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On March 10, we bottled our 2013 whites! See details in Ben Margulies’ column that follows but we are delighted to be able to call our wines “estate grown and bottled”! We hope many of you will join us on Friday April 11 for a vertical Merlot tasting with winemaker, Ben. Jim has been out making sales calls and is pleased to report a number of new wine shop outlets that will soon be carrying our wines. APRIL NEWSLETTER (PDF)

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In the Tasting Room

Saturday, 4/5 Richmond guitarist and singer/songwriter PAULO FRANCO brings his classic rock/country, blues, Latin and alternative sound to the tasting room. 2 to 5pm
Friday, 4/11 EMANCIPATION MERLOT VERTICAL WINE TASTING – Join winemaker Ben Margulies as he takes guests through a tasting of Democracy Vineyards’ Merlots from 2010, 2011 and 2012. There will be two tastings from 1 to 2 pm and 3 to 4 pm. Cost: $10/per person. $5/wine club member.
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Sunday, 4/13 RAGTOP rounds out our Monticello Trail Wine Festival weekend bringing their classic rock, folk, jazz and blues sounds 2 to 5pm
Sunday, 4/27 THE ACCIDENTALS, a favorite Lovingston swing combo, shares their music from the “Great American Songbook” 2 to 4:30pm
Sunday, 4/27 Celebrate the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRACY! In 1994, South Africa conducted its first fully free election in which Nelson Mandela was elected President. Democracy Vineyards notes this occasion with 10 percent off on our Cape Style red blend, Forum! 12 to 6pm
Sunday, 5/11 THE ACCIDENTALS, a favorite Lovingston swing combo, shares their music from the “Great American Songbook” 2 to 4:30pm
Sunday, 5/25 RAGTOP returns for our Memorial Day Weekend music-fest. 2 to 5pm
Monday, 5/26 Nelson singer/songwriter TRAVIS BOOK will be on his acoustic guitar for the Monday holiday. 2 to 5pm
Harvest 2013

Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

During March, the canes of the grapevines become flexible so they can be tied town to the wire to establish a fruiting zone. Most of our vineyard is pruned to spurs of 1-2 buds, however the Pinotage will support a crop on canes this year. Canes are between 1 and 2 feet long and carry 6 to 10 buds. Next year, those canes will harden into a more permanent cordon or arm, resting along the fruiting wire. I count the number of buds to manage the eventual number of spurs on the established vine. In addition to the pruning and tying, I had the opportunity to attend Wineries Unlimited in Richmond this month. I took part in a sensory training session, where we identified different aromas in wines, and rated wines as well. I spoke to suppliers equipment including tanks, filters, yeast, trellising equipment, and grapevines. As the season progresses we will order winemaking supplies for the upcoming vintage. Also this month, we hosted the state officers of the Future Farmers of America representing a specialty crop producer in Virginia. I spoke about the equipment, work, and planning that goes into establishing and maintaining a vineyard. Our guests asked many good questions about everything from new variety development to economic estimates. Recently, I attended an Integrated Pest Management workshop at the local extension office. Growers from across the region discussed their plans for ensuring crop quality the upcoming season. We heard from specialists from across the state about options for control of weeds and diseases in the vineyards.

March 10th marked the first bottling of Democracy wines on site at the winery. We bottled about 60 cases of the 2013 vintage of republic and 90 cases of the 2013 Declaration. These wines will be available early this summer as they replace the previous vintages we have been pouring.

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