UPDATED 8/12It's time to make plans for the Grape Expectations Awards Dinner being held for all the winemakers at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 20.
This is a casual, fun event. Awards are given in several categories. People love to trade their wine for your wine! We have 4 bottles for trading.
Dinner Cost $50 each - cash or check only to Grape Expectations. If you wish to pay by cc, I will process it through PayPal with the added fee. PM me.
Hotel Rates $82/night - group code “1GEXC08”
d-dog and bam make cheesecake at sanity's.
Do a fun touristy, sightseeing thing during the day.
Dinner - Firefly W. Sahara
Back to sanity's for cheesecake!
sightseeing during the day?
Tasting at sanity's?
Other dining choices- Breakfast - BabyCakes
Hash House - South Point?
Saturday 8/20 Awards Dinner
email from Charlie
PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL BARREL MATES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
We extend our sincerest thanks to all our winemakers who participated in the 2010 harvest. It was adventurous and fun and we are confident everyone involved learned something from the process.
The bottling is complete and planning for the 2011 harvest continues. Please advise us soon regarding what you intend to produce so we can plan the grape order accordingly assuring the best hand-picked quality.
WAREHOUSE: As many of you realize, we have reached our production capacity in our current facility and our search for a larger, more efficient winery is in progress. We will keep you informed in that regard, but it will not interfere with our 2011 harvest and production schedule this October. Priority on the production schedule will be given to our continuing clientele. If your friends have given you an indication they would like to be part of the 2011 production, please have them contact us soon.
BACCHUS PARTY: Please advise us of your ticket requirements for the Bacchus Party to be held Saturday, August 20th (7pm to 10pm) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, as we must provide them with a head count. We cannot provide credit card processing; therefore, please make your checks payable to Grape Expectations. Tickets are $50 each. Cash will be accepted at Grape Expectations. Please call before you come out to the winery.
The party will feature a live band, food stations with different offerings at each area, a wine exchange, awards in eight categories including labels, cavorting, frolicking, and reveling throughout the evening with Bacchus and his attendants providing a bacchanalian environment. There is no assigned seating, but there will be adequate seating for all attendees.
The Orleans has offered an equitable $82 room rate, tax and fees included for those who want to join the Grape Expectations staff as we continue with the merriment until the early hours. If interested, call 1-800-675-3267 and mention “Grape Expectations” or the group code “1GEXC08” to make reservations or guests can register on-line at www.orleanscasino.com/groups and input the group code when prompted.
· Imported and Domestic Cheese Platters with Bread Display
· Sliced Fresh Fruit Platters
· Steamship Rounds of Beef with Au Jus and Creamy Horseradish
· Meatballs Marinara
· Mediterranean Skewer with Grilled Artichoke, Fresh Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato and Kalamata Olive
· Bruschetta with Tomato-Basil Tapenade
· Mini Beef Wellingtons
· Chicken Liver Pate on Crostini with Pistachios
· Brie Cheese on Date Nut Bread with Kiwi and Strawberry
· Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
· Mini Fruit Tarts
· Deviled Eggs
· Lamb Lollipops
· Mini Maryland Crab Cakes
· Assorted Pinwheel Sandwiches
· Chocolate Covered Strawberries
· California Rolls
· Shrimp Cocktails
· Vegetable Spring Roll
· Chicken Satay
· Bon Bons
WINEMAKERS RECIPE PAMPHLET: After tasting the many gastronomical offerings our winemakers displayed during the various stages of this year?s production, we have decided to produce a recipe pamphlet featuring the recipes you would like to share with your fellow winemakers. A communiqué regarding the recipe project will be forthcoming.
UPCOMING 2011 HARVEST: We have recently returned from a visit to Suisun and Amador, California to pick up new equipment, repair head presses, and visit the vineyards to glean information regarding this year?s harvest. At this point, no one knows just when the harvest will begin, but the vines were in full flourish with excellent canopy throughout the region. We will keep you informed as to the harvest?s progress and any other significant factors that would affect the production schedule.
Don?t hesitate to contact us regarding your anticipated blend or varietal selection, or any other questions regarding the production methodology. There are no questions in the winemaking process that are not important. Winemaking is an evolving art and science, and the more we know, the more there is to learn.
Charlie Peters and Staff
Grape Expectations, 1971 Whitney Mesa, Henderson, Nevada 89104