As we travel around to different area wineries; we realize how entrenched the wine business is with family, many of the small and large vineyards, winemakers, owners, drinkers, etc. are surrounded by family and often have family involved in the business, an association has been formed to advocate for family owned wine businesses, for more information, visit: http://www.familywinemakers.org/whoWeAre/mission.cfm. Family business and wine is just another attraction to the wine lifestyle for us; we are ‘all about’ wine & family.
Today, we visited Duck Pond Cellars: http://www.duckpondcellars.com/ a very kindred place, as you pull in you realize the ‘shop’ has been refurbished to resemble a colonial style mansion with English gardens. During our tasting, we found out the Duck Pond is in the same family as Desert Wind: http://www.desertwindwinery.com/, a winery we have visited on a couple of occasions and continue to support by drinking and thoroughly enjoying their Ruah Blend. Desert Wind is located just above the Yakima River, and like Siloam Retreat House offers Wine & Accommodations. Their label is interesting too, it’s done in a ‘torn sytle’ that follows the path of the river.
One of the things we like about the Ruah Blend is that Ruah means spirit in the wind or as the hebrew definition: Ruah is the Hebrew word for breath or spirit, or it can mean the Holy Spirit …..
Similar to the Hebrew definition of Siloam, the pool of Siloam= healing water. Wine, Family, Business, Hospitality-they go together like wine & cheese, wine & chocolate; peanut butter and jelly, well you get the picture. Consider joining the family- our Wine Club offers just that: http://www.wineshopathome.com/siloam