Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happenings at the Winery

Layton's Chance is gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day in style.  We will host our second annual Sweetheart's dinner on Saturday, February 11th.  Catered by Suicide bridge Restaurant, this dinner will be a romantic event of candlelight, wine, and gourmet food.  Layton's Chance also has special sweetheart deals with a bottle or two of wine, LC logo glasses, and chocolates. Barb has worked hard to put together beautiful bags of goodies.  Check out our website to see how you can also get this package delivered directly to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. 
Mark your calender for Happy Hour Karaoke on February 3rd with Bob Windosr. He always brings a crowd, and Layton's Chance has a great party on Karaoke nights.  As always we will feature our light fare buffet for $7.00.  Also everybody's favorite, JohnE Wa2C will be back for Happy Hour on February 16th. 
Winter truly is the season of meetings. William and Jen just got back from the American Farm Bureau convention in Hawaii.  Joe and Laura are headed to the National Association of Conservation Districts in Las Vegas.  Farmers meet to discuss important issues in the winter, before field work starts again in the spring.  The trade shows provide an overview of current technology and information, as well as the lastest products and equipment.
On Thursday, Joe, Laura, William, and Jennifer all participated in the Chamber of Commerce Buisness After Hours sponsored by Dorchester County Farm Bureau at Atlantic Tractor.  Approximately 100 farmers and Chamber members gathered to learn how Dorchester County farmers are working to clean up our environment and help save the Bay.
Don't forget your sweetheart! Check out our website for all the details of how Layton's Chance can help you this Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

February is for Wine Lovers

Lots of action at the winery these days! Jen H and Jen-Jen are planning several special events for Valentine's Day, including a Sweetheart Dinner on the 11th, catered by Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Would you like a bottle of wine delivered to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day? Check out our website for personal delivery service on that day! Richard is putting together a special View of the Vineyard this year, probably in March, and he wants everyone who planted a vine for the past three years to come out and locate their vine, pamper it, and even take a picture of it.  Then you can plant a vine for this year's event as well.
Blending trials took place on Monday.  What are blending trials? The staff and special invited guests take an entire afternoon to taste wine ande make decisions about what actual wines will be bottled in April.  William, the winemaker, is the facilitator, and the group on Monday consisted of Jen Layton, Jen Hoffman, Barb Bailey, Pam Payne, and Jim Ogg.  They tasted wines form last year, and compared them to proposed wines for thie year.  Wines examined included Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, and Rose.  They decided which wines would make it to the bottle on April 4th and 5th, so these blending trials are of vital importance to Layton' s Chance wine lovers.  By the way, our winemaker, William, has begun classes at University of California - Davis to get his wine-making certification.  UC-Davis is the premier location to study wine-making, and we are excited that William will study with the best!
Don't forget Happy Hour on February 3rd with karaoke by Bob Windosr, and Happy Hour on February 17th featuring the return or JohnE Wa2C. Two great evenings of entertainment.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year form the Laytons to all our great friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you all many times in the New Year of 2012.  Today is a typically busy Friday on the farm with Garland and Chuck working on equipment in the farm yard - gotta get ready for field work in the spring. Jennifer H. and Barbara are giving the tasting room a complete renovation.  Richard is helping them with hammer and saw.  Come in and ask him how he used his "Redneck ingenuity" for tasting room displays.  He is very proud of his handiwork.  Claudia is here to open the winery, and when she took one look at the revamping going on in the tasting room, she had one questions, "How"?
Joe is working in the office on production records for the last crop year - records he will use to plan his field work for the year ahead.  Laura is doing payroll and paying bills - as usual! Jon is being a liason between the farm work and the winery work, and generally doing whatever is asked of him. 
As those of you on Facebook know, Joe's cool Red has been an intergral part of Willam and Jen's trip to Hawaii.  Joe's Cool Red has been photographed on Diamond Head and a the Dole plantation, signed by Jack Hanna, and faithfully carried all over Honolulu, Waikiki, and Maui.  He has had a great trip!
As we said in our newsletter, Joe's Cool White is running low.  We bottle again in April, so we might be a few weeks without our companion to Joe's Cool Red.  Those of you who enjoy our "combine" might do well to come in and get a few bottles to stock up.  If you don't know what a combine is, come in any day and ask the server behind the bar. Combines have been very popular, especially during Happy Hour!  See you all soon!