She Married Into Wine
JULY IS HERE
The Wisteria is blooming for the second time and, this year, it is full and lovely. It’s a great way to welcome July! You’ll see this weekend if you come see us! This is probably because of all the moisture we had this spring. Did you notice? HaHa. Our grapevines are going crazy. Jim says you can stand there and watch them grow. He lost his Vincent Van Gogh hat somewhere in the vineyard (really, how do you do that?) and thinks it has already been consumed by vine growth.
People ask us all the time what the weather this year means for the grapes and we just don’t know. We know what they need from now on and that is sunny and dry. We all need that, right? And that’s what we’ve got for the next couple of weeks, which is as far ahead as we can see! So what shall we do with all this wonderful weather….Oh, I know! Drink wine on the patio! Feel free to bring picnics or enjoy one of our available cheese plates.
As usual, we have a full month ahead of us! We are open Friday – Sunday from Noon to 5:30 PM. If you are traveling here and want to taste during the week, we are open Tuesday – Thursday by appointment, just give us a call. (Last week, people ran into Jim in our driveway on Wednesday and he said to give him a call. So they mimed calling, came down, tasted and went away with a case of wine!)
This weekend is the July Fourth weekend (in case you hadn’t noticed and been counting down the days to a four day weekend….). Enjoy your wine with some of my famous star-shaped sugar cookies. I’ll have to stop writing and head to the kitchen in a minute! Bring a picnic. On Friday evening, we’ll kick it off with a little bit of intuition and insight at our Wine & Divine evening. Still time to register – http://www.innerlighthealer.com/events.html
Next Tuesday, the actual Fourth, we are pouring at the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market, which is likely to be a sea of red, white and blue. The music on the lawn, right behind us, is ROCKET 88, great music from the 80s. Some of you will have heard Randy McElroy play out here and you’ll be glad to hear him again! We are just betting that there will be people dressed in Fourth of July appropriate colors and even some dogs that have been died to match!
And here’s the scoop for the next couple of weeks…
On Saturday, July 8th, Jack Stern Duo with Steve Hall – here’s a video with some soothing ocean pictures and Steve’s soundtrack! (Click on the picture of the ocean....)
Sunday, July 9th is the next date for the Ron Sabin groupies to show up. Ron Ron Ron
Thursday, July 14th is the Hillsboro Farm to Table Dinner on Main Street. Last year, our Riesling was poured with a great dessert by Decadent Creations. This year, our 2013 Pinot Noir is the featured wine with the main course and we couldn’t be more pleased! Get your tickets here http://hillsborofarmtotable.com/tickets/
Saturday, July 15th will bring you back to the Tasting Room and the amazing sounds of acoustic guitar in a Spanish mood, the stylings of Juan Vasquez.
Sunday, July 16th come on out to hear Buddy Evans sing some of the best country you will hear around these parts (that’s my “country slang…) outside of Willie Nelson. Have we mentioned that Buddy used to play with Willie? And Merle? So we get to be on first name terms, too!
Saturday, July 22nd is more great jazz.
Sunday, July 23rd is some of the most delightful guitar sounds you will ever hear from Joey Aloia, talented musician and teacher.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 29TH TO CELEBRATE THE WEDDING OF ERIN AND CASEY.
Sunday, July 30th, Ron Sabin comes back to croon for us. Honestly, ask him to do Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End of Love” as it will knock you out!
We do want to tell you about a GREAT MUSICAL EVENING coming up on August 25th with Suzette Rodway and GRACLESS LADY! If you were lucky enough to be here a few months ago when Suzette celebrated a big birthday here, she has a terrific voice and the musicians who play with her are equally wonderful! There will be more about this in the next few weeks but, since our last evening music performance sold out so fast, you might want to snag your rickets now - $10.
Holly and Jim
We now ship to thirteen locations. (Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, 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.