Market Friday: Bull Run Winery, Grapes to Glass Part Two



For winegrowers, it is all about the harvest. They spend the entire season working their way up to that very moment. Hail or heat can ruin the season, especially close to harvest. It's tradition! Grapes are usually harvested by hand, It is a lot more work, but, the vineyard giving each person their own set of shears and a basket to put their grapes. They fill them up, then dump them into larger bins in the truck or tractor. Attention on deck! Let's rock and roll! The grapes are calling you by name.


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Welcome to the Winery at Bull Run once again. This is part two of the Winery at Bull Run. If you want to glance through part one you can click here


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The Hillwood Mansion Ruins

The property has had a number of different owners, extending all the way back to 1649, when it was granted by King Charles II of England as part of the Northern Neck Proprietary. The land on which Hillwood was built was once part of the Middle Bull Run Tract; one of six vast land holdings of Robert “King” Carter. It is passed from generation to generation within the Carter family.


During the Civil War, Hillwood found itself directly between the two armies. The property was used as Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s battle post as Union Troops shelled Confederate lines in an attempt to harass the enemy into a response during the first battle of the Civil War. Many of the relics recovered from the property indicate that at some point during the war (during the First or Second Battle of Manassas), the Hillwood property was used as a field hospital. Items include syringes, bleeders, and bullets with teeth marks on them that suggest these were used during surgeries.


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Passing through several owners, Frank Entwisle wound up with the property in 1946. The property boasted a significant garden, complete with strawberries, blackberries, gooseberries, and of course, a number of grape vines. After the death of his wife Emma in 1971, Frank moved away and the house was sold to a nephew who rented it out. In 1990, a severe fire threatened to destroy the home, and the property remained abandoned for nearly 2 decades. See above.


Most of the remaining acreage of the property was subsequently sold to the National Park Service. Jon Hickox, the owner of The Winery at Bull Run, purchased the property in 2008 in order to establish a family farm-oriented winery honoring his ancestors who emigrated from England in 1635. His family lineage has included a history of farming, stock-raising, lumbering, hunting, trapping, and fishing, so the farm-oriented winery is an important part of The Winery at Bull Run.


Jon pulled down the remaining walls of Hillwood, leaving the old foundation as a memorial to the past as he laid the foundation for the winery next to it, a testament to the future. The wooden mantle above the fireplace is the only piece of hand-hewn lumber salvaged after Hillwood burned.source


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Because of its close proximity to the Bull Run Battlefield from the Civil War, this place is wildly popular. Weddings have a long waiting list, Fridays are crowded as is Saturday and Sunday is Mimosa Sunday so there is always a crowd. It was quieter when I first found it, until it wasn't. Popularity is a funny thing. You wish for it until you have it.


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Touring the vineyards was interesting, and I had no idea just how much care is put into these vines. Besides tasting different varieties of wine, the tour will go back inside where we will see the production area of the winery.


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These are the infamous roses. Roses are planted here and in many vineyards because they make an excellent alarm system. They are an early warning system, so to speak. If something like aphids or fungus is present, it will get on the roses first and in time, the grapes. It is like a canary in a coal mine.


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The outdoor crush pad! If you are at all familiar with vineyards, this is a term you are familiar with. It is where the grapes meet their fate. Harvested or picked grapes are put in to be processed. Winemakers of days gone by did crush the grapes. They still use this dated term, perhaps more as a tribute to this time in the history of winemaking. Crushing time was this week at the Winery!

As an aside, there are still vineyards that do stomping. Seriously. They actually crush the grapes by stomping on them. Would you like to try that? I'm in!


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These are called industrial stainless steel vats. The wine vats were just cleaned out. need to be cleaned out. There is a certain way they do it that makes it much easier to do.


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A tasting room is a designated area in which customers can try samples of your wine held in large, 252 gallons vats, although other sizes are used. These rooms are normally located on the premises to make direct sales to the customer.


