Soft Opening Fun

Soft Opening at Peaceful Bend Vineyard crowd scene

Soft Opening of Peaceful Bend VineyardSoft Opening Recap

Wow, do you all ever know how to make a gal feel good!  Our soft opening last weekend was filled with good people, delectable wine, delicious music, building tours, and lots of tasty memories.

We truly appreciated all the help our friends, family, and neighbors gave to help get the opening going on the right foot.  Connie & Crystal were a huge help at the tasting table.  As you can see above, they kept me laughing while I figured out all the nuances of our new cash register.

We ended up deciding to set up outdoors and said to heck with the interim tasting room for now.  Elliott Ranney set up his bandstand on the front porch of the new winery building, and everyone spread out on the “lawn” in front of the building.  It worked so well, I think we’ll keep this set-up for the next few weekends as long as weather allows.

Soft Opening at Peaceful Bend Vineyard crowd scene

Clyde and I were thrilled that so many of you could make it out to enjoy the beautiful weather with us.  It was a bigger turnout than I had anticipated, and we scrambled to pull together a hodge-podge of tables & chairs.  No one seemed to upset though, so thanks for all the patience!

I have to say, the turnout this weekend plus all the messages here on the website, on our social pages, and the emails you’ve sent buoyed our spirits ao much.  I think we might just make it through this final stretch to opening the new building.

Babies got dusty at the soft opening at peaceful bend vineyard

So many adorable babies (and fur babies!) joined in on the festivities Saturday.  While adults sampled wine, our grandson Micah (at top) and his cousin (above) had a blast sampling the dirt around here. 🙂

Day-After Soft Opening Cuteness

the day after the soft opening

After any big event, there is always cleanup, and I have to say we had a pretty cute clean-up crew this time around. The kids camped out and on Sunday morning, they helped restore order around here.  Then the grand kids plus Julie climbed into one of the big tanks that Clyde brought out to clean.

royal waves from the tractor after the soft opening

After installing the cleaned tank in it’s proper spot, Clyde gave a tractor ride to our grand-niece-in-law.  She perfected her royal wave as they drove by!

I hope you enjoyed this peek at our soft opening weekend. We want to ‘tank’ everyone that came out last weekend.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful customers.

And if you couldn’t make it, I hope you can join us on an upcoming weekend.  We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

 

Interim Tasting Room Opening!

 

Opening & Hours for the interim tasting room

Great news everyone!  Though the winery rebuild is still going on, we are excited to open an interim tasting room here on September 30, 2017 at 11am, with live music by Elliott Ranney starting at 2pm.  Yipee!!!

What to Expect

Interim Tasting Room at Peaceful Bend while waiting for the new winery rebuild

The interim tasting room is actually this shed, which Clyde has been hard at work cleaning out and making room for bottled wine, tanks, and barrels.  We’ve still got some work to do, but things have been coming together this past week, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be in good shape by the 30th.

We have seven of our most popular wines available again, so you’ll find something to sip on while you catch up with our progress. Plus you’ll be able to check out all the updates on the new winery building for yourself (we’ll give pre-tours of the new space as time and safety allow).

We’ll have a tasting table set up inside the shed, but currently there isn’t enough space for indoor picnics, so we’ll just be using the great outdoors for relaxing with a glass or two!  We do have a nice tent to help provide shade for those of you who want to be out of the sun.

The bad news is, for the time being, we’ll only have porta potties for bathroom space.  BUT, they will be nice and clean, and I’m also renting a hand-washing station so you can clean up a little easier.

Also, you might consider bringing your own lawn chair for the first couple of weeks, though we do have several folding chairs here just in case.  We’ll get something figured out as soon as we can on the table/chair front.

Regular Interim Tasting Room Hours

The interim tasting room will be open Friday-Sunday from 11-6 throughout the fall and early winter until the winery rebuild is finished.  We’ll also be hosting live outdoor music on Saturdays, so be sure to check out the offerings on our event page.

So if you’ve been pining for our wine (or just pining for us like Clyde, Pepe, Maggie, and I have all been pining for YOU), plan to come out and see us one of these fall weekends!

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!