The Harvest Issue

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A Message from Ed
Wow, harvest is finally here and in full swing.  One whiff of the air in the winery and the pinot noir ferments fill your nose with the first dreams of another delicious vintage.  The harvest team arrived in late August, was immediately put to work and revels in the hard work of doing what it takes to make great wine.  Again this year, we share our home with people from around the world - Peru, New Zealand, France and, of course, Canada - as they help us turn our grapes into wine.

As I look at the forecast (which I do several times a day), it's calling for at least 2 weeks of straight sunshine.  The Pinot Noir is all in, but Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer will come in over the next few weeks.  It's not too late to come and check out harvest.  There are a number of exciting things at the winery besides the work of harvest; new wines are being released, an older vintage may have found its way out from the library, and cool tastings and great events abound during the fall.

Whether or not you can make it to the winery, I hope you enjoy great glass of wine or two as we give thanks for the everything Mother Nature has given us this harvest.


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The winery's been buzzing...
By Jillian Nero, The Original Flat Rock Groupie (aka Marketing Manager)

ChickensI've heard some loyal Flat Rockers are missing our monthly news updates, so I will be the one to take full responsibility for our inbox absence.  The winery's been buzzing over the past couple of months, and through all the excitement the thought of sitting in front of a computer screen seemed, well...a little daunting.  In attempt to make up for my procrastination I'll give you the Coles Notes version of what's been happening since our last instalment. 

As Ed mentioned above, the harvest team arrived and were quickly put to work harvesting some Chardonnay destined for sparkling in early September.  One of our interns, Emily actually arrived with a little extra baggage; two roosters and three hens.  The FRC team quickly welcomed the new additions to our family by setting up shop for our new feathered friends.  The hens are keeping busy laying yummy eggs fated for team dinners and the roosters, well are doing what roosters do best - cock-a-doodle-doo!  If you are planning to come by over the next little while, I do ask that you please drive cautiously as our chickens have free run of the place throughout the day. Click here to read on...

Heavy Medals for Flat Rock
By Tiffany Wise, Resident Wine Fanatic (aka Sales Manager)

Ross and the team have been bulking up lately; and it's not just due to harvest and all the hand plunging.  With each announcement of results from some of the most prominent Canadian and international wine competitions, Flat Rock has been bringing home some serious heavy "medals".  Most recently, FRC was awarded 12 medals from the Canadian Wine Awards including a Gold for the 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir.  Click here to view the complete list of this summers' award winning wines.  Congratulations Ross and team!

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