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Share Your Love Story #10

February 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day we launched what’s turning into a really fun and heart-warming project. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked people to send us their love story. We’ve been getting some really lovely stories and we’re sharing some of them with you here.

Casee was so impressed and inspired by all the love stories we received, she decided to write her own!

 

Casee & Pinot Noir

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On a bright and sunny spring day 5 years ago, I fell in love.

It was love at first sight. He was just sitting there across the bar. I tried not to make eye contact and play it cool, but the connection was hard to ignore. I finally got the courage to ask for his name. It was Pinot Noir. I knew that I needed to get to know this wonderful wine.  When my glass arrived, delicate aromas danced around my nose, and, I knew, it was meant to be.

Pinot has always been there for me and is always there to share a delicious meal. Our favorites are lamb, salmon, and anything with truffles. I can’t help but smile when I see his light garnet color and taste the strawberries and rose petals. Even better, Pinot has introduced me to new friends like Sparkling wine, Rosé, and Tempranillo.
Five years later, and we are happier than ever! We have been on so many adventures together. We are hoping to plan a trip to go visit his homeland, Burgundy. We can’t wait to explore his roots!

Share Your Love Story #9

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day we launched what’s turning into a really fun and heart-warming project. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked people to send us their love story. We’ve been getting some really lovely stories and we’re sharing some of them with you here.

Then, on Valentine’s Day we’re going to do a random drawing of all of the submissions and the winner will get our special Sweetheart Package – dinner for two at their favorite restaurant (we’ll buy a $100 gift card for them) and a $50 gift card to shop at R. Stuart & Co. (online or in our Wine Bar). Wouldn’t this be the ideal time for some Love, Oregon wine? Perfect for the occasion.

Susan & Larry

Susan & Larry

 

It was love at first sight…

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA held it’s annual and much celebrated wine auction in April 2006 at Atlantic Station.  The theme that year, “Toast a New High. Ooh, la, la!”

It just so happened that a Co-Chair of the event worked with me though I in New York.  Together we convinced our employer to be a lead sponsor.  As these things go this also meant I’d need to “win” one of the main auction items as a kind of matching gift.  So I invited my girlfriend to accompany me to Atlanta for a few days of work but mostly fun, seemed like an easy enough ploy.

We attended the “Ooh, la, la” charity event, were marveled by the splendor of food and wine and bedazzled by the who’s who of the attendee list.  As the event unfolded and we were finally seated at our table the charity auction did start.  Hastily, I flipped through the auction book to find a suitable item to “win”.  It was only then that it became apparent that any “win” was going to cause my wallet to take it on the proverbial chin.  Glancing at the description for lucky #7 it said something about Oregon and pinot noir so leaning to my date I asked if she’d be willing to go to the “coast”.  She responded affirmatively with an inquisitive look upon which I took action in my role as a sponsor taking aim at an early auction “win”.  I raised the paddle up high, perhaps strategically a tad too quick, entering the bidding process that was repeated and repeated until I finally heard the definitive; knock, knock, knock!  We were going to Oregon!


To the International Pinot Noir Celebration we went later that year, guests of Maria and Rob Stuart and R. Stuart Wines.  Two of the loveliest people we still find to be dear.  They entertained us and taught us to love their wine and in such enchanting vineyard countryside we pretty much decided it was time to be formally entwined.


We were engaged that Christmas and married the next summer.  The wine that we toasted at our nuptials was never in doubt.  It could only be R. Stuart’s Big Fire Rose d’Or. 

Share Your Love Story #8

February 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day we launched what’s turning into a really fun and heart-warming project. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked people to send us their love story. We’ve been getting some really lovely stories and we’re sharing some of them with you here.

Then, on Valentine’s Day we’re going to do a random drawing of all of the submissions and the winner will get our special Sweetheart Package – dinner for two at their favorite restaurant (we’ll buy a $100 gift card for them) and a $50 gift card to shop at R. Stuart & Co. (online or in our Wine Bar). Wouldn’t this be the ideal time for some Love, Oregon wine? Perfect for the occasion.

Kitri & Travis

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Travis and I met on a blind date in 2006.  My cousin Amy had met Travis in college, where they were set up on a blind date by their dads, who knew each other from work.  Amy’s encouragement started this way: “You should meet Travis!  It didn’t work out with us, but it might with you!”  With that statement, I knew I was doomed to be “the cousin that gets fixed up with our ex-boyfriends.”  GREAT.

But, despite my reluctance, I did meet Travis on a blind date.  We went to NW Portland and met at the now defunct bar, The Green Room.  We saw a comedy show.  We went back to The Green Room.  We hit it off so well, that I invited him to come to a BBQ at my house the next day.

While at the BBQ, one of my roommate’s hippie friends made a point to come and talk us.  “Your auras together are amazing,” he said.  “How long have you been together?  It’s like you’re just meant to be moving through life together.”  And we were.  And we are.  We haven’t looked back since.