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The gentleman with the shorts on (above) is the winemaker. Winemakers oversee the entire production of wine. It starts with the growing of the grapes and harvesting them, the art of winemaking, and some even sanitization and data logging that helps move the winemaking process forward.

Winemakers are also known as vintners and enologists,


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Barrel Cleaning and Storage



Completely drain the wine from the barrel.
Rinse the barrel with clear water. ...
Add 3-5 gallons of a hot water solution of either B-Brite (sodium percarbonate) or soda ash. ...
Rinse with clear water, as before.
Add 3-5 gallons of cold water containing 1-2 Tbsp citric acid.


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Why do they burn the inside of wine barrels?

Toasting wood on the inside of a wine barrel essentially releases a variety of different aromas and flavors that will be extracted from the wine or whiskey. Barrel toasting essentially caramelizes the wood's natural sugars when exposed to the flame. source


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After they are smoked, they put blue tape on them and date them. This prevents them from thinking they weren't done yet. The barrels are reused up to three times before the barrel no longer imparts the oak flavor.


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I love the look of a barrel room, all those little barrels, neatly stacked. When stored in the oak barrel, The wine reacts to a number of different processes. The barrel literally imparts hundreds of different substances and chemicals.


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This is wine in its barrel aging stage. It is the step between fermentation and when it goes in the bottle, so we are in the home stretch here! This is where the wine matures and gives it its distinct flavors. You have heard them speak of oak overtones or the like.


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The Winery at Bull Run makes a variety of wines. If you are interested in seeing the selection offered by the vineyard, click here


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And just like that, this post is done. I hope you had a good time and learned a little something new. As always, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit, and just remember, #MarketFriday loves you! Thank you for supporting the challenge! Have a most fabulous day! Cheers!!


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As always, there must be flowers to color my world. #alwaysaflower A few flowers and a little wine makes everything all right. Take a peek at the Crush for the 2022 Season.



I truly enjoyed my time there and found it to be very interesting and the people there were informative. Anther thing I noticed is that everyone there seemed to be having a good time. They loved their job and it showed. Thank you, Bull Run! You made my day!


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Wow yummy grapes on the tree, I love eating grapes. All natural views are awesome in your photographs. I may come with my market Friday asap. Have a blessed Friday dear mam 💝🥰🤗💖

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No rush. I am ooff to sleep

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Good night dear, have some sound sleep. Its Friday afternoon here!

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It was 6 am Friday, but, I was working.

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The grapes are delicious! I love the different grapes they cultivate. These are Norton Grapes. That is the only kind they grow here at this vineyard.

Thank you and have a great night!

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I love you and market Friday too dear, thanks for letting me know about the grapes cultivation. Have a nice day to you 💖💝❤️

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Such a great read the property has such interesting history
And I now knowmore about the profess of turning grapes onto wine

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Hi, JJ! I happened upon this visiting this battlefield a few years back. I am very much interested in the historical aspect of the area. Of course, the same can be said for where you are. Having grown up in so much history has made me appreciate that part of the towns...

Plus, it really is cool. Who doesn't love learning about our forefathers?

You even learned how to take those grapes in your backyard and turn them into wine. I say that is nothing! Jesus Christ used water and turned it into wine! Let's see you do that! ;)

Thank you for dropping the link!

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What, no video of you lifting your skirt and stomping the grapes? I'm disappointed. lol Nice shots, sign me up for tasting!

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Haha! You missed it, Kris! @ksteem Tasting can be quite the adventure given the right place. There are a couple of vineyards that do the grape stomping. Your feet stay purple for a while. Many places like Italy and France and Napa Vally here in the US do it as an end-of-harvest event. It's a thing, and its FUN! :)

Next week, they will have the haunted wine tours, The Haunted Wine Tour is a lantern-led walking tour of the historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. They lead you as spirits of the battlefield come to life and share with you stories of the past, all the while, Denise will be taste-testing a bit of vino. It is a cool tour as they have the Civil War reenactors playing the parts of the spirits.

