Last Saturday we hosted our Picnic in the Vineyard, the third year we have offered this event for members of our wine clubs. This event has quickly become one of my favorites for a variety of reasons.
To be perfectly honest, one reason I truly love the Picnic in the Vineyard is I have almost no responsibility for its planning, preparation and implementation. Could anything be better than simply showing up for a delicious meal in a beautiful setting? Yes, it is even better when you show up and everyone thanks you assuming you helped make it happen! The truth is that Belinda Christensen really leads the charge on organizing the picnic and she is probably smart to keep me on the sidelines. It is a well known fact among Talley Vineyards employees that it will rain on any event I help organize. Truly. Maybe some of you remember the infamous Marianne Talley “Mud” Run of June 2011?
It has become tradition at the picnic for our Vineyard Manager Travis Monk and our Winemaker Eric Johnson to give a casual presentation and this has become another reason I love the event. After all my years working at Talley Vineyards I am sometimes surprised that I can still learn something new every day. It is great to sit back, listen to the experts share their knowledge and walk away with a deeper understanding of the vineyard and production processes. There were a lot of questions for Travis and Eric about the upcoming harvest and how soon it would be underway. Was it my imagination that some subtle signs of panic began to creep onto Travis’s and Eric’s faces as the discussion brought home the reality that harvest is right around the corner? Maybe it was, but it was still fun to imagine!
Of all there is to enjoy, the best part of the picnic is getting to know some of our wine club members in a fun and casual environment. I spend my days immersed in our wine club member database and if you give me a name I can probably tell you where that person lives, their favorite wine, how long they’ve been a wine club member. But it is rare that I am given the opportunity to meet the person behind the wine club membership. It is truly a pleasure to share good food, good wine and good company at the Picnic in the Vineyard.