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Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Solar Eclipse 2017

We were lucky enough to experience the partial solar eclipse of 2017 here in Burleson Texas!
Armed with a pinhole projector made by Mariam and Angela, and of course some great Lost Oak Texas Wine we were ready!
Roxanne, Angela & Mariam - eclipse ready!
So cool! 
The pinhole projector worked!
Eclipse on paper!
Tyrell showed up with a welder's hood!!!  And he was kind enough to share!
Roxanne Sun-viewing
 
We all took turns
Put it on like this...  now can I have it back?
We later found out that we were not the only ones to watch the eclipse like this.  Apparently we ARE the Texas stereotype!  We saw this meme after we watched the eclipse through a welders hood.... 
Because, Texas
Much to our delight we saw that tree leaves also make pinhole projectors.  The front of the Lost Oak Event center was like a magical disco-ball reflection of crescents.  
Sooooo Cooool!!!
Solar eclipse, cheers to you!
 
And if you missed the eclipse, you can watch our rendition of it right here!
 
 
 
 
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

Veraison: A Colorful Process

If you can stand the heat, summer can be a beautiful time in the vineyard. One thing that makes it so colorful is veraison.  Veraison is the name given to the process in which the grapes change colors from green to golden or green to purple or red. During this process, you can see individual barriers on bunches changing colors at different times making for a magical kaleidoscope of yellows, greens, and purples. Along with this color change comes more intense aromas. All of this is to let animals (and us) know that the fruit is ready to eat. We, however, don’t rely solely on veraison to tell us the grapes are ready to go. During this time, we are constantly testing the sugar content of the grapes. This involves going down rows of vines pulling a few grapes off each vine. We then squish them all up and take a Degrees Brix reading. That is a fancy way of saying that we are looking for the amount of sugar in the grapes. Each varietal has a different ideal level of sugar that we are looking for. When the grape reaches that magical Brix number we are ready to harvest!
 
- Angela Chapman, WSET III

July 2017

 

 

 

 

Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Sweet Emerson Wine

Little Emerson Carol Lockhart was born on February 24, 2017 with a congenital heart defect that will require much medical attention. She will have two major heart surgeries before the age of five.
 
Emerson is the daughter of Aly and Clint Lockhart. Aly is a former employee of Lost Oak and niece of Lost Oak's winemaker Jim Evans. We are overjoyed to have baby Emerson as part of the Lost Oak Family.
Emerson is pictured here at  four months old.  She loves being in motion, always having music playing, and kicking her feet.  She does not like having her temperature taken and has a sensitive tummy.
She has had three surgeries and is 25 days post heart surgery. She is a little warrior!
 
For every bottle of Emerson wine purchased, Lost Oak will donate $5 to the GoFundMe account for Emerson's ever-growing medical expenses. 

Please help give little Emerson the start in life she needs.

Thank you for your generosity.
 
- The Lost Oak Family
 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 8:35 AM
Gene Estes
 
March 4, 2019 | Gene Estes

Blanc du Bois is a Winner

 
We are THRILLED to announce the results of the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition, including our new 2016 Blanc du Bois from our own Estate Vineyard, which is released in conjunction with July's Wine Club Wines!
 
2016 Blanc du Bois - Gold; Best in Varietal Blanc du Bois
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - Silver
2016 Orange Muscat - Silver
2015 Gewurztraminer Frizzante - Bronze
2015 Montepulciano -  Bronze
2016 Sauvignon Blanc - Bronze
2015 Tempranillo - Bronze
2016 Viognier - Bronze
 
The 34th Lone Star International Wine Competition hosted 598 wines and 34 wine bottle labels from 96 wineries in Texas, from other states and two countries.  Judging was completed on June 6 with 12 Double Gold Awards, 91 Gold Medals, 269 Silver Medals, 224 Medals, 6 Best in Varietal, and 12 Grand Star Best of Show.  WOW!  The most wines ever awarded at a Lone Star International Wine Competition.
 
~ Gene & Jim
June 2017
 
Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

What Are We Waiting For?

There is a chill in the air and fall is here. The grape harvest is over, and the fruits of our labor have been fermented and are… well they're not doing very much. Or are they? 
 
Currently, our 2017 harvest has been turned into wine and are enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation in the form of aging. 
 
 
The reds are in oak barrels 
 
 
and the whites are in stainless steel tanks. 
 
 
 
But why can’t we drink them now and what’s the purpose of aging wine? 
 
 
To answer this, we will have to look at the wine making process. After the grapes are pressed, yeast is added, and fermentation happens. Fermentation is a chemical reaction where in the yeast turns the sugar in the grapes into Co2, heat, and alcohol. Simply put, it is no longer grape juice and that chemical reaction has left the newly made wine a bit unstable and unsure of itself. It lacks complexity, body, and character. 
 
Un-aged wines can come off as sharp and one dimensional. It is perfectly drinkable at this stage in its life but if bottled right then it would decline in quality quickly. Aging the wine allows for the flavor and aromas to develop and set into place making for a more enjoyable wine that will last longer. 
 
Waiting around for wine to age isn’t very much fun, but it’s worth it.
 
 
 
- Written by Angela Chapman, WSET III

Edited by fellow wino Mariam Copeland

 

 

 

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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