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Kelsey Shoemaker
 
March 31, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

What is Bud Break?

What is Bud Break?

                                              

 

After the pruning season, the vineyard moves on to the next vine-growing process which is called bud break. Bud break is the beginning of new shoots and leaves growing on vines and is an exciting time at the winery! The "bud" refers to everything that will become the new growth of the plant. This means the grapes and leaves will start to bud. After a season of dormancy, the vines usually start to grow in March and April before they are the full vines that we know and love.  

Being in Texas, bud break can be experienced differently. Some vineyards will have a harsh winter and will either prolong the burst of buds or not grow at all. The first bud break signals to the winemakers how well this growing season will go. Whether it's late or early, bud break is a fascinating time at any winery. 

Sometimes in Texas, we have warm days in the early spring (late February – to early March).  When this happens it is possible to have an early bud break and then a freeze in mid to late March that can destroy the primary crop for that year.  Some varieties can still have a secondary bud break but it is usually much less productive than the primary bud break (10% to 40% of normal crop load).  Normally early spring freezes do not kill the vines.  This, however, is possible if the freeze is severe (temperatures less than 15 degrees F.).

Bud break normally takes place here between early to mid-March.  There will be small, green leaves budding out on pruned spears that begin to develop into shoots.  Dormancy is over. These buds will develop into long shoots (3 to 5 feet or more). This year, however, bud break will be later than normal because of much colder days and nights in early to mid-March. We believe that bud break this year will occur around April 1. This is good news because the likelihood of a late freeze in April is much less than in March.

The vines will bloom in mid to late April.  Bloom is when the small clusters shed their flowers and then develop into clusters of small grapes.

It's in the early Spring months that bud break occurs but it won't be until May or June before we see the full-spirited vines growing. Until then, there will be baby clusters of vines that are still just as cute to fawn over and encourage to grow.

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2022 at 10:23 AM Permalink to What is Bud Break? Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
March 31, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Women in Business


The Burleson community has wonderful women-owned businesses and leaders. Lost Oak's President, Roxanne Myers, was interviewed in the March issue of Local Life. Read her answers in the March Issue that focused on Women in business! Find the full article here
 

                                            

Every industry faces its own unique structure, history, norms, and culture. How a woman fits into that industry, particularly as a leader, is ever-evolving and each person approaches it differently. Just as personality traits and breadth of knowledge shape how someone leads, the experience of being a female in Western culture also plays a role.

It is the people in an industry who shape how the businesses are run and how people respond to leaders. The experiences of a woman in business will be unique to their industry. Roxanne Myers, President of Lost Oak Winery, describes the grape growing and winemaking industry as a “very male-dominated field, from owner to winemakers.” Their primary consumers are females though. Roxanne said “I don’t think of myself in the context of being a woman in the things that I do. I hold various leadership positions and in all my roles, I try to put the people and the organization ahead of me, thus helping me focus on the right things not on what might benefit me.” She finds there are advantageous aspects of being a female: “I would argue that leading employees might be easier as a woman because we see the human side of the business.”

Being a business owner has enough challenges on its own, and whether or not the owner is treated differently as a female is simply one of them. These women have learned how to respond, as they would any other challenge. Roxanne addressed it this way: “Personally, I don’t find being female a huge barrier to success probably because I haven’t noticed. I’ve been too busy trying to build the business.”

WHAT FULFILLS YOU IN YOUR JOB AS A LEADER?

Roxanne: “I love results. I love compromise and collaboration. When we get results through compromise and collaboration, I feel like we all win.”

BALANCING WORK AND HOME LIFE

All the factors such as work, kids, friends, and phones in their nature distract from something else. When she is home, she does not plug into work. When she works out, she does not answer her phone. Roxanne stresses that it is a challenge that requires tremendous focus but has found that compartmentalization is the best way to accomplish her goals.

INFLUENCES IN YOUR CAREER

Roxanne learned from her stepfather, Gene Estes, who was the founder of the company she now runs. She said he helped her to be confident in what she does and taught her an important lesson: everyone will make mistakes, but the important thing is to pick yourself up and keep moving. She describes Gene’s trait of being “a hard worker, disciplined and kind person” as traits that she admires.

ADVICE TO A FUTURE BUSINESSWOMAN

Roxanne: “Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. Know when to look for competent help in areas that you don’t excel in or things that are taking away the focus on working on your business. Always work hard, nothing comes easy. Just work smart.”

RECOMMENDED READING

Roxanne: "Traction by Gino Wickman. This recent read has really helped implement the systems necessary to accomplish your business goals. It’s a process and one you must hone but simplifies what we should be doing as entrepreneurs to be successful."

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2022 at 9:05 AM Permalink to Women in Business Permalink
Judy Estes
 
March 22, 2022 | Judy Estes

Apricot Glazed Carrots

Apricot Glazed Carrots

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted.
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add carrots to a pot of lightly salted water, and bring to a low boil.  Simmer until carrots are tender.  Drain.
  2. Put melted butter in a bowl, and stir in apricot preserves. 
  3. Stir in nutmeg, salt, orange zest, and lemon juice. 
  4. Add carrots, and stir well to coat. 
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. 

