What is the story behind the label pictures?
Marion Pinot Noir. Marion (Cole) and Vallie Stone; my Mom and Dad. It’s 1946, in Lawler, Iowa, their first car and first baby on the way. The last of 9 kids for them, I was a surprise for her at age 42, twelve years after the true baby. I came along at a difficult time in her life; she decided to have me in spite of what her body was going through. By her faith, she had a knowing all would be fine with her and me. I never had a girl to give her the namesake, Marion, so it was only fitting my first wine was after my Mom. She finds humor in having her picture on 2 wine labels when she doesn’t like wine. Marion and Vallie had a great romance for 62 years, 4 daughters, 5 sons, too many grandchildren and great grandchildren to count. The romance will continue someday, God just isn’t ready for Marion yet.
Cole Sisters Chardonnay. My Mom, Marion, and her 3 sisters. All uncommon strong women worthy of much more than just a picture on a wine bottle. From top to bottom, oldest to youngest. Charlotte, Lucile, Elizabeth (Betty), and Marion. At 98, the earth lost Charlotte but she is living it up with my Uncle George now. Charlotte and George moved to California long before I came along, but I’m so thankful for my CA family on my work trips out West. My Mom, is forever grateful to her big sis, Charlotte, providing for the family when they were younger. The Cole Sisters are pictured above on their last trip all together in 2012.
I was fortunate enough to experience some great trips with Mom and my 3 aunts, as well as my sisters and cousins, the past several years. Las Vegas and St. Helena, CA will never be the same. So many stories to share over a bottle of wine.