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Irreverent & unpretentious
Since early childhood, Clay has had an attraction for all things Old West. The inspiration for our Pistol Grip Collection began in a meeting with a bottle company. Clay spotted this odd, jug shape prototype on the desk of a salesman and loved the shape and style of the glass. The company salesman said this glass is called, “pistol grip” because of the single finger hook. Clay was inspired to design a brand with this glass and this name. There are 4 varietals designed for the future collection. Each one featuring a bio of the most infamous old west characters on the back label.
What is the point of aging wine in barrels, anyways? Barrel aging is the step between fermentation and bottling, which matures the wine and gives it distinct flavors. Wine-making reminds us that timing really is everything!
FYI - this process normally takes between 6 to 30 months and red wines need more time than whites. We love making wine and all the fun factoids that go with it 😜
Click the link in bio to check out our selection of world-class wines at https://shannonfamilyofwines.com/our-wines/
Cover crops, like the clover pictured here, are a grapevine’s best friends. Set between the rows or under the vines, they prevent the soil from eroding and supply nitrogen to the roots. This means our vines thrive and never get lonely.
Hey, what can we say? Bringing folks (and plants) together is the beating heart of of our wine-making purpose!
Click the link in bio to learn more about our sustainability practices at https://shannonfamilyofwines.com/sustainability/
We’re so thrilled that Shannon Family of Wines and our #BuildYourBuckShack Sweepstakes have been noticed by @patch
“LAKEPORT, CA — Clay Shannon, a forward-thinking "maverick," committed to organic farming, wildlife and land preservation, launched his wine-making enterprise, Shannon Family of Wines, in 1996 in Lake County — long before such sustainable notions were entrenched in the wine industry.”
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Today is International Friendship Day! Let's pay homage to our fuzzy, helpful friends the bees.
This communal pollinator is an invaluable member of our family and ecosystem. Bees don’t pollinate the grapevines themselves, but they are essential for the plants at the base of the the grapevines. We call these cover crops, and they include Peas, Clover and Mustard among others. Cover crops help the grapevines to thrive sustainably and organically. Bees help the cover crops thrive. Now, that’s friendship!
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Shannon Family of Wines achieves 100% Organic Certification
Lower Lake, Calif., July 12, 2022 —
"From berry to bottle, Shannon Family of Wines is dedicated to ensuring that all elements of their operation is centered around sustainability and preserving the land & community.
The announcement comes on the heels of a wide variety of sustainable practices displayed by the winery, from regenerative farming practices to the elimination of all herbicides and fossil fuel-based fertilizers, the use of 100% renewable corks, the utilization of grape varieties that use less water and the use of 100% organic farming materials."
-Shannon Family of Wines 100% Organic Certification Announcement
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Have you always dreamed of kicking your feet up, letting your hair down, and letting the good times roll in your own #home bar?
We want to make your dreams come true—enter at the link in our bio to win the #BuildYourBuckShack sweepstakes today for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a custom #bar design and $$$ to make your dream a reality!
“If you want great wine and amazing conversation , please stop by here! Not only was the wine selection great, but our lovely host quickly became friends. I've never had this much fun wine tasting. My only regret was not buying some bottles to go home with me. PS don't change the music! Your playlist sets the vibe and good energy!”
We love it when the vibe is right. Come visit us at the Vigilance Tasting room.
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Congratulations to Duval's Fresh Local Seafood (@duvalsfls) for being honored with Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. The renowned restaurant in Sarasota, Florida, was recognized for its overall wine list, quality and variety. Of course, you can find Clay Shannon on Duval's excellent wine list. A well-deserved honor for our friend and partner!
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Vigilance Tasting Room is the heart of the Shannon Family of Wines, and the perfect place to welcome our guests for pet-friendly wine tasting and picnics. We’re pretty sure after a few sips, you’ll feel like one of the family.
As of July 2022, all of Shannon Family of Wines is fully certified sustainable and organic! This makes us one of the largest organic, mountain-grown vineyards in America, and boy are we proud.
We call it Project Ovis, and it means that we are creating a fully sustainable ecosystem in our vineyards. Everything has its place, and the sheep in this photo are exactly where they are supposed to be.
The benefits of letting our flock loose in the vineyard are 2-fold: They trim the weeds & fertilize the grapevines. What an elegant alternative to chemical herbicides and fertilizers!!
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Take your in-home watering hole to the next level. Enter to win the #BuildYourBuckShack sweepstakes, and you could win a home bar design from leading #DIY’er @tmbrman or @tarynwhiteaker_designs *AND* the money to make it all happen. Click the link in our bio to enter today!