Thursday, May 13, 2010

Final details

We are one week away from the Ribbon Cutting and the mood is surprisingly calm. Our family event this past Sunday passed very successfully. We sold our first bottle to our friend and neighbor Steele Phillips (see photo with Joe signing the bottle). William and Jennifer manned the tasting room bar, while Joe gave tours of the vineyard and winery. Laura greeted all visitors and spent the day making sure everyone had what they needed.

As a guest with some family members of my own, we were extremely pleased with the event and excited to see the Laytons reach this stage- the end of many years of hard work and the beginning of many more!

This week was spent following up on details such adding and arranging inventory, putting up signs in the tasting room, practicing with the cash register, etc. Jen and William led a training session on Tuesday night for everyone to learn the basics of working in the tasting room. Our two new part-time employees, Alison Moore and Barbara Bailey, joined us for the evening. I hope we didn't overwhelm them with wine stories!

In case you aren't following us on Facebook, we've got an ongoing competition to see who can offer the best name for our wine club. We'll set up a point system where members accumulate points by buying wine, and the points can be traded for prizes, discounts, or more wine! Send your entry to by May 18th to be considered. Winner gets a free case of Layton's Chance wine!

A reminder about our opening events- the ribbon cutting will be next Friday, May 21st, at 12:30pm, and Grand Opening Weekend with music and festivities will be May 29th and 30th. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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