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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Vineyard Ownership Reality

Imagine mist clinging to hillsides crisscrossed with trellised vines while Disney-like animals frolic harmlessly nearby. Day’s end is a glorious sunset reflected in raised glasses as the adorable animals serenade the sun good night.

To some that is the romantic version of vineyard owning.

Meet Phil Maddux as he struggles to rack barrels and the reality of vineyard ownership is evident by his grape stained T-shirt and a frayed baseball cap sitting atop matted hair. Being a vintner is undeniably hard work, but to him, and his clients, the efforts are rewarded with the superior wines produced by his small boutique Lone Buffalo Vineyards in Auburn.

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