Green Party or Libertarian Party and those two parties received 2% and 5% respectively of all votes cast. While “other party” or write-ins received 6% of all votes.

Voting will continue through the November election because democracy is about choices! – in our case, red, white, or apple wines!l