Winery friends, read below for more details on this Wine Trolley Tour sweepstakes prize.
Win a fabulous weekend getaway in scenic Excelsior Springs. You and a guest could enjoy an all-inclusive Wine Trolley Tour. The tour includes gourmet brunch paired with wine at Willow Spring Mercantile, transportation aboard the trolley, a souvenir wine bag and full-tasting experiences at three wineries.* Then relax, renew and rejuvenate during an overnight stay at the beautiful Inn on Crescent Lake, Kansas City's most romantic getaway. This incredible MVP experience is brought to you by the Inn on Crescent Lake and the Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce.
During your stay in Excelsior Springs, you can explore the town's other attractions, including the Hall of Waters, Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs Museum and Superior Well Pavilion. This historic area of the town is located along the East Fork of Fishing River with winding stream valleys leading into the river and hills. Explore more than 90 acres of parkland and walking trails within the city limits. Golf enthusiasts may wish to check out the Excelsior Springs Golf Course.
By redeeming your 500 points for this reward you will be entered for a chance to win. The total estimated value of this reward is $400. The entry for this sweepstakes will close on 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The winner will be notified on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
*Wineries on the Wine Trolley Tour include Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard and Winery and Van Till Family Farm Winery. Winery Trolley Tours run the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, starting April 28 through November 10. For the best date selection, winner will need to select the date and finalize their reservation by May 15, 2018.
Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery offers a rare opportunity to experience the wine bottling process and create a custom gift wine package. For the first time, we invite guests to Bottle Your Own Wine (BYOW) events on Sunday, November 12th and 19th. Reserve your spot at email@example.com.
BYOW is a chance for our 2016 harvest volunteers to follow the grape from vineyard to winery to bottle. Our other winery guests may also bottle this 2016 wine and create a memorable, handcrafted gift with a story to share.
Fence Stile’s team will show guests the steps to bottling wine. Then, guests are able to bottle, label, and sign the wines they bottled.
Sunday, November 12, 10 am to 12 pm – Sweet Enchantment (2016 Concord harvest)
Sunday, November 19, 10 am to 12 pm – Loft Red (2016 Chambourcin harvest)
To participate in BYOW, reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These 2016 wines, Sweet Enchantment and Loft Red, will not be released to the public in 2017. BYOW is an opportunity to buy these wines in advance at current prices.
For BYOW, guests may bottle and purchase these 2016 wines (half-case minimum or more, please) that day. Guests may also buy 2015 Sweet Enchantment and Loft Red bottles. Do a vertical tasting at home with the 2015 and 2016 wines, or give both vintages as a gift! Case discounts and Wine Club discounts apply to bottled wine purchases.
Fence Stile will provide Sweet Enchantment and Loft Red wine labels and metallic markers. BYOW guests may label bottles, sign or write a message on their bottles, and create a custom, hand-crafted gift in time for the holidays.
Fence Stile can help create a red wine gift basket for BYOW orders placed on bottling days. Add a packet of red wine mulling spices, Savory Addictions nuts, or other wine-related gifts to create a custom gift basket!
After bottling, stick around to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine. Fence Stile general manager and culinary director Pete Dulin will sign and sell copies of his newest book, Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri.
To participate in BYOW, reserve your spot at email@example.com.
BYOW Pick-up Event
Fence Stile will store purchased BYOW bottles for guests until they are ready for release.
At the BYOW Pick-up Event in the Tasting Room on Sunday, December 17th, pick up the wine(s) you bottled, labeled, and signed. BYOW wines may also be picked up any day after December 17th.
Need your BYOW wines shipped for the holidays? Fence Stile can ship wine through Vinoshipper.
Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery held its annual Grape Stomp on Sunday, Oct. 8th, to close out the harvest season. After 7-8 weeks of harvesting grapes each Sunday, this ritual is a fun way to squash some grapes, celebrate with our guests, and enjoy some wine.
There's no need to dress up in a traditional outfit like Lucille Ball in the classic "I Love Lucy" grape-stomping scene. Guests step into the tub of grapes and stems, step high, and start smashing. Before long, the grapes yield bright, aromatic juice.
Of course, the juice produced from squishing grapes isn't actually used for making wine. That's how it was done in the early days of winemaking. The alcohol produced during the fermentation process is high enough to kill microbes before wine is produced and consumed.
We enjoyed having harvest volunteers and guests out for a sunny day to play in the grapes. And the remaining grapes and juice? All of it returns to the vineyard for composting. It's part of the cycle to nourish the vines as a tribute in hopes that they flourish once again next year.
A lively group of Centurions from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce visited Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery in late September for a wine tasting and retreat. After the group sampled wines and ate food from KC Pinoy food truck, they spent the afternoon on the spacious flagstone patio.
As an icebreaker, the new class of Centurions performed their best John Travolta impression for the group. Needless to say, there was plenty of talent on site that day.
Planning a corporate or nonprofit event, holiday party, family gathering, or other group event? Fence Stile has a range of options for space indoors and outdoors – patio, private deck, private dining room for small groups, cellar garden, wine cave, and, of course, our Tasting Room. Our culinary director can create a custom menu for your event. We can also create custom wine sampling and pairing options, offer winery and wine cave tours, and other amenities to make planning a memorable event fun and free of stress.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and book a date.