 

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2022 at 2:39 PM Permalink to Apricot Glazed Carrots Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
March 1, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

What is Pruning?

What is Pruning?

 

Not a lot goes on at a vineyard during the winter months as the vines aren't growing. This is because the vines enter their dormant season during the cold months. Grapevines go dormant (go to sleep for the winter) following harvest. The timing of dormancy varies depending on location. Our estate vines here on the winery property and most grapevines in North Central Texas are harvested from late July to mid-September depending on the variety. They usually enter dormancy between November 15 and December 15. One knows that dormancy is achieved when all of the leaves have fallen from the vines and the shoots are no longer green but brown. Once the leaves have fallen and the shoots are brown, the nutrients and water have migrated down the trunk into the roots beneath the surface of the ground. This offers protection from freezing until spring. 

What happens during these months is just as important as winemaking in the summer months. Before the vines can grow into a beautiful canopy and be part of making delicious wine, the first step is pruning. 

Pruning: This is critical and in North Central Texas, the timing is very important because pruning too early can stimulate bud break and as stated above, we want to avoid early bud break because of late spring freezes. Once the vines are dormant, we prefer to wait until late February - early March to prune. 

Bud Break- Bud break occurs when warming temperatures and lengthening days signal to the vines that a new season has begun. After sleeping all winter, the vine comes back to life and begins the growing process!

During pruning we will cut off 70 to 90 percent of the previous year’s growth, basically taking the vine back to just a trunk and 2 cordons. Pruning helps the upcoming growing season, preventing overcrowded vines, and ensuring that the grapes will have plenty of room for air to circulate, which helps prevent mildew and rot, according to Wine Spector.

Bud break normally takes place here between early to mid-March. There will be small green leaves budding out on pruned spears that begin to develop into shoots. Dormancy is over. These buds will develop into long shoots (3-5 feet or more). These vines then experience a bloom in mid to late April. Bloom is when the small clusters shed their flowers and then develop into clusters of small grapes. 

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2022 at 9:41 AM Permalink to What is Pruning? Permalink
Judy Estes
 
March 1, 2022 | Judy Estes

Recipe: Spring Green Salad

Spring Green Salad

                                           

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, tender parts, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed or snow peas or sugar snap peas (chopped)
  • A few handfuls of salad greens
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Crumbled feta cheese as much as you like (at least ½ cup)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, toasted salted almonds
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish (basil, mint, and/or chives)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup fresh basil or a mix of basil and mint
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus ½ teaspoon zest, 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and set a bowl of ice water
nearby. Blanch the asparagus for about 1 minute, until tender but still
bright green. Transfer to the ice water for 1 minute, then drain. Allow
the asparagus to dry and transfer it back to the bowl and add the peas.

2. Make the dressing: In a food processor, pulse together the herbs, garlic,
honey, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Add half of the dressing to the bowl with the asparagus and toss to coat.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Assemble the salad. Arrange the salad greens on a platter, then layer
the asparagus/pea mixture, the radishes, feta, avocado, tomatoes,
almonds, red onions, and herbs. Drizzle with remaining dressing, season
to taste with more salt and pepper, and serve.

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2022 at 9:10 AM Permalink to Recipe: Spring Green Salad Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
March 1, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Macey Boroson

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

I am IN LOVE with sweet tea. So either that or water.

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

If I'm not at work or school I typically love to spend time with my best friend. I also love to play around with my dogs, Buddee and Lucky.

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

The Flash or The Vampire Diaries! However, even though it's not on Netflix, I love to binge-watch Pretty Little Liars.

4. What is your favorite food?

Born and raised in Texas I obviously have to choose Steak!! My dad makes amazing steak and it's my favorite.... besides Chick-Fil-A

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

Before starting at Lost Oak, I was a Lifeguard at pirates cove! Although I didn't get much wine experience there, I learned a lot from my mom who used to work at the winery about 13 years ago!

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

I have been working at Lost Oak for 8 months now.

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.

I am all for a good joke/scare. Because of that, I decided to try and prank Colby. I ended up scaring him a solid 3 times and even managed to get two on video. Needless to say, I was crying laughing and it was one of the funniest things. Colby might not have found it funny, but I sure did!

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Macey Boroson Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
February 8, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Wine Business Monthly

Texas had some of the strongest growth in 2020 (15 percent); and while that growth was down by more than half in 2021 (7 percent), the state still fared better than the country’s other winery-dominant states. Roxanne Myers, president of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, pointed to the pandemic as the major contributor to this decline in growth, year-over-year.

“You saw very few wineries putting in second, third, or fourth tasting rooms because it was a very uncertain market,” said Myers. “Also, because wineries were shut down along with bars, it wasn’t prudent to open up a new winery business while you couldn’t operate."

