Posted on February 21, 2017 in Winery News
I never really loved a wine until I met Fronk. Er, Cab Franc, I mean. It all happened at the end of September, 2001, when we were in North Carolina following my sister’s wedding. Tim and I decided to tour the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC. The property was amazing… true royal living designed by a bachelor one hundred years ago. Great archways, all of the modern conveniences of the time (electric lights!) and en entire men’s wing complete with bowling alley and gym.
The property was still owned by the family and subsequent generations decided to put the land to use in a variety of ways – including by growing grapes. Later, they had started a winery using estate grapes, as well as grapes sourced from around the region and from across the country in California.
I enjoyed the tasting… Back then, to me wine was wine. Pretty enjoyable… pretty similar.
And then there was Fronk.
It wasn’t called Fronk, of course. Simply Cabernet Franc… the name of the grape varietal. But there was something about it that made me take note. A bit of bright fruit, but something more… herbs and pepperiness. All kinds of delicious flavors – so much going on! For the first time, I really paid attention and was amazed at how interesting and delicious wine could be.
We bought our first case of wine that day. A case of Cabernet Franc. And over the next many months, when the occasion called for a special wine, I often found myself declaring, “I want my Fronk!” A nickname was born.
Posted on December 22, 2016 in Winery News
Happy Holidays! We hope you are enjoying a joyful and relaxing holiday season.
The holidays are a great time to stop in the tasting room to sample our current releases, enjoy some relaxing time with holiday guests, and to pick up wines to share over the holidays (we even have some stocking stuffer and last minute gift ideas!). We will be open during the following holiday hours:
Friday, December 23 – noon – 8pm
Friday, December 30 – noon – 5pm
The winery will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of December. In January we will resume our regular Tasting Room hours: Friday 3-7, Sat/Sun noon-5pm.
We wish you and yours a very merry holiday season and joyful, healthy 2017.
Jen and Tim
Posted on September 13, 2016 in Winery News
We decided to create a new website that would launch just before harvest. But, as things go, the website was delayed and harvest was early! What were we thinking?
We’re excited about our new site and look forward to providing much more information about our winery, the vineyards we work with, our wines and the people behind it all. During harvest, however, it’s all hands on deck working with the grapes, cleaning equipment, managing fermentations and cleaning some more! So, the website will have to wait.
We appreciate your interest and ask for your patience as we work to get the site completed later this fall.
Jen and Tim Armstrong