Friday, July 29, 2011

Watermelon Scoop II

A great crowd came out to help make watermelon wine!

Awesome volunteers!
This has been a week of a lot of hard work with a good dose of fun mixed in at the winery! The bottles are arriving as we speak for the next bottling of Joe's Cool Red! September 5th and 6th we would love to see volunteers to help with the process!! Speaking of our wonderful volunteers.....this week we had a great(and by great, I mean dirty clothes, sore hands, watermelon in our know, great!) time scooping watermelons for the next batch of Alison's Wonderful Watermelon Wine. We had some great help that day and the watermelon is now fermenting in the winery......
Richard & Chloe at station 2

Make plans to spend your weekend at Layton's Chance! We have Southern Breeze playing Saturday night from 6-9pm. It's going to be a hot one, but don't worry Cool Joe is going to be here and we are going to have a tent set up for you to be able to watch the show in the shade! Please don't forget about our End of Auction party on Sunday! This is a great way to support a great are $15 and include great food and fun! There are still a few days left to bid on once in a lifetime experiences at the winery. Just go to Ebay and search Layton's Chance. Computers will be on hand Sunday to get last minute bids. If you haven't logged on to the auction, you can still come to the party. All profit from ticket sales and auction proceeds will be going to a wounded veteran organization!

And don't forget we have tours daily at 1pm and 3pm and you can do a full tasting of our wine at anytime! Hope to see you soon!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Watermelons are here!

Richard with the test watermelon!
Taylor hooks up the irrigation system
I probably don't even need to say it but woah, what a HOT week! The few brief storms we had didn't accumulate much so we turned on irrigation in both vineyards this week. Fortunately our AC is working fine, and there's plenty to do around the winery so we're staying cool. Our frozen wine drinks certainly have been a hit this week, especially our new wine Margaritas!

The watermelons arrived on Thursday and we're getting ready for the Great Watermelon Scoop part 2! Next Tuesday morning, bright and early at 8am, we'll be here cutting up melons for our next batch of Alison's Wonderful Watermelon Wine. We had a blast last year and I know this year is going to be great too! Volunteers are invited so get your friends and come on out for the morning to help out. Make sure you stick around for the Pizza & Wine party afterwards!

Nellie wrestles with the thick summer vines
To distract you from the heat we have a few fun things coming up here at the winery. Tonight we're hosting Bob Windsor for a Karaoke Night Happy Hour (5:30-8:30), a special midsummer Happy Hour with our regular buffet. Next Tuesday Jennifer Layton is hosting a Mom's Night Out- an evening of food, wine, facials and great company. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (includes childcare for kids 2 & up!).

We are also hosting an online auction for special experiences at the winery, with proceeds to benfit a wounded veterans organization. Click here to see items available now for bidding, including a year of Professional Winemaker Consulting for home winemakers, Event Room rental, and seats at our Blending and Sugar trials! Items are listed on eBay, just search Layton's Chance to find all listings. The auction ends July 31st with an End-of-Auction Party here at the winery from 1-4pm. Don't miss out!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sticky Hands and Puppy Dog Kisses

Friday already.....Can you believe that it is the middle of summer already? We all get so busy during the summer that we forget to take the time to relax.....Well we have the answer for that! Barren Creek will be at the winery this Saturday, July 16th from 6-9pm as part of our Summer Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs and dance the night away with a glass of wine and great music.
The water was for drinking?
We have had a such a great week. We had another great Dog Days at the Winery. Wicomico Humane Society brought some adorable puppies that would turn even a cat person into a dog person....too cute! The dogs had a great time and their owners loved the Frappe Vino!
Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the Taste of Cambridge. We had so much fun talking with people who love our wine and meeting people who had not been out to see us yet. We have so much support from our community and we love the chance to get out and say Hi! The event was a great time with great food....and did I mention great wine!!

Gettin ready for Watermelon Wine!

Last week I mentioned that we were waiting on the final permits to be able to ship wine. Well, the permit is in! Cool Joe is officially on the road.....You can call and order any of our wine to be shipped right to your door.

The watermelons are coming, the watermelons are coming....We had such a great time at the last Great Watermelon Scoop that we are doing it again. Sometime in the next two weeks or so those watermelons will be sacrificing the rinds for Alison's Wonderful Watermelon Wine(I think it is a worthy cause!) Keep your eyes on Facebook and your email because those watermelons can't scoop themselves and we need your help!Come out for some sticky fun! Details to follow soon....

We hope to see you all soon, until then.....Have a Joe's Cool kind of day!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Joe Is Being Shipped Out!

Vineyard Sunset

Pruning vines all summer long!
Happy Friday everyone!! It's been a busy week at the winery getting ready for shipping. We are just waiting for our final license and then Joe is on the road! Yes, you will be able to have any of the Layton's Chance wines shipped right to your front door. What a great gift, I know I would love to open my door to a bottle of wine.

If you haven't been to the Taste of Cambridge before, make this the year you plan to attend. This is a great event that gives everyone the chance to sample food from local bars and other words a great reason to eat, drink, and hang out with friends! You will find Layton's Chance wine in front of A Few of My Favorite Things on Race Street. Stop by and say Hi!

Ice cream sundaes on the porch
 If you won't be in Cambridge, we are having our Sundaes at Sunset as well Saturday evening.  Sit on the porch with your ice cream and wine.....ahhhh what a feeling!
We haven't left our man's best friend behind in all of the events this week....Dog Days at the Winery is back this Sunday from 1-4pm. Bring your pooch out for games and fun!

Summer is such a great time for family and friends. Our Summer concert series is the perfect opportunity to enjoy them. Barren Creek is here on the 16th from 6-9pm. Make sure you don't miss it. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for all of the great events at the winery. See you soon!

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Faces, Bluegrass, and 4th of July!

Blue Marsh Trio plays at the winery Saturday at 6pm!
It's summertime and I hope everyone is getting geared up for a great weekend! The weather is perfect for heading to the beach or hanging out by the pool. And although some of us (me!) believe it's always good weather for drinking wine, a cold glass of Joe's Cool Red or Joe's Cool White will go great with the 4th of July festivities.

Tuesday night meeting with our
AWESOME tasting room staff
This week has been a whirlwind of activity. On Monday we welcomed our new tasting room manager, Jennifer Hoffman, and proceeded to inundate her with information and details about the winery. Fortunately she is calm, well-organized, and a quick learner and will be huge asset to the team. Tuesday night we had a staff meeting and Barbara, recently home from a 3-week trip to Germany, brought some delicious sweets and candies to share with us. Gummi bears made with real juice!

Meet Jennifer Hoffman,
our new tasting room manager
Wednesday morning brought a large bus tour from Montgomery County and we had a good time showing them around the winery. It's a pleasure to show folks from the Western Shore that there are great wineries on the peninsula too. Thursday afternoon and evening was devoted to inventory, and adjusting the system to accommodate the increase in alcohol sales tax from 6%-9%. We have raised prices by 50 cents on all of our wines except Joe's Cool Red, but the price of wine tastings and glasses of wines has stayed the same.

Today we've been getting ready for the weekend! We've got a great band playing here on Saturday night- the bluegrass group Blue Marsh Trio starts at 6pm and is gonna be awesome! Then on Monday we'll be open all day and cooking up burgers and hot dogs from 1-4pm. Join Cool Joe and the rest of us for a cook-out before heading into Cambridge for fireworks. Happy Independence Day!