Although I tried to add all the label info required by the BATF (it's called something else now, but I don't know what) I knew there would be something we missed. Suzanne Drexhage and Phillip Majerus work on all those lovely little details for Kermit Lynch, and they found one little thing was missing! We listed the grape varieties on the back label, and according to the US government, we are required to list the percentages of those grapes. We also have to put a sticker on every bottle with the importer's name and address as well as the government warning. I knew we would have to add the stickers to every bottle going to the US, but it didn't really sink in until I looked at the 1200+ 6-bottle cases in my garage. They now all have to be opened, each bottle must have two stickers placed on it, then be put back into the case and re-sealed! Ugh! I worked so hard on the labels so that it would be a nice package, now there's stickers all over the place. Oh well, what really counts is inside the bottle right? I keep telling myself that in any case. Next year it'll look a lot better, we'll know what has to go on the bottle before we make the labels, and before we bottle the wine.
Last week we had two recent college grads visiting us from the US. Maggie Stephenson and Kris Johnson were lucky enough to come help! They had planned on coming for harvest, but we had finished most of the picking before they got here. Instead, they very willingly helped us with sticking the additional labels on bottles, and some fun work in the winery. It was great to have their smiling faces around while we were doing such repetitive work! Even our dog Daisy wanted to help...well, sort of.
The first shipment of 60 cases, destined for Colorado, will be picked up any day now! That's very exciting since I am a Colorado girl and I will be thrilled to have it arrive there first. In another couple of weeks they'll be picking up 200 cases headed for Kermit Lynch's store in Berkeley. If you are interested in buying La Gramière please contact the Kermit Lynch distributor for your state and tell them you want some! That way they will order some when it is offered to them. So far I know for sure that it's going to the Bay Area, Colorado, and a few cases to the Minneapolis area, so let them know if you are interested. Another way to go about it is to go to your favorite wine shop and ask them to inquire about La Gramiere from their Kermit Lynch distributor.
Then your wine shop can track it for you. The distributor will not be able to sell it directly to you; you'll have to buy it from a local wine shop. I'll also keep you up to date when I ship orders off to the various states.
Ok, gotta get back to it, my parents are out there working while I'm in here typing...I may never hear the end of it!