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Silverlake Vineyard

Posted on | December 9, 2009 | Written by Tida Lenoel | 1 Comment

This past summer I went on an adventure to Southeast Asia. My first stop was Thailand to visit my Mom’s side of our family. I hadn’t been to Thailand for four years, and I’d never visited without my Mom. While I was not shy to go without her, she is the real connection to that side of our family, and I had only met them a handful of times in my life. Even though I can speak conversational Thai, I found it challenging to bridge the gap between cultures and really communicate. For example, when I arrived they all greeted me by enthusiastically telling me how fat I was, but really they were just complimenting me on my good health. Could you imagine greeting someone in the US like that? I don’t think it would go over very well.

 I told this distant side of my family all about the things happening in my life, namely graduating from college and getting a job in the wine industry. They didn’t quite grasp the concept of what a Junior Wine Portfolio Manager would be doing, but they were proud of me all the same. In fact, they even planned a day trip the next day to a winery nearby called Silverlake Vineyards. After immersing myself all summer in Vino Italiano, I was very excited to actually be going to a real vineyard and tasting some wine. When we got there, I was immediately taken by how beautiful it was. The rolling lands were dotted with perfectly manicured flowers, charming gazebos, and an amazing rock mountain with a golden Buddha carved into the side. The grape vines were almost secondary to the other wonderful decorations. We walked over to the stand to try some wine, but shockingly found that the grapes were made into non-alcoholic slushies, juices, dried fruit strips, jams, sauces, and candies, along with many other products. I saw every possible byproduct of the grape other than wine.

Silverlake Vineyards

Silverlake Vineyards


Grape Products from Silverlake Vineyards

Grape Products

At first I was surprised and slightly disappointed, yet the vineyard served as an example of how I was learning to communicate with my family. Upon reflection, and removed from the words of any text, I also gained insight into wine in its most elemental, stripped-down context: fermented grape juice.


One Response to “Silverlake Vineyard”

  1. Felix Lenoel
    December 10th, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    Bravo!,bravo!, bravo! What an education! Thank you.

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