Monthly Archives: January 2012

Red Wine and Chocolate

Red Wine and Chocolate, Love and Marriage

Red Wine and Chocolate go together like Love and Marriage.  That’s why this year we will be celebrating the two together.  We have invited couples who were married here at Siloam back to join in fellowship with those who will be married here and just enjoy time with Red Wine and Chocolate, Love and Marriage.

It’s not difficult to pair Red Wine and Chocolate—-YUM….your palate is already primed for the pair.  Love and Marriage in today’s cynical tone, with divorce rates still climbing, is not as palatable.  We approach the subject with optimism and some history that with our 25 years of marriage it is possible to still be in love and Love and Marriage should be celebrated–like Red Wine and Chocolate–YUM, right?

In the past we have celebrated Red Wine and Chocolate/Valentines Day with Tango Night—also fun and a great way to enhance your Love and Marriage.  Tango is a romantic dance; it’s hard not to fall in love with the music, the embrace, the movement.

Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop is the perfect place for romance—passion—fueling your fire, whatever that means to you.  We hope you will share in this with us and thank you to all who have been married and had weddings here….we wish you tremendous love and happiness—let nothing come between you.  Cheers ~!!

Winter Scenes and Angel Visits

Legend has it that the Pool of Siloam got it’s healing powers when the Angels came and stirred or swirled the water.  It is this legend and the passage found in John 9:7 that named Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop.

The other night, while soaking in the Hot Tub (it’s own source of healing water)- we were impressed by the winter snow scene and noticed the image of a heart in the snow bank next to our Pool of Siloam. 

There could only be one conclusion –that we had been visited by Angels who stirred the water, thereby casting the shadow of a heart.

Siloam Retreat is truly a spirited place.  Last week we had record snow fall, ice, rain, snow fall and ice again –a group of guests had to wait to cross the bridge due to hazards from falling ice…….yet over the ‘river’ and through the woods, they made it safely and were embraced by the spirit of Siloam.

To view photos of the winter scenes last week visit:  http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=173535533348#!/pages/Siloam-Retreat-Wine-Shop/170759298087

‘Exotic’ Wines

Milano Dolcetto

Exotic is in the eye of the beholder, we set aside wines in the ‘exotic’ category as those wines that are of a varietal we have not heard of or are difficult for us to pronounce.  At last night’s wine tasting we poured wines that we categorized as ‘exotic’-

Milano Misti Blanco

An Arneis-This wine is a blend of 37% Arneis, 29% Muscat, 29% Chenin Blanc and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes for this wine all come from Mendocino in Californias North Coast. Each variety was picked and fermented separately in neutral oak barrels. The wines were aged sur lie (on the sediment) for 2 months and then blended prior to bottling. A Dolcetto-Always a crowd favorite, the grapes for this Dolcetto come from Watts Vineyards in Lodi. The fruit is picked early in the morning and crushed into small open top tanks for fermentation. The grapes were fermented for about 14 days at relatively cool temperatures to help preserve the ripe fruit flavors. The wine was pressed off and the sediment settled out quickly to be ready for bottling in the same year. This wine will age well for two to four years.

This 2011 Milano Cellars California Dolcetto has chocolate, cherry, vanilla and spice aromas with hints of black fruit and perfume. This is a sweet wine with very generous fruity flavors. This wine has a noticeable weight on the palate as a result of the sweetness. This intense young wine also has a dark ruby color. The finish is long, sweet and packed with fruit character. Enjoy this wine with mushroom ravioli, a ham and cheese calzone, vegetable soup or medium cheeses such as jack cheese.

Ceres Moonlight Port

And a Portugal Style Red Dessert Wine-Our Ceres Moonlight is one of our Special Occasion Wines. Elegant and refined, these wines age well and are perfect to put down in the cellar or wine storage rack. Expect fine quality, great taste and lasting pleasure on the palate.

This wine is made from the classic varieties from the Oporto region of Portugal, Touriga Nacional, 37%, Tinta Cao, 26%, Alvarelhao, 24%, Souzao, 7%, Bastardo, 3% and Tinta Roriz, 3%. All of these varieties were picked and crushed into small open top tanks. During the fermentation, the grapes were mixed vigorously to ensure good color extraction. When the fermentation was two thirds complete, neutral grape brandy was added to arrest fermentation. The wine was then pressed off and transferred to barrels for aging. This wine will age well for 10 to 15 years.

We suggested these wines to start off the year with expanding your palate and wine knowledge; most of us know Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet- the everyday varietals, but when you try something new it can nearly take you on a journey- a wine journey, sampling wines in the Italian style or from the Oporto region of Portugal, with every swirl, every sniff, every sip…not only a celebration –a journey.  ~Enjoy the Wine~Cheers!!

LivingSocial Guest Reviews

“We made wonderful memories in a warm, personable, comfortable home. All our needs were met, and then some. A wonderful, relaxing weekend, and the wine was superb!”

“The place is exceptional!”

“Our family loved the Siloam Retreat and wine shop. The whole experience with living social …to the retreat itself was wonderful.”

LivingSocial Escapes to Siloam Retreat

Ahhh....Wine Retreat

LivingSocial members retreat to Seabeck for Wine Retreat

January 4, 2012, Seabeck, WA – LivingSocial Escapes just celebrated their first anniversary, marking a year of great successes and tremendous growth.  Contributing to those first year successes was Siloam Retreat and Wine Shop in Seabeck, which partnered with the company to offer a wine retreat package that went on sale at the end of September 2011.

“Siloam Retreat has made for an excellent merchant partner,” said David Madden, director of sales, LivingSocial Escapes. “They have provided our members with a unique and relaxing retreat experience in a beautiful setting and we look forward to continuing to work with them to bring even more visitors to the Seabeck community in the future.”

Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop is a unique wine-themed bed & breakfast/vacation rental off the beaten path in scenic Seabeck, Washington.  The property is named after the Pool of Siloam, known for its healing water, nestled in Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhood. Siloam Retreat is similarly known for its ability to revive work-weary vacationers.

Offering specialized retreats and events for three years, the property’s innkeepers were looking for a way to reach out to potential guests that would otherwise not know about Siloam, Seabeck, or the Kitsap Peninsula.  LivingSocial Escapes helped them meet the goals set for their small business bringing around 500 visitors from California, Montana, Oregon, and Canada to the area.

“As Innkeepers we have been blessed with a full house during our usual off-season through our partnership with LivingSocial Escapes.  We have enjoyed getting to know guests and share good wine and good times.”  Julie Forville, owner/innkeeper of Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop.

Through LivingSocial Escapes, travelers were able to purchase a package that allowed up to 12 guests to settle into a two-night stay at Siloam’s Retreat House at 40% off the usual rate.  All of the vouchers available for weekend stays sold out in the first two days the package was on sale.  The remaining vouchers also sold out within the week the deal was live on LivingSocial Escapes’ website, proving to be a big hit with LivingSocial members. The Escape included breakfast each morning, a private wine tasting for all guests at the house and a bottle of Siloam’s private label wine.

During their time on property, guests are invited to lounge around in their pajamas while enjoying breakfast and bottomless cups of coffee while surrounded by fragrant pine trees and snow-capped mountains. Visitors can also explore the nearby Tahuya State Forest, an excellent off-roading location, or the picturesque Hood Canal, the only saltwater fjord in the lower 48 states.  And, after a long day exploring the great outdoors, there’s no better way to relax than spending time in the revitalizing waters of the on-site hot tub.

For Press Release:  LivingSocialSiloamPressRelease