From Chris and Jen's homepage, here is the background of their winery,
started in August, 2007:
"Jen and I got the wine making
bug. Jen and I started making small batches in the kitchen from
books that I had purchased from the Internet.
Some were decent, some were bad. Then it became a full fledged
hobby, then obsession; we found that it could be a challenge
almost daily with wine making. It also provided some enjoyment for our
friends and family.
Then one day in 2004, Jen and I thought "why not try to do this for
real?" It also happened to be a bumper crop for the family orchard that
year, so we started practicing with the extra fruit.
Thus began our long journey towards a licensed winery. Jen
started studying the regulations and forms that would be needed, while
I started investigating what equipment, processes and recipes would be
needed to make larger commercial amounts of wine.
In the meantime, we also helped build an addition to our family's
orchard building that would house the wine making operation and
Jen and I have always believed that we would one day have a winery to
share our wines with a wider audience than with just family and friends
- but with everyone treated as family and friend when you walk through
our winery door. We also believe anyone can learn about wine and
wine making, and not have to feel like it is something that is
mysterious or sophisticated.
So come on out to the winery and we would love to share our experiences
and our wines with you anytime."
They teach wine-making classes and sell wine-making equipment.
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