She Married Into Wine
We have started writing a wine column! Our first column appeared in the Forest Grove News Times this week. It’s in a new section called INSIDERS…. We talked about the experience…well, wait, here’s the link to the column: (See what you think…and send suggestions for future columns!)
If the start of the season is any indication, we are in for a bustling year! We know we’ll be busy this weekend because we have an annual visit from a group of ladies who taste. In fact, it will be the debut of our new set up in the Big Room…
Which will be the scene of many festivities in the first two weeks of February.
Wine Club and Annual Chocolate Walk: February 6th and 7th – we have decided to do this over two days to accommodate those who will want to watch the Bowls on Sunday. So the line-up is:
Saturday, February 6th – Music with Jack Stern and Bill French (great jazz), Chocolate Walk where people fill a box of chocolate for $8 and we donate to the Cornelius Food Bank, food treats and Wine!
Sunday, February 7th - Chocolate Walk continues, and for those who need their sports fix, we will have on the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel or the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. They are on at the same time; what kind of programming is that? If we can figure out split screen, we’ll have them both!
On both days, chocolate by Honest Chocolates, art by Lauren McElroy (we love her style) and delicately beautiful jewelry and romantic soaps from DragonFlyDreams.
Then, the following week, plan for romance as we participate in the Annual Valentine’s Loop. Stop by and get your passport to 11 different wineries (check www.ardiriwine.com for the full list), visit any four of us and be entered in a drawing to win a truly amazing grand prize. We have special features:
Saturday, February 13th – Kissing Booth from 1-4 PM with singer John Knowles with Polaroid photos as evidence, PLUS our chocolate fountain will be flowing and romantic reds and sultry whites!
Sunday, February 14th – Kissing Booth from 1-4 PM with winemaker Jim Witte (I will not be jealous and he may play hard-to-get…who knows) PLUS our chocolate fountain, red and white wines!
After that, we will rest until the following weekend….
Come and see us any weekend, Friday – Sunday, Noon to 5:30 PM.
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.