On August 16, we celebrated our 2nd annual SummerFess here at the winery. On what would have been Fess Parker's 90th birthday, the 25th anniversary of the Fess Parker winery, and the 50th anniversary of the Daniel Boone show, we had good cause for celebration.
To kick off the festivities we did a special retrospective tasting of Fess Parker benchmark wines from the past 25 years. The tasting took place in our estate barrel room and was led by Head Winemaker, Blair Fox, Winery President, Tim Snider, and Winemaker Emeritus, Eli Parker. The wines poured were all rated 93 points or higher by notable publications such as Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
As early evening approached, the festivities moved out onto our lawn where we had live music from the highly talented Ventucky String Band, barbecue from gourmet food truck, Georgia's Smokehouse, and artisan wood fired pizzas prepared by our winery chef.
As the Ventucky String Band cleared the stage it was now time for a very special Daniel Boone reunion and panel discussion. Actors Darby Hinton, Ed Ames, Rosey Grier, and Veronica Cartwright, along with producer Barney Rosenzweig shared stories and memories from there time on the Daniel Boone show.
As day turned into night, it was finally time to turn our attention to the big screen. Two Daniel Boone episodes were viewed by family, friends, and fans on this warm summer evening. It was a great way to end a very special day here at the winery.
We wanted to say a big thank you to the Ventucky String Band, Georgia's Smokehouse, Darby Hinton, Ed Ames, Rosey Grier, Veronica Cartwright, and Barney Rosenzweig for taking part in SummerFess and helping to make it a great and memorable day.