I'm pretty sure it would be a little difficult to take pictures and might spoil it, so I probably won't, but I may do a retelling of the event as so as I figure out how I will do it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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That does sound like a lot of fun. We put up some Halloween decorations last weekend and are ready for the fall. Our first light partial frost last night, down to just above freezing at 34 F.

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Yikes!

You totally win! Almost freezing. Sounds about right though. I have been gone for too long. I haven't even got the first Halloween decoration up. It was 87 all last week and it throws off the Autumn feeling. We are about to change up the weather, a cold front blew in last night.

Maybe I will get a few out to be ready!

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That looks fascinating :) ... Did you get to pick and taste any of the fresh grapes???

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Yes!! The ones in the first picture showed the almost empty vine. Whether you drink wine or not, it is a fun kind of adventure. Next harvest, I am going to the vineyard for grape stomping! I have already put my name on the list!

Thank you for the duration!! Have a great day!

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That should be fun ♥️ I would so have a hard time not eating all those grapes before they ever got stomped 😂

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They are an early warning system, so to speak. If something like aphids or fungus is present, it will get on the roses first and in time, the grapes. It is like a canary in a coal mine.

Hi Mrs @dswigle
This is very unique. Roses are used as an early detection system to control pests in vineyards. I really just found out. At first, I thought the existence of roses was there only for beauty.

Of course, it's great to do a tour full of new knowledge. It wasn't just about tasting the different types of wine, but also about all the processes they went through and the history of the breweries there.

Have a nice day.

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Isn't that fascinating? Mother Nature taking care of her own! Much like a canary is used in a coal mine.

Around 1911, miners started carrying canaries into the mines with them, and they quickly became a metaphor for warning signs – when the canary keels over, it's time to evacuate the mine before you become the next victim.source

Native brook trout are very much the canary in the coal mine for the health of a stream.

You are right. Many people who never really drink go on these tours and I found them to be very interesting. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your words.

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Very cool! I have been to a handful of wineries, but it was mostly just the tasting room areas. We never had the time to go and visit any of the production areas. This is really interesting to see. Much more industrial than I would have guessed. It looks like a really beautiful place. I can understand why people would want to have weddings there.

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It is much more industrial than imagined. The scenery is beautiful, typical of Virginia's landscape. The weddings have been wonderful. They usually have them in the evening and the winery closes early so they can have the entire place. I have only been to one, but, it really was magical.

Thanks for stopping over and leaving your words.

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It was great that you get to taste the wine too. Such sophisticated process to produce the wine, no wonder wines are not cheap.

Stomping? I immediately think of the bulls stomp on them? 'coz of the name Bull Run. Haha.

I had only tried grape wine once in my life. We don't drink alot of wine here unless we have the budget. But I heard it is good for health especially the ones made by grapes. Maybe it will get us to bull run. 😜

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Yes! You would love to go to Bull Run! :) Bull Run is the name of the Battlefield that it adjoins. Bull Run was a famous battle in our Civil War in July 1861.

There are a couple of vineyards that do the grape stomping. Your feet stay purple for a while. Many places like Italy and France and Napa Vally here in the US do it as an end-of-harvest event. It's a thing and it's FUN! :)

I am not a huge drinker, but a nice glass now and then is good and it is supposed to be good for your health! :)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your words!

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I love going to wineries. I always find the tours very interesting. Of course the tastings are awesome as well.

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You got that right! I loved it in Provence! They had the best and they did the end-of-harvest stomping event! What is not to love with that? Except for perhaps those purple feet?

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day! I hope you are doing well and settling into the Canadian lifestyle once again.

Le sigh.

I don't know about you, but, I felt lost for a while being home... but, the family reunion was great!

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To be able to witness the winemaking process is awesome. I never have seen that; just the grapes as the fruit and the wine. Also, the barrels, but the one that you have in your post is huge barrels than what we have here. The one that I have seen are painted ones that was presented on a Rhum Fest. 😅

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I have only ever seen it somewhere French. The only Rhum Fest I have ever been to was actually in Martinique. How interesting. This is different, but, I am sure that was fun.

