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The Liberty Tribune

Our blog consists of vineyard happenings, winemaking insights, event highlights, 
and curated quotes from Founders!

Thomas Jefferson
February 15, 2023 | Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of the Press

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Freedom of the Press Permalink
Ronald Reagan
February 6, 2023 | Ronald Reagan

Liberty's Lamp


Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2023 at 12:01 AM Permalink to Liberty's Lamp Permalink
Frances Scott Key
January 25, 2023 | Frances Scott Key

Star Spangled Banner - verse 1

Time Posted: Jan 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Star Spangled Banner - verse 1 Permalink
Benjamin Franklin
January 18, 2023 | Benjamin Franklin


Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Enemies Permalink
Nick Gardner
January 18, 2023 | Nick Gardner

January 23 Newsletter

Happy New Year from Liberty!!

In this Issue:
  • Rain Wonderful Rain
  • Bottling
  • February Club Shipment
  • History Spotlight: Liberty Bell
Rainbow over Liberty vineyard

Rain A Rama

Record precipitation - 18.4" has fallen here since October 1, 2022! (we measure Oct 1st to Sept 30th to approximate rainfall from harvest to harvest)  This is the most since Liberty began keeping track back in 2017 - in fact, 7.5" more than any prior year to date.  If you're curious, we keep the chart updated on the website Vineyard > Rainfall.

The adjacent Huer Huero River has flowed several days this month, the first strong run in our ten years here (closer to 20 years, per neighbors)!

Huer Huero river running 

 Chart of year to year rainfall at Liberty Vineyard

Exciting news:  The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc is scheduled to be bottled on February 16th!  Our first full production SB is tasting great - we look forward to adding this white wine to our offering.  This vintage looks to be around 84 cases (750mL bottles) from four year old estate vines.

We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!  Let us know if your state not listed.


Next Wine Club shipment is scheduled for Monday 2/27/2023!
(in honor of George Washington's birthday on February 22nd). 
Details to follow.

This shipment is optional - opt in by sending us an email.  

NOTE:  The February/Washington's Birthday shipment is now the optional one (originally the April/Patriots' Day shipment was the optional, but we've made the winemaking decision to leave the reds in barrel longer going forward and bottle them in April).

Not a member yet?  Join / More info here.

The Liberty Bell

Fun Facts:

  1. The Pennsylvania Assembly had the Liberty Bell made in 1751 to mark the 50-year anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges.
  2. The Liberty Bell is, ironically, a re-cast of an English-made bell which cracked on its first ring. 
  3. The bell probably didn’t ring on July 4, 1776 but likely did ring on July 8, 1776 for the public announcement of the Declaration of Independence.
  4. As the British closed on Philadelphia in 1777, the Bell was removed under armed guard and hidden in a church in Allentown, PA. 
  5. During its functional lifetime (1753-1846), the Bell tolled for many occasions including to mark the signing of the Constitution and the deaths of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.
  6. Weight: 2,080 pounds
    Height: 3 feet (lip to crown)
    Circumference: 6'11" at crown, 12' at lip
    Composition:  70% copper, 25% tin and traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold, and silver. 
  7. The strike note is E-flat.

Sources: constitutioncenter.org and nsf.gov.

This month in American Revolution history...
01/01/1752  Betsy Ross is born in NJ.
01/04/1746  Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence (NC), is born.
01/12/1737  John Hancock, iconic signer of the Declaration of Independence (MA), is born.
01/14/1730  William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence (NH), is born.
01/15/1716  Philip Livingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence (NY), is born.
01/17/1706  Benjamin Franklin, signer of BOTH the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (PA), is born.
01/21/1738  Ethan Allen is born (VT).
01/23/1730  Joseph Hewes, signer of the Declaration of Independence (NC), is born.
01/31/1734  Robert Morris, signer of BOTH the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (PA), is born.

01/02/1777 Second Battle of Trenton (NJ)
01/03/1777 Battle of Princeton (NJ)
01/17/1781 Battle of Cowpens (SC)

Best wishes for 2023 - Salud!!

