How quickly sixteen years has gone by. Kiepersol's vines and winery just turned 16 and finally we can say 'sweet sixteen'. And when I go in the library and I taste some of the first wines. I know this was a long road of improvement. As the vines matured so did the winemakers and our industry. I want to say thank you to everybody that walked this road with us. Especially the other Texas wineries that are also improving and diligently promoting what we as Texans can do. I know all of us feel sometimes we are on this wine island alone fighting the imports and the mass merchandisers. But the love for what we do and endurance of all has brought us to a point where I hear it every weekend...how proud people are of what we as an industry have done over the years.
Our local following is getting stronger. Bloggers and writers and competitions are much more positive. And what I always knew is now reality...our destiny is our Texas destination. There is a Texas wine and a winery for all. I got to know and taste a lot of Texas wines in the KE Cellars years and we promoted them as hard as our own. Thanks to the efforts and pride of all the Texas winemakers, we have become an internationally known as a true wine producing state.
The season was good and mild and up until now the weather was just a blend of fall, fog and phenomenal days. We can just wish that it lasts. Again, thank you to everyone in our industry, our phenomenal fans and our proud Texas consumers. This is to you with wishes for a blessed Christmas season and prosperity in the new year. And if the season makes you gain weight, I hope it is all in faith.
Death is a birth right. Bought by blood for an everlasting rest in peace. A right for running a race as hard as we deemed necessary. Race to be kind to others where we take second place. Death brings the transfer of duties and obligations and true perspective when the reigns get turned over to the ones that can pick them up. It does not discriminate but only on age. It was one of those weeks where the angel brigade was definitely increased and we know their looks and hearts. And the winter of 2014 just starts showing its beautiful white colors. So clean, so pure as our thankfulness.
This is a time of acknowledgment of those so many things we are thankful for. Let me start by a Jesus that is so good. A country that still has promises. A state that I call my country. A wine farm that produces. And a family that can stand together through the happiest times, the hardest work and through pains and pleasures protecting and loving like only family can. We are thankful for a Kiepersol tribe that we love and that we try to please with kindness and quality of product and service. And that they come back again and again. We are thankful that they spread the word about a place where they can forget themselves and live in the moment. We are thankful that we can knock and doors do open. We are thankful that we can ask and wisdom does come. We are thankful that we have no one to forgive, but can ask forgiveness. We're thankful that we can trust the road ahead will be bearable because we are not alone. We are thankful we don't get what we deserve, but so much more. We thank you for reading our thank you note to you. We thank you for sharing this thankful time.