She Married Into Wine
Welcome to September
…the real beginning of the year! New Year in January is fun but we all know the juices rev up and we find that new energy in Fall when we get back into the rhythm. It’s definitely true that nothing slows down at our Vineyard!
In fact, things speed up at this time of year. Right now, we are bottling the 2016 Pinot Noirs, which will rest in the bottle for a few months before we taste again and see how it’s developing. It is, so far, delicious right out of the barrel!
Once bottling is done…there is a small lull and then Harvest! The grapes are incredible this year, the result of extremes of weather – very cold and wet winter and spring, very hot and dry summer that shows no signs of letting up! See beautiful grapes here.
While all that is going on, we continue to entertain you in the Tasting Room with various activities. To wit:
Labor Day Weekend – taste a preview of the 2016 from carafes of wine straight from the barrel. We’ll be here Friday through Monday, Noon to 5:30 PM.
Saturday, September 9th – great jazz on the Patio. Jack Stern and Bill French – two characters right out of central casting who look just like the New York Greenwich Village scene and play just like that, too! If you’re visiting out here from NYC, drop by.
Sunday, September 10th – great country with Buddy Evans. Buddy /songs!
Saturday, September 16th< TWO THINGS GOING ON…– Jazz is back. Very groovy.
SECOND THING THAT DAY IS THE ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW AT UNGER’S FARM STORE. If you’re planning a wedding, come out there to meet photographers, taste cake, see a beautiful setting, taste wine available for your wedding! Two to six PM. www.ungerfarms.com.
Sunday, September 17th –Ron Sabin sings on the Patio. If you have ever read one of these you know how much we love Ron’s voice and his music sensibility!
Saturday, September 23rd – More music on the patio.
Sunday, September 24th… A Different Kind Of A Day – our beautiful horse, Vinestone, is leaving to go into training so we’re giving him a Send-Off Party! We’re doing it out in the winery, which could be a whirlwind of activity if Jim is already harvesting so be prepared for a behind the scenes view…unless it is too hectic and then we’ll move closer to the barn. In any case, you’ll all get to see Vinnie at some point and wish him well as he starts off on his racing career. This is the horse whose sire is the 1996 Kentucky Derby winner and whose mare (we own her) is the daughter of Oregon’s most winning thoroughbred. Vinestone also goes back on both sides of his family to Mr. Prospector, known as the best stud in American racing history. Over 30 of his babies have gone on to be American classic winners. Our brilliant vet, who owns Vinestone’s sire, says he looks like Mr. Prospector! Here’s a link to more about Mr. P. And here’s Vinestone!
I will definitely be making horse-shaped sugar cookies for the party!
Saturday, September 30th will round out our summer music series with Ron Sabin who undoubtedly will sing Autumn Leaves sometime during the day!
We hope you have had a wonderful summer and will continue to enjoy and appreciate the glorious Oregon weather we will have through September!
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.