Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

Our grand opening party was a huge success!  On the longest day of the year, we celebrated what was a long time coming.  The wine was flowing, the food was incredible, and we danced and sang under the light of the "super moon."  We owe a huge thank you to everyone who helped us along the way, and we just feel so blessed to have so many friends & family who support us.
Jake's longtime friend Blake catered the entire weekend for us.  (He also catered my summer solstice wedding six years ago.)  Blake has been a chef at Ivar's Mukilteo Landing for many years, and this man knows how to cook!  If this was to be your last meal, you could die happy: grilled salmon with beurre blanc sauce, soft shell crab sliders, razor clam chowder, chanterelle soup, cured meats from Salumi, strawberry shortcake with lemon curd and whipped cream, freshly baked macadamia nut cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries.  Many of the main ingredients were fished and foraged for by our family & the (outstanding) strawberries were brought from a farm in Lynden by the Scholten family.  It was a meal to remember.
Jake and Chef Blake unwind after dinner

Daniela & Justin
For our evening entertainment, I asked my friend Daniela that I met in college to come and perform.  She brought her friend Justin (they often get together to play gigs in Seattle) to join her on vocals & play guitar.  I've known for some time that Daniela has a great voice, but I really found out how great a performer she was as well.  Daniela & Justin sang many covers & classic crowd pleasing songs, but the style in which they sang really enhanced the attitude of the evening.  They played hits by Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, and Johnny Cash (to name a few) with a mellow twang and intoxicating energy.  Even my grandma Ruby got up to dance!

We sampled our Tempranillo straight from the barrel

There must have been something to that Super Moon (or maybe the wine was just really good!)

The Super Moon rises behind the clouds
After the excitement wound down on Sunday, we recalled the past nights of celebration with a fondness and warmth of heart.  We could acknowledge that we had finally accomplished our great undertaking and also knew that we would find success in our future.  It is so nice to really reflect on life's moments & remember why we work so hard.  We truly look forward to the many years to come with Plain Cellars, and we cannot wait to keep sharing our love for wine with more and more people.

Please visit us again soon; Our tasting room will be open:

Friday 3 - 7 p.m.
Saturday 12 - 5 p.m.
Sunday by appointment

Enough celebrating, now back to work! We will be bottling more wine this upcoming weekend. (Somebody must have drank it all.)

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