So I have to say that I am a wee bit wined out…after this two week marathon of Taste Washington, Columbia Wine Growers taste Portland and then a 3 day weekend for a “soft” opening for Passport Weekend I am worn out! And what a weekend it was! Cork and Bottle did a fabulous job with the food, and Nathan and Sarah Ziegler shared some phenomenal wine.
I’d like to keep this all professional, but I’ve gotta say some sappy stuff now…
First off, If you were one of the fine folks who meandered up Underwood this weekend, a hearty thank you to YOU! I sincerely hope your visit was enjoyable and that you could see past our unfinished walls and fields still waiting for vines to be planted! (We have big plans…gulp!) We saw many familiar faces and hopefully formed some budding friendships with fellow wine lovers. If you signed up for our email list you will be getting a message from me shortly about our club and up coming events. In the email I will be soliciting advice on the best features of wine clubs that you belong to…thanks to those of you who had ideas to share this weekend!
Secondly, I have to say something personal to those of you who apparently loved my wines…thank you so much for the validation. I had NO expectation that my wines would be so well received. As many wine makers will tell you, we are a self critical breed of perfectionists, and it is difficult to determine if our wines are any good on our own. I am especially self critical, and especially obsessed with making the best possible wine and it meant everything to me to hear that almost everyone enjoyed my wines. I am so grateful for all of the praise..it really meant so much to me…(teary eyed..”You LIKE me, you REALLY like me!!”). But all said and done, YOU are the ones buying my wines and drinking them and telling me that you like them and from now on I will rely on YOU to tell me if they are any good or not! I feel like a real winemaker now!
Thirdly, and perhaps this should have been FIRST…I did not do this alone. Most of you noticed that my daughter (Anais), son (Che), and soon to be son in law (Tom) were laying out a huge delicious spread, pouring wine and chatting you all up! My husband (The Gandalf look alike, Todd) was also working the room. We are a family winery, and they all have worked tirelessly to make our first release a reality. They made our wines happen as much as I did. They are an integral part of our winery.
Thanks again for coming out and supporting us! We hope to have many more intimate and fun events in the future with you.