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!

 

The Trio Concert Lives On!

TrioFlyer
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

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
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:

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
I couldn’t resist giving the winner rabbit ears, meanwhile, making myself look ridiculous.

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
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!

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
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!