The entire process is a long two-year journey. :) But, it is interesting. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your words.

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A really intense and lengthy process involved in winemaking. Thank you for sharing so much detail. It was really educational and informative!

And the history! Wow! Teeth marks on bullets, suggesting these were used during surgery... Those were tough times.

Thank you for sharing all this information with us, @dswigle!

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I am so desperately behind, so I apologize. I will get finished and then it will be better. :) Yes. I even promise that.

It was interesting and I really had no idea that it was so very detailed. Thank you so much for giving it a read and for dropping your link!

I appreciate it.

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No need to apologize for being behind😊! As you say, you'll get finished,

I enjoy reading your articles!

Enjoy your weekend, @dswigle!

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You too! And thank you! I just read about the crocs and hippos on the phone, I am sure to be vigilant next time I want to sunbathe!

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Hahaha...You can be vigilant but no need to stress...lol! In the 20 years that we have been down at the coast, that was the only time we personally saw something like that.

Maybe take more care to do the sunbathing in moderation and not overdo it. But enjoy it anyhow😄👍!

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I am too fair to do too much, definitely in moderation.

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I am always curious how wines are made. Wineries are really sophisticated with all the equipment used. Thank you for sharing. The place look stunning too.

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It is interesting at any rate. The entire process although, long and laborious. Thank you for stopping to read and comment and drop your link!

Have a great weekend!

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Wine farms are fun places to explore, then have a taster, what incredibly long history this farm has, did take note....

bullets with teeth marks on them that suggest these were used during surgeries.

Now where was the wine, better than biting bullets !LOLZ

Gorgeous seeing the old barrels which are a craft all of their own in manufacturing to use. Can imagine riding up with a horse and cart ordering a barrel of wine for the home... needs a tap me thinks.

Happy Friday Denise and those flowers are coming, filling up half my space with blooms still to be shared!

!WINEX

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The old estates are a good exploration in general, but, the wine farms are a step up. :) We had a lot of fun there and have been exploring the nearby farms for the different wines. It has been a real experience. About ten years ago, I bought one of those barrels that was done being used, but, still in great shape to put some flower plants in. I fell in love with it, but over the years, it has seen better days. I might need a new one someday. Oh! I love your idea better! Bring one home full of wine!

Actually my Godfather (he was from Calabria, Italy) made his own wine every year. He grew enough grapes for him and his family. He stored it in his wine cellar and he kept his in a barrel. I forgot about that.

Oh, Flowers! You know I love that! :) Thanks for the wine!

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Many old homesteads in France, Italy had cellars beneath the home or somewhere on the property for storing wine, going back some time with generations being taught how to make their own.

If I recall correctly different Oak wood used will influence the taste, larger barrels less taste impregnated. There is a lot to know making wine we enjoy on the table.

Buy a barrel, enjoy the wine then plant the flowers. 😇🌻

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You are absolutely correct about the oak wood used. I like the oak barrels, but, sometimes a touch of fruit adds a nice variant. I wouldn't want to be in charge of it, but, it certainly is an interesting thing to know.

The houses in New England where I was raised are older than most of the rest of the US, they settled there first. They almost all used to have wine cellars, I know my grandparents and great-grandparents, and my own house had one. Although my dad also put homemade root beer in his. And my uncles put apple jack and cherry jack in theirs, along with the wine. Those were apple cider and cherry with a kick! It would only take one glass to call me toast. (I think they called in moonshine!LOL)

I'll stick to wine!

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Most homes brewed something, having a cellar was a boon. Cherry jack would have been my Mom's favourite, apple cider I do enjoy after a long hot day, a straight sparkling apple with no alcohol does the trick quenching thirst during hot days.

Moonshine is the same term used here for those who quietly brew for the homestead, now with large wine farming I am not sure how many would still do home brewing.

Running large establishments relying on crop with intermittent weather conditions must be a nightmare all on it's own.

