Tuesday, October 1, 2013

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Marty Anker of Alpharetta, Georgia!!

Marty's guess of 4800 pounds was just 40 lbs. short of the actual count of 4840 lbs.  Very close indeed. And as a reward, Marty will soon be the proud recipient of a 3 Liter (that's the same as 4 regular bottles) of the delicious 2005 Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Yay, Marty!


Friends of Tom Eddy Wines giving Marty a rousing cheer!

We gave Marty a call the other night to tell him the results and got his answering machine instead. We found out later it was late (in Geogia time) and he was putting the kids to bed. When we finally connected the next day and told him the good news, his first words were:  "Wow"!! That's amazing. Wait until I tell my friends!"  Seems that it was through friends several years ago that he first heard of Tom Eddy Wines and has been a fan ever since.

But we still had a few questions for him...

Us: "How did you come up with the final number of 4800 lbs.?" 
Marty: "Lucky guess." 
Us: "Did you watch the videos we made to get the clues?"
Marty: "No" (laughter).
Us: "Even WE thought it was going to be well over 5,000 lbs, Marty. How did you do it?"
Marty: "I could have done a history of the area and used it as a guide regarding rain, weather, climate but instead I googled the previous year's results and took an educated guess."

Everyone has their own system.  And Marty's worked for him. Way to go, Marty!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

To Pick or Not To Pick...



We were all ready to pick Kerry's Vineyard today. The sugars (brix) were perfect, the bins were in place, the shears were sharpened.  Then the rain came. About 8am. Soft and sprinkley at first. Then harder and consistent.

Bad news.


Why?

We asked Tom:

Us: So it's raining. What's the big deal? Why not pick the grapes? They're ready, right?
Tom: Yes. Kerry's Vineyard was ready to pick. But think of it as boiling noodles for spaghetti. The noodles are ready but they're not properly drained. What do you get?
Us: Watery noodles.
Tom: Same with wine. The the rain dilutes the sugars in the juice which would result in a thin, watery wine.
Us: Even if the grapes are ripe?
Tom: It's a lot of water. There's water on the skins, on the leaves, and at at the same time the roots are taking up water and within a few hours, are pumping it up to the berries thereby diluting the flavors, acids and sugars.
Us: Okay. How long do you have to wait before you can actually pick the grapes?
Tom: We need to give the grapes a couple of days of dry weather conditions which will allow the vines to get back to normal.
Us: And if it keeps raining?

Tom: It's possible that the grapes can crack and burst. Then fungi can take hold causing spoilage. Not good.  This is our constant tango with Mother Nature.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Contest Deadline Is Almost Here!

To all you diehard Tom Eddy fans...

Thank you for viewing all of our videos giving you clues to how many grapes we will be harvesting from Kerry's Vineyard this year.  And now it's time to guess, for your chance to win a 3L bottle of Tom Eddy Cabernet.

Some time this week, send your guess to kerry@tomeddywines.com
Be sure to include:

1) # pounds
2)  Date of harvest (the day you predict we'll be harvesting).

The deadline is this Friday, September 20th at 6 pm.

Be sure to put "Kerry's Vineyard Contest" in the subject line.

Thanks for playing.

This could be your year!

The 2012 winner, with Kerry Eddy




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Join the Grape Contest!

We're getting toward the end of the clues for Kerry's Vineyard.  We hope you've been enjoying the videos. We've had fun making them.

According to last years winner, Ben, the key for guessing the correct weight (in pounds) of the grapes to be harvested from Kerry's Vineyard this year, is to make a spreadsheet and put in all the clues. Then just do the math.  Simple, huh?

Remember to send your guess to kerry@tomeddywines.com by September 20th.  Anything after will not be counted. Also include your guess of a 'pick' date (in case of a tie).  Put "Kerry's Vineyard Contest" in the subject line of your email to make sure we don't miss it!

So here are some more clues:


video

Saturday, September 7, 2013

More Clues...


How many pounds of grapes will we harvest from Kerry's Vineyard this year?
Get ready to do the math...

video

Contest ends:  September 20, 2013
Send your guess (along with a harvest date) to kerry@tomeddywines.com
Please put "Kerry's Vineyard Contest" in the subject line.

Music Title:  Whiskey On The Mississippi
By Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: byAttribution3.0
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Your First Clues

The contest has begun.

For the next few weeks we will be posting videos of Tom giving you clues to how many pounds of grapes we will harvest from Kerry's Vineyard this year.  Guess the right amount (or be the closest to it) and you will win a beautiful three liter bottle of Tom Eddy Cabernet Sauvignon.  What a deal!

Keep coming back to this blog for more clues and details about how to submit your guess.
Good luck!

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kerry's Vineyard 2013 Contest w/ Kerry Eddy.


About this time every year, since we began harvesting Kerry's Vineyard, it's been a waiting game.  We pray for continued great weather, no fires (smoke taint), no rain (at least not a lot of it), and no hiccups. Meanwhile, the bins are washed and the clippers are sharpened so, now what do we do?  Have a contest, of course!