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Life Changing Moments
April 1st, 2013
Peggy Fiandaca

This month, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards celebrates its five year anniversary since we planted our first grapevines. As you may know, farming and winemaking were never on our bucket list of things to do with our lives. Curt and I were very happy traveling the world, talking to winemakers, and bringing home unique wines for our wine cellar to later enjoy with our friends. Nothing gave us more pleasure than pulling out a bottle of wine and telling the story about our experience talking with the winemaker about his/her passion and learning how the wine was made.

Our winemaking journey was pure serendipity but no less life changing.

It was that moment of insanity or mid-life crisis where we were looking down the barrel of 50 years old and questioning what should we do with the rest of our lives.
   Breaking ground at LDV

 First planting, April 2008
  It all culminated after a fateful lunch with our good friends Jan and Rod of Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, when we jumped into the deep-end without a life preserver.

Then everything aligned – finding the right property at the price we needed, favorable water and soil tests, and having someone default on the exact grapevines that we needed.

We went from thinking about retiring to planting a vineyard and having vines in the ground in less than six months.

I can point to at least three other times that were monumental life changing moments for me.
   Harvest

If I had made different choices, my life would be totally different than it is today. I can’t say if things would be better or worse, but certainly different. What I have learned is how important it is to recognize the opportunities that these life changing moments present. I am a risk-taker so I have a tendency to jump at these opportunities with abandonment. Curt is my rudder that keeps us moving forward on a more thoughtful projection.

Come party with us at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary on Saturday April 13th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See our passion, taste our wines, and share stories of your life changing moments. A flyer on the event is available at this link.