Monday, March 15, 2010

The Magnificent Woman - Riesling!

Today I was creating 'Shelf Talkers' for our wines sold in the stores. You know... those 2x4" tags that hang off the shelf with wine descriptions, accolades and "whatever"... just calling out for your attention amongst the never ending rows of wines and choices.

I got stuck on our Dungeness White Riesling, wanting the perfect "catchy" tag line, so started Googling and hit the mother lode! Well, given that I'm a Working Girl the following narrative from so caught my attention.


You are the matriarch, though your numerous offspring rarely match your noble nature. You teach us to say words like 'trockenbeerenauslese' with reverence and pride. You approach every situation with grace and elegance, yet remain firm when the situation dictates. You bring balance to an unbalanced world of Chardonnayism. You are without question the Queen of the Rhineland, with a commonwealth extending to the far away lands of Australia, Canada and America. You are The Great Lady ~ La Grande Dame ~ Die Grossartige Frau!

Back to Google's language translator... Die Grossartige Frau - The Magnificent Woman!

I can't get the following words on a 2x4" card and without it the catchy phrase "The Magnificent Woman" won't work... but the description is dead on.

Riesling gives wine lovers the finest example of the important complementary role that sugar and acid play in a wine’s overall balance. Indeed, a great Riesling is exactly that, a stunningly graceful contrast between the two. Rounding out the package are the signature floral fruit characteristics that combine perfectly with the grape's natural sugar-acid balance. This gives Riesling the potential to age gracefully for years, becoming more supple and luxurious.

And ladies... as I approach my 60th birthday, words like "grace and elegant, 'gracefully aging' and 'becoming more supple' are music to my ears.

Though I must confess, I'm drinking Syrah as I write. Tomorrow this Magnificant Woman will drink Riesling with some spicy Chinese. Remember, I don't cook. Cheers, Kathy

Sunday, March 14, 2010

“Community Caretakers” … International Women’s Day 2010

Wednesday, March 10 minutes before the start of our IWD event…We had a bit of technical difficulties with the projector and the screen but a case of Rosé the Riveter wine and 2 candy bars gave the right “height and angle” so that the DVD on Madre was seen full screen!

I just got home from the winery... happy and so proud to host the celebration of International Women’s Day for the seventh year. Tonight we actually launched another decade celebrating IWD on the Olympic Peninsula. 10 years ago Nancy Newman and a small band of women first gathered at Hollywood Beech to honor the vital accomplishments and contributions of women before us.

Preparing for tonight I reread all our past press releases and realized how the themes of each event have become so much a part of our lives at the winery, as women of the community and the local/international charities supported by our donations.

Women Gathering … Women Supporting Women … Ordinary Women Makers of History … Part of an International Community … Designated Celebrator … Keeper of Traditions … Community Caretakers…

Standing there tonight, looking out at old friends, new faces, and young girls all crowded the full length of our tasting room, I re-read a quote by Margaret Mead.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

March 8… International Women’s Day was established in 1922 marked by women's groups around the world, commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. While it is not a U.S. national holiday it should be!

2010 Marks a New Decade and some of our greatest challenges both local and across our world. Tonight our donations will be contributed to Madre, an international women’s human rights organization, to deliver medication and medical supplies to Haitian earthquake victims via the Dominican Republic. Haitian women as ‘caretakers in their community’ play a vital role in remote villages in getting aid to those that need it most.

So let me sign off with the lyrics of song re-written and sung by Kelley Bradley at our 2006 IWD event. She had asked me what my favorite song was and I immediately said, “I Am Woman by Helen Reddy”. Enjoy… Kathy

I am Woman Hear me Pour
In numbers too big to ignore
and I won't stop until my glass is full
I am strong and I am brave
and I've never been afraid
to ask for what I want and to be thankful
oh yes, I am red
I'm full-bodied and I'm proud
Yes, I've found my voice
I'm not afraid to say it loud
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sparkling Twilight Tasting - NW Women's Show

I'm in Seattle at the NW Women's show which is really good for you. I'm offering introductory pricing only at the show just for you.

We're popping the cork this weekend and tasting our Sparkling Twilight.... a champagne style Syrah.

I love sparkling wine for a lot of reasons but I recently found two new ones. I've been doing a bit of reading on champagne lately thanks to a Christmas present from Lisa... the book, 'The Widow Clicquot'. Barbie-Nicole Clicquot was described as a tenacious entrepreneur who not only saved and grew the Clicquot Champagne Empire but also opened new horizons for women in business and forced those around her to reconsider the gender stereotypes of her day... All this starting at the age of 27 in the early 1800's. This made me think of our "Rosie".

There was another quote in the book I also liked... In the first decades of the 18h century, not long after champagne was discovered, the powerful Madame de Pompadour put it best: Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman more beautiful after drinking it!

Here's to bubbly, Cheers, Kathy