Monthly Archives: November 2011

Giving Thanks~

Thanksgiving

There really is so much to be thankful for, especially being in the Wine and Hospitality Business. 

Thank you to all of you for support.  We have been blessed and continue to be blessed by Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop.

We will be spending this Thanksgiving with family and friends, pouring wines, having laughs and relaxing.  Early in the Season we made stuffed squash pictured in this blog, there was hesitation in how this meal would be received but they loved it!! 

It really turned out – Autumn foods can be so pretty in presentation.  We are looking forward to cooking tomorrow all the traditional fixings and this year adding a Waldorf Salad as a side dish. 

Wine for Thanksgiving, starting off with a Viognier and closing the evening with a Cab Franc.  Enjoy the Holiday!!

Where do grapes grow?

Forestville Pinot Noir Grapes

Where do grapes grow?  That’s a great question; we are not growing wine grapes at Siloam in Seabeck; however there are diligent growers growing in our area.  Grapes do not like ‘wet feet’ and our area is known for being damp and wet which helps keep the area lush and green.

The winery is located in Napa California, http://www.wineshopathome.com the grapes are sourced from all over the Napa Valley growing region and beyond….depending on who is growing the best grapes and what varietal of wine our Wine Maker chooses to make.
From Mendocino to Sierra Foothills, Russian River to Sonoma, Monterey to Paso Robles and Santa Barbara…..etc…..etc……
Wine Grapes grow differently depending on where they are, similar to us; you know the phrase ‘bloom where your’re planted.’  The California Wine Country is known for growing world class grapes.  Our relationship with the winery provides not only a resource for fantastic, boutique wines grown in the napa area it also provides us reason to visit the scenic Napa Valley from Mendocino to Santa Barbara and beyond~ it’s a beautiful thing!

What’s Your Story?

Everyone has a story to tell

We were and still are going to focus on some frequently asked questions, but wanted to take a moment to get to know you.  Blogging feels so self-focused, you post and post ….and post…about ‘stuff’ – it’s very ‘one way.’

Sure we get comments and feedback – it’s just not the same as hearing someone else’s story and everyone has a story to tell.  We used the Lumiere De Vie label as the photo in this blog because she is looking right at you, ready to tell her story about Lumiere De Vie  (the light of life).

Earlier this week we had dinner with a friend we have not see in a whlie, to call him an old friend wouldn’t work because he told a story about his dad who is 94 years old and golfs once a week and delivers meals on wheels to old people the rest of the week.  That’s a good story!!  Sometimes, often for us- you hear a story that will stay with you all week; maybe longer.

As Innkeepers that’s one of the best parts, meeting new people and hearing their story.  Recently we had the pleasure to meet a family from California who were here as our guests, they told us the story of their daughter Taryn who was unable to be with them-http://www.tarynshope4life.com -This is one of those unforgetable stories, the type of story that you want to – HAVE TO-share with others.

We would love to hear your story~until we do~ Cheers!

About Us~

Julie Ready to Pour

We get a few questions from the ‘About Us’ Page on the website.  It is also understandable that inquiring guests have questions about how or why we offer wine and hospitality.

How is it that Julie is an Ordained Minister, a Certified Pastoral Counselor and an Independent Wine Consultant?  For some this may not seem like a good blend- once you know Julie you will begin to understand the subtle ways in which she is able to blend her faith, her work, her passion about Wine and Hospitality.

Through her spiritual walk, she wanted and felt called to reach out to others.  Julie spent several years in school social work, offered a feeding ministry through our church and taught Sunday School, Abstinence Until Marriage to Youth, worked and ministered to Womens Groups, in addition to helping find common ground across denominations, communities, and populations.

Through these experiences Julie wanted to do more, offer more, and decided to get certified in Pastoral Counseling and become an Ordained Minister.  This has helped her and Siloam Retreat to reach out to more people and offer more services.

Julie has the spiritual gift of Hospitality so it was natural to find a way to offer Wine as a compliment to mix.  WineShop at Home is the premier direct selling winery, bringing the vineyard to you- here, there, or anywhere.  Virtually making wine simple, simple to understand, simple to enjoy, simple to purchase, simple to share-SIMPLE!!

Wine at Siloam provides a greeting, a way of relaxing, an outreach of Hospitality, a fellowship, a conversation and often that common ground needed to settle in and get to know one another.  Please if you have questions —ask, it is our purpose to ensure guests are comfortable and knowageable to complete the experience and service of Siloam.