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Share Your Love Story #7

February 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day we launched what’s turning into a really fun and heart-warming project. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked people to send us their love story. We’ve been getting some really lovely stories and we’re sharing some of them with you here.

Then, on Valentine’s Day we’re going to do a random drawing of all of the submissions and the winner will get our special Sweetheart Package – dinner for two at their favorite restaurant (we’ll buy a $100 gift card for them) and a $50 gift card to shop at R. Stuart & Co. (online or in our Wine Bar). Wouldn’t this be the ideal time for some Love, Oregon wine? Perfect for the occasion.

Katie & Kody

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My husband and I have known each other since second grade. I had a huge crush on him (he was a year older) and a couple of my girlfriends and I started a fan club in his name. Flash forward to high school, we had a math class together my sophomore, his junior year of high school where we finally talked and became friends. He wrote in my yearbook at the end of the school year that we should hang out that summer. I was thrilled that this cute boy wanted to hang out with me! We had hung out a few times that summer, but because I liked him I was so shy around him and didn’t talk much therefore he wasn’t interested in me.

The following school year I enlisted the help of a couple of his friends to help me ask him to our winter formal. He said yes and we had a great night at the dance. He graduated at the end of that school year and I remained in high school for another year, so we lost touch.

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In the spring of my freshman year of college I ran into him at a local eatery in town and we talked for a minute before he took off with his friends. I decided to text him to see how he’s been and realized my phone had broken a few days prior and I lost all of my numbers. I sent a text a mutual friend of ours to get his number and no sooner that she had sent me back his number, he had messaged me asking the same question. We began hanging out and were dating within a few months later.

Four years into our relationship we were volunteering at a local church camp. I am terrified of heights but the group of kids I was leading at the camp had a zip line activity planned for the afternoon. I climbed the ladder to the top platform to be hooked up to the zip line and almost didn’t go because I was scared. Little did I know, my husband had planned a proposal enlisting the help of many people from camp. As I went off the zip line which passes over a river and then a large field, I saw ahead of me a series of signs. Each sign was being held by a few people and was placed in the path of the field I would zipline over. “Will”, “you”, “marry”, and “me?” Were each on their own sign. He was waiting with the final “me” banner at the end of the zipline where I landed and greeted me with the most beautiful ring. I don’t remember anything that he said because I was so taken back by the events that had just unfolded. Of course I said yes and we were married the following summer. Nearly four years later we are happier than ever and I couldn’t be more grateful to have my childhood crush as my husband.

Katie & Kody

 

Share Your Love Story #6

February 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day we launched what’s turning into a really fun and heart-warming project. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked people to send us their love story. We’ve been getting some really lovely stories and we’re sharing some of them with you here.

Then, on Valentine’s Day we’re going to do a random drawing of all of the submissions and the winner will get our special Sweetheart Package – dinner for two at their favorite restaurant (we’ll buy a $100 gift card for them) and a $50 gift card to shop at R. Stuart & Co. (online or in our Wine Bar). Wouldn’t this be the ideal time for some Love, Oregon wine? Perfect for the occasion.

Carie & Todd

Carie & Todd

The love story of how I met my husband…it all started with a drink.  Or rather in my case, a spilled drink.  I was living in Los Angeles and had a date with a guy…the fool stood me up.  So, I ended up alone at the bar.  I decided to have a drink anyways, and then this girl spills a drink all over me.  She was absolutely horrified, afraid I was going to get mad at her.  I’m not the kind of person to get mad over a spilled drink and my response was “Don’t worry about it, lets go get you a new drink.”  (I think I may have even blamed it on the glass.)  She says “Oh my gosh, thank you!  You’re so nice!  You have to meet my brother!”  I got her a drink, and then she pulled me over to introduce me to her brother.  He seemed like such a nice guy, but he lived in San Diego.

If you’re not familiar with traffic in LA, that can be anywhere from a 2 hour drive to a 4 hour drive depending on the traffic, so I didn’t expect anything to happen really.  But, a month later, he called me and asked me out on a really good date, worth that drive.  He asked me to go sailing.  I had never been, so I said I’d drive down.  We ended up having brunch, going sailing, going to dinner, and then watching a movie, and then I sat in traffic for 3 hours on the drive home.  But it was the best first date.  We quickly became a couple and after a few years we both moved slightly closer to each other…but then commuted farther to work.

We kept commuting for 6 years until we got married and I moved to San Diego.  Putting up with traffic was totally worth it, but I also discovered how much I loved a glass of wine after sitting in traffic for hours.  And then my husband enjoyed having a glass with me.  After years of driving, we needed to be done commuting.  So, we decided to move closer to my husband’s family.  They are in Washington, and I am such a wino, that of course I fell in love with wine country.  We stayed one night in McMinnville on our drive up the coast and it just felt right.

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A year later, we bought our first home here in McMinnville and have enjoyed our dates wine tasting together.  Who knew, that because of that one spilled drink I would meet my husband, and because we drove so much to see each other, it made us want to get out of Southern California, and all of that brought us to McMinnville.

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