Tom, the Pharmacist taught as adjunct professor for years, flew a plane and raised cattle, and I am sure did more that he didn’t tell us. Traveling through Canada one time, he was given a bottle of wine and liked it so much he went back for more. Learning that the wine was home made caught Tom’s attention. He turned wine making into a successful enterprise and now produces about 60-65 types of wine, making all of it in small batches, environmentally controlled, and constantly under his firm and watchful eye, bottled and corked in beautiful blue bottles. Furthermore, he is opening several retail locations in North Carolina.
We tasted several and purchased the Malbec (yes, Tom imports all of his grapes, including Malbec grapes from Argentina). Our limited storage space diminished our purchases, this time. We’ll return.
Tom loaded us into his car for a tour of the family house as described above and then raced up the hill to the retirement home he and his wife Nancy now live in, accompanied by Rosie leading the way. The retirement house features a “great room” with kitchen, dining area and living room in one space. The bedroom swallows up the king size bed and has a large walk in closet with chest of drawers strategically placed in the center. The house is “wheel chair ready just in case.” Aging hasn’t stopped Tom at all. He is creative, adventuresome and maintains a pure love of life. What fine people these are.
After our wine tasting and sending Tom home for his dinner, with Rosie in for the chase, we spent a beautiful night on the farm, along side the bubbling brook and facing west into the glorious sunset. This is the spirit of this mecca along the Blue Ridge.
For more, see http://www.thistlemeadowwinery.com/ and http://www.grapestompers.com/
As for Rosie the 35MPH dog, I couldn’t catch a photo of her–she was too fast for any camera.
Ann Carol Goldberg