Chikin' Shed Winery

One of my favorite additions to our little chunk of land in the central valley was the addition of 100 vines of zinfandel grapes. My dad has taken on the roll of ranch manager and has made it his personal project to grow the best grapes and make the best wine ever produced in the California soil. Watch out Ernest and Julio, there's a new Italian in Modesto and he's ready to make some wine.

Water levels, pruning techniques, the time of crush, the sugars in the berries, are all part of his perfect formula for turning a vineyard into a delightful glass of wine.

Below are some photos of the 2012 harvest. We hope to have you join us on the back porch for some hand made Italian pizza and Central Valley Chikin' Shed Zin this year.

Quietly making noise,

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Andy Fletcher

Andy "Fletch" Fletcher has been married for the past 22 years. He and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of five sons and three daughters, all of whom keep them laughing and on their toes. During the day he can be found fixing people's teeth, but in his spare time you can find Fletch stretching out a pair of flip-flops, creating a new pizza recipe, playing the drums, or rescuing a piece of his tie-dye wardrobe from his wife's donation pile. You can find him online where he writes on his personal blog: theMangoTimes and cohosts with his wife on the podcast.