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Kate Dubost
 
February 14, 2024 | Kate Dubost

Love & Wine

February has been off to a stormy start. We love the rain, but miss our visitors. The month seems to be over almost before it starts and it is even one day longer this year. 

Filled with holidays, from the Lunar New Year, Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents Day, it is a month of celebrations, appreciation, and joy. 

In the vineyard, we wait until it is dry enough to prune - an act done in anticipation of the growth and renewal of the coming vintage. Happy to wait while we plan. 

Planning the next bottling, the Spring Country Club Release, and all the upcoming celebrations. Always an exciting time. We love sharing our wines, food, and history. 

A favorite quote, often misattributed to Pope Francis, comes to mind. It exists in various forms throughout history. Here is my favorite version:

Rivers do not drink their own water: trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is… life is good when you are happy, but much better when others are happy because of you."

I hope that in some little way, you are happier because of Dubost. We most certainly are because of you. 

Love, 

Kate Dubost

Kate Dubost
 
December 18, 2023 | Kate Dubost

Traditions

Traditions. They are important. They give consistecy to our lives and additional meaning to their seasons. 
 
At the winery we have them, especially around harvest. Traditionally we pour champagne on the first harvest bin. Zachary traditionally grows a harvest beard. We pull out tubs of decorations for the season, whatever it may be, for the tasting room. During the Christmas holiday, our great winery neighbors stop by with wine or sweet treats. 
 
This year once again the tubs will be brought out both for home and the winery. As they are unpacked, the ornaments and decorations will remind me of the years that came before and the people who gave us special ones, who made them or where we got them. The lights will be checked to make sure they still light up. 
 
There seems to be light in some form associated with holidays around the world. This year we attended the Downtown Paso Holiday Lighting Ceremony with our grandaughter, Kali, visiting from Texas. It was a light filled magical memory to be able to experience that with her. 
 
Whatever your traditions or holidays during this season may they be filled with light and magical memories. 
 
Kate Dubost
Kate Dubost
 
November 6, 2023 | Kate Dubost

Falling for Dubost

SO2nnet
So deep within the active eve's late crush -
the work of auger's, de-stemmer's screw,
when rubber gears dost turn the grapes to must
so needed is the force of SO2.
Solutions mist dost bite upon my hand!
Oh SO2, so violent your rapport!
My skin turned into paper fleck'd with sand
and moisture once been plentiful, no more!
But thou protest for nature's yeast is stopped
preserved now the grapes remain in state
especially with dry ice, bins be topped
to turn to wine now is the grapes' new fate.
So though to leather now my skin has turned
at least thy need is fully known and learn'd.
William Makesbeer
 
I found this "sonnet" in one of Jacob's binders years ago now. Written in his hand and taped with blue painters tape to the page. The tape he used to label the barrels and "shiner" bottles. I have no idea if he wrote it but there were corrections/edits so I have always assumed he did. He was a good writer.
 
I think it may only partially capture the agony and perhaps some of the ecstasy of harvest. The full range of which both Jacob experienced and Zachary is still experiencing on an even larger scale.
 
Deciding to take it slow this harvest and just process what little fruit we would pull of our vineyard put Lucas and I in the drivers' seats looking at each other and scratching our heads. I want to say that we could not have done it without the help of our friends. Josh, Phil, Ryan, Jacob T. It really does take a village AND technology as we relied on Zack's guidance long distance. Thanks to you all and to you, Lucas, for going for it!
 
Harvest 2023 is done for us now. It is a nostalgic one for me. I have now helped to make wine with all three of my sons. Jacob, Zachary and Lucas. I consider myself blessed - I hope they do as well.
 
This season's blessing to all of you and prayers for peace in this ole world of ours.
Kate Dubost

COUNTRY CLUB

Kate Dubost
 
November 23, 2023 | Kate Dubost

Thankful - Count our Blessings

 "Grace"
On Thanksgiving, someone always says grace. Regardless of what our every day meal ritual may be it seems essential to this holiday. It is for the pause, the quiet thanks for love and for our blessings, before the shoveling begins. We acknowledge that this food and wine didn't just magically appear: someone grew it, ground it, bought it, baked it, made it, bottled it. 
 
We are thankful for the plentiful food, our time on the couch digesting it, and the day spent basking in doing nothing else. We savor these moments and our opportunity to work and play together. We are thankful that winegrowing has brought the additional blessing of friends twenty fold.  
 
We are aware of Someone's great and abiding generosity to our dear and motley group of family and friends. We say thank you and pray to be mindful to the needs of others. Whatever its form we acknowledge our blessings in a holy moment of gratitude. That is "grace" and we are filled with it. 
 
We wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings!
From all of us at Dubost
 
Inspired by:
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Anne Lamott