Welcome to Costa Ventosa...Read about the antics of running a small vineyard and boutique winery with owner and winemaker Kathryn Danko-Lord...or come visit us...we are open Friday-Sunday from 12-6 pm for tastings...$5 for 7-8 wine samples. 

Monday
May212012

Country Mouse

A small cadre of volunteers and I braved the trek to Howard County (Merryweather Post Pavilion) to participate in the Wine in the Woods Festival. Wow, what a busy busy weekend. And getting out of the area was a pain in the...bottle...because Lady Antebellem was playing a concert a few hours after the winos cleared out. Needless to say, it was a complete and utter cluster.

Anyway, I'm counting my blessings today as I sit here on my couch, looking out over my garden and beyond to the wheat field. Hoppy, my yorkie, is panting as usual because she is hot blooded and just a bit fat. I know, I stink as a mama, she shouldn't be fat. But back to the subject at hand...I'm so happy to be a country mouse. 

Yes, I grew up in the suburbs and yes, I went to school in Columbus, OH and yes, I lived in cities over the years...but there ain't nothing like the Shore and God's country and farmers in tractors and people who use less-than-good English.

So, Howard County: I thank you for a good event, I was able to make some money for the winery and I was able to get more than a few Weight Watchers activity points, but THANK GOD for Whaleyville MD. 

Tuesday
May012012

May Madness...

You’ve heard of March Madness…well, we decided our May is crazy at the winery, ergo May Madness.

We have a BUNCH of events and such:

May 3    GO ME! Series…Learn how to make CAKE POPS and a CHOCOLATE BOX for Mother’s Day. $15 per person for materials, a glass of wine and to take some finished goodies home. 6-8 PM RSVP to Kathryn  as we have a few seats left.: cheers@costaventosa.com

 May 4    Guest Pour….Relay for Life…Jean Holloway’s Team!

May 5    Stingrays and Cinco De Mayo! YAY YAY YAY! Join us to hear the Stingrays, a great band from Talbot County…4-8 PM…Free before 6:00 PM after then a cover charge of $10 for Eats and the Band. AMICI (WINE CLUB MEMBERS) ARE FREE all day!

May 6    Wine & Cigar Pairing, 2-4 PM, small fee but I forget what it is right now.  Try 4 wines & 4 cigars.  RSVP to Kathryn at cheers@costaventosa.com

May 6    Del Libro (Book Club), 2-4 PM…Discuss Rise and Shine by Anna Quinlan…no fee, just show up!

May 13  Dorothy’s Delight Party for Mother’s Day…For all Mother’s out there: mention Dorothy’s name (she’s Jack’s Mom) and receive a free glass of wine. 

May 24 Spice of Wine Dinner….YUMMMMM…International Spice Event. $30 per person, 4 courses paired with Costa Ventosa wine. Limited seats, RSVP to (who else?) Kathryn at cheers@costaventosa.com. Dinner:

Mexican Chili Chicken with Noodles; Paired with Diana's Delight (Vidal Blanc) 

Tarragon Turkey with Pasta; Paired with Assawoman Bay Chardonnay 

Korean Curried Beef with Jasmine Rice; Paired with Tuckahoe Merlot 

Strawberry Crisp: Paired with Independence Rose of Merlot

 

May 27 Bottling Whaleyville Red…still could use a few volunteers! RSVP to Kathryn at cheers@costaventosa.com 

May 31: Close for the summer. We’re exhausted. JUST KIDDING! We’re open all summer!

 

 

Thursday
Apr052012

Honey Bunny Bunny Honey

I love saying Honey Bunny Bunny Honey. It just makes me smile. 

And, Happy Easter, my wonderful winos and honey bunnies. xoxoxox

Tuesday
Apr032012

Technology=Pain in the Bottle

My leg is asleep from sitting on this hard ass chair all morning. What should have been my day off has been a working day--on the 'puter, as my nephew used to call it.

See, when we have fun stuff happening at Costa Ventosa, I have to announce it in about a hundred locations:

Costa Ventosa Newsletter

Facebook

Costa Ventosa Website

Maryland Wineries Website

Buckingham Palace

OK, Buckingham Palace is a joke but the rest are true. Geez, I thought technology was supposed to make life easier! Isn't that what Al Gore was thinking when he invented the internet? HAHAHA

OK, events coming up:

April 15 (Sunday): Bottling Puckum Pinot Grigio 10AM to 3PM: We could still use volunteers!

April 29 (Sunday): Bottling Diana's Delight 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: We could still use volunteers!

May 5 (Saturday): Amici Event (Wine Club Members Only) 6:00-8:00 PM

May 6 (Sunday): Wine & Cigar Pairing-- $12 per person--2:00 PM

May 6 (Sunday): Book Club--free--2:00 PM (Rise & Shine by Anna Quinlan)

May 12 & 13 (Saturday & Sunday): Dorothy's Delight Party, stay tuned for details.

OK, I gotta run...other computer work to do. Sigh.

Friday
Mar232012

Busy as a Bee

Does it drive you nuts when people say (in a very feel-sorry-for-me tone) "Oh, I'm soooooo busy!"  Well, I have to admit I get awfully annoyed. In today's crazy hectic world, aren't we ALL busy?

OK...wait for it...I AM SOOOOO BUSY! 

Sorry, it felt good to let that loose.

The vineyard is almost pruned, thanks to my hubby the dirt guy. The winery is hopping, especially on Friday nights. Some weekends we couldn't fit another wino in if we tried. We're attending 3 festivals this year: Wine in the Woods, Pemberton, and MD Winefest (the big one in Westminister.) We've revived the book club and knitting club to mixed reviews, and we've started a new series called GO ME!

I sometimes forget to post all of the good stuff on this website, but am constantly posting on Facebook to keep our winos informed.

Speaking of which, information that is, our Puckum Pinot Grigio and Riddle Farm Riesling will be available in the next month or so. We're bottling the Riesling on Sunday and the Pinot on April 15. WE COULD STILL USE VOLUNTEERS FOR APRIL 15!

See, (feel sorry for me) I AM busy!