Selling….the real fun begins!

For those of you who follow me on Facebook (and why aren’t you if not), you’ll know that that’s a much better source for late breaking news and updates from the winery.   For some strange reason, sitting down to write a blog post is hard to do amidst the daily tasks of running a winery while simultaneously holding the day job that makes all of this fun possible.  Bottling, labeling, prepping marketing materials, scheduling tastings, bill paying, keeping track of the wines aging in tanks & barrels, & planning for the next year’s vintage all make for a lot of work. All of that work over the past couple of years have finally resulted in the culmination of every winemaker…bottled wine ready for sale! As you’ll readily see on the “Wines” page of this website, I released my first 5 wines to the public in May with 4 table wines and a dessert wine.  Two of the table wines, the 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot noir rosé, are made from grapes grown right here in Massachusetts during the 2013 vintage.  I’m personally absolutely amazed by the 2013 Chardonnay with the intensity of the fruit aromas on the nose.  I think anyone who tries it will be stunned that the grapes were grown right here in Massachusetts.  The 2013 Pinot noir rosé is also spectacular with white peach aromas and an off-dry finish.  For the reds, don’t get me started!  The Carm-ah Lot 1213 is a delicious dry red with lighter body & tannins that make it perfect for drinking on a summer’s day.  The 2012 PS Project is a red wine drinker’s delight—full-bodied, chewy tannins, big fruit aromas, and notes of cocoa & vanilla.  For dessert, we offer a truly unique wine, our Forest Gold maple wine.  Crafted from 100% maple syrup tapped from trees in the Berkshire, this wine is simply wondrous maple-y sweetness in a glass with a kick.  A wine unlike any other in the state of MA! As you can tell, I get a little excited talking about the wines I’ve made.  But winemaking is actually the easiest part of the winery business.  Selling, now that’s the hard part!  I’m very thankful for the outpouring of support and interest that I’ve received since releasing the wine.  Besides the Pre-Release Offer and our first private tasting parties, my wife and I just got back from our first wine festival, the Taste of Massachusetts Wine Festival in Northampton, MA.  Needless to say it’s been a busy month! Taste of MA Wine Festival_2014 So what’s next?  Well, I’m gearing up to start selling wine at the Westford Farmers Market on June 24.  Aaronap Cellars will have a vendor tent on alternating weeks from June 24 through the end of October.  Check out the market Facebook page for the schedule and when we’ll be on the Westford Common green with our wine.  There’s also another wine festival at the end of July (Greater Boston Wine Festival on Sunday, July 27. Retail stores and restaurants?  Well, that’s next on the agenda!  Starting in the next few weeks, we’ll be working to introduce our wines into the retail market starting around Westford and expanding outward.  Let me know of your favorite wineshops where you’d like to find our wines! And lastly, I’ve promised that we’ll have some invitation-only open house events for those of you on our email contact list to show off the winery.  You’ll have to join our contact list for an invitation to these private events!  We’ll be hosting these events in July as soon as our landscape contractors finish the landscaping projects to improve the access to the winery.  Stay tuned for those invitations in your inbox!   Cheers, Noel]]>