2017 Recap of Still WatersDecember 14, 2017
Its almost that time again to ring in a new year. The adage always remains- it’s nearly impossible to accept that a whole year has gone by. It seems like 2017 just began and in a few weeks we’ll be welcoming in 2018. This is been a wonderful year for Still Waters Vineyards- there were so many wonderful things that helped make this one of our best years yet.
The year began with Roll Out the Barrels, one of our favorite events. Between two sessions, we welcomed nearly 200 guests to taste through 35 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. The votes generated from the tasting helped us hone in our blends for our Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest of our red blends. We can’t wait for Roll Out the Barrels 2018 and to share what we’ve got to offer!
We added an additional Picture Perfect Sunday concert to our mix, this year starting our series in April with local favorite Rewined. Mother’s Day was one of our busiest days ever with Louie Ortega continuing his tradition of making all of the mama’s out there swoon over his smooth crooning. We also hosted Julie Beaver and Dorian Michael, Jill Knight, Billy Manzik, Ricky Montijo and the Mojitos, and Nataly Lola for our concert series. A few new faces and some old favorites- perfect!
We hosted our second annual Winemaker’s Dinner in the Gardens in June which we hope will be another favorite tradition! Food was done by the amazingly talented Chef Charles D. Paladin Wayne and the whole night was truly special. Our guests enjoyed a four-course meal with library wine pairings under a canopy of café lights illuminating the summer night. Between the wine, the food, the conversation, and the weather, it made for a perfect night. Another event we are looking forward to hosting!
We have three more successful wine festivals under our proverbial belt- Vintage Paso, the Paso Wine Festival, and Harvest Festival. There was live music, delicious food, great deals on wine, and an abundance of sitting in the sunshine with our favorite people drinking our favorite wine. Harvest Festival was a highlight- we hosted our second annual Harvest Olympics. This included a bung toss, wine trivia, barrel roll, and a grape stomp! Everyone had a fabulous time with much laughter and friendly competition.
We had some absolutely gorgeous weddings in 2017. We feel so blessed to be able to share our beautiful property with couples on their favorite day of their lives. From Spring green weddings to lovely Autumnal celebrations, the weddings this year were spectacular.
2017 was a wonderful year. Our fruit harvest was robust and the quality of fruit was out of this world. It was a challenging year with the late heat but this vintage, while quick, is stellar. We are very excited about it. We are so thankful for our staff, our club members, our environment, and everything in between. 2018 is going to be even better, we can just feel it.