#grapelife Behind the Vine Blog

8.15.18

What was meant to be a weekly blog & newsletter has now become an every 3 week newsletter. Let me fill you in on the last 3 weeks at Meramec Vineyards. Our Shrimp Boil sold out before we opened on the 29th of last month! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy that Food &  Family Sunday meal. More fall & comforting meals are coming your way! Check our website for the full year of menus so you never miss a good home cooked meal!

Our new labels for Sweet Cat have been sent to TTB for approval. Our new vintage will be out soon!  We are “this” close to having a new “shining” beverage in our tasting room! Many of you have heard us talking about that! We are actively planning new FALL menu items; the chilly and drizzly atmosphere today is definitely inspiring! New FALL sangrias, samplers, salads and desserts will be debuting September 1! Watch our IG and Facebook feeds for sneak peaks & you will be able to help name the menu items!

We have a new Tiki Bar and outdoor stage going up! Come by & check it out! We hope to be serving drinks out there before too long & enjoying the cooler temperatures!
Fall Entertainment is all lined up & we are looking forward to Bonfires & Beer! Speaking of beer, we will have some new offerings coming soon! We will be branching out into offering other local craft beer from all over the state! We are excited to bring St. Louis and Springfield offerings closer to home for your enjoyment! We will still continue to carry Piney River Brewing Co- and especially Andy’s Root Beer! We are open to suggestions on the expanded tap selections- let us know what you want on our Facebook page! Polls are still up & running also on a couple of the selections! Your opinion matters!
We received our manufacturing and distribution license about 3 weeks ago also. We hope to bring your sweet favorites to other locations within a 20 mile radius soon! We are also able to ship now. If you would like wine shipped to you, give us a call or email events@meramecvineyardswinery.com. Last week we attended a wine making class at Mizzou. It was intense, but so informative and we are excited to get our manufacturing area up and going this fall.
Our wine dinner is next Thursday, August 23 at 6pm. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, you don’t want to miss this spectacular and FUN meal! You will be transported on a two hour Carribean getaway close to home, complete with tropical Missouri Vignoles and beachy piano music courtesy of Mr. William Owen. We are going to have a blast! Cost is $40 per person. Reservations can be made by calling us at 573-265-7847 or by selecting “GOING” on Facebook. Deadline to reserve will be Sunday, August 19th at 8pm. Seats cannot be guaranteed after that time. Check out the full menu below! We hope to see you next week!
On a more personal note, our kids went back to school today. Life is a balance, something we work at every day. We are glad we had extra cuddle time and play time this summer. We are looking forward to more time during the day to catch up on necessary projects, and keep newsletters and websites more updated. Thanks for bearing with us as we get into a good rhythm!
Have a great weekend & we hope to see you soon!
Michelle

 

 

7.21.18

2 am. Most everyone is sleeping. So why am I awake? Life is busy. We are grateful. Late nights mean quiet time to collect my thoughts, review the day, see how we can make things better, improve our guests visits, work on responding to emails, update social media, and make our website more informative, more meaningful, think of new ideas, embrace the silence.

Nearly 6 months into this venture…. Wow! One year ago we had just completed the negotiations into buying and starting on this wild ride. Nearly daily I hear, “What got you started?” I jokingly blame my better half, but really we feel it was a dream and vision placed on our hearts by God. A vision that only He could have pieced together. The whole process has been an interesting one, one that has tested our faith to the limit, but we have persevered and come out so blessed this far. Each twist and turn, each delay, each business contact, I see the work of God. About 6 weeks ago, I ended my nursing career. A career I LOVED! I came on full time at the winery. I believe God has a funny sense of humor and his timing is always perfect, even if in the moment seems like bad luck. Fast forward 6 days after my last day at a local clinic, and BOOM! my husband’s job suddenly ends. New company decided to go a different route. Most people would be terrified. After a brief second of fear that I couldn’t allow, I just had to laugh it off, trusting the process, that this was how it was supposed to work out from the beginning. 10 days later he accepted a position in town. We have not worked in the same town in nearly a decade; we had both previously been commuting different directions, and seeing each other briefly before work and at bedtime. Now the kids & I enjoy seeing DAD (One of his best roles) at lunch, bringing him treats and loving the weekends together, even at the winery, where work is family, and family comes to work. You have probably seen a little girl serving you crackers or water, and a boy sweeping up the floors. They are our future, just like your children. We love that Sundays have become a day you can bring your family and enjoy some time together, unplugged. Really in the moment, with good food and fun games. Back last March, that’s what motivated us to jump on this opportunity, family. A chance to be in business together, sharing a passion and drive and a dream, to make this a family destination, and fun place where families can reconnect, parents can enjoy a nice evening, couples can have a date night, friends can visit, and everyone leaves happy.

Thanks for giving us a chance. The last nearly 6 months have been a magical and inspiring time.

With heartfelt love and appreciation,

Michelle & Joe