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Cheers to Mistakes…On Purpose

Have you ever tried something you thought would turn out great but instead went horribly wrong? Like, exploding glass and streams of wine running through your garage wrong? We did! We learned mistakes don’t have to be considered bad things. In fact, mistakes can be something worthy of a toast. Our big mistake happened just about a month before we …

Growth and Change, Looking Back on 2016

One phrase perfectly sums up 2016 at Mountain View Vineyard. They are the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 19:26. He said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” As we entered the new year, so many people asked us if we were prepared for all that came with trying to put up a new …

How to Gift Wrap Wine

Who doesn’t love to get a nice bottle of wine under the tree or as a hostess gift? While it’s fun to give (and receive) wine, those bottles can get a bit tricky to wrap. Here are a few fun ways to present your next bottle gift.  Your friends are sure to smile when they see their bottles dressed up …

Mountain View Distillery Spirits Tasting

Six Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

The countdown to Christmas seems to move faster every day, yet you can’t seem to think of just the right gift for that special guy in your life. We’re here to help! Check out this collection of fun gift ideas from our shop. Give your guy something to look forward to with a gift certificate for a spirits tasting. We …

Gifts for Wine Lovers

Christmas is less than ten days away. Are you done shopping? If not, we can help you finish checking off that shopping list. If you are done, why not pick up something special for yourself? You deserve it! Doesn’t Linda look fashionable with her wine purse? It’s insulated and comes with a cork screw so you can carry wine to …

New Winery Construction Update

Standing on this floor is like standing in the middle of a dream. We need to pinch ourselves. Is this really happening? It must be. We hear the buzz of saws and the hammer of nails as we watch the frame go up for our brand new winery. Yes, some dreams really do come true. We named one of our …

Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe

On a cold winter day, there’s nothing quite like changing into some comfy jammies and curling up with a hot cocoa by the fire — or maybe there is. What if we added wine to that hot chocolate? Yes! Let’s do that! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know we love to add wine to all …

See The Vineyard Grape Pressing Process

Thanks for joining us on the latest step in our winemaking adventure! Over the last few weeks, you’ve seen the grape harvest, checked out how we crushed the grapes, then saw how (and why) we punched down those crushed grapes. Now, it’s time for grape pressing. Grape pressing is the process of squeezing every bit of juice out of the crushed …

Why Do We “Punch” Our Grapes? Winemaking Behind the Scenes.

Some of the work we do at the vineyard and winery just sounds so mean! Things like pinching our plants or tossing baby grape clusters might make us sound cruel. But, we promise none of it is as bad as it sounds. We’re quite peaceful around here! Punching down refers to pushing grape solids down into a container of fermenting grape juice. Watch …

See How We Crush Wine Grapes (No Stinky Stomping Feet Involved!)

When you think about crushing grapes, you probably picture someone stomping grapes in a barrel, like in this iconic I Love Lucy clip. It would take us forever to crush the tons of grapes we harvest by hand — or foot. Plus, who wants to think about stinky feet touching their wine! Ewww. These days, most vineyards use machines to …