Like a locomotive...

...things at the winery have really started to pick up. Relentless marketing through online media and print, as well as some TV (Daytime Ottawa) is really beginning to show results. When we started out, we had no money for advertising. OK, we still don't, but the response to the articles and the coverage has been very encouraging. We're scheduled for a couple of events in August, including a visit from the Regional Contact folks, a photo shoot and a trade visit from a group from Finland. We're hoping to squeeze in a wine and cheese night once I finish putting up the drywall in the production area. The thing that truly amazes me is how many people are coming to visit us from Ottawa. It thrills us to no end when someone takes the time to drive the 35 minutes (typically) to come out and visit this area (Oxford Mills & Kemptville). I really shouldn't be amazed because during our 6 years in the Hudson Valley (NY), we did exactly the same thing. In a way, I feel honoured that people include us in their plans when setting out on a day trip. All this to say that we are truly encouraged by the people coming by. Now, if I could only get that driveway smoother... I wonder if I can start an online fundraiser for that? Hmm... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louis Gaal is the winemaker (and spouse of the ever patient Claire Faguy) at Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills, Ontario Canada, 45 minutes south of Ottawa. You can find this raving lunatic using the BlueGypsyWines Facebook or Twitter account. Visit them on the web as well at

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