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!

Citrus Sangria

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Hi again everyone!  Have I mentioned lately that I miss you?  Here it is summer, and there you are, not lingering here.  *insert mournful sigh*  I can’t wait till we’re back in business again and I can share a glass or two with you on the porch.

In the meantime however, a few kind folks (thanks Roger, Diane, Robin, and Jill) have dropped off bottles of Yadkin Creek wine from their personal stashes, and I thought I’d use them to share a recipe with you all today.  I know it’s a tease, but don’t worry, I have a few suggestions for alternative wines down below and Clyde is hard at work making a batch of Yadkin that we hope to release in a month (or two??). It’s been so hot lately; a chilled glass of summer-y Citrus Sangria is calling our names, don’t you think?

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I tried to keep relatively close to a traditional Spanish-style sangria by using mostly citrus fruits, but I left out lime since it gave the sangria a bitter flavor.  Instead of the traditional brandy, I used spiced rum (Kraken is hands-down the best) for an extra layer of flavor without needing too add in a bunch of spices or flavorings.

The nice thing about sangria is that it is incredibly versatile, so add in whatever fruit your heart desires. Plus, it’s very easy to make – just be sure to plan ahead so you have plenty of time for the sangria to chill before serving.

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Since we don’t have Yadkin Creek available right now, if you are searching for an alternative wine, try Red Moose Vineyard’s 38th Parallel, or Shawnee Bluff Winery’s Double Bluff, or Ste. Genevieve Winery’s Concord.

I had one extra reason to make this recipe for you all:  I’ve been itching to try my hand at making a short recipe video!  Here it is…..

What did you think of my first-ever recipe video?  I definitely have a ways to go to get this medium down, so let me know if I should keep practicing, or just let it go at this one. 😀

And now I’m off to sip a glass of sangria with Clyde.  Scroll down for the recipe, and if you make this I’d love to know what you thought of it in the comment section below.  Cheers!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Yadkin Creek (while we are still rebuilding, try one of the alternatives suggested above)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 apple
  • 1 bottle seltzer water, chilled

Directions:

  1. Place Yadkin Creek, orange, lemon, raw sugar, rum, and orange juice in a large pitcher.  Stir until sugar dissolves.  Chill 2-4 hours.
  2. Core and chop apple.  Place a few pieces of apple in a glass.  Fill the glass half-way with chilled Sangria.  Top with seltzer water.  Optional: garnish with a half-slice of orange. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Makes 12-14 servings.
  • Feel free to substitute the apple for your favorite fruit.