Church vineyard to share its bounty

TIME IS RIPE—Members of the Red Door Vineyard Guild work throughout the year to grow and harvest grapes and make wine. Courtesy photo

TIME IS RIPE—Members of the Red Door Vineyard Guild work throughout the year to grow and harvest grapes and make wine. Courtesy photo

The Red Door Vineyard Guild, a ministry of The Church of the Epiphany, will host its annual members-only wine distribution open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 10 at the church, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park.

The free event will include wine tasting, light appetizers and tours of the vineyard.

A few church members formed the vineyard guild in 2011 around the same time over 400 vines were planted on a hillside on church property. Those who join the guild are awarded shares of the annual wine yield according to their membership level.

Members volunteer throughout the year to work the fields, harvest and crush grapes, and to bottle the wine.

Resident wine experts monitor the blending and winemaking process, and additional grapes are purchased from Paso Robles to supplement the local harvest.

The guild hosts social events throughout the year, including an annual wine tasting trip to Santa Barbara and outdoor movie screenings.

Anyone can join the guild by making a tax-deductible contribution to The Church of the Epiphany. Wine is only available to guild members, and a portion of the wine is set aside for church use.

Red Door Vineyard serves as a ministry of the church by providing fellowship opportunities for church members and introducing the parish to the community.

Reservations are requested to the Feb. 10 open house. Email membership@reddoorvineyard.org to reserve a seat.