Cuadrilla BBQ

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We gathered in the shade of our famous oak tree the afternoon of Friday, October 30th. After taking the day off, all of our vineyard workers arrived with their families to enjoy a party held in their honor.
Another year of hard work has passed, and meanwhile, our customers have purchased yet another vintage of La Cuadrilla. The Cuadrilla blend accounts for 10% of our production and every year we return the wine’s profits to the members of our vineyard crew.

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Upon arriving to the vineyard, the kids commenced foot races up and down the hills as parents looked on above steaming cups of spicy goat stew. The Ballard Canyon goat was slaughtered Thursday, and not an ounce of meat would be wasted.

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Ruben pulled the main portions of Goat Birria out of the ground where the meat had cooked submerged with hot river rocks and cactus.
The Goat feast was accompanied with a variety of salsas, tortillas, rice, and beans – all prepared to perfection by Maria.

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After dinner, Ruben and I took a moment to thank the crew and highlight the busy winter planned. With all of our new planting projects in the pipeline, the crew doesn’t need to worry about job security! With speeches and toasts out of the way, we handed out the crews’ bonuses, one by one, in order of seniority. A very proud moment for all involved.

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With the obligatory group photo snuck in just before sunset, it was time to dig deeper into the cache of wine, beer, and of course, tequila.
One of the happiest occasions of the year, the Cuadrilla Profit Sharing Party brings home why we are so committed to employing year-round, full time vineyard workers. We strive not only to make the best wine possible – we are also committed to creating a healthy, stable work environment for fifteen families.
Proud, fulfilled people make better wine!

Pete

About Pete

Pete Stolpman has led Stolpman Vineyards since 2009 and has served as the President of Ballard Canyon Winegrowers Alliance since the AVA was approved in 2013. Prior to taking over the family operation, Pete worked in the wholesale side of the business at Henry Wine Group and the winemaking side in Barossa Valley and Chianti Classico. Today, Pete focuses on experimentation in both the vineyard and winery. Pete believes his new own-rooted, high-density Syrah and Mourvedre vineyards will once again redefine the quality threshold at Stolpman. Outside of the Stolpman label, Pete and Rajat Parr bottle estate grown Trousseau, Trousseau Pet’Nat, and Chenin Blanc under the Combe Label. Pete also partners with Ruben and Maria Solorzano to make fresh and lively wines called Para Maria.