Wine Crest Estate Farm

Wine Crest Estate Farm Annette & Gordon MacKay welcome you to Wine Crest Estate Farm, a beautiful 1915 heritage homestead hidden from view on a gated estate surrounded by hundreds of acres of peaceful vineyards.

Operating as usual

Stacked a wood pile on Sunday. I'm pleased. Functional and it looks cool.
10/25/2017

Stacked a wood pile on Sunday. I'm pleased. Functional and it looks cool.

09/17/2017

It's a long story with way too many details and rabbit trails to go into here. But we want to inform you that the county board of supervisors turned down our B&B application. We are bummed.

We have allowed ourselves space to grieve the death of this dream and have come to a place of acceptance and letting go. Wine Crest will not be a B&B. The county is clear in their alignment with the Farm Bureau's mandate to limit all activity in ag land to things related to agriculture.

"If you can't beat them, you might as well join them."

Ducks and chickens now wander the grounds eating all manner of pests. We are working on plans to put in a kitchen garden full of herbs, flowers and produce. We have a happy colony of bees buzzing about and are hoping for a nice honey harvest next spring.

Wine Crest Estate Farm's cover photo
09/17/2017

Wine Crest Estate Farm's cover photo

If you love wine you aught to come explore Lodi.
09/25/2015
What top sommeliers are saying about Lodi

If you love wine you aught to come explore Lodi.

In Mohr-Fry Ranch, Honolulu sommelier Ivy Nagayma (center) and Elk Grove's Marie Mertz (right) being shown how to field-sort grapes These wines deserve to be in the same league with any region, any varietal, on the world wine stage. - David Kristiansen (Lead Sommelier, The Lodge at Pebble Beach) Wha…

Enjoying more garden clean up. Weeds pulled, trimmed some things, and laid in 4-6 in off weed blocking nutrition providi...
09/06/2015

Enjoying more garden clean up. Weeds pulled, trimmed some things, and laid in 4-6 in off weed blocking nutrition providing wood chip.

Wine Crest Estate Farm's cover photo
09/04/2015

Wine Crest Estate Farm's cover photo

The Drunken Cyclist gets it. Go Lodi!
09/04/2015
Lodi Friday: Lodi "Gets It"

The Drunken Cyclist gets it. Go Lodi!

This is my thirteenth article in my series about my recent trip to Lodi, California on a media trip sponsored by the Lodi Winegrape Commission with four other bloggers (Amy of Another Wine Blog, F...

View from the hammock. You could be here.
08/19/2015

View from the hammock. You could be here.

We had the best weekend! Sure hope you come again.
08/17/2015

We had the best weekend! Sure hope you come again.

07/14/2015

Yup, it's gorgeous.

Day 13: life and death. This morning there appears to be a bird missing and the 2 remaining appear to be dead. Their lit...
07/12/2015

Day 13: life and death. This morning there appears to be a bird missing and the 2 remaining appear to be dead. Their little bodies are no longer pulsing with breathe.

I have no idea what happened. I don't hear or see mom and dad.

Yesterday the wee ones had started to vocalize with little chirps and squawks.

Did they give their position away? But why is only one missing? And why don't the two remaining look injured? Maybe abandoned?

Day 12: a slightly different angle. Mom squawked at me this morning.
07/11/2015

Day 12: a slightly different angle. Mom squawked at me this morning.

Day 11: getting crowded.
07/10/2015

Day 11: getting crowded.

Day 10: Feathers!
07/09/2015

Day 10: Feathers!

Day 9
07/08/2015

Day 9

Day 8. Check out those feathers coming in. I think they must be in their 'teens' as they are kind of unresponsive and sl...
07/07/2015

Day 8. Check out those feathers coming in.

I think they must be in their 'teens' as they are kind of unresponsive and sleeping a lot.

Day 7
07/06/2015

Day 7

A twofer today.
07/05/2015

A twofer today.

Food coma. Pin feathers are coming in.
07/05/2015

Food coma. Pin feathers are coming in.

Notice that an eye is starting to open.
07/04/2015

Notice that an eye is starting to open.

My new favourite place to take my tea in the morning. Shade, a light breeze, birds, and the sound of drums from the pool...
07/04/2015

My new favourite place to take my tea in the morning. Shade, a light breeze, birds, and the sound of drums from the pool house.

The nest is looking cozier and cozier.
07/03/2015

The nest is looking cozier and cozier.

Day 4. The moment they hear/sense me pulling back the branch to get a picture....up come their heads, mouths wide open l...
07/02/2015

Day 4. The moment they hear/sense me pulling back the branch to get a picture....up come their heads, mouths wide open like instantly blooming flowers.

This afternoon.
07/02/2015

This afternoon.

Day 3. Mama bird yelled at me this morning. I'll post a new picture everyday. Invite your friends to follow their progre...
07/01/2015

Day 3. Mama bird yelled at me this morning. I'll post a new picture everyday. Invite your friends to follow their progress. It's so cool to have access to the wonders of nature like this.

We've determined that these are Northern Mockingbirds.

Day 2. Earlier today. I'm keeping the ground wet and put up an umbrella for shade when I saw mama bird hovering over the...
06/30/2015

Day 2. Earlier today. I'm keeping the ground wet and put up an umbrella for shade when I saw mama bird hovering over the nest protecting her littles once the sun came around and found a way in though the leaves.

In the rhodo by the side door. Not sure what the bird is. I'll let you know when I figure it out. 2 eggs, hatched this m...
06/29/2015

In the rhodo by the side door. Not sure what the bird is. I'll let you know when I figure it out. 2 eggs, hatched this morning. Found the best by accident. Stephanie Candini and I were discussing pruning. I noticed a mess of leaves and twigs in the middle. I was about to reach in and pull it out thinking it was just a snag of debris. Wait. It's a nest. On closer inspection saw a lump of fleshy stuff and an egg. Then the fleshy lump moved! Holy Molly! I stepped back. Sure enough mom and dad were not far off. That was this morning. This pic is just now (4:15pm). Things look a little more alive in there. The egg is gone. The baby down is dry and fluffed up. Mom and dad have been on duty all day bringing bits of food.

It's going to be horridly hot tomorrow? Are they at risk being so newly hatched?

I could keep the ground under them wet and the bush misted to keep things a little cooler. What do you think?

Mini gf blueberry muffins fresh from the oven. It's what's for breakfast. :-)
06/20/2015

Mini gf blueberry muffins fresh from the oven. It's what's for breakfast. :-)

Late Sunday afternoon at Wine Crest. Join us sometime.
06/15/2015

Late Sunday afternoon at Wine Crest. Join us sometime.

Doors off, a sisal carpet and the new blackout/light diffusing cordless shades.
06/12/2015

Doors off, a sisal carpet and the new blackout/light diffusing cordless shades.

In the garden this morning.
06/12/2015

In the garden this morning.

In the pond this morning. So pretty.
06/10/2015

In the pond this morning. So pretty.

05/28/2015
Zinfest2015

At 55 seconds you can see Wine Crest in the top right corner of the frame. It's the little dense forest in the middle of the brown field. Looks like an island.

Lodi Zinfest 2015. Drone video of the event

The Captain's Quarters needs more books. Nautical books of course. History, pirates, lore, sea life, wrecks, naval art, ...
05/07/2015

The Captain's Quarters needs more books. Nautical books of course. History, pirates, lore, sea life, wrecks, naval art, fiction, kids books, anything with the sea as a theme or setting. Hardcover, the older the better. If you have a few hidden works begging for a new home, I'm accepting.

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2101 E Woodbridge Rd
Acampo, CA
95220-9500

Telephone

(209) 639-1620

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