- Nick and the Liberty Team

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We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM Permalink to January 23 Newsletter Permalink
Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 14, 2023 | Martin Luther King, Jr.

First Amendment Privileges

All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.

Time Posted: Jan 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM Permalink to First Amendment Privileges Permalink
Benjamin Franklin
January 9, 2023 | Benjamin Franklin

Liberty <> Safety

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Time Posted: Jan 9, 2023 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Liberty <> Safety Permalink
Nick Gardner
December 10, 2022 | Nick Gardner

December Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Liberty!

In this Issue:
  • Holiday Shipment Deadline
  • February Club Shipment
  • History Spotlight: Washington Crossing the Delaware

Liberty for the Holidays

We'd be honored to be a part of your holiday+New Years celebrations and gift giving!  

Please place orders by SATURDAY DEC 17th to ensure shipment on Monday Dec 19 (our last shipping day of the year!).  Reminder to login to get your member discount.  

Not a member?  Use special holiday code HOLI2022 to get 17.76% off your wine purchases and shipping!  

We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!  Let us know if your state not listed.

Tractor 2022


Our next club shipment will be around Washington's Birthday (Feb 22nd).  Details to come!  Not a member yet?  Join Wine Club / More info here.



Washington Crossing the Delaware

Date: 12/25/1776
Objective: Before Continental soldier enlistments expire at end of year, cross the icy Delaware River on Christmas night for a surprise morning attack on Hessian soldiers at Trenton, NJ. (and do it again a few nights later for another victory at Princeton!)
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - George Washington
2018 Declaration - Thomas Paine
2019 Petite Sirah - John Glover

Washington's Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer 

Washington's Crossing
David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, 2006.

"Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.
Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington—and many other Americans—refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined.
... While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning."   
 -- BarnesAndNoble.com

Best wishes for the Holidays and 2023!!

- Nick and the Liberty Team

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We now ship to:  CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MO, MN, PA, TX, and VA!

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2022 at 12:51 PM Permalink to December Newsletter Permalink
Nick Gardner
November 4, 2022 | Nick Gardner

Veterans Day Thanks -- Wine Club Shipment & Pickup Party

Veterans Day:  Salute and Thanks from Liberty!!

We are nearing our next wine Club Shipment and Club PickUp Party! 
Not a wine club member?  Join here.

The Shipment
This shipment features the 2015 and 2016 vintages - two Cabs and one Declaration (Cab + Petite Sirah blend).  

November 2022 Shipment
#Bottles Stripes Stars Signers Founders
2015 Cab (Washington) 1 2 4 2
2016 Declaration (Jefferson) 1 2 4 2
2016 Cab (Greene) 1 2 4 2

* Cards will be charged on November 10 *
PickUp:  Available starting Nov 12th at the Party and by appointment after that (please email for a time!).
Ship:  If you chose shipping, wine will ship on November 14. We ask that our ship-to members kindly double check the shipping address. (recall adult signature required - business addresses are often best to ensure efficient delivery).

The Party
When: Saturday, November 12, 2-5pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Where: 6875 Long Hill Place, Paso Robles, CA
What: Taste through the new releases accompanied by assorted pairings
Who:  Free for club members; $20 for guests and non-members
How:  If you haven't already, RSVP by November 7th 

The History
Veterans Day honors the service of all veterans of the Unites States Armed Forces and is observed as a federal holiday every year on November 11th.   Originating from Armistice Day (aka Remembrance Day in other countries) which marked the end of hostilities in WWI on 'the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month', this federal holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to expand recognition to all who served in the U.S. military (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable).  Thus the heroes of the American Revolution are celebrated this day as well! 

Note the distinction of Veterans Day from Memorial Day, which honors those who have died while in military service (May) and from Armed Forces Day, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military (also in May).

Thank you very much for your patronage - we hope you enjoy these wines - Salute!!
Nick and the Liberty Team



Time Posted: Nov 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM Permalink to Veterans Day Thanks -- Wine Club Shipment & Pickup Party Permalink
Samuel Francis Smith
November 2, 2022 | Samuel Francis Smith

America - verse 3

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Time Posted: Nov 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM Permalink to America - verse 3 Permalink