The Trio Concert Lives On!

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Just wanted to post up a reminder for any of you that were fans of the Jacques Thibaud Trio’s Wine Cellar Concert that we’ve held for years here at the winery.  Brewer Science is sponsoring the trio again, and we’ll be there to serve wine and enjoy the music – — just in a different spot.

Join us on September 2, 2017 in Rolla at the Ozark Actors Theater to get your chamber music fix with these unbelievably talented musicians.  Tickets are $35 each and available through the theater this year (click above or call 573-364-9523 ext.1).  Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and the concert, and I’ll be there with wine for purchase.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7pm, and the concert begins at 8pm.

Hope to see you there!

Sparkle Farkle Winner & Foundation Tour

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Hi all!  Fourth of July week turned out to be a busy one around here.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday too.  The photo above is myself with the winner of the Sparkle Farkle Tournament, Steve Leonard, along with Zimm from Red Moose Winery (who kindly opened up for us that day to host the tournament).  Steve chose a bottle of Red Moose’s semi-sweet red wine called 38th Parallel for his winnings.

Here are a couple more photos of the fun from the tournament:

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I couldn’t resist giving the winner rabbit ears, meanwhile, making myself look ridiculous.

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The winner of the first Sparkle Farkle tournament, Bob, shows how happy he is that he didn’t win this year. Aww…better luck next year Bob!

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Speaking of Awww…after the tourny was over, I captured a quick shot of lovebirds, Judy and Gary chatting with Amanda.

While we were Farkle-ing, our construction crew was busy, busy, busy getting the foundation forms set up on the holiday so that they could pour concrete the next day. After most of the dust settled at the end of the week, I made a little video tour to show off the progress and document this stage. Give it a watch if you have a couple minutes:

This week our contractor is focussed on putting tar on the foundation walls and setting drain tile in place. It’s so hot that they start early and have to move to another cooler job by noon, but they are still making good headway.

I hope you all are enjoying the summer so far. I’ll be back again with more updates soon!

Year-End Favorites and New Year Hopes

Clyde and I have spent this holiday season on the biggest emotional (not to mention daily living) roller coaster ride we’ve ever experienced.  I kinda shut down for a few weeks, but here on New Year’s Day I want to remember the goodness that we experienced last year.  So here are a few favorites from 2016’s blog – I hope you remember these times as fondly as I do!

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Top of the list, best thing that happened this year was this little guy, Micah, being born.  He is super sweet, healthy and happy so far, and we couldn’t be more tickled to have a new family member!  Read more about it here (and, fair warning, the end of that post shows off the ‘new’ tasting room we worked on this spring – sigh).

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play in the winegarden

So many talented musicians played on our stage this year, but I think the highlight was that we had a house band this year.  Karl Eggars and Lukas Simpson came back repeatedly this spring, summer and fall to play music and help us dip our toes into evening musical events here at the winery.  They are both great musicians and super kind-hearted.  It was a true pleasure to listen to these guys entertain us regularly!

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This year’s cellar party was one of the best ones in recent years. As you can see we didn’t need to stay in the cellar since the weather was perfect to enjoy fire pits and fun outdoors. We got to catch up with friends old and new, enjoy lively music, and eat really well to boot. Good times!

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Pepe will always be a favorite photo around here. He has certainly made a name for himself, and sometimes I wonder if people come for the wine, or just to enjoy a picnic with Pepe! 😀

Shortly after the cellar party, Clyde and I took his Mom on a bucket-list trip to California.  Here’s more info about that trip, but I ended up loving this selfie we took in Napa.

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And finally, this spring was a gorgeous one around here, with lots of beautiful flowers and lovely weather.  Click on over to remind yourself what is a few short months away!

So there are a few of the good highlights of 2016.  Thank you to everyone who has shared photos of PBV on Facebook, Instagram, and through email – it’s been great to see what memories you love from Peaceful Bend!

Clyde and I continue to wait on our insurance company to finish the fire investigation at this point.  Clyde has been clearing out junk from the barn across the driveway from the cottage and I have been focused on caring for his Mom.  We are trying to formulate what type of long-term plans we want to work towards, but are still debating and thinking of options.  So I guess you could say we are dormant, but quietly working on regeneration, much like a grapevine in winter.

May you enjoy a wonderful 2017 filled with love, peace, and wine of course!  Please stay in touch, and I’ll be back here on the blog as we have updates for you all.  Cheers!