Recently my Mom sent me a handful of vintage Castoro photos that she had come across while making an album for our 25th anniversary celebration a couple years ago. When I saw these photos they immediately brought back memories of growing up with the winery and the culture that surrounds it. Some of these memories include staying home from class to help pick grapes, running around during festivals and parties, drinking lots of Castoro grape juice, following workers around the winery with a million questions and of course selling pumpkins at the tasting room! (see photo below). All of these memories and experiences are just as much a part of Castoro as the wine itself and are part of what makes Castoro truly unique. At Castoro we not only cultivate grapes, we cultivate an atmosphere that promotes family, friendship and good memories. If you look at the photo below of my friend Travis and I dancing, you’ll notice a band playing behind us. That band is Zzah who just played at our wine festival party this year for the 17th consecutive year! If I had to guess I’d say that photo is probably around 15 years old and when I saw Zzah this year they had me dancing once again, and who knows I may have even thrown in some of the same dance moves!
Now that September is rapidly approaching it’s starting to feel a lot like harvest time, and before we know it our first lots of grapes will be trickling into the winery for processing. With every year comes a slightly different experience and with each experience comes new memories and new chapters to the story of Castoro. With that said, thanks to all of you who have stuck with us over the years and a warm welcome to those of you who are just now discovering our wines. If all goes to plan, 2011 will be a harvest to remember!