“Online sales have multiple barriers to entry,” added Myers. “First, interstate shipping laws make it difficult to follow the rules about state taxes and reporting. Also, some of the more powerful internet wine retailers use wines available by distributors; so, if a winery doesn’t use a distribution company and only direct-ships, it’s hard to compete online with limited marketing resources.” Myers is confident that growth will rebound in 2022 and said a lot of movement is taking place in the Hill Country and north of Fort Worth, towards the River River area.

“There are a few concerns in the marketplace right now with regards to viticulture, namely herbicide volatilization and climate change. Aside from that, Texas is still a big market for wine consumers, and I believe we’ll see more and more investment here,” she said. “Land in Texas is less expensive than other areas, making it attractive to outside investment, and there are few restrictions for getting a permit to manufacture and direct-sell wine."

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2022 at 9:25 AM Permalink to Wine Business Monthly Permalink
Judy Estes
 
January 31, 2022 | Judy Estes

Strawberry and Brie Bites

Strawberry & Brie Bites

 

Ingredients:

12 small fresh strawberries
12 fresh basil leaves
3 ounces of Brie cheese, cut into 12 small pieces (about 1/2-by-1-inch)
2 teaspoons balsamic glaze 
Your Favorite Cracker

Recipe:

  • Thread a strawberry, basil leaf, and piece of cheese onto each of 12 toothpicks. Place on top of crackers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving. 

Tips: 

  • Make Ahead Tip: Hold (without glaze) at room temperature for up to 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Equipment: 12 appetizer-size skewers or toothpicks
  • Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that's cooked until it's very thick. Look for it with other vinegar in well-stocked supermarkets. Or make it yourself by boiling 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes.

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Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 4:23 PM Permalink to Strawberry and Brie Bites Permalink
Angela Chapman
 
January 31, 2022 | Angela Chapman

Wine Pairing: Wine and the 5 Love Languages

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than by acknowledging your special someone’s love language. I recently took the quiz and found out that my love language is wine. But then I was told that wine is not one of the 5 love languages, so I have no idea what quiz I took. Maybe it was the Myers-Briggs? Anyway, why not pair your love language with wine! 

01. Words of Affirmation

“I love you, and you will love this wine.”

For this love language, you need a wine that has a lot to say. I suggest the 2019 Viognier. It has aromas and flavors that linger and whisper softly, “You are perfect. Go ahead, take another sip.” It’s smooth and full-bodied with an ever-changing finish that expresses itself with minerality and crisp citrus. 

02. Quality Time

“Let’s spend some time together drinking this bottle of wine.”

Quality time is all about giving your full attention to the person you are with. Why not spend some of that quality time sharing a bottle of 2019 Sweet Riesling? Just the right amount of fun and relaxing, sweet but not too sweet. Complex enough to keep the conversation going, but not so overwhelming that you get distracted and forget that this is about your loved one and not the wine. 

03. Acts of Service

“I opened this bottle of wine and poured it into your favorite glass.”

What wine not only loves you but shows you it loves you? Which wine is willing to do the work for you, to show you just how much it cares? That wine is the 2019 Merlot. You can always count on Merlot; it is a staple of the wine world and willing to do the extra work, so you don’t have to. 2019 is fruity and soft on the finish with just the right amount of cherry and vanilla flavors.

04. Physical Touch

“I may have a bottle of wine in one hand and glass in the other, but I can still give you a hug.”

Who needs physical touch from a loved one when you can let Shiraz Reserve give all your taste buds an embrace of flavor? Shiraz Reserve is not just an embrace for your tongue, it is a whole mouth experience. With perfectly balanced acid and tannins, this full-bodied wine caresses the pallet with a flavor that is so complex it shifts with every sip. 

05. Receiving Gifts

“I got you a bottle of wine while I was running errands.” 

Just a little something to show you care. Any bottle of Lost Oak wine speaks to this love language. Just the act of ordering online for delivery, curbside pickup, or stopping by and letting one of our friendly staff help pick something out is perfect for this love language. 

Whatever the love language of you and your loved one, we have a wine we can pair it with. Cheers!


 

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 11:16 AM Permalink to Wine Pairing: Wine and the 5 Love Languages Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 31, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Colby Shelby

1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?

Well since I'm underage, I typically love to drink orange Fanta!

2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?

Sometimes I like to go into the city and skateboard around and try to enjoy myself as much as possible, if not that, then I'm at the gym pumping some iron.

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

One of my favorite shows to watch on Netflix would have to be Lucifer. If I'm not watching Lucifer then I am potentially watching Big Mouth.

4. What is your favorite food?

I tend to favor cheeseburgers or even chicken sandwiches from Chic- Fil- A.

5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?

Before joining the Lost Oak Winery family, I worked at Taco Bell for 6 months which really gave me a strong visual on how a lot of customers can be cruel and selfish so it helped me build the skill of giving good customer service. Also, school has shown me how to be a team player and even a leader.

6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?

I've been working here at L.O.W for 10 months.

7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.

One of the best memories working here has to definitely be the Halloween of 2021 when Macey and I dressed up as Eduar and Roxanne for Halloween.

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 10:59 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Colby Shelby Permalink