The space aged Shake Your Bundschu went off on Saturday as it always does. That is to say the roof was blown off the place. Seriously the energy of that party is always so supercharged it is kind of scary. The DJ brought it- great sounds, big video screens and a laser show extraordinaire. The winery courtyard looked and felt like the best dance club ever. And the crowd behaved like it-- there were costumes galore- from astronauts to robots, afro's to spandex, and everyone danced, danced and danced. The whole scene was a sight to behold.
The day started on the other side of coin, that is to say with a serious vineyard education session for 40 people. Towle Merritt, cousin and vineyard manager, led the group through a vineyard walk and a talk that focused on our grapevine selection proccess, particularly the unique multi-year process we are going through that will yield proprietary versions of Chardonnay, Gewurtzatraminer and Zinfandel clones. Super wonky and super cool. The second half of the morning was spent previewing the 2010 reds with the winemaking team.
The best compliment came at the end of the night, when a friend of multiple time attendees thanked me profusely, and described the morning as super educational, and yet no way reflective of what was to come. He said 'You guys were way informative in the morning, and so into that when we left I told my friends I couldn't see this same group going off with a party the way they described. It would be like having your favorite professor in college turning into the DJ at the best party ever, and that just doesn't happen. My friends told me to hold on, and low and behold it happened!'
Hard to top this year's as always...planning begins for 2013...