Off the Vine: Show #14 – March 10, 2015

This week’s show features 5th generation winegrower George Martinelli describing his family’s history of farming in Sonoma Count that dates back to the 1860’s as part of the Homestead Act.

When the show opened up, Karissa discussed Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Vintners Sonoma in the City program that took place in Chicago and Milwaukee last week.  She also discussed our exciting new retail partnership with Binny’s Beverage Depot.

Off The Vine #14 George Martinelli and Karissa Kruse

The majority of the show discussed George Martinelli’s family history of farming, from prunes and apples, to farming grapes today.  He told the famous story of their Jackass Hill Vineyard, including the fact that his mom forbids him and his brother, Lee, Jr. from farming that 60-degree steep-sloped vineyard.  A couple “Geek Alert” worthy factoids is that when his dad is farming this famous vineyard, he doesn’t wear shoes with laces so that his feet don’t get tangled up if he had to jump off the tractor on this steep hill.  He also mentioned there is only one John Deere tractor model that can be used to help farm the Jackass Hill Vineyard.