Dihuit (Irish for Hello!) Friends,
March is here and with it the rain! The Russian River Valley is finally
wearin' the green! About time as St. Pat's is just around the corner.
All this rain, small may it be, has been wonderful. It crossed our minds that
Dan's mom, Irene, may have had a hand in delivering this gift from above,
since it started raining the day after her Memorial on January 31st.
Irene O'Connell, Irish/Scot through and through, lived until she was 99 years
old. She still had all her 'marbles' when her body started to give out. It
was hard to watch as she went downhill but she was a trooper and a real
pleasure to know until the end of her life. She is missed by everyone
here--her son, Dan, her daughter-in-law, Jan, and granddaughter, Lily, as
well as many friends and family members near and far.
The touch of soft rain on our skin, the smell of moisture in the air is so
appreciated when it is so few and far between. It bodes well for crops as
well as people. Although those in the know are still thinking drought, the
rains we have been getting now will definitely help to bring us back up
To look at the vines they have really enjoyed this soaking. They look great.
Pruning, tying and mowing has been completed and all looks tidy as we ready
ourselves for another season. We have noticed some nodules popping out an
indication of growth movement inside the vines. Who knows, maybe they are
just adjusting to this wonderful new weather pattern after all those months
of dryness...we hope so. Frost season is still with us through the middle of
April, and can even last into May. By then the vines will be very active with
new green growth sprouting out all over. A farmer's biggest spring worry is a
late frost that sneaks in. Like all farmers we will keep our fingers crossed
as we carefully watch and wait.
Although we never really just watch and wait. 'Slow' time on a ranch is
really just another word for completing all those special jobs and projects
that we couldn't fit into the months past. Like refinishing furniture,
repairing equipment, painting, new landscaping--all those types of projects
that are constantly waiting in the wings to be completed.
But while we "wait" for this new crop to materialize we'll be sure
to enjoy St. Pat's blessing of rainy sunny weather by pouring a glass of our
extremely rare (like those gold coins at the end of the rainbow) and
delicious (like smooth warm pleasure) O'Connell Vineyards Estate 2012 Pinot
Noir, the perfect wine to pair with any type of fare. It goes great with
stews, short ribs, salmon, and pasta to name just a few entrees. Try some! We
guarantee it will warm your heart and your whole being and make you dance an
Irish jig to boot! Order now and you'll also enjoy a 10% discount on this
delicious hand crafted small lot single clone offering.
To get an even better deal why not join our wine club--you'll get 20% or more
off the cost of our wines PLUS you and one guest will enjoy free entry to our
O'Connell Vineyards wine club events. How can you lose? It's a win-win deal!
FYI our next wine event, "A Spring Celebration", slated for Sunday,
April 27th on the back lawn at Vine Hill House event center at O'Connell
Vineyards, will feature a delicious wine and food pairing by renowned chef
Barbara Hom and a special vineyard led tour by Dan himself. Cost is
$25.00 per person, reimbursed when you join our wine club. To attend
please RSVP to email@example.com
or call our office at (707) 823-8590, or fax (707) 829-2870. Bring your
friends along! We'd love to see you here!
To honor Irene, we've included a special St. Patrick's Day Entree from
Irene's family recipe archives that pairs perfectly with our O'Connell
Vineyards Estate grown 2012 Pinot Noir: Living amongst the family apple
orchards she was always discovering new and interesting ways to add
fresh and dried apples and apple juice to the family meals.
Happy Rains, Happy Late Winter/Early Spring to you and yours,
Erin Go Bragh!
love is like fine wine..."
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
$40.50 per bottle to you
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Contact Dan or Jan at
O’Connell Vineyards regarding your membership, to order wine
and for wine club events at the number below, or visit our website at www.oconnellvineyards.com to sign up.
to email your order
If you prefer to place
your order by phone, please contact us directly at 888-889-0929.
You may also pick-up your order at the vineyard.
TRADITIONAL IRISH CORNED
BEEF SUPPER WITH APPLE PAN JUICES
Corn beef brisket with spice packet
1 small onion
4 carrots, cut in half and sliced length wise
2 potatoes (or more as needed), peeled & quartered
1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 T brown sugar
2 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard (Irene preferred Gulden's)
Place onion in slow cooker or heavy pot (Irene preferred her orange Le
Creuset casserole pot)
Add carrots, potatoes and corn beef brisket
Combine apple juice, brown sugar, cloves, mustard and packet of spices and
pour over brisket
Cover and cook for 3-4 hours
Add cabbage and continue cooking for 30 minutes or until meat and vegetables
Remove cloves and spoon pan juices over meat and vegetables
O'Connell (1914 - 2014)