The six generations of winemakers known as the Ehlers family have endured more than their fair share of trials and tragedies?from the loss of beloved patriarchs to a legal dispute over the name on their wine labels. Still, they've persevered, building a legacy that began in 1921 while fueled by two motives?a love of family and a passion for making wine. Now known as E2 Family Winery, their facility oversees more than 500 acres of vineyards dedicated to the growing of red and white California grape varietals. Once harvested, these grapes are processed in small batches to make eight styles of wine that include cabernet
sauvignon, zinfandel, and pinot grigio. The most unique of these comes from grapes grown on just 4 acres: a Portuguese-style verdelho, one of only a few made in the United States. And yet it's not just the winery's products that are unique?a GAI bottling system is a marvel in its own right. The system labels, plugs, and vacuum seals bottles with both synthetic and natural corks at a rapid speed, producing up to 2,000 cases a day, enough to supply a bottle to every household in the state or to keep Dionysus's next house party going for a few more hours.
With a stock of stone art of all shapes and sizes, Lomelis Statuary specializes in turning indoor and outdoor areas into whimsical landscapes. Their diverse gallery highlights water fountains?full-scale or wall-mounted, neoclassical or modern?created from durable cast stone and finished individually by hand. Stone patio furnishings, decorative plaques, human and animal statues, and gazebos topped with intricate cupolas are also available.
The Smiths don't have a family tree. Instead, their legacy stretches back through a long vine, all the way to the heirloom tomato farmers of Spain. In the 1970s, Janice, Ken, Bill, and Shirley Smith opened Smith Family Farm to carry on that legacy. Their staff has since grown to include cousins, other relatives, and family friends, all of whom lend a hand in growing the farm's seasonal produce. The literal fruits of their labor arrive at The Smith Family Farm Fruit Stand, which showcases a rotating selection of fresh basil, strawberries, peppers (both hot and sweet), and various other fruits and veggies.
The farm itself also welcomes visitors. Throughout the growing season, its gardens invite families to pick their own fresh fruits and vegetables, including plums, apricots, and squash. The farmers themselves double as educators, and their spring tours for elementary and preschool-aged children lift the curtain on farm life?which, of course, includes opportunities to dance along to bluegrass music.
Triple R Lawncare’s crew helps homeowners make the most of their free time by handling landscaping chores Monday through Saturday. Their landscapers can resculpt the face of existing designs by trimming back overgrown bushes, or transform a space by planting new shrubbery. Fine edging tools and fertilization keep lawns in verdant condition, and weed control products nix invasive greens while remaining eco-friendly and pet-safe. Each visit by Triple R includes a free sprinkler-system inspection where applicable, helping homeowners keep water flowing to prized flowers or topiary replicas of their city councilmen.
The equestrian trainers at Foxtail Farms conduct horseback-riding lessons for riders seeking leisure time atop a steed and for those considering competition. Amid a rural landscape of patchwork crop fields and untamed plains, horses lope, gallop, leap, and waffle on which shoes to wear that day as instructors lead intimate training sessions. Skilled in teaching the ins and out of hunter, jumper, and equitation riding, instructors help to foster horsemanship skills while preparing riders for many situations, including the show ring. Believing that success can only be found when both rider and horse have created a special bond, the trainers also work to create an atmosphere in which that bond can be nurtured and tempered.
Carol Wright’s Melodic Farms sprawls across 20 acres of farmland, a bucolic expanse that allows her to hold training programs for student equestrians. A lifelong rider with numerous title belts earned on the junior and grand-prix circuits, Carol oversees a facility that comprises indoor and outdoor jumping arenas as well as a large riding field complete with a bank and a ditch, which aid in games of horseback hide-and-seek. She and her staff use the grounds as the setting for their lessons, which aim to impart fundamentals starting with walking and trotting and moving up to jumping.