!WINEX dry red....

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Oh dear I did forget to drop my link this week, out of sync over the pond....

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Hehe! You are totally saved!!! :) Thank you so much, Joan! @joanstewart for dropping your link!

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💞have a wonderful day.

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Thank you! It has cooled today and seems a tad more seasonal than the 31C that it had been! I am basking in it, if only for the day!

Have a great weekend, Joan!

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We hitting feel of 33C now, actually 29C, summer is no fun 🙃.

Cool weekend with snow in the mountains last week, a forgotten pleasure already...

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Hi Denise! It looks like a place with a lot of history, and thanks for sharing so much information. It must be interesting to visit it, although I suppose it would be even more enjoyable if it had not gained so much fame ;) By the way, I would also like to visit a vineyard where grapes are still being stomped ;)

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I know!! When a place becomes popular, it gets really busy, making it harder to get good seats, etc... But I am happy for them. :)

Yes!!! Let's go stomping next year! :) How fun, yes?

Thank you for putting in a post this week and dropping the link!

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You are welcome :) And sure, let's go stomping next year and have fun, hehe. Why not? 😄
Happy weekend :)

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Indeed! Why not? :) You haven't lived until you have tried it!💙

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I guess winter season will see less visitors for them and they can concentrate on sales channel.
No wine for me but I got my lunch earlier this week.
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Can you believe they are busy in the winter? They have other things going on for entertainment. They have a Haunted Tour for Halloween (actually all of October)

No wine is needed, Let's go to lunch!! Thanks for dropping your link!

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You're welcome. The Halloween tour sounds like something that will be popular. .

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It is already sold out and they have it going 7 days for the month of October!

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Wow, it must be a great event.

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It's pretty awesome! Ibgo next week!

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Greetings mam, here is my entry for Friday market you may like. Last week my market Friday was ignored maybe because I forgot to comment the blog link for you. Hope this week you’ll take time to visit my Market Friday blog.

Thank you!

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@shohana1 I have never had any problem with your posts. They have always been well done and although I run late, I never ignore anyone's posts. That would be rude.

It actually had nothing to do with you not dropping the link. I left town on Thursday without even posting, it was quite unexpected, and got home late Monday night. I was busy with my house on Tuesday and didn't have enough time to catch up, One of the reasons I was up until 6 am this morning when you saw me. :) I will get them done, people deserve that. I am sorry that I am running so far behind.

Thank you for dropping the link and letting me know how you feel. I hope this answers your question. Thank you!

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Winemakers are also known as vintners and enologists — mhmm! Thanks for this info ! Incase I get asked this in a who wants to be a millionaire game show .

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Happy Friday @dswigle !
Thanks for showing us the other part of the vineyard.
It must have been enjoyable!
So nice to include the video. .. and they use it as a venue for ghost hunting!!!
!LADY 😍🌺🤙

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Yes!! It is always interesting to go to this place! They have so many of them here, and there of course! Next week, they will have the haunted wine tours, The Haunted Wine Tour is a lantern-led walking tour of the historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. They lead you as spirits of the battlefield come to life and share with you stories of the past, all the while, Denise will be taste-testing a bit of vino. It is a cool tour as they have the Civil War reenactors playing the parts of the spirits.

I'm pretty sure it would be a little difficult to take pictures and might spoil it, so I probably won't, but I may do a retelling of the event as so as I figure out how I will do it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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It's good to have the second parts of your vineyard experience, it's was indeed a wonderful time and experience.

Thanks for taking us through it history.

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Glad to see you enjoyed it. It really was quite fun and I certainly learned a lot more than I thought I would. It is a lovely place and they have really done a lot with it in the ten years they have spent developing it and growing it into a great business.

Thank you for reading it. I appreciate your time coming here to read and drop your post.

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Well that is a fun place to visit! I did not know that wine making is quite a lot like that of bourbon making! It is interesting how the product interacts with the charred barrel over time and ends up with many fantastic tastes.

