Hi! Salute! 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 8-9 wine samples and keep your souvenir wine glass!

Monday
Feb132012

Possum Point Pinot Grigio

OK, maybe that isn't the best name for a smooth Pinot, but do you have a better idea? I mean really...many of you have said EWWWW to the Possum Point, but I'm plum out of ideas for a name....looking for something sassy/fun/catchy. Our other wines, as you know, are named Assawoman Bay Chardonnay, Riddle Farm Riesling, Tuckahoe Merlot...and of course Diana's Delight. 

So we need something local with a P! Or G!

We have a new blend this year called Country Girl after one of my BFF's who passed away last month. That was easy and she would love it. 

But Pinot? Geez....send ideas to cheers@costaventosa.com.

xoxoxo Keep warm.

Monday
Feb062012

Gearing Up and Winding Down

OMG! We re-opened last Friday to a standing room only bunch of winos at our Wine Down Friday Party! It's our version of happy hour and needless to say, EVERYBODY was happy. AND...we do this each Friday from 6-8. Bryce Butler plays some cool Bob Dylan music, we have complimentary munchies, and discounted glasses of wine.

I'm still working on our calendar for this year but we have a date for our first Spice of Wine Food & Wine Pairing Event...it's going to be Thursday, February 23 from 6-8. The menu:

First Course:

Strawberry Bruschetta, Paired with Diana's Delight (Vidal Blanc)

 Second Course:

Spicy Turkey Breast with a Strawberry Salsa, Paired with Independence Rose of Merlot

Third Course:

Beef Brasatto in Merlot Sauce with Mint, Paired with Tuckahoe Merlot

Fourth Course:

Chocolate Fountain & Dippers, Paired with Whaleyville Red (Concord)

 

The cost is $30 per person, and RSVP required since we only have a limited number of seats. Reservations can be made to Cheers@CostaVentosa.com.

Whaleyville Red

Monday
Jan092012

Fat and Sassy

Being closed since mid-December has been wierd. On one hand, I have LOVED the freedom: riding my horse, visiting my family in Ohio, a short vacation, sleeping in. On the other hand, I MISS MY WINOS!

Yep, you read that correctly. I miss JT, Mary, Micki, Christine, Richard, Michelle, Jeff...and countless others who are not only my wonderful customers, but who have become friends.

But with that said I've been catching up on QuickBooks (like torture to me), perusing gift catalogues for the retail area, and cleaning the winery. I'm in the process of moving EVERYTHING out of the tasting room to deep clean and seal the floors to make them shiny again. We've also bought a fireplace--not the fancy schmancy built in we were hoping for--but a nice corner fireplace that will make the winery more cozy and homey. Course, for those of you who sit your bums on the couch all day and sip slowly on wine, there is another new feature coming in February: ejection seats to throw you off of our leather furniture.

Just kidding...Or maybe not...hmmmm. Maybe I'll turn the ejection seat off if you're drinking your fair share of wine and/or buy a case.

Our GRAND RE-OPENING is February 3. As always, our favorite musician and singer, Bryce Butler, will play for us. We'll have some eats, not sure what yet, and discounted glasses of wine.

If you miss me half as much as I miss you, visit me on Facebook. I post there sometimes when I'm bored or when QuickBooks makes me miserable, which is often.

xoxoxo

Sunday
Oct232011

Falling into Fall

Wow did we have a wild ride this summer. After I blogged in late July, we got rain rain and more rain. Hurricane Irene alone dumped 8+ inches on us. The next weekend was another 5 inches. And we all know how much the grapevines HATE rain...so they were grouchy all through August and September and as a result, our harvest was low. Boo hiss! There's always next year!

I adore this time of year. It's so crisp and bright and the leaves are so crunchy under my horses' hooves. Trail rides through the ever changing forest with Twinkie make me soooo happy!

Making wine makes me happy, too...and our 2011 Chardonnay/Cayuga Blend (Maybe called "Half Assed Jack"-LOL), 2011 Riesling, and 2011 Cab Sauv is in the tanks. We'll be getting juice/grapes in the next few weeks to make more Whaleyville Red and a new Pinot Grigio (our Pinot vines are too young to produce yet.)

In the meantime, come visit! We have Wine Down Fridays from 6-8 with music by Bryce Butler and complimentary lite fare. It's a blast.

 

Wednesday
Jul272011

Sweating like Crazy

So the good news: 1. The grapes look wonderful (especially my beloved Riesling) and 2. I'm losing water weight every day. The bad news is: 1. Some of the grape leaves (especially the Chardonnay) have powdery mildew and 2. Since I am still drinking too much wine, I gain the weight back every day.

OK, before you freak out at the MILDEW (ewwwwww), it won't hurt you--it's the kind your squash plants and tomato plants get when it's hot and humid. 

Speaking of humid...a story for ya...when I was a young Kathryn, I was talking to a farmer one day and he looks into the hazy sky and says, "Wow, it sure is close today." To which I replied, "Close to what?" See, here on the 'Sho, people use "close" for "humid" or muggy.

Back to the mildew...we've been spraying as needed and we could do without the darned pop up thunderstorms and stifling humidity...But the vineyard is still growing like crazy. We've been pruning and pruning and pruning. Gawd, I love it. You can prune a row, all of the higgly piggly vines sticking out sideways or 3 feet above the top wire, and when you get done chopping the octipus branches, the plants look like big topiaries. YAY!

July is almost over!!! In August we have several private events (50th birthday party, bridal showers, group events) so I have only scheduled one "public" event: A wine and food pairing dinner on August 18. It's called the End of Summer Maize and will feature corn and other yummy creations by Richard Major. Stay tuned.