- Best wishes to Sergei and Emily who are having a wine country wedding in April.
- Twittering wine lovers may find this directory of Wineries on Twitter really useful.
- Kara Wilson shares her plans for her wedding at Heron Hill Winery where she works as their Wedding and Events Coordinator.
- Will there be leaves? What season should you choose for a vineyard wedding?
- Glorious Fall Wedding At Solage Calistoga - Jessica shares photos and details about planning her wedding and naming the tables after their favorite wineries.
- Inspired by: My Wine Country Wedding - Leila just loves the rustic beauty of rows of tethered vines and stacked barrels.
- DIY wine cork name card holders.
- Zorvino Vineyards Bridal Show, in Sandown, New Hampshire - June 9, 2010.
- Beautiful Vineyard Weddings - a collection of inspirational photos.
- Winery Wedding Invitations with Ticket Response - a quite unusual invitation package, and thought not particularly winery related, this graphic designer has a talent worth looking at.
- A collection of vineyard wedding photos.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
When Jess was searching for a vineyard in Delaware to host her wedding, the only one she could find online was beyond her budget. But then she heard on the grapevine of another winery. One that doesn't seem to have a web presence.
Pizzadili Winery is run by Tony and Pete Pizzadili, who grew up in Italy in the early 50's. Their father made wine for a living, so when the family came to the states in 1956 they continued making wine in their backyard. In 1992 they purchased 100 acres of farmland and started planting grapes. When their production reached the legal 200-gallon limit, they decided to turn their hobby into a business, and started work on buildings and permits in 2004. Pizzadili Winery opened in October 2007. (read more at Delaware winery content to be small)
They hosted their first wedding in 2006. They are sole providers of catering and wine for the events. Christy and Joel got married at Pizzadili's in 2008 and said:
We could not have asked for a more perfect day! Our wedding was great! Getting married at Pizzadili's Winery in Felton, DE was really fun, low key, romantic, beautiful, PERFECT!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
According to Red Hot Brides, red wedding dresses are currently all the rage, and why not? It might fit nicely with a red wine wedding theme.
A white dress has come to be a symbol of purity, innocence, and virginity, but prior to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, it was common to wear one's best dress, whatever the color. Since then, a brightly colored dress has come to be considered poor taste and taboo. On the other hand, some cultures consider red to represent good luck. So why not give it a go and stand out from the crowd?
You don't have to go with bright poppy red. For a vineyard theme, a wine red or grape red might be an excellent choice. Or perhaps a white dress with red accents? Here is a selection of red bridal gowns brought to you by unbridaled-wedding-ideas.com.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Since you will probably be buying wine by the case for your various wedding celebrations, you might like to consider having custom labels made for the occasion.
Wilson Creek Winery offers to make custom labels for their Champagnes, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. You can start with one of their many templates, or use your own one of a kind label.
Friday, March 19, 2010
How much is it going to cost to rent a winery?
Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding and Events understands these issues, and has come up with a list of extra indirect costs that the winery's contract may impose upon you. For example, their set-up and strike down times may mean that vendors have to hire extra staff or pay overtime. You will probably need liability insurance, and may be asked to hire a staff manager to handle emergencies, child care professionals, and an event coordinator.
The list is quite long, so check it out at Avoiding "Hidden" Costs/Surprises in your Winery Wedding Budget.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"Miss Jellyfish" is planning a vineyard wedding at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery this coming September, and has started looking for invitations. In her blog post "Invitation Indecision" she looks at eleven options that she has discovered so far and shares what she likes and dislikes about each one.
Monday, March 15, 2010
A selection of questions that are being asked about winery and vineyard weddings:
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Press Democrat, of Santa Rosa, California, reports on how the recession has hit local wineries.
Since the start of the recession in 2007, it has become chic to drink cheaper wines. There has been a flood of cheap imports to the US, and local wineries are offering deep discounts. One wine that previously retailed for $15 can now be found at $5.99. Wineries are finding it hard to get bank loans, and vineyards are receiving less for their grapes. Some wineries are on the market, and their value has fallen by 20% - 50%. The only good news seems to be that US wine consumption is still increasing.