I finally got my Market Friday completed and only a few minutes late!
https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@old-guy-photos/it-is-that-time-of-year-for-buying-decorations

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It is a fun place to visit! On Monday, I will be going on the haunted tour, they are doing it twice to check out the flow of it. before they open it up to the public, but, I am all in for being on the critic's team. Of course, no pics, but I am hoping they allow a couple when it isn't actively going through the tour.

It is interesting how much they are like a distillery, isn't it? The last one I went on was Wigle Whiskey - not that I am dropping names or anything. :) I actually got to go to the Wild Turkey Distillery and Makers Mark and I went to Bulleit - also a lesser known Buffalo Trace. Kentucky is easy when one of the kids goes to college out there. Each one is different and worthy of a visit. I know, I know. I just go for the free samples!

I was pretty surprised at the smoked barrels. I had no idea the first time I saw that. I guess I missed that lesson when Grandpa Cundari was making his homemade grape juice. LOL

Thanks for taking the time to do a #MarketFriday! I know how busy you are right now, so it is appreciated!

#MarketFriday loves you!

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A mixture of history, tradition and modernity... combined with tasting, this is a very strong cocktail))
my participation in the event:
https://hive.blog/hive-196308/@bambuka/market-friday-island-of-forts-visual-history-of-14-photos

И ещё, ... не садитесь за руль... 🤣 😂😅

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It was a fun way to spend time and history is always interesting to me. I appreciate that they kept the old and mixed it nicely with the more modern. Thanks so much for stopping by and for dropping your link!

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Я бы никогда не поехал! Я выгляжу сумасшедшим? Полиция, вероятно, ждет прямо у выхода!🤣

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Here are a few sayings that I liked very much and they will stay in my tired memory for a long time...

  • "The grapes are calling you by name" ... It sounds so beautiful, I saw this wording in the title of an Italian film. It's not a common wording in Romanian so it sounds strange to me.

  • "Popularity is a funny thing. You wish for it until you have it." ... more than true!

  • "Would you like to try that? I'm in!" ... about vineyards that do stomping. I have seen such scenes in some movies, it was common in old Romania, before the war (World War I). If you're in, Denise, then I'm in!

I was on a short vacation and then, upon returning home, I had and still have a lot of work to do on repairs and getting the house ready for winter. This is meant to be an excuse and explanation for my absence and silence of late.

I managed, still on the run and late to post on #marketfriday, here's the link and I'm glad I can read you again, @dswigle. Thank you!
A Little Something For Everyone

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Hello, Dan! @bluemoon I was waiting for you! I was hoping I wasn't going to have to email you to find your whereabouts. :) I know you were on your planned vacation to Balchik, if I am not mistaken. Or was that last vacation, now I am mixed up. Anyway, you were in Bulgaria, that much I remember!

It was meant to sound personal and beautiful, but, I understand how words sometimes just don't make sense or have the same feeling in a different language. Also, poetry as you well know. It is so funny how it falls flat when in another language, or makes no sense at all.

Don't you worry!!! They still do it here as aa end of harvest thing, but, I did see it in Italy and France during harvest. How cool! You haven't lived til you have tried it, I assure you! I'll book us! :) Tell me that wouldn't be fun.

I was over at the Shore House tidying up for the incoming Autumn, having 17 pecan trees and many Black Walnut trees, it can be a task, but, I will have plenty of help with the kids taking a few days off to gather the nuts. Not as many this year as they cycle between large harvest and the next year, much lighter. We are in a much lighter year. Still a lot. I accept your excuse as it is true. Always work on the house.

Thank you so much! Even on the run! I am really very privileged! I do mean that! Thanks for dropping the link!

#MarketFriday loves you!

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Thank you!
It was the short holiday in Bulgaria, in Balchik, from which I made the last two posts.
The work on the house is heavy, more than I can do, but I try...

How sad when something very poetic in one language loses its value in another!

