If you know us at all, you know we just love being with friends and family…and of course having great food with our favorite wines! If you’ve got the picnic itch…we’ve jotted down some reminders on how to have an amazing feast and outing!
The night before…
One of the great things about having a picnic is the planning stage. The fun is escalated when everyone starts to feel that it’s really gonna happen, and the plan isn’t just talk. We’re all for spontaneity…but some of our most memorable outings were because we took the time to plan them! For your day of fun, here are a few tips that could be useful:
- Make sure you have a few places in mind for your grass party. Whether you’re taking a trail up a mountain or just going to the park, it’s always nice to have a backup plan. Sometimes the county will shut down certain areas for maintenance reasons etc….
- If you decide to shop for your day picnic in the early morning, go through the fridge and cupboards and prepare all the tasties you find in advance, as much as possible.
- Cut up blocks of cheese, meat, and bread and put into sandwich bags, ready to grab
- Don’t be afraid to throw those olives, fruits, and veggies in early either. (The less you have to do in the morning the better)
- Remember to refrigerate any refreshments normally drunk cold too (champaign is usually enjoyed chilled)
- If there are any kitchen napkins you don’t mind bringing outside, the better… regular napkins are light and easily blow away in the wind
- Insect invasions can quickly ruin any amazing picnic…and does happen. To avoid these “mini-armies,” take the time to pack some bug repellent/spray.
- When it comes to Sunscreen, why not bring it along? Better safe than sorry
- Finally, make a grocery list for whatever else you might need before bed, (and get some uninterrupted rest before your day of fun.) Smoke-dried sausage and brownies are classic treats! (Check out our Tasting Notes page under the Wine Shop tab for great pairing ideas!!)
- Knife and utensils
- Mini condiment packages
- Ice packs
- A trash bag
- A camera
- Playing cards
- A Frisbee/Soccer ball
- A chess board
- A blanket
- Music/instrument (Ukulele are our favorite!)
- Rosella’s Red Wine Blend
From Rosella’s Vineyard!
Will you be joining us?
Your 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is finally here! Like many of our wines, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Our pairing will be delicious Mini Beef Wellingtons and Rosella’s Cabernet Truffles. Be sure to save the date. It’s a great reason to get out and enjoy the spring weather. This is an official Wine Club Event – May 5th, 6th and 7th from 12-4pm. Wine available for early pick up starting April 21. Open Daily 11-5. It’s going to be another great day in the tasting room.
P.S. Mother’s Day Weekend May 14, we will be treating every Mom to some amazing Chocolates. Be sure to visit us.
We can’t wait to see you in the tasting room!
-Rex, Sandi, Rowdy, & Lola Garoutte
**Note to Wine Club Members: If you are on our “shipper” list, your wine will arrive shortly. Pickup available early by contacting us at 541-846-6372. Release available for the month of May. If wines are not picked up, wine release will be charged to payment card on file and held for your convenience. Contact Us: Ph: 541-846-6372 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When we think of wine, we think of relaxation, popcorn, movies, books, quiet time, and parties. But how often do we think of painting? Maybe the idea seems contradictory to some of us. Too much wine can dull the senses, but it can also put one into a state of clarity suggests theguardian. It’s widely known that just one glass of wine can positively alter a person’s state of consciousness. Because wine carries more blood to the brain, it becomes stimulated and cognition is heightened.
Alexander Pope wrote, “drink is the feast of reason and the flow of soul.” “Galileo Galilei, not only the well-known scientist of his age but a painter as well once said, “wine is sunlight held together by water.” In the days of old, it was not uncommon to take wine over water. The possibility of taking a sip or two (or more) while painting one of his most known pieces of the moon in 1609 is certainly a realistic notion. And finally, Plato said, “when a man drinks wine at dinner, he begins to be better pleased with himself.” Art isn’t always about the finished product of course. It’s about all the things in-between. Besides, there’s always impressionism. If your friends ask “what is it?” Just smile cooly and say “it’s a bird silly!” Who knows, maybe that painting will end up on your wall…neatly framed, complete with color matting. A remnant of a magnificent and magical evening, a memento, an…heirloom?
But.. wait…you weren’t prepared for this!
You’re not even sure you have all the colors…
“So what!” Some of the most inspirational artwork in the world is graced by the of infusion of wine. Let your creativity shine. Do a landscape in hues of blues or greens. Make a portrait of your beloved dog…or cat. Take a crack at some still art. Be spontaneous, and paint a piece of a dream that stuck with you.
The sky’s the limit.
After hearing about a fabulous way to get together and drink wine, Rosella’s decided to host it’s very own Paint & Sip party! We got such a fantastic turnout of people, that we’re aimed at doing this again in the spring. The experience captured in the photo gallery below shows the party… but not the ukulele after-party, which was a lot of fun too! We would like to give a big shout out to Ashley Mendes, for the wonderful instruction. We’re certain our fun-lovin’ crowd gave her a run for her money (evidenced by the sound system we had to hook up just so she could be heard over our ruckus crew). Check back here for our next event, we’ll be sure to post the details ahead of time fo you to RSVP. You can also like us on Facebook to receive these updates.
It’s always nice to be the one to open that first bottle of wine, gracefully poised with party-goers looking on in quiet expectation. A certain hush comes over the crowd and all eyes are on you… “The gatekeeper” of promised fun and adventure. A resounding POP seems to come from every angle of the room, then growing smiles and claps from all around. It’s a job well done!
Yes, there’s always that one time where it just didn’t go quite right. The corkscrew lever didn’t quite lift, or the drill burrowed its little self into the side of the cork instead. So, you try again. Only now, the cork of that beautiful fine wine has been expertly lodged or shall we say “bottlenecked” between you and a certain coolness of the evening.
It may be time to re-think that corkscrew from years past.
But, “which wine opener is the best?” You might ask. Well, we’re happy to share our key secret that works pretty well for us. The truth is (aside from the really poorly made wine openers) it’s all in which one works best for YOU! Everybody does everything a little differently; an opener will work better for one than another. That said, here are a few of our favorite wine openers you might want to try.
- Brookstone Connoisseur’s Wine Opener – Ergonomic friendly.
- Waring Pro Professional Cordless Electric Wine Opener – Compact, cordless, and lightweight.
- Xtrend Professional Rabbit Wine Opener – Durable stainless steel.
- Waiters Corkscrew – Most common and compact, for being on the go.