She Married Into Wine
Welcome to Harvest Season in the Willamette Valley! It is VERY early this year and that translates as a great experience for visitors to the Tasting Room because you can sit outside on the patio, enjoy the weather and taste the grapes that we harvest from the vines. We always have bunches in the Tasting Room for sampling
Labor Day Weekend is when we celebrate our two Wine Dogs’ birthdays. Gemini turns 13 and Trouble 9. Gemini came from the Bonnie Hayes shelter and we got him the day after Labor Day. He was 18 months old. Trouble came from a box in front of Fred Meyer and we’ve had him since he was just weeks old. So we declared Labor Day their birthdays and we celebrate with cupcakes! We’re open Friday.
We love the artwork by one of our Wine Club members, Mark Isakson! Thank you, Mark!
Lots of other opportunities this month
On September 10th, see us at P.S. Girlfriends at Baggenstos Farms. This is a great crafts fair and silent auction that raises money to put together gift baskets for women going through cancer treatment. www.p.s.girlfriends.org
Also on the 10th, Care to Dance at Orenco Station Plaza...learn to dance and support hospice caregivers! www.carepartnersor.org
On Sunday, September 11th, come out to the Tasting Room for Mid-Harvest Music with Skip Farmer and Friends. Skip and friends include guitars, bongos, lots of great percussion instrument
Two more weekends of music – jazz – on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 25th. Jack and Bill turn us into a New York City jazz party!
Finally, an idea…we have the ability to create personal labels for some of our wines – the 2014 Chardonnay, the 2014 Riesling, the 2014 Pinot Gris and the 2012 Port. If you are looking for an unusual holiday or wedding gift, let us know and we’ll put together information for you. There is a minimum of 6 bottles.
Now, for a little food pairing. People love the rosemary walnuts we serve in the Tasting Room. Toast about a pound of nuts on a baking sheet at 350* for 10 minutes. Pour them into a bowl and save the pan. Melt 2 TBS of butter and mix with 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tsps of salt and 3 TBS of chopped, rosemary. Mix that into the nuts. Pour them back onto the baking sheet and let them sit for 30 minutes. You will love them. I have also done them with almonds.
Holly and Jim
We now ship to fourteen locations. (Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Washington State, Washington DC.)
Holly and Jim
We got married in 2006 under a beautiful teahouse that Jim built for us. We've known each other for over 40 years … Holly was a not very good secretary to Jim way back in New York in the television production business. Jim was known as "The Myth" for all he was able to accomplish. He ran a scrappy new company that was involved in such notables as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, many of the Central Park Concerts – from Barbra Streisand to George Shearing. Jim was even business manager for KISS! Holly spent her life raising money for good works and writing.
In 2006, after a lot of life had intervened (ask us, we'll tell you), a mutual friend threw his Cupid's darts and urged us to have lunch. We were both living in the Pacific Northwest by then, although 200 miles apart; Holly - a city girl, Jim - a farm boy. Holly drove down to Oregon, had a lovely lunch, drove home and told Jim he was terrific but geographically undesirable.
Jim was persistent….and, suddenly, there we were standing in a beautiful spot in the Willamette Valley getting married! It really is romantic owning a vineyard! Now we are a wedding destination.