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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:00 am | Updated: 8:50 am, Mon Jan 7, 2019.

It was a relief when 600 cases of empty wine bottles did not arrive at Sycamore Ranch Vineyards and Winery as scheduled on Dec. 27. Owner Richard Krumwiede canceled the mobile bottling truck. Staff, volunteers, family, friends, neighbors and visitors were happy to avoid the freezing temperatures and strong winds on Dec. 28.

The morning of Dec. 30 was clear, sunny and mild, with no noticeable wind. The far end of Dart Canyon Road in Crestline was lined on both sides with vehicles as crews manned various stations in and about the Marathon Mobile Wine Bottling truck. Visitors milled about, avoiding the forklift that seemed to be in perpetual motion, moving boxes of empty bottles to the truck for filling, and placing boxes of filled wine bottles at the winery door.

The process started around 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of the Marathon truck. Owners Rebecca and Dan Murphy usually serve vineyards and wineries in the Temecula area and the Central Coast. Crestline is not part of their usual route, but as former residents of Running Springs, the Murphy team makes a special run to Sycamore Ranch.

By 1 p.m., 12 tanks of wine filled approximately 6,000 bottles, nestled inside 550 cases. Patrons of Sycamore Ranch can look forward to future sales of Cabernet Sauvignon, Ranch Red, SGM Rhone Blend, Primitivo White, Cucamonga Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Altitude, Petit Sirah, Mouvedre, Merlot and Petite Verdot.

But first, Richard and Elizabeth Krumwiede will take a well-deserved rest that is long overdue, while the wines, too, rest in freshly corked and labeled bottles.

Their son, Drew Krumwiede, will return to the family’s architectural landscape firm, Architerra Design Group, located in Claremont. In addition to providing services to the firm, Drew is preparing for his imminent exams to become certified as an architect.

Kaitlin Krumwiede earned a business degree at the University of California, San Luis Obispo. She obtained a job in Utah, but decided to return to Sycamore Ranch. Lately, she has taken over Elizabeth’s duties in the winery, conducting tasting session for customers, but more importantly, she is putting her business management skills to work for the family business.

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