A Night to Remember

My hunch is that most Americans need a break right now. Turn off the news, forget the economy and spend a little time with friends and family. The enjoyment of wine and food fits right into this, which is exactly the spirit of our Vintner's Select Wine Club. Started over 20 year ago with just a handful of friends, it has now grown to over 3500 die hard Dry Creek fans who share one thing in common: a love of wines and a desire to share in our family's heritage. 

With that in mind, Valentine's Day was the perfect night for 60 wine club members and their guests to join us for an aphrodisiac-inspired feast in the winery's cellar. The menu included such enticing delectables as oysters, lobster, porcini mushrooms, Kobe beef, and Grand Marnier crème brulée.

I don't know about you, but I've never consumed so many foods with these supposed aphrodisiac qualities in one setting. Multiply that by 60, and well, I was a little worried. Happily all went smoothly and the buckets of cold water waiting behind the barrels were not needed. (Just kidding on this last one, but the thought did occur to me!!)

People came from as far away as Florida and Maryland to wine, dine and laugh among new and old friends. One couple, Kym and John Markley, even celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend Cupid's eve and an important reminder of the rejuvenating qualities of laughter and merriment during these uncertain times.  Many thanks to all who attended!
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J&K Author Profile Page said:
February 20, 2009 5:20 PM

We have to thank Kim and Don for hosting such a fantastic night. Kym and I had a ball and we could not think of a better place to celebrate our anniversary than dinner in the barrel room with our wonderful friends (more like family and list grows with every event)at Dry Creek Vineyards. For those of you that could not make it, we missed you and hope you can make it next year! Cheers, John

Stu McFarland said:
February 20, 2009 7:25 PM

"My hunch is that most Americans need a break right now. Turn off the news, forget the economy and spend a little time with friends and family."

Yes! I sure couldn't agree more...


Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 22, 2009 1:09 PM

Thanks John and Stu for posting your comments. I think we are all craving a connection with friends and family right now. Wine brings people together, makes mealtimes more enjoyable, and is a fun and interesting distraction from the daily stress and strain people are faced with. Thanks for including our wines in your lives gentlemen!

Charlene Kleiner said:
February 22, 2009 5:05 PM

Thanks again Kim and Don for a magical evening. We certainly look happy in our photo don't we.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 22, 2009 9:38 PM

Happy indeed!

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