It takes a village…..

to make a winery apparently.  Today was our main harvest day where we harvested all the Petit Milo (that which becomes the Virga) and the Leon Millot (that which becomes the Quintage).  It takes a pretty big crowd to ensure that we are able to get it done in a day rather than in a […]

The longest March 24th of our lives.

We had a fairly normal morning except that Tak and I took the kids to the playground while Jill did a final sweep and pack. There was a high school event at the park this morning, and I have never seen so many short skirts in one place at the same time! The kicker was […]

Day of fun!

Immediately following breakfast Jill and I gathered our things and headed off for Tokyo.  We just missed the 8:50 bus, so we walked to Kumegawa.  This is our first trip into the city without children, but we are trying to get a lot accomplished in short order, and that is just not possible with children.  […]

Fuji-smog, a monk gets a tea shop, and a long trip for towels

We woke up and opened the windows just as the sun rose over the mountains and Fuji-san was visible!  The smog had cleared somewhat overnight.  I sat by the window and alternately appreciated and photographed the view while I typed up the blog from the day before.  This was at about 6:15, and breakfast wasn’t […]

Kind of like the Okanagan of Japan

Today we headed off for Japan’s wine growing region.  We got out of the house just before 9 and made our way via bus and train to Kofu. We stopped at Enzan station and hopped in a cab for the short ride to Okunota Winery, the smallest we could find on the internet at approximately […]