In a few days, I will go to our friends who live in a village near Bucharest and we will make wine. Not much. I go to the house with many dogs. We will pick a small vine and crush the grapes. We will still use a rudimentary and traditional method.

Pecan trees! I don't know how trees are, they don't grow in Romania.
Picking nuts with the help of children must be very pleasant!

I always have to thank first. Thank you!

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There is no shame in it being too much, only that you find it to be a shame. You should ask your son to help you. I am sure he has his own, but, I am also pretty sure he would give you a hand.

How nice that you will go to the house with many dogs! Most people I knew at home only had a few vines and my neighbor at the Shore has about 6, so I will help make wine this year over there! Probably in the next week or two. It has to be the old way as that is the only one we know.

You can check out what the pecan tree with nuts hanging looks like here. There are so many of them plus all the fruit trees. But, you won't hear me complaining about them!

I hope you have a peaceful evening where you are! Relax and try not to worry about everything that hasn't gotten done.

Fă-ți griji pentru lucrurile care contează. În sfârșit am învățat să mă stresez mai puțin.

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I have a problem. I like to work alone and I don't like to order, tell someone what to do or do something for me. That's why I had big problems when I had to manage some people, first when I did my military service and then in two of my jobs. It was hard for me. I prefer to work alone, that's why my friends used to call me "the lone wolf". This could have been my name in Steemit-Hive, but I chose "bluemoon" because at that time I was fascinated by the moon.

It has to be the old way as that is the only one we know.

So do we..., otherwise it wouldn't have any charm.

You wrote perfectly in Romanian! I'm glad you manage to stress less, it's best for the soul and especially, for your health. I'm trying hard too, but a lot around me doesn't help.

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I understand not liking to order, I don't see it as that. I was forced to become a leader, otherwise, it would have been impossible to get anything done. I like working alone at times, but, I have found many good reasons to arrange help. I don't want to get hurt. It teaches others how to do things. My kids would never learn a skill if I didn't have them help me.

I can see you are a lone wolf. You always have been, but, it is never too late to learn something. You stress a lot about all you have to do. You should close your eyes to your thoughts and just ask your son. You know he probably needs help in learning a few things from his dad. :)

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Some are made to be leaders, and some love to lead others... there are many categories. The important thing is to be the right man in the right place. I wasn't and that cost me a lot of stress.
What you say about my son says Magda too.
Thanks for the recommendations and advice. They are valuable and I know you know what you are talking about!

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You know that Magda knows you and your son best. She is sure to know what she is talking about.

Some are made to be leaders, and some love to lead others...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. But, you see, family is exempt from this. :) That is for life in general and yes. It is true and I have to admit, you have good points. Except where family is involved.

See? Now we are both right.

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Nobody can be absolutely right. I'm glad we're both right. Thank you!

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very interesting place! this is the first time I hear about the use of rose bushes in a vineyard. it's amazing! wow what huge vats of wine!!!! I am impressed!!! And the barrels are so pretty! the wine there must be excellent 😃 link to my post below:
https://ecency.com/hive-196308/@tali72/unexpected-visit-to-a-delicious

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Hi, @tali72 ! I missed you! You two must have been away!

I think you would like the vineyard! It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot of history too. I have been to several wineries and I have a good time, it is interesting to see the differences in them.

Thanks so much for stopping in and reading, then dropping the link!

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great! and I've never been to a real winery. it's really interesting. Yes, I have not been feeling well lately, but now I feel better and I am glad that I can join you again. Take care of yourself!!!!

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After reading this post, it made me want to visit a vineyard one day. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Here's my link for market Friday
https://peakd.com/hive-147010/@sgbonus/market-friday-jbr-starbucks

Have a great weekend
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I think you would enjoy the experience, to be honest. It really makes me appreciate wine even more than before. (although admittedly, I don't drink much at all)

Thanks for stopping by and dropping your link!

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I'm always up for new experiences hehe. At least it was able to make you appreciate something.

Thank you so much for hosting this. Hope that you are having a wonderful week

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