Brambleberry proprietors Chris and Sherry Hardie. Brambleberry proprietors Chris and Sherry Hardie

Bits from Brambleberry

Welcome to Bits from Brambleberry! From wine to weddings and farm to garden, we’re sharing the latest news and stories — sprinkled in with a bit of humor and storytelling.

Our blogs will display our variety of interests on many topics, which is how we ended up with such a diverse lifestyle. We’re fortunate to have met so many fascinating guests and customers over the years, which has made us all the richer for the experience.

Chris spent more than 30 years in the newspaper business telling stories and still writes a weekly column. He will share some of his stories and thoughts whenever the writing itch needs to be scratched.

Sherry is passionate about gardening, cooking and being in touch with Mother Nature. She is also an avid reader, part of her lifelong quest to never stop learning.

We hope you enjoy these stories.

Blog Posts

Old box a storehouse of memories

This old cheese box is stuffed with memories

Reliving past times through old documents By CHRIS HARDIE The contents of an old wooden cheese box sitting on a shelf was my ticket to a trip into the past. I took the box down and decided to go exploring. The musty collection of receipts, letters, notes and miscellaneous items packed into the Land O’Lakes […]

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About us

Chris and Sherry Hardie have worked in the service and hospitality business for more than 35 years. They are passionate about making, enjoying and educating others about great wine. They are also passionate about planning and hosting glorious weddings and providing high quality romantic getaways. Chris and Sherry moved to Chris’s family farm (which has […]

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Build the wall out of surplus cheese

Moon madness and surplus cheese “Ye fetch circumquaques to make me believe, Or thinke, that the moone is made of greene cheese. And when ye have made me a lout in all these, It seemeth ye would make me goe to bed at noone.” John Heywood By Chris Hardie My social media stream and news […]

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January 20 Wine of the Week

Rich & Creamy Chardonnay 2015 By Chris and Sherry Hardie/Brambleberry Winery Sometimes it’s difficult to tell from the label if the chardonnay inside is going to be light and crisp, big and oaky or somewhere in between. The name of this California wine makes it pretty clear what its taste profile wants to be. While […]

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January 13 wine of the week

Valley of the Moon Blend ’41 By Chris and Sherry Hardie/Brambleberry Winery The Valley of the Moon Winery blends Sonoma Valley winemaking heritage of more than 150 years with a modern winery and sustainable viticulture. The Stewart family purchased the winery in 2012 and has brought back the historic Madrone Vineyards — the name it […]

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Pine Bluff brings back memories

Region’s rocks are testaments to the past I stood atop a small outcropping of rock in the waning hours of 2018. These rock formations are quite common on our farm and in the Driftless Area. Geologists classify the rock as glauconite, also known as greensand for its dark color. It’s a sandstone formed from a […]

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True confessions: I have woodpile envy

The woodpile woes The airwaves are always bombarded with commercials touting the latest and greatest pharmaceutical offerings, but I have one malady for which no drug can cure. You never know when it’s going to strike. I’ll be driving down the road watching the scenery and bam! I am instantly overcome with jealousy and covetousness […]

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Jan. 6 wine of the week

Dark Horse Pinot Grigio 2017 By Chris and Sherry Hardie Brambleberry Winery Wine in a can was a hot trend in 2018 and will likely continue throughout the upcoming year. Nielsen reported that canned wine sales were a $45 million business last year and surged 43 percent. Dark Horse, an EJ Gallo subsidiary, saw its […]

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Still alive and kicking

When you see your name in the obituaries By Chris Hardie We all have bad days now and then but all it takes is a little perspective to realize things could be worse. You could be dead. So sometimes when people ask how I’m doing, I’ll answer with a quip like “everyday above ground is […]

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Dec. 30 Wine of the Week

Premius Cremant de Bourdeaux Brut (Every week Brambleberry Winery owners Chris and Sherry Hardie review a wine that is not their own. They have been writing a weekly wine column for more than 15 years. The wines are ranked on a 5-star system) The Champagne region of France gets most of the attention this time […]

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December 23 Wine of the Week

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Every week Brambleberry Winery owners Chris and Sherry Hardie review a wine that is not their own. They have been writing a weekly wine column for more than 15 years. The wines are ranked on a 5-star system) This iconic California winery is best known for its top-selling chardonnay […]

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