She Married Into Wine
CELEBRATE THE TENTH HARVEST WITH US AT A BBQ
October 28th from 3 PM to 7 PM
Join Chefs John Conlin (One-star Michelin chef!) and The Culture Project's Daniel Escalle as they hold forth at the grill. Here's the fabulous menu:
Potato, provolone and herb baked Empenadas
Fall Green Salad
Flame-kissed Vegetables Rescaldo
Steak grilled low and slow, Argentinian style,
over hardwood charcoal and vineyard grape trimmings
Latin shortbread cookies with dulce de leche and chocolate cupcakes
Music by the great Buddy Evans and Augie Savage
$65/person, includes food, music and your first glass of wine
Fall in the Vineyard and the Tenth Harvest is on! It is exciting that this is the Tenth. How often do you get to have a dream and see it through as Jim is doing. How often do you get to witness someone you love who has a dream put in the dedication and time it takes to make it real and to be lucky enough to have found a piece of it that you can share…that’s us! Jim’s dream, Holly tip-toeing into the dream. We have a sign outside of the Tasting Room door that says …”Because Two People Fell In Love.” Nice.
So we’ve got some things planned and some things in the works for October and beyond that we are excited to tell you about.
First, we’re sure to have bunches of grapes and fresh pressed juice in the Tasting Room on the weekends…just so you can see how fantastic this harvest is! Jim and his crew will end up picking about 20 or so tons (because it won’t rain, right?) and produce somewhere between 1000 and 1500 cases of wine.
On October 14th, we are pouring at the Rose City Yacht Club…right on the water at the Marina in Portland. It is a limited space event from 6 – 9 PM. Cost is $20/person (for the first 50 people) and you will enjoy wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres (I saw the selections – very tasty!) and there is a Silent Auction. To reserve, call Dave at 503-347-5464.
We usually live for Halloween around here…even the dogs get dressed up…and this year they have the fabulous clothes they wore to Skip and Shirley’s wedding in August. On the last weekend in October, we’ll kick it up a notch with a Harvest dinner – Argentinian BBQ and everything you can think of around that prepared by no less than a 1 Star Michelin chef with music by Buddy Evans and Augie Savage. $65/person gets you the meal, the music and your first glass of wine.
And, before you know it, October gives way to November and we’re into the holidays. Lots of events to look forward to.
- The Annual Seaside Fall Wine Walk is Saturday, November 11th starting at 3 PM. This is the one where we pour inside of Del Sol on Broadway in Seaside. We love this day. People wear crazy hats and travel in happy groups. The entry fee (usually very modest, under $10) gets you a wine glass and you go off to taste at lots of different locations. We all charge a little bit to taste (really, $1-2) and you can take home wine for Thanksgiving!
- Wine Club is November 18th and 19th. It’s always a great party with wines, hors d’oeuvres and good cheer. Consider joining…consider giving the gift of a Wine Club membership.
- Thanksgiving comes right quick after that and we’ve got music on Friday and Saturday. This is our Annual Open House so enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres, taste all of our wines available, do a little holiday shopping all in our Big Room with the fireplace. Perfect Fall Weekend.
We’ve put together some special selections for the holidays and for holiday gift giving. There’s a sample page below and you can see the whole Holiday Catalog here. We ship to about 14 states AND we’ve just added Arizona and Texas so you can send wines to lots of people and let them taste the glory of the Willamette Valley!
TWO SPECIAL PACKAGES - $75
Going into the vineyard every year is just like
taking a chance that the slot machine will come up with three grapes!
Every year is so different and one never really knows how it will turn out.
2008 turned out to be spectacular...now often cited as the best vintage in decades. It was a cool year and a small harvest. The bunches were perfect with a great skin to juice ratio. After making wine for four years, Jim decided 2008 would be our first release. How smart that he recognized how special it was! We made only 500 cases.
Happily, it got a very nice review in one of the most respected wine journals around—BURGHOUND.
“A very pretty nose combines notes of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of cranberry that marry into nicely rich and round middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration with fine volume on the balanced if mildly somber finish that avoids any hint of austerity. This well-made effort is not especially refined but it offers fine depth.” 89/2013+
2009 was a year of record weather highs and lows. Our grapes were lush and plump, producing raspberry and cranberry on the palate. It, too, won awards for us. Better than that, this wine matured beautifully in the bottle into a rich and fruit-forward wine.
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.