Small is beautiful.
We have friends who are winemakers for outfits that make much, much more wine than we do, but each of them will admit we Fools have known all along: it's much more fun to make ten barrels of wine than it is to make a hundred. It is not, of course, a good way to make money, but that has never been a primary goal. What are the goals then?
The history of the Fools is like all good histories: convoluted. The summary is, there were three of us at one time; now there are two. Their names are Barry Glassman and Derek Whiteside. Enough said, but keep reading for the longer story...
... it goes like this. A gaggle of Corvallis folk make a barrel (~23 cases) of wine in 2001. Two of those people, having thoroughly caught the bug, make wine together in 2002, and again in 2003. In 2004, they bring a third partner into the mix. The three of them make wine together for a few years, and occasionally, the question comes up: "Wouldn't it be great if we could make our hobby pay for itself?"
In 2007, it all came together: the trio lined up five tons of fruit and a place to work with it. The rest is history EXCEPT that in the summer of 2010, one of the Founding Fools retired; undeterred, the remaining two Fools now carry the torch. And that retired Fool? He's still with us, in a way... Come to our annual April 1 party and you can meet him. He'll be there.