Read the full article, Setbacks in Wine Country.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here's a unique idea that wine lovers may want to add to their gift registry.
Wine Country Craftsman specializes in creating tables and custom furniture out of 60-100 year old retired grape vines from California. These unique and one of a kind tables are a perfect addition to the home, gallery, Bed and Breakfast, winery or wine tasting room.
The result speaks for itself. Each vine has its own character, some seeming to rest in serene meditation, some to dance in playful glee. The warmth of the wood invites your fingers to trace contours, follow branches, and contemplate the flow of life which took a century to express itself in the shape you see before you.
Passionate about their craft, Wine Country Craftsman invites you to enjoy the simplicity of nature in these beautiful pieces guaranteed to bring continued joy for many years to come. The Company's philosophy of "honoring and preserving nature's gifts" is evident in every furniture design they create.
The wedding day is one of the most important in a person's life, and today's couples strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience that is both personal and memorable for their guests, all while trying to stay within their budget. For one lucky couple, Mirassou Winery plans to help. The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and crafting superior wines in California since 1854, earning them the distinction of being America's oldest winemaking family. Today, the Mirassou wine style is refreshing and fruit-forward.
This year's contest kicks-off on March 2, 2010 and runs through June 27, 2010. Couples can enter to win $10,000, plus a trip to San Francisco and northern California wine country for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with wine expert David Mirassou and Celebrity Chef Aida Mollenkamp, host of the popular Food Network show "Ask Aida," to plan their custom California-inspired wedding menu, complete with food and wine pairings.
Up to five lucky finalists will be chosen and featured at www.mirassou.com for an online vote from July 16 - August 8, 2010, and all finalists will receive a Mirassou gift package. Finalists are encouraged to run their own campaigns to earn votes, since the winner will be the finalist with the most votes. The winning couple will be announced in August and will meet with Aida and David this fall to learn about the hottest wedding food and wine trends, as well as plan their own personalized wedding menu.
Monday, March 1, 2010
By Bridget Mora
Wine country is one of the most romantic places you can choose for a wedding. The natural beauty of a vineyard makes a stunning backdrop for a ceremony and reception. There are fantastic vineyards in places like California, Italy, France, and even upstate New York. The best part of course is enjoying the top wines that the vineyard has to offer.
When hosting your wedding in a location with its' own unique beauty, play up the elements that make the place special. So at a vineyard, choose natural decorations, displayed in non-fussy ways. Incorporate details like grapevines, trailing greenery, and fruit into your table décor and perhaps over an arbor for the ceremony. Rough hewn, simple containers made from wood, galvanized metals, or hollowed out vegetables would make wonderful vessels. Use elements that emphasize the bounty of the land.
The bride and groom should think about the setting when choosing their attire. Instead of a heavy satin gown and a tuxedo, consider sophisticated but less glitzy styles. The groom at a vineyard wedding would look great in either a suit (a tan linen one would be smashing for a summer wedding), or a blazer and trousers. The bride should look for a gown with simple lines, like an A-line or a sheath. A gown with texture, such as all-over lace, would look incredible in the naturally beautiful setting of wine country.
For the finishing touches, the bride should also look for accessories and a hairstyle that are not too fussy or stiff. Soft waves in her hair, held back by a handmade pearl comb would be sophisticated and simple. Handcrafted bridal jewelry is the perfect accent for a rustic reception. Think about keshi or baroque pearls, intertwined with strands of sterling silver. Soft movement always looks right in an outdoor locale, so look for handcrafted bridal jewelry like drop earrings and cluster necklaces.
After the bride, the wine itself is the star of the show at a vineyard wedding. Feature the vineyard's finest vintages, with information about each on the menu cards. A flight of wines, with an appropriate selection served with each course, would be a delightful way to highlight the best of the vineyard's offerings . Pair the wine with seasonal local cuisine, and you will really have a reception that is enjoyable and memorable for you and your guests. (Just be sure to provide transportation home for everyone!)
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