Splendid September

August playing at Peaceful Bend Vineyard

August Rolufs at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Procrastinators, I have good news for you!  This past weekend was proof that good things can happen at the last-minute. The weather turned out perfect after a couple of days of rain. We felt so lucky that the all the clouds broke up to allow sunshine and cooler temperatures to reign during the afternoon.  The weather turned out to perfectly mirror the talents of the new-to-us musician, August Rolufs.

August Rolufs at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
August brought along his friend, Lucas Showalter, to play bass.  The two played a relaxed mix of modern, original, and 70’s-era songs.

August Rolufs at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Lots of family and friends came out to listen to August and enjoy the lovely afternoon.  We even had a few new doggies enjoying the action!
August Rolufs at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
August normally plays with a band called Moon Jr., but put together a solo/duo gig for us.  He was excellent, so we were surprised to learn that he put together such a good performance with only two days practice!  It seems like good things at the last minute was the general theme for the afternoon.

August Rolufs at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Another fun moment for Clyde and I occurred before anyone showed up to the winery.  Clyde has been watching some volunteer gourds and pumpkins grow for the last month or so in our leaf composting area.  As I was setting up tables and chairs in the wine garden, Clyde came chugging up to me on the tractor and stopped right about where I was going to set up a table.  He had a big grin on his face and motioned to the bin on the tractor.

As you might already have guessed – there were several large pumpkins in gourds that he had just picked.  So all those stage decorations were another last-minute decoration! 😀

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the wine, music, and good company on Saturday.  We hope to see you again soon!

Picnic Basket Checklist

Picnic Basket Checklist
Do you love picnics at the winery (or anywhere!), but find yourself forgetting items for your picnic basket?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here in the tasting room and can supply most items that you forgot – just ask at the tasting room counter.

Plus, I’ve also created a picnic basket checklist that you can download, print off, and check off once you’ve added the items to your basket.  There’s plenty of space for you to add your own items to the list, so this is will be a versatile tool for your next picnic!

Click download your own checklist to print out: Picnic Basket Checklist pdf

2016 Sparkle Farkle Winner!

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Congratulations to Betty Rahner, the winner of this year’s Sparkle Farkle Tournament! As you can see, she won quickly and by a wide margin! Betty picked a bottle of Harvest Mist for her prize.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Everyone had a great time playing Farkle, getting to know each other, sharing food, and relaxing for the holiday here at Peaceful Bend.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Lots of good food to be had on the buffet line this year. Here’s Max, one of the finalists in the tournament, filling up his plate after a hard couple of games.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
We always appreciate Pam’s enthusiasm, and even though she wasn’t this year’s winner she still felt like a champ by making it to the final round! 😀

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Here’s Betty posing with Bob – the winner of our very first Sparkle Farkle tournament, held seven years ago. Bob and I made up for losing this year by dancing away our woes at the end of the afternoon. The wine told me I was good at dancing, but I assure you that Bob did not say the same thing!

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Bryce, a visiting Great Dane, watched as we all played Farkle. Bryce was probably wondering if anyone would notice that he was a couch potato for the afternoon!

During tournament play, the skies opened up and rained pretty much all afternoon, which made it nice to have the larger tasting room to accommodate everyone.  Though we still have trim to put up, the room really started to feel like home again after all the renovations.

Bryce the Great Dane would like some cheese and wine too!
At the very end of the afternoon, the sun came out and a few folks headed out onto the porch to enjoy a sip of wine before heading off to see fireworks. I loved this moment when Bryce put his chin onto the table and asked his owner if he could pretty please have a piece of cheese!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out on Monday to join us for our Sparkle Farkle Tournament. We had a delicious afternoon, and are looking forward to the next tournament already!