DeMo Wines Blog

Putting down Roots

14th Jun 2018 @ 16:12 by molly

Today, years of careful planning (and not a little hope) came to fruition - we broke ground on the new winery on the vineyard.

When it's complete, the DeMo Winery will have reclaimed wood beams, local stone walls, a tin roof, and, of course, a spacious cellar for the wine.

Hopefully, by this time next year, we will be able to move events from our downtown tasting room to the winery, the first of which will be the grand opening. We've been planning that party almost as long as we've been planning the winery itself.

Keep a look-out for construction updates!

Winemaker Dinner in Southern California

29th Jan 2015 @ 09:50 by demo

Winemaker Dinner in Orange County

Dawn and Bill are returning to Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s where Executive Chef, Seakyeong Kim will once again collaborate with Bill to produce a dinner menu fit for our modern day epicureans.

Commencing with champagne we will navigate our way through six incredible courses each paired with an equally incredible wine.

Come join us for a fabulous dinner to kick off the coming Thanksgiving week in fine style.

Charlie Palmer's at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

- Friday, November 21, 2014 commencing at 7:30 pm

- $165 per person,

  • Includes wine, food, private room, tax and gratuity.

- Call 707-433-1500 or click here to email.

It's only a short drive from San Diego or LA.

We have a special reduced price on rooms at the Western and Marriott just across the road so no worries about drinking and driving - no driving! Book now!

See you there,

Dawn & Bill Williamson

The Rosebush Question

4th Aug 2014 @ 00:13 by demo

You have probably been to vineyards around the world and wondered; why do so many vineyards plant rose bushes at the end of a row of vines?

No, this isn't a silly question and yes, there is a good reason.

The best analogy for the use of rose bushes is the canary in the mine shaft. When miners travelled below the surface they used to carry a canary, because noxious fumes would kill the canary before the miners and give them warning to get away (which probably provided little solace for the poor canary).

Similarly, vignerons plant a rose bush at the end of the vine row because they are much more susceptible to a range of similar diseases, including mildew & black spot (fungal leaf infections) than grape vines. The presence of sick rose bushes alert viticulturists to spray the vineyard, eliminating the disease before it can affect the vines.

We have much more robust spraying systems in modern viticulture that virtually eliminate the presence of such diseases, but for us (and a vast majority of growers) there is still function to the roses. The rose bush is still a useful indicator to ensure that spraying programs are successful and that the grape vine leaves are healthy overall.

Added to this, they are a traditional vineyard feature that encourages a richer vineyard ecosystem by attracting bees and ladybugs, deterring insects and micro organisms potentially harmful to the vine.

So, next time you enter a vineyard remember that every rose has it's thorn.. and practical viticultural purpose.