Chaumette August News: Letter from Hank

Letter From Hank
July 8: gorgeous Chaumette grapes
Hello Everyone!
We have not seen a crop like we have hanging now for quite a number of years. The process of estimating the size of a crop is a very imperfect art. Mark and I have been in the vineyard regularly for the past several weeks, and Mark has worked out a rough estimate for the Chardonel. Our guess at this point is that we will have about seventy-three tons of Chardonel. This tonnage rivals some of our best years. 
The vines are clean and completely free of disease, and there is no sign of any disease anywhere in our vineyards. In the past, I have mentioned our four main enemies: black rot, phomopsis, downy mildew and powdery mildew. We have had one infestation of Japanese beetles, but it was tiny compared to prior years. We read that the population of Japanese beetles is greatly reduced throughout the state this year, and we see that here at Chaumette. Vern Isenmann has done a great job, as usual, of keeping the area under the vines free of vegetation. Our soil amendments have been made, and the recent rain has helped integrate those amendments into the soil.Hank inspecting the vineyardsOur sprays this year include nutrients that are applied to the leaves. This is the best method of incorporating the vital micro-nutrients magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and boron. As part of the “cocktail” that we spray, a liquified fish component is incorporated that provides these micronutrients. When you drive through the vineyard after this application, it smells like you are on the seashore at the beach.This year we have hired a part time additional person in the vineyard to do shoot positioning. This means that in most of the vineyard the shoots are positioned straight up, which greatly enhances the openness of the canopy and the exposure of the grape clusters to the sun. I have only good things to report about where we stand on this year’s crop.

Chaumette Fiber Optic Cable To Barn
AT&T UVerse fiber optic cable
for The Barn

In other subjects, after waiting for things to dry out since spring, we have finally been able to trench and lay the power cable and the fiber optic cable from the Tasting Room to The Barn. The cable is now in place and will be hooked up this week. We will have AT&T UVerse in The Barn in the near future, which will allow for wifi and high speed internet forcorporate meetings and other events.

The swimming pool is getting quite a workout this year. Many of our Wine Club members have begun  enjoying the pool on Saturdays and Sundays. We are delighted! All members are welcome…

Chaumette fishing
Guest Porschia Smith & her 10lb bass named “Chaumette”

Our newest villa is near completion! We expect Villa 29 to be finished in the first week of August. This will give us two more bedrooms to rent, which will be a welcome addition to our inventory.

Fishing continues in all of our lakes with a sizable number of fish being caught every weekend. We welcome everyone to try their hand anytime; remember to catch and release!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Chaumette, and we hope that you are enjoying your summer!

  Hank Johnson, Owner
Chaumette Happenings
Local Author Book Signings 
Sundays in August; 3-5pm
We are proud to celebrate all that our region has to offer, and these authors have written some terrific books! Meet Amanda, Kathryn, Chef Lou and Maddie in person and chat about what inspired them to write! What’s more ~ the  purchase of one of their books in our Tasting Room includes a 20% discount on Grapevine Grill and Tasting Room purchases for the day. See you then!

Chaumette book signings in August

August 4th ~ Amanda Doyle 
“100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die” 
St. Louis is a big city, and life is short. Whether it’s growing the “done” column of your bucket list or finding fresh ways to spend your summer in the city, this handy compendium of 100 ways to enjoy your town makes the most of your minutes.  Amanda Doyle is a twice-published author and contributing editor of Where Magazine and St. Louis Bride Magazine. 
August 11th ~ Kathryn Simpson 
“The Farmer’s Story” 
Set in the American Midwest at the start of the 21st century, a family shattered by heartbreak must decide if pride and fear will outweigh forgiveness and their faith in one another.
Kathryn Simpson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1972. She has spent most of her life in Missouri, where she worked in a print shop and an ice cream parlor. She’s been a television videographer, a newspaper reporter, and, of course, a waitress. Interestingly, Kathryn oversees The Spa at Chaumette, serving as our Spa Concierge. 
Chaumette book signing in August 
August 18th ~ Lou Rook 
“Rook Cooks: Simplicity at Its Finest” 
A collection of 120 of Annie Gunn’s Executive Chef Lou Rook III’s favorite recipes, along with Missouri wine pairings, full-color photos and the chef’s personal, colorful narrative. (Save the Date! October 27th Chef Lou and our own Executive Chef Adam Lambay will host a special dinner at The Barn at Chaumette!)
Missouri Harvest (Official Book Trailer) by Maddie Earnest and Liz Fathman 
August 25th ~ Maddie Earnest & Liz Fathman 
“Missouri Harvest” 
A guide to over 200 small farms and places where you can buy and eat local all over the state of Missouri.
Maddie Earnest is one of the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs and owner of Local Harvest Grocery, Cafe and Catering. 
Weekend Live Entertainment 

Streamline at Chaumette
Streamline @ The Barn  (Megan Thiele Studios)

Come out & enjoy some great live music!

