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Dysfunctional Family Winery: Shelter in Place Delivery

Dysfunctional Family Winery: Shelter in Place Delivery

What can a winemaker do to ease the shelter in place burden? Hand deliver wine, of course. Members of our growing 'Dysfunctional Family' wine community receive their bottles of wine, sometimes in a direct handoff, sometimes over the fence. This was in early April 2020...

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Organic vs. Conventional Farming

Organic vs. Conventional Farming

Organic grape and wine farming: Thanks to the support from all of our Hydeout Sonoma vineyard clients, we are a 100% organic farming operation. As the debate continued, I invite you to take an in-depth look at the differences between a conventional vs. organic growing...

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Dysfunctional Family Chickens

Dysfunctional Family Chickens

Here at the Hydeout, we have many projects going on around the property.The latest addition being a chicken coop! Many friends in Sonoma have backyard chicken coops and we thought it would be great to join in on the fun. Raising chickens on property is part of a...

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Wine Country in the Fall: Grape Harvest & Olive Oil

Wine Country in the Fall: Grape Harvest & Olive Oil

The last ton of grapes is safely in the winery, and in celebration of the end of the 2019 harvest Hydeout Sonoma hosted a BBQ lunch for the whole hard-working winery team. The joke is that 'it takes a lot of beer to make good wine', and in this case, yes, guilty as...

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Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits…

Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits…

Sonoma Barn Owls and social tidbits...we've lost many grapevines, three years in a row, to damaging gophers. The gopher population is out of whack. Hard to say why? Maybe not enough snakes? We don't want to use poison or traps, so what's the better option? Owls! (not...

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Before harvest, let’s bottle some wine…

Before harvest, let’s bottle some wine…

As the clock clicks down to another harvest, it's time to make some room in the winery. Here are a series of short videos and time lapses of our most recent bottling of Dysfunctional Family 2017 "Red Blend".  Starting with some barrels full of the wine: Seven short...

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Tell us about yourself!

What is your role in your Dysfunctional Family?  
Use the examples, or fill in your own:

  • Scapegoat
  • Clown
  • Black Sheep
  • Martyr
  • Hero
  • Troublemaker
  • Enabler
  • Caretaker
  • Mascot
  • Avoider
  • Rebel
  • Strong Arm
  • Saint
  • Pretty One
  • Victim
  • Dictator
  • Confidante
  • Nurturer
  • Truth Teller
  • Cheerleader
  • Mediator
  • Switchboard