Most are on a first-name basis with Mel and to boot, seem to know the names of other patrons. And if they don’t, it doesn’t take long before everyone is talking, laughing and comparing notes on the wines.
Flavors include "Pompous Pomegranate", "Giddy Garlic Cracked Pepper", "Oh My Yum Orange" and several others including seasonal offerings like "Classy Clove and "Wild Cherry" made with Maraschino cherries and bourbon.
A campaign Callaway launched ruffled some feathers, however: "White Wine Is All We Make". Joe says the German winemaker Callaway had at the time was trained in whites, primarily Riesling and the reds he produced weren't so good. The inside joke at the time was "white wine is all they know how to make."
He and Catherine found the 27 acre parcel where their farm in located about ten years ago. It was in such disrepair they turned around halfway up the driveway. After being persuaded to take a good look, they decided it was worth a shot.