She Married Into Wine
November – The Craziest Month of All
Our Beautiful Vineyard After Harvest
November derives from the Latin word novem, which means nine. And it was the ninth month in the Roman calendar. The Julian and Gregorian calendars changed that when they added a couple of months – January and February. Don’t ask. It got even more confusing when Pope Gregory dropped a bunch of days in October but, who’s counting?
It is definitely the busiest month of the year in so many ways and seems to fly right by. Consequently, we are packing in as much as possible before the holidays are upon us! We are not complaining. It is a ton of fun to decorate the tasting room so it looks Christmasy, Chanukahy, and Kwaanzay. Thanksgiving takes its place, too, when I get out the pilgrim candles I remember from my childhood home.
So here’s what’s coming up…We are open every weekend from Friday – Sunday, Noon to 5:30 PM, of course, and Tuesday – Thursday by appointment. Sometimes that means people actually call us from our parking area to see if we will open!
Besides the weekend hours, here are the special things going on:
Thursday, November 2nd – Join us at the Annual Holiday Fair and Open House at Baggenstos Farm in Sherwood - 15801 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood, OR 97140
Many vendors with everything from lovely jewelry to crafts to candles to candy and, of course, wine! It’s from 3-8 PM.
Saturday, November 11th – While Jim runs the Tasting Room, Holly will be at Seaside for the Annual Fall Wine Walk. This is the crazy one where people wear weird hats and generally have a great time going from store to store, tasting wine and sampling great hors d’oeuvres. We pour at Del Sol, the store where everything changes color! Go here for info and registration.
Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th is our Wine Club Fall party. That means, for people who visit and are not members of the Wine Club, we always have some special treat in the Tasting Room and, of course, you can join the Wine Club right on the spot.
Thanksgiving Weekend Open House – The BIG WINE WEEKEND in the Willamette Valley! Friday, Saturday and Sunday we serve lovely and abundant hors d’oeuvres to pair with our wines and we have music to get you in a festive mood for the rest of the holiday season. It’s a great thing to do with visiting friends and family!
Joey Aloia will delight us with his guitar on Friday afternoon. Here’s a clip of him playing the uke…which I’ll make sure he brings because he’s terrific.
Buddy and Augie play on Saturday. If you’ve been following us at all, you know we are BIG FANS of these two.
We know, this is a picture of Buddy only…no Augie. Working on it. Stay tuned.
You will also find some pretty unique gifts in our Tasting Room…check out these amazing walking sticks, hand-crafted by artist Dean Jepson.
And this photograph of gorgeous Mt. Hood with the setting sun on it by artist Mark MacDowall. These are printed on metal.
Mark will actually be here on Thanksgiving weekend to talk to people about how he makes this beautiful art…maybe he’ll autograph them for you!
We’re open from 11 AM to 5:30 PM those three days. Music starts around 1 PM.
Our Holiday Catalog is available here…HOLIDAY CATALOG. You might find something just right for those on your list. We do ship wine to 14 states INCLUDING ARIZONA AND TEXAS!
Above all, we wish you a wonderful fall.
Holly and Jim
We now ship to fourteen locations. (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, 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.