The Blessings of the Grapes

September 30, 2009  []

Lavender Ridge Vineyard owners Rich and Siri Gilpin added an extra ingredient to their winegrapes this weekend: holy water.

Friends, family and employees of the Gilpins traveled out to their vineyard along the rolling golden hills of Milton to enjoy the second annual ceremony of the blessing of the grapes.

“It’s just new to people’s ears,” said Patsy Gonzalez, who has lived in Avery for more than 30 years.

“It’s been done in the Orthodox Church for centuries. We’re asking God to bless something that he created,” Gonzalez said.

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