Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Traditions with the Kruchta Family

Last week we were visited by the Kruchta Family of Hollister, CA.  

The family have been coming to Ironstone Vineyards annually during Thanksgiving since the oldest son was a baby.  The boys, Alden and Anton asked to help decorate one of our many trees here in the tasting room.  

Even dad and their grandmother helped. Mom stayed back taking care of the newest boy in the family who will be helping to decorate in a couple of years. 

Thank you to the Krichta Family from everyone

in the tasting room for making our holiday more special. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Specials start today!

Collectable Dolls Super Sale  

From an outstanding Auction, owner Mr. John Kautz has found a plethora of collectible dolls that we are offering at huge discounts.  Original pricing of these dolls ranged from $25.00 to $400.00. 

 Ironstone is offering these dolls to you for prices ranging from $5.00 to $125.00.  

Perfect for those little girls on your list or the serious collector looking for that one missing doll. 

There are Christmas Angels, $5 baby dolls, limited edition "Erte" dolls.... quite a large inventory.

Most all of the dolls are in original boxes, most never having been removed from their containers, still wrapped and fully protected.

These are a must see and a great deal to add to your collection or just find the perfect $5 stocking stuffer.

Open 11:00 to 5:00 daily.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Call to Artists
Ironstone Vineyard’s 20th Annual
Spring Obsession Art Show & Competition


·     THEME Division entry due Friday, January 6, 2017
·      * OPEN Division entry due Saturday, January 28, 2017

   *THEME Division winner $500 with winning art piece reproduced as the promotional poster for Ironstone’s internationally acclaimed “Obsession Wine”. Full credit to winning artist.
·     * OPEN Division; 1st place $1000, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250.

·      Final OPEN Division judging by nationally acclaimed artists/art field representatives. To Be Announced.
         Please see prospectus for complete details. Prospectus/entry forms available at Ironstone Vineyards Downloadable from and
         Or email click here w/ “ART ENTRY” in subject line.


Saturday, March 4 & 5, 2017 “SPRING OBSESSION” Show Opening.
“Meet ‘n Greet” the accepted artists through their “Art in Action” demonstrations, plein air painting and more.

More details to follow.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Day of the Dead Celebration

Today here in Murphys we are celebrating the Day of the Dead.  

You will find alters throughout town as well as here at Ironstone honoring some very special people.

Ironstone has chosen George Wendt to honor.  Having a very special place in all our hearts, George was an amazing human being and very much missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

George doing what he loved most

“Wine on the River”
A collaboration of O.A.R.S. and Ironstone Vineyards
Stephen Kautz on a "Wine on the River" trip with OARS

 Story by Stephen Kautz:

"I have always had a love for the outdoors in any form. When I was a kid I got my first taste of rafting down the Stanislaus River with OARS in those early days before the dam was built. I kept that love of rivers and fishing in them, but had moved away from the rafting part. Then my grandmother (moms side) invited me to go on a rafting trip with her through OARS, down the Alsek River in the Canadian Yukon. Yes, the story is true, it was for her 80th birthday.  Well, I was again hooked on rafting.  I came home and bought my own boat and started running rivers across the 11 western states. The only problem I had is a common one for rafting folks like me – work kept getting in the way.  I was doing a lot of winemaker dinners and tasting events across the country and one day was sharing that with George Wendt and his marketing guy Eric Grathwal, somewhat complaining that I wasn’t getting enough time on the river. They both looked at me and asked if I would do something like that on a river trip for OARS.  Let me see - wine, good food, river rafting and getting paid to do it!!!!!  YES, dream come true.
The first Wine on the River trip, started in 1997, was down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho through the Frank Church Wilderness area, one of the most beautiful trips you can take. I took along my executive chef a bunch of good Ironstone Wine and away we went.  Some of the best memories in my life have come during those trips.  I can remember 12 of our group huddled under a tarp, sitting in the raft on a beach in the pouring rain.  We were laughing at my description of our Symphony Wine when Chef Clyde pops underneath the tarp and starts passing out hot broth, asking what wine paired best with it….I think we tried them all.  The Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Main Salmon, The Rouge River, The American River, The Tuolumne River, or any river where you can enjoy nature, great food and wine and the experiences of life, that is what Wine on the River is all about."

Stephen Kautz

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CALL to Artists! 20th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show

Entry Forms now available for Ironstone's 20th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show.

Ironstone's 20th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show is just around the corner. 

Entry deadlines are January 6, 2016 for the THEME Division and January 28, 2016 for the OPEN Division.

Entries will be juried. Notification will go out to artists of accepted art work 3 weeks prior to delivery dates.  All works must be original art completed by entering artists. 

Theme Division prize $500 with image recreated in Ironstone's 2017 Poster.

Open Division 1st. prize = $1000. 2nd prize = $500.  3rd. prize = $250.

This exhibit is not for photographs or digitally enhanced images nor 3 dimensional sculpture.

Please see complete rules and details on prospectus downloadable from this blog site.

You may download the prospectus/entry form from the pages on this blog or go to  to download from Ironstone's web page.

Should you wish to have the forms emailed, please Click Here
*place "Entry Form" in the subject matter 

Chris will respond to your email with the forms as attachments.  Be sure to mark the above email as NOT junk mail.

Stay tuned for more details!