Saturday December 1st, 2012, marked our first ever Fess Parker Christmas tree lighting. As the chilly night came upon us we opened up our tasting room doors for a night full of wine, food, music, and Christmas cheer, and of course the lighting of our 12 foot Christmas tree topped with a coonskin cap.
To help make this a memorable night we had a special musical guest, Natalie Gelman, playing Christmas classics as well as original songs. Guests of the evening were able to sit down and warm themselves by the fire while listening to Natalie’s beautiful melodies.
Our tasting room staff was eager to pour some special Fess Parker wines. Available to taste were some current vintage wines as well as select offerings from our library. Members had a great time tasting through our wines looking to find the perfect one to take to their next holiday party or to have with Christmas dinner.
There was plenty of food coming out of the Fess Parker kitchen throughout the night. Cheese and charcuterie platters, canapés, as well as passed appetizers such as bacon wrapped dates, sautéed shrimp with siracha and lemon aoli, risotto with pancetta, roasted butternut squash, and hen of the woods mushrooms. Dessert included ginger spice cake, double chocolate brownies, and a Bailey’s Irish cream panna cotta with dark chocolate curls.
We would like to send a special thanks to Natalie Gelman for coming out and playing some great music, and also to everyone who came out to spend the evening with us. Our hope is that it brought you some fun, joy, and relaxation in the midst of the busy holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Throughout the month of October, we at the Fess Parker Winery have been celebrating harvest with a month full of events appropriately called, OktoberFess. On Saturday, October 27th, we celebrated the end of harvest with our finale to OktoberFess: Wine, Pizza, Friends, and More.
It was a beautiful day that would eventually turn into a perfect night. With our estate vineyards as the backdrop, and beautiful oak trees dotting the winery grounds, we were ready to have some fun.
We were very fortunate and honored to have Bello Forno come out and cater the event for us. Serving wood-fired artisan pizza's from their custom created pizza oven.
We were also very excited to pour some special beers from Shipyard Brewing Company from Portland, Maine. Thanks to a recent partnership in representation channels we were able to secure some of these great beers to share with our members.
We were lucky enough to have our assistant winemaker, Dave Potter, find some time in his busy harvest schedule to do a special barrel tasting of our 2011 Rodney's Vineyard Estate Syrah.
As the day gave way to the night, it was time to eat some pizza. Bello Forno created 5 different tasty pizza's for the evening: Margherita, pear & proscuitto, chicken chipotle, pepperoni & pasilla pepper, and a Greek pizza.
Wine, Pizza, Friends, and More...was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us. We would also like to give a special thanks to Bello Forno catering for the delicious food and Shipyard Brewing Company for the tasty brews. We look forward to next year's 2nd annual OktoberFess.