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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
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
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
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
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 20, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Double Gold and more at 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

                                           

2018 Cabernet Franc π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Montepulciano π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Mourvèdre π—•π—Ώπ—Όπ—»π˜‡π—²
2020 Orange Muscat π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
2019 Petit Verdot π—•π—Ώπ—Όπ—»π˜‡π—²
2020 Sauvignon Blanc π—¦π—Άπ—Ήπ˜ƒπ—²π—Ώ
NV Shiraz π——π—Όπ˜‚π—―π—Ήπ—² π—šπ—Όπ—Ήπ—±
We are so proud of our winemakers of these awesome achievements!

 

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2022 at 10:52 AM Permalink to Double Gold and more at 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 15, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

A Clean Start at Lost Oak Winery!

Find one of your New Year resolutions at Lost Oak this month. We offer many healthy things and here is our list to get you started!

A Clean Start at Lost Oak

                                       

 

01. Lost Oak Wines are Gluten Free and Mostly Vegan

All of our wines are home-grown and vegan except for the Reserve Viognier 2019 and the Riesling 2019. These two wines are filtered through a different fining agent derived from cow's milk. However, our other Viognier is vegan! It is actually rare here that we use a nonvegan product. As well as most of our wine is vegan, all of our wine is gluten-free. 

02. Bike and Hike

The bike and hike trail trailhead is near the production facility in the back and is always open to the public until dark. The trail itself is 2.5 miles long and is perfect for a scenic walk. You can also enjoy wine right after! It has been used for the Wicked Wine Run, a fun run that we host twice a year, and monthly bird walks! For more information, please visit our website

03. Open Area

Besides our tasting room and event center, the majority of our property is open space. In the warmer seasons, we have Concerts on the Lawn on our outdoor stage, events on the weekends, and so much more. You can enjoy your wine on our outdoor patio and stroll through the vineyards or take one of our winery tours. To see what event we are having next, view our calendar on our website

04. Red Wine 

Red wine has gotten a lot of buzz for its potential health benefits.  It is loaded with antioxidants. A 5-ounce glass of red wine has about 125 calories and no fat, or protein. Red wine and a Mediterrane diet are the perfect pairings if you are aiming for weight loss. Moderate wine consumption may help protect against excess weight gain. As always, drink in moderation. 

05. Transparency 

We pride ourselves on how our friendly staff is trained and knowledgeable about Lost Oak and Texas wines. Our tours offer the balance of learning more about Lost Oak’s vineyards and the production of wines. You will be educated about the process of wines from the moment grapes are grown on the vines to the glass you are drinking.

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 15, 2022 at 9:43 AM Permalink to A Clean Start at Lost Oak Winery! Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
January 1, 2022 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Max!

The Dog Days Are Not Over! 


Our employee spotlight this month is someone who knows how to love, give good dogs, loves walking through the vines, and...playing fetch.  Learn more about our best friend, Max!

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

"I love to drink water and stay hydrated! My favorite place to drink it is at the pond! It makes me happy to sip on some water while dipping my toes in."

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

"Sometimes I enjoy a nice stroll through the woods, hike and bike trail, or the vines. My mom loves to ride on her bicycle as I follow behind her. Some day I hope to be as fast as her!"

3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?

"My favorite show is Paw Patrol and my favorite movie is Secret Life of Pets. I will rewatch both of those shows as much as I can! I also am enjoying watching tennis...especially the ball going back and forth in the game."

4. What is your favorite food?

"Raw meat, and anything on the kitchen counter. Also, furniture cushions are very tasty!"

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

"I see myself as a hard worker and a good sport. I've been very loyal and I always know how to make people smile! I can also run really fast, want to watch?"

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

"Ever since last summer! I've enjoyed every moment of it so far. Every day is a new day!"

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

"My favorite memory of being part of Lost Oak so far has been the opportunity to be on the cover of Texas Wine Dogs magazine and have an article about me! I've also been fortunate to have a wine named after me. I've taken a few dips in the pond with turtles which was fun, but not the funniest. I'm not sure I've ever laughed before. I know how to bark."

 

Buy some Max today! A sweet white wine just like him!

     

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 1, 2022 at 9:48 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Max! Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
December 14, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

The Story of Lost Oak

The Story of Lost Oak
The wine, the business, the family 

In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to spread some cheer and tell the classic tale of Lost Oak to you!

The mind behind Lost Oak Winery is founder, Gene Estes. His sense of passion for the wine industry and dedication to growing wines has been the backbone of Lost Oak Winery. Gene Estes was born in Abilene, Texas. After returning from Vietnam in 1966, Gene attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Microbiology. Gene had a 40-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. He studied Viticulture via correspondence and had the good fortune to learn from native growers in Alsace France during an assignment in his final years at Alcon. 

The first Lost Oak vineyard was planted in 1998 and started out as an experimental vineyard, growing many varieties to observe. The first varietals planted were Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Leon Millot, Chambourcin, Chardonel, and Shiraz. “Making a great wine requires superior wine grapes, lots of devotion, time, and sacrifice,” Gene said. Today, the estate vineyard focuses on Shiraz. 

In the last few years, Lost Oak has grown into what it is today due in large part to Gene’s daughter, Roxanne who joined the business in early 2007. Roxanne’s emphasis on events and her marketing and people skills have been key to this success. From Tasting Room to President, she can be credited with growing Lost Oak Winery in the last 13 years, developing a robust event business, and helping Lost Oak to expand into the Hill Country. 

 

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2021 at 1:51 PM Permalink to The Story of Lost Oak Permalink