Mark Adams has grown grapes here since 1999

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Name: Mark Adams Age: 63 Residence: Lincoln Family: Mark Adams is married to Therese Adams. They have four children and seven grandchildren. The couple owns the Rancho Roble Vineyards, a Lincoln vineyard and winery. How long have you had your winery? We’ve lived here for 15 years, and the winery became officially bonded in August of 2003, which means we’re licensed and recognized by the state and federal government. How long have you been growing grapes? We’ve been growing grapes since 1999. We grow Syrah and Barbera, and the Barbera is our flagship. It’s what I grow the most of and sell the most of. Why did you choose these grapes? It’s very important to grow the type of grapes that work well with a particular location and these grapes go well with our Mediterranean climate. We will never have what Napa Valley has, which are hot days and cool nights. We have hot days and hot nights. Do you have help with growing grapes and making wine? I do most of it myself. The only time we have help is when harvest time comes around. That’s when we call our family and friends to lend a hand and we have three acres under cultivation. What do you like about owning the vineyard? The most fun for me is the fermentation period. The wine is fermented in 44-gallon white food- grade cans, and if you left the fermenting mixture alone, the juice will go to the bottom two-thirds of the can, pushing up the skin and fruit to the top. The fruitiness is in the fruit and the bright, purple pigment is in the skin. Three times a day, morning, noon and night, I take off my watch and get all scrubbed up. I go in and grab a pizza paddle and stir it up. What is so much fun about this is the smell and it makes a noise like a snap, crackle and pop. What do you like to do when you’re not working? We have the grandchildren over every Monday night and they cannot sit in front of the TV when having dinner. They have to sit at the table. One of us reads from the “Enchanted House” and they really get spellbound. What do you like about having them over? They are 6 and 7 years old, and really are forming into little people. They have their own views and it’s nice seeing them growing up into young women. If you would like to see a neighbor or friend featured here, please e-mail or call Stephanie Dumm at 774-7967.