The Love Story of a Vineyard
Being that today is Global Chardonnay Day (a day in which the white varietal is celebrated and enjoyed in many different forms….bubbly, unoaked, off-dry…the list goes on) we thought we would share the story of Mitsuko’s Vineyard which is home to all three of our Chardonnay wines. This story was shared by Jan Shrem, our founder and proprietor, today:
There are many things a man can give his wife as a token of affection. In 1989 I purchased land in Carneros with the intention of planting a vineyard. The site was so beautiful I immediately knew it would be called Mitsuko’s Vineyard, named after my beloved wife. After signing the closing documents I rushed home to Mitsuko as it was Valentine’s Day. I presented her a small powder blue box with a perfect white ribbon tied around it and my heartfelt “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Her smile quickly turned to a grimace when she opened the box and found it was full of dirt. Before she could scold me, I told her that the soil was from Mitsuko’s vineyard, my gift to her – 365 acres of pristine land, representing an acre for every day of the year I loved her. Little did I know she would charge me royalties! In addition, since she had introduced me to wine, she claimed a royalty from every bottle we shared.