Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

It is Christmas Eve, and I am taking a second here at the Winery Outlet in downtown Winfield to sit down with the blog and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
What a whirlwind year it has truly been. My husband Randy and I just realize a night or so ago that Christmas is HERE. It has been a wonderful crazy year.
And I just spoke to Mrs. Speer who makes our apple juice for our apple wines, and she thinks we may be able to get the juice next week....Woo hoo! Poor Mr. Speer is recovering from a stroke, so they have friends and family coming to help them and then they will call us! We will be making wine in the winter, which is always fun!
We will be traveling to Emporia for the Kansas Grape Growers and Wine Makers Annual conference in a couple of weeks...that will be interesting and educational,. If you are interested in grapes as a sideline or have wonderful wine making skills or even just an interest in wine, it would be an interesting couple of days for you, and we would welcome you. Go to for more information.
Merry Christmas from Windswept Winery's Blog!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cox Communication

Windswept Winery hosted a delightful Christmas Party and Wine Tasting with the wonderful folks at Cox Communications. What a delightful crew!

We laughed and chatted, sampled some fabulous Kansas grown and produced Windswept Winery Wines and one of the fellows (David) took pictures and sent them to us. Thank you, David.
There were some of the folks that had never done a wine sampling, so we quickly poured a few samples of the various wines, and explained them one and all. Thank you, to the fine people at Cox Communications, we had a wonderful time!

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Cowley County Visitors Guide

Guess what showed up on the cover of the new Cowley County Visitors Guide?

A cluster of luscious Vignoles grapes from Windswept Winery's own Storey Vineyards. There is a lovely article about Windswept Winery, which we were thrilled to see! Our most sincere thanks to the Directors of the Winfield Convention and Tourism for including Windswept Winery in the First Cowley County Visitors Guide.
Research shows that there is a tourism segment that travels to small wineries for the experience of tasting the wines, and visiting the small boutique wineries. The same research shows these wine tourists are likely to engage in other activities in the area, eat in the local restaurants, and stay in local accommodations.
Since the Windswept Winery locations are both in Cowley county, we sincerely hope our presence adds to the attractiveness of Cowley County as a tourist destination, and deeply appreciate the support!
The article coincides with the release of the ever-popular Whispering Wind White sweet dessert-style award-winning white wine. It is now available in Winfield and in Udall.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Missed us by this much

Check this out.....the Windswept Winery building is at 711 Main!

From the Winfield Courier:

"Man mad at girlfriend takes out anger on business entries


A Winfield man in a fit of rage damaged three downtown businesses Wednesday night following a disturbance with his girlfriend, according to police.

Just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Winfield Police Department responded to the report of an alarm at Ruppelius Jewelers, 808 Main. When they arrived, they found the front door of the business had been rammed by a vehicle, according to a press release from the department.

This one is across the street and south from our building (808 Main)

The building directly west BEHIND our building, across the alley, is pictured here.

And the third building is two doors south of our building (719 Main).

A little too much excitement for me! Thank God he didn't take it out on the wine!!!!

Full story is here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Windows

The outlet for Windswept Winery continues to improve...
This weekend Randy and I spent some of the fabulous warm weather installing new windows in the second story of the building. It looks cleaner and more fresh. We even decorated the upstairs windows for Christmas....the building has not looked this good for years. We are so pleased that it is reflecting our pride in being a part of downtown Winfield. We still have more work on the front signs and the actual bricks, but that will be next year, I think!
And the best Windswept Winery Report: Whispering Wind White is in the bottles, mmm, it is awesome. Sweet, tropical Asian pear and pineapple flavors, maybe a hint of peach.
Now we have a bottling run of the Blushing Beauty to accomplish, and we will have everything back in the bottle for Christmas, don't delay...we are sure to run out of some of them, and want you to get yours.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Brrr! Baby it's Cold outside....

Welcome to Decembrrrrrr
The wind blew (very appropriate at Windswept Winery) yesterday, and the cold weather settled in. The leaves are gone, I will try to get pictures out here for you to see the vineyards.
We have three more bottling parties, and then the wine will be safely in the bottles. We are still awaiting the apple juice, so hopefully we will have it sometime in 2009, which is only 30 short days away.
We had to close the main Winery in Udall for a couple of days. Seems that some respiratory virus struck Mom Storey pretty hard, and I was away in Missouri for a few days visiting my mother. (I did enjoy some wonderful Missouri wine while I was there...) With no spare hands to help, we kept the outlet in Winfield Kansas open, and the main winery will be back in action today! So please stop by and check out the......
Newly bottled Rustling Leaves Red Sweet Concord.

Rumor has it some of the Whispering Wind White made from Vignoles may be available today or tomorrow.....we know you were patiently waiting!
The Kansas Grape Growers and Winemaker's Association Annual meeting is scheduled for January... if you have amateur wines that are awesome, there is a competition for you. There will also be wonderful speakers and all things Wine and Grape at the meeting in Emporia. Check out this address for more information...