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If you’re new, check out the video below to see what Peaceful Bend is all about. Our tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 11am-6pm all year, so come on by for a visit soon!

For the 2014 holiday season, we have the following changes to the tasting room hours:

Wednesday November 26: Open from 1-5pm

Closed November 27 for Thanksgiving Day, but reopen for regular hours on Nov. 28th

Closed December 4

Closed December 8

Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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New Wine: Coup King Wine

Coup King Wine
It’s the revolution in a bottle that will take over your kitchen!  :)  Get it? Coup King…..cooking…wine.  Hey, I heard those groans!

Yes, yes, Clyde and I did have a glass or two of wine when we came up with this concept.  But since it had us chuckling, we thought you might get a kick out of the silliness too!

Coup King Wine
So to tell you more about this wine, it is one that we bottled a while ago but were never very excited about as far as introducing it to our normal lineup. It sat in the bottle, neglected for over a year until late this summer when we pulled out a bottle and gave it a try.  We were expecting the worst, but as it turned out, we were pleasantly surprised by what we tried.  We ended up thinking it would be the perfect wine for creating depth of flavor in soups, casseroles, sauteed vegetables, and baked goods.  So now we have a ‘cooking’ wine that is perfectly priced to use in all your favorite recipes (use this in anything that recommends a sherry or marsala wine).

Coup King Wine
I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe for Thanksgiving stuffing using our new Coup King wine, so be sure to check back here for the details.  In the meantime, click here to purchase Coup King online, or stop by the salesroom to pick up a bottle!  Cheers!

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Mulled Wine and Holiday Cocktails

I’m really excited to announce that our mulled wine recipes were featured over on Alive Magazine‘s blog yesterday.  You can check out the feature by clicking here.

Which, appropriately, brings me to the announcement of our last event of 2014….

Holiday Wine Cocktail Workshop

….A holiday wine cocktail workshop!  We’ll be hosting the workshop on December 13 starting at 3pm.  I’ll be demonstrating how to make four different wine cocktails (and one is a whole new spin on mulled wine!), plus participants will be able to sample each of the cocktails.  I’ll have tips for serving each cocktail during your busy holiday parties, and each cocktail will be paired with a specially selected nibble.  Each participant will receive all the recipes we feature, plus be entered into  a drawing to win one of four holiday cocktail kits.  To learn more about this event, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Folk Music Festival Recap

2014 Folk Festival
To continue with my recap from last week’s music, I’ll move on to Saturday’s Folk festival.  We hosted three bands from the Springfield, Missouri area: Ozark Mountain Maybelles, Goat Milk Honey, and the duo of Barak Hill and Brandon Moore.  Each band played two one-hour sets, alternating bands each hour or so.

2014 Folk Festival
The Ozark Mountain Maybelles started strong with a great mix of old time bluegrass and originals written by both members. Gracie (left) has a powerful voice and really wow-ed the audience with her strong lead, but Amy jumps right in with the perfect harmonies and an array of guitar techniques.

2014 Folk Festival
Then Barak Hill and Brandon Moore took the stage. They played more traditional folk tunes, along with modern songs and a few originals too. Barak has his own solo CD out for sale, but these two don’t get the chance to play together often, so for the most part we heard duets for both their sets. One fun fact I learned – Brandon’s day job is a distiller at Copper Run Distillery in Springfield!

2014 Folk Festival
The final band to play during the set is a near and dear one to our hearts. Goat Milk Honey is formed by two brothers – Rob and Ryan – who were college friends with Julie. We’ve watched them come around for most of their late college years and are thrilled to see them develop as musicians these past couple of years!

2014 Folk Festival
During the show, many times each of the musicians would ‘guest’ during another set, so it turned out to be a fun and eclectic show all around. In the photo above you can see that Barak jumped up to play guitar while Gracie sang an especially powerful song.

2014 Folk Festival
Clyde and I felt that the best magic of the evening came during the last set when we had about a dozen or fewer audience members left. Rob and Ryan suggested moving up into the slightly warmer salesroom and having more of a jam session with everyone. Clyde put together the panorama you see above to show us all in the salesroom listening to the musicians.

2014 Folk Festival
Upstairs, one of the audience members, Aaron, pulled out a ukelele to jam along with the other musicians. Turns out, Aaron plays in a couple of bands too, and so Rob invited him to lead a few songs. We were all on the edge of our seats when he lead everyone through a rousing version of Wagon Wheel!

2014 Folk Festival
You have to have a kazoo for some songs! By the way, if you see Goat Milk Honey in person, be sure to request a Chris Isaac tune from Rob – you won’t regret it, I promise.

2014 Folk Festival
And I have to leave my concert review on a funny note. Brandon asked to have a “drum” (hmmm…more like suitcase!) solo, and when Rob threw it over to Brandon, he utilized a suitcase, a display case, a table top, a washboard, and finally, a glass of beer! It looks like he approves of the Public House Cream Ale we’ve got on tap here! :)

I have many more photos up on facebook here if you’d like to check out more of the action from Saturday.

Needless to say, after everyone headed home, I got a little teary thinking about all the great music we just heard and that has been played here at the winery this year. My deepest thanks to all the talented musicians and to everyone that braved the cold and sleet to come out and listen on Saturday. We are truly grateful to have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with you all!

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