Here is our August lineup & no cover charges, as always. Click here for our 2013 calendar!
8/3 ~ Streamline
8/10 ~ Vince Martin
8/ 17 ~ Matt Weyand
8/24 ~ Gabie McGarrah
8/31 ~ Casey Reeves
Staff Spotlight: 
Dick Jones, Tasting Room Wine Educator
Chaumette staffers Dick & Linda Jones
Dick & Linda Jones

Dick Jones began his time at Chaumette on August 14, 2004, and he has been one of our Tasting Room Wine Educators ever since. Dick has a Master’s Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and he is a retired educatorfrom the Park Hills, Missourischool district. Dick has served over the course of his career as the district’s elementary school principal, junior and senior high school band director, and asDirector of Special Education.Interestingly, Dick grew up with a deaf brother, and he has given many group wine presentations at Chaumette using sign language. 

Dick’s wife Linda has been a Tasting Bar Wine Educator for almost as long, andthey winter in Harlingen, Texas, near South Padre Island, looking after Linda’s 95 year-old mother, Leona. Three sons have blessed Dick and Linda with six grandchildren: Brianna, 22; Thomas, 21; Briley, 17; Trevor 15; Jathan, 10 and Tayler 5.Dick and Linda love to garden and can, and they live off their land to the extent that they have raised beef cattle for years after their sons were actively involved in 4H farming programs when they were children. In fact, among their sons’ many childhood accolades were when two took home the coveted Reserve Grand Champion awards for cattle and swine at the St. Francois County Fair!Dick loves working at Chaumette, because he so very much enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. “It’s just fun to visit with people, especially when you get someone to try something new and outside of their comfort zone,” he notes. Dick is studying for his Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine certificate, and he appreciates all varieties of grapes, particularly Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Chambourcin.

Dick’s favorite Chaumette wine as of late is the dry 2012 Unoaked Chardonel in its universal appeal, particularly from its ripe, fruit-forward finish. His favorite food and wine pairing is the Pretzel Encrusted Tilapia with the French oak aged 2012 Chardonel Reserve. “It’s a terrific match,” says Dick.

We think Dick is pretty terrific, too!
Wine Club News 
New Wine Club Director 
Chaumette Wine Club Manager Ryan Otto
New Wine Club Manager Ryan Otto

We are pleased to introduce our new Wine Club Director, Ryan Otto. Ryan has spent the past month training with former Club Director Shane Flottman, who has accepted his “dream job” as graphic design director for a design company in the Farmington area and continues to assist us in graphic & web design projects.

Ryan has extensive customer service experience in the hospitality industry in such cities as Denver, Chicago and Springfield, MO, and he has a passion for food and wine. Ryan looks forward to exploring the world of Missouri wine with you, and he will be at the Wine Club kiosk in ourTasting Room every Saturday from 11am until 5pm through November. Please stop by and see him, and he very much looks forward to meeting you!You can reach Ryan for questions, for help arranging reservations for our destination amenities or just to chat wine at or573-747-1000. 

pool at The Spa at Chaumette

Also, please RSVP with Ryan for our Wine Club Pool Party Sunday August 18th from 3 to 5pm, atThe Spa at Chaumette! All Wine Club members are invited to join us with our compliments for wine and hors d’ oeuvre poolside. Winemaker Mark Baehmann, Owners Hank & Jackie Johnson and former Wine Club Director Shane Flottman will be there, too!
August Wine Club Selections 
August is our 4th order for 2013, and we will be shipping our newly released ’12 Reserve Chardonel  to New Release Club and Dry Club and our newly released ‘12 Semi-dry Chardonel to our Sweet Club. We will process and ship our August order the first week in August, and pick up orders will be ready in the Tasting Room as early as August 7th. Additionally, we will process Wine Club orders in September and November, with an optional order in December for Port. We’ll announce these selections in our upcoming newsletter as they are chosen.
If you need to update your payment information you may do so bysigning in to your Wine Club membership online or by contacting me directly. Please remember, we’ll hold orders for up to six months before we contact you to ship any wine orders that are being held for you.
Refer a Friend and Receive…

Chaumette Wine Club members

Thanks so much again for your 
member referrals, and remember, 

by referring a friend to our Wine Club, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of wine for every membership referral. Refer 7 friends, and receive a complimentary overnight stay in our villas!*  Simply have your friend check “Wine Club Member” under the “referred by” section of the Wine Club application and write your name on the line provided.  Please remember that only after your friend’s first shipment is processed do we send a voucher to you for a complimentary bottle of wine, redeemable in our Tasting Room.  Lastly, our Grand Prize is: refer 14 members, and receive a Weekend Getaway for Two at Chaumette! This includes an overnight stay with dinner for two and a bottle of wine at our Grapevine grill as well as an in-villa breakfast package!

We look forward to seeing you soon!