Pic taken February 17, 2014 during Hug bottling day. First bottles of our Abrazos y Besos
We hope this finds you and all your Loved ones well.
With a name like Hug…….I just couldn’t resist, the seductive call of Love.
About ten days before Valentine’s Day I posted on Facebook, the following: “Hugs & Kisses” Poetry Contest.
Let’s Bring Romance Back!” Let’s Have Fun!
I know You Are Creative & Full of Passion!
Only a few days till Valentine’s Day. Hug Cellars invites YOU to participate in our poetry contest.
I realize “Love Cannot be Explained” but…….
In Less than 40 of your original Words tell us:
Why you Love the One You Love,
What Love Is, etc. etc.
The person who receives the most ” Likes”
Will win a bottle of Hug.
Winner will be Announced on Valentine’s Day morning.
While the participants slowly trickled in, our Hugs & Kisses gained momentum. We had about 6 or 7 final participants, With the top two participants being neck ‘n’ neck, Susan William & Kathy Arias. On Valentine’s morning I announced the winner. Kathy Arias had 30 Likes and Susan Williams had 28 Likes. So we decided to gift both participants a bottle of Hug wine of their choice. This was alot of Fun and the feedback was exhilarating. I plan on making “Hugs & Kisses Poetry Contest” an annual Valentine Day event.
On February 17, 2014, starting bright and early we bottleled our most current releases. Bottling approximately 650 cases of the following wines:
Vino del Cielo
Abrazos y Besos (new Hug label).
Rancho Ontiveros Pinot Noir
Derbyshire Pinot Noir
Starr Ranch Cab
Keep in mind, that Augie and our neighbors at Barrel 27 have been doing all the preliminary work to enable us to bottle for five days prior to our actual bottling day. The bottling process includes some of these following steps, but not limited to; labeling, filling, corking, foiling, packing in cases, shrink wrapping cases, and then moving to storage.
It moves very fast, very organized and the machinery is very loud. Hopefully, this doesn’t seem too strange, but my brain works this way. I love all the shiny stainless steel and the whole mechanization process. I am in awe, intrigued and amazed with the mind(s) that invented the mobil bottling unit. The whole process is a lot of work blended with laughter, very loud rock & roll music, food and of course wine.
Augie & I always look forward to bottling the fruits of our labor. Although, it is a very intense day and we are whipped at the end of a typical 12 hour bottling day, it feels so good to “get er done.” In the end, I’m happy we only bottle twice a year.
Today, February 18, our newly bottled wine was moved to storage nearby and Augie & Romo spent all day topping.
World of Pinot Noir is quickly approaching on February 28, 2014-March 1, 2014. Randy Adachi will pour for us at this event on Saturday. They have moved the venue for the first time from Pismo Beach to Baccara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.
The vines are quiet this time of year, but a lot of work is being done, and plans are being made. Winter is the time for reviewing contracts, deciding on a pruning strategies, and focusing on what needs to be done for the current year. Like many, I am concerned for the lack of rain, and all its repercussions. But, at my age I also know why be concerned or worried about what I cannot control.
Next big event for Hug Cellars is Zinfandel Festival, March 14-16.
This years Zinfandel Festival couldn’t have been more appropriately named for Hug Cellars annual Wild Game Barbecue, “GROW ZiNFULLY WILD.” We at Hug Cellars celebrate with our annual “Wild Game Barbecue” on Saturday. This has become our most popular event of the year at Hug Cellars. Come and enjoy our famous Hug Cellars Wild Game Barbecue. Wild Game appetizers like duck, goose, pheasant, venison, wild boar, wild game chile and more. All paired with our newly released Zinfandel, el Magnifico.
I will write about this in our next “Barrel of Hugs.”
Keep Hugging & Loving and don’t forget to “Give Your Tongue A Hug.”
February 18, 2014