Double Entendre: a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to be understood in either of two ways, having a double meaning.
As the title of this post suggests, there are many happenings at Dale Hollow. This is mostly true, as it was pointed out in a “recent” post (Chapter 2), we were just as busy with a winery building as we were with building a wine-producing vineyard. There is a more cynical interpretation that can be made, and one could declare that the happenings with the winery and vineyard are hollow in their nature, and by golly you are ready to sit and drink some wine at this place, already!
If you are in the second camp, I encourage you to read on. The lack of activity on this particular news platform may have lead you to believe that we have-
A) taken a sabbatical from vineyarding and winemaking, the Biblical rains of 2015, subsequent weeds and critters finally got the best of them and they took up poetry instead:
(As depicted in this photographic evidence grid of treachery, critters have taken refuge on leaves and amongst grape clusters. Further, on the bottom photo, you will see the weeds violated the agreed upon line of demarcation that we established. There was a very clear verbal agreement: we wouldn’t micro-manage them as long as they kept their distance from the vines and didn’t overcrowd them. Weeds can’t be trusted.)
B) decided to moonlight as carpenters and lumberjacks from all the man-skills developed over the course of these projects:
(In all reality, while putting up the walls of the well-house, I made up my mind that nail guns, heavy lifting, and chainsaws may not be my strongest area of expertise. Of course, I didn’t say that out loud to the men I was working alongside. It’s possible they could lose some respect for my perceived aptitudes if they were aware that I worry that these devices could severely impede on my ability to type words and turn pages.)
c) ran out of things to say.
As tempting as “a” was this year, it is not the case. If you have ever met myself or Asher, you already know “c” is about as likely as a wine sommelier blind-tasting a Napa Cabernet and declaring it to be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that would pair wonderfully with a bowl of dry Captain Crunch.
We are still hard at work and we are definitely getting closer. Once we are approved to move the license we can bring our wine in process and inventory to the new location at the vineyard, start making bigger batches, and look forward to “opening the doors”, as they say. Speaking of doors, we actually have one of those now too (photo and captioning provided by Asher Dale):