Welcome November and why do we have to change the clocks anyway….
Otherwise, it’s a beautiful time in the Vineyard - senescence, which is the yellowing of the grape vines, gives a real glow to the air and the unpredictable weather that seems to change from minute to minute makes it really interesting. One half of the sky may be black and looming and the other half is blue with lots of puffy white clouds. Ever changing, ever fascinating.
Here’s what’s going on this month:
On November 8th we will officially release the 2014 Pinots – Gemini and Trouble. All I can tell you is that the Wine Dogs will be very gracious and dressed for the occasion. Pawtographs will be available. This is the first time we have produced two Pinots from our Vineyard. The slight difference in elevation between the two blocks of vines and the weather allowed us to do this. As soon as we made the decision to make two wines, we knew we wanted to name them after our Wine Dogs! The labels – and the dogs - are adorable.
November 14th is Seaside Wine Walk Saturday. This Walk is so much fun because crazy people go out regardless of the weather and wear really weird hats. It is a fabulous event that costs a small amount of money ($10), which gets you a souvenir glass that you get to fill with wines from about 25 different vineyards and wineries. Seaside Downtown Winewalks Each winery does charge small amounts – usually $1 – to taste and people come prepared with pockets full of singles.
Thanksgiving weekend will be here way before we know it! We’re ready! Music is in place for Friday – Skip Farmer and Friends. Music is in place for Saturday – Buddy Evans. Abundant hors d’oeuvres are being planned. Marie Hatton’s jewelry and Bruce Ulrich’s art will be hung by November 8th and we’ve got our little gift corner set up with holiday trinkets. We don’t do a lot of retail but there are some things that always catch my eye …
As you think about the winter holidays, think how wine fits in for you. We can put together and ship lovely wine gifts (we’ve already started filling orders!) and also help you fill up a good wine pantry so you always have what you need for every meal occasion. Well, maybe not breakfast (although we recommend Riesling and orange juice…)
Our fall/winter hours are Friday – Sunday, Noon to 5:30 PM and the other days by appointment (or, drop by and if we’re here we can open the door!).
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.