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Open House at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard & Greenhouse Nursery on July 14, 2011

 

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Everyone digs into the good food

 

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Good food goes with good wine. Mead was made by JD Blethen from Arizona & Jonathon Cooper from Knoxville

 

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The French Broad Vignerons brought lots of their home made wines for people to taste

 

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French Broad Vigneron Alan Staton serves up some wine for Slow Food Asheville's Bob Bowles

 

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French Broad Vigneron Cynthia Yancey chats with our 90 year old neighbor Renate Sorensen


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The front yard of the Blethens' log home provides a beautiful setting among the flowers and shrubs planted by Jeannie.

 

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The watermelon fruit bowl from Zuma's Cafe was a good complement to the cheeze from Victor Chiarzia and the Wineberry Torte donated by Elizabeth Vierengel

 

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Everyone enjoyed the food and wines

 

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The Blethens' potting shed is a focal point in the front yard and frames the fantastic view

 

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Chuck demonstrating their top bar beehive - he is holding a frame with a piece of brood
comb tied in place to assist the swarm captured in a neighbor's house to stay in the hive.

 

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Chuck describing one of the three varieties of cold-hardy figs growing at our vineyard

 

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Part of the vineyard tour included our greenhouse funded by an AgOptions grant

 

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This is the south side of our greenhouse with about 500 native cold-hardy Muscadine cuttings

 

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Here Chuck is describing some of the differences between native grapes and native Muscadine grapevines

 

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Chuck showing some visitors our Niagara grapevines

 

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Lots of questions were asked about how to propagate and grow native cold-hardy Muscadines

 

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A perfect match - a glass of wine and a grapevine in the sunlight!

 

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Chuck hamming it up at our sign hanging ceremony

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Done! Now where's my glass of wine?

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Jeannie and Chuck toast their new vineyard sign

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Madison County Specialty Crops Extension Agent Jenn Beck (left) and
AgOptions Project Manager Jennifer Ferre (right)
join Jeannie and Chuck in their toast to the new vineyard sign

 

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Someof the 50 people who attended the Open House join in for a photo op at our new vineyard sign

 

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Now the sign is officially hung at the Jewel of the Blue RIdge Vineyard & Greenhouse Nursery

 

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Last light ends the Open House as everyone heads down the mountain

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Consulting is a founding member of the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute

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