zeit·geist /ˈtsītˌɡīst,ˈzītˌɡīst/ noun – the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.

As the full moon ascends into the sky we are welcomed into a new year. The new year often symbolizes a time of renewal and for many a fresh start, a beginning from which to set a new path.

Reading back through my posts of the past year, 2014 was a year of whimsy. I grounded myself and opened my eyes to the magic of the simple pleasures all around. My garden flourished (and is still providing me with fresh herbs!) and I was able to experience grape growing and wine making from start to finish at Broken Stone Winery.

It’s hard to believe that it was the start of this blog that led me to Tim and Micheline at Broken Stone Winery and allowed me the experience of a life time – the chance to be a part of the production of a product from start to finish. Tim has become a real mentor to me. His ability to take his dreams and make them a reality is remarkable. On the surface he makes it all look easy, but if you look past this humble exterior you will see the grit, hard work and perseverance that he puts in in order to achieve greatness.

Owning a winery and a vineyard is no easy task. Tending to grapes is farming. The vines need to be maintained and tended to with weeding, pest-management and pruning in order to be ready for winemaking at the end of the season. It is tough manual labour to keep up on vineyard work and requires constant work. It is not unusual to work a 12 hour day if not more – especially during harvest – and there is often lots of trouble shooting and problem solving at the hands of equipment malfunctions and inclement weather in order to ensure the grapes become wine. But once the grapes are processed into wine and and the vines are tied down and tucked under the soil there is a sense of pride and accomplishment that is amazing and makes all the hard work of the year worthwhile.

This past year Tim has not only taught me about grape growing and wine making but he has shown me that with perseverance and hard work dreams do become reality and that’s inspiring.

2 comments on “Zeitgeist

  1. Candace
    So good to hear from you! Your life sounds really fine! Are you still still working on the California wine course? We need to get together and catch up some time soon.

    Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 05:02:35 +0000
    To: dianebeckett@hotmail.com

  2. HI Diane,
    I am still working on the California wine course. I would love to get together and catch up! I will let you know next time I’m in Ottawa and we can plan to get together.

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