The Winery - Some Great History
Look up to the ceiling stretching a
good 30 feet above and you'll wonder "who dusts those coved
ceilings!" just before your eye wanders to the old dairy's Cold
Room door, the one that leads into today’s wine vault, and right
then you'll wonder "what do I have to do to get invited through
there!??" a question whose answer contains words like "special
events" and "Wine Club Membership. This is definitely a visit
As you reluctantly leave the
tasting room be sure to notice the old barn adjacent to the winery.
That's where the owl lives, the one you see on Kynsi's label. She
earned her label position the hard way - by catching and eating
thousands of gophers that had overrun the defunct vineyard by the
time the Othman's launched this crazy venture. The gophers found
the fresh young roots of their new vines to be a gourmet
The Othman's hung an owl house on
the barn in hopes it would be discovered. And it discovered it was,
and in short order. The owl and her growing family were able to
eradicate the vineyard pests within their first years in residence,
literally saving the new venture from ruin, which seems a worthy
feat for being featured on the winery's logo!
In fact, the word “Kynsi” is
Finnish for “Talon”. A most apt moniker, given the critical role
Barn Owls played in reclaiming the land.
Note: This wine is unfined.
No animal products were used to clarify the wine. Such
wines have varying degrees of haziness in the glass, but a richer
mouthfeel. Vegan friendly.
Dave "the Wine Merchant" Chambers
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