The New Neighbors League hosted a Murder Mystery event at Fence Stile Winery's Tasting Room. The group booked the entire facility for a murder mystery play with a gangster theme. Fence Stile's culinary director prepared a custom dinner for the group. Images courtesy of New Neighbors League. For more images of the event, visit Fence Stile's Facebook page.
Need to plan an event? Contact email@example.com for room options, custom menu, wine pairings, and further details.
In the last of our Harvest Music Playlist Series, we share some song selections by Troy Mull. Troy assists the crush pad team with his skills in driving and navigating the tractor. He moves macro-bins full of harvested grapes to the scale for weighing and then unloads the grapes from the bin into the crusher-destemmer for initial processing. He's a huge help behind-the-scenes on the crush pad as well as harvest.
Troy's "stile" in music consists of hair bands and heavy metal. He shares his rockin' list of artists and songs below. Check out other harvest playlists from winemaker Stephen Dollar, vineyard manager Shawna Mull, and general manager/culinary director Pete Dulin.
Now that the harvest season is over, we welcome guests to drop into the Tasting Room for new releases of Chambourcin and Reserve Chambourcin that are ideal for cool weather sipping. Also, we've switched from WineIn movies to FirePit Fridays in the evening (weather permitting). Enjoy a bottle of wine, a warm blanket, and conversation around our firepit on the patio. With live music on Saturdays and wine cave tours and candlelit tastings on select Friday evenings and Saturdays, Fence Stile Winery offers plenty of reasons to enjoy the fruits of harvest labor. In other words, visit us and drink some white, red, rosé, or sparkling wine that ranges from dry to semi-dry to sweet.
Troy Mull's Harvest Tractoring Playlist
Soldiers - Drowning Pool (video)
Love & War - Drowning Pool (video)
Dirt - Alice in Chains (video)
Billion Dollar Baby - Alice Cooper (video)
Man in the Box - Alice in Chains (video)
Rumbling Train - Badlands (video)
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses (video)
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest (video)
Cold Gin - KISS (video)
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne (video)
Caught in a Dream - Tesla (video)
This week, general manager and culinary director Pete Dulin contributes a music playlist of favorite songs and artists below that inspire him in the kitchen.
Join us at Fence Stile for our final harvest of the season on Sunday, Oct. 1st. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's chat about music and food. Also, another fine cook and master of the grill, Craig Jones, joins us at Fence Stile on Sunday, Oct. 8th for a grilling demonstration and dinner with wine samples. Join us for a day of food, wine, fun, and perhaps a chat about what music moves you. RSVP at email@example.com.
Winemaker Stephen Dollar's Harvest Crush Pad Playlist
Vineyard manager Shawna Mulls' Harvest Crush Pad Playlist
"Music is certainly an inspiration when I cook," said Pete. "Sometimes music provides energy to fuel my spirit during the physical work, or it provides an internal rhythm that keeps me motivated. I don't necessarily have music playing in the kitchen at Fence Stile, but the playlist below reflects my tastes in music that is as personal as the food I create to feed others. Food and music are universal, but also highly personal."
"I rarely prepare food from a recipe," added Pete. "When cooking, I try to find a balance of flavor, color, and texture to appeal to the senses. Sometimes, I think in terms of composing music (although I am not a musician) to produce layers of flavor that have high (citrus, pepper, bright, sharp), middle (comfort, mild, like rice or noodles), and low (earthy, rustic like beans or potatoes) 'notes.' It was hard to limit the length of this playlist. I cut out many songs, but this selection expresses a range of what inspires me in the kitchen."
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations (video): This song reminds me of the kitchen scene in The Big Chill. Food, friends, music, and dancing. That's a perfect night. I love Motown and soul music so this song is a perfect kickoff.
The Dark End of the Street - Aloe Black & The Grand Scheme (video): This song is a modern cover of a James Carr classic. I love how the beat and guitar simmers in the background.
California Soul - Marlena Shaw (video): Gorgeous vocal phrasing, soaring strings, and easy driving rhythm inspires some hip-shaking and grooving in the kitchen.
Gotta Work - Amerie (video): This song is an anthem for me. Bold, brassy, and urgent, I like to blast this in the car as I prepare for the day ahead. No matter how tired I might be, this song kicks me in high gear to keep pushing on.
The Real Thing - Bebel Gilberto (video): Shifting gears, music and cooking has more than one speed and dimension. This sexy song glides like a silky sip of bisque on the tongue. I cook with multicultural influences that are eclectic and also reflected in my music tastes.
Samba a Dois - Los Hermanos (video): Musically and vocally, 'Samba a Dois' is stripped down and intimate. It inspires the hips and soul to move, a conversation and dance between two people. Isn't that the essence of food between the cook and the diner? Magic happens when we cook with purpose and eat with intent, paying attention to the ingredients and process and the company of those around us as our senses are stimulated.
Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni (video): Pace matters in life, whether cooking, making wine, or tending to the vineyards. Some work happens quickly – a stir-fry, the race at crush to capture the grape's juices and inherent qualities. Other work takes time - slowly simmering stock for a soup, aging wine in barrels, or nurturing vines over seasons that produce a bounty. This song reminds me to take my time.
I Keep Faith - Billy Bragg (video): Food is a constant during the highs and lows of life. We eat to celebrate a hard day's work at harvest or a birthday, but also to bond and find comfort at a funeral reception or in the aftermath of a disaster. Billy Bragg's voice and powerful lyrics remind me that we're in this life together during the struggles and triumphs. Food brings us together when we need it most.
Train in Vain - The Clash (video): Irresistible beat, urgent words. Stand by me or not at all? Raw passion runs through this song. When I'm cooking on all cylinders, lost in the moment, songs like this are just fun to sing and puts energy in the kitchen.
All Around You - Sturgill Simpson (video): Sturgill blends honest country and soul with his singular voice, a sprinkle of piano, conversational horn section, and steady bass line. The lyrics remind me to endure and strive forward. Cooking is a way to channel the heart, mind, and body into purpose with (hopefully) a bright outcome.
You and I - Wilco (ft. Feist) (video): Sweet, simple, honest. Sometimes food needs to be simply that. Not a carnival on a plate.
Live Your Life - Yuna (video): Another soulful song that's sounds light but bears a profound message to "find your light" and live your life.
Last week, vineyard manager Shawna Mull shared her harvest playlist of favorite artists and song that keep the team motivated during busy crush pad activity that takes place after the morning grape harvest. This week, Fence Stile winemaker Stephen Dollar shares a few of the many songs below that keep the Bose speakers humming during crush. Stephen has eclectic tastes that make listening fun and an adventure on the crush pad and in the wine production facility.
After a morning harvest and lunch, volunteers are invited to observe the crush pad, learn how the grapes are processed, and perhaps taste some free run juice. Learn more about volunteering for an upcoming harvest on Sunday, Sept. 24th and Oct. 1st by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Most of these songs have no specific meaning other than I am a romantic," said Stephen. "Everything I listen to seems to be about love or my wife. I like EDM (electronic dance music) and old country, so there is a big jump around throughout my music days. My dad's favorite song was "Waiting for a Train." My grandpa was the singin' salesman because of his yodeling technique, so Jimmie Rodgers just speaks for my family."
A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins (video)
Lucky Man - The Verve (video)
Common People - Pulp (video)
To the End - Blur (video)
Too Long - Daft Punk (video)
Starboy - The Weeknd (video)
Girl - Beck (video)
One Headlight - The Wallflowers (video)
Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers (video)
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Grilling expert Craig Jones will demonstrate grilling techniques and recipes for four dishes at 1 PM, accompanied by paired wine samples from Fence Stile Vineyards. Afterward at 2 PM, guests dine on a four-course meal served family-style al fresco on the patio.
$45 ticket includes expert grilling demonstration, four wine samples, and four-course meal. Additional Fence Stile wines available for purchase by the bottle and glass to accompany dinner. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 816-500-6465.
Starters - Savory Addictions nuts. Crostini topped with creamy broccoli puree and cheese. Wine sampling - Fence Stile Vignoles.
Salad - Grilled romaine salad with grilled harvest vegetables. Wine sampling - Fence Stile KAIscape.
Entree - Marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms and twice-baked wasabi potatoes. Wine sampling - Fence Stile 57 Red.
Dessert - Grilled peaches stuffed with blue cheese and grilled grapes. Wine sampling - Fence Stile Ishq dessert wine.
Craig is a live-fire cooking expert, the Grill Mayor for Food Network (2012), owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts, and a food blogger for the Kansas City Star. He’s also a certified KCBS BBQ judge, a master student of pizza crafting, and an enthusiastic supporter of the greater Kansas City food scene.
Fence Stile also hosts its Annual Grape Stomp (free to participate) from 11 AM and throughout the day. Join us for wine and grape-stomping fun to celebrate the end of harvest season.
Music adds energy to the busy crush pad activity that takes place after the morning grape harvest. This week, vineyard manager Shawna Mull shares a playlist below of some of her favorite artists and songs that help pass the time and keep spirits up during the crush. Look for a new playlist from winemaker Stephen Dollar next week.
After a morning harvest and lunch, volunteers are invited to observe the crush pad, learn how the grapes are processed, and perhaps taste some free run juice. Learn more about volunteering for an upcoming harvest on Sundays by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"My heart is with the Kansas City musicians," said Shawna. "Roots and blues run deep with me so my playlist consists of killer music from KC’s Samantha Fish, Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats, and AJ Gaither One Man Band. They all play cigar box guitars. AJ plays all homemade instruments. They influenced my fascination with cigar box guitar building and playing."
"I chose Katy Guillen and the Girls to turn up some Kansas City rock-n-roll. 'Fishin in the Dark' by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is one of my all-time faves," said Shawna. "'Air Stream Driver' makes me want to move and groove. I love to spin poi to this one. 'Age Like Wine,' yup, I'm working on it every day. The Steel Wheels's songs are just great examples of American roots music from the Virginia mountains. I do love a mandolin and banjo! I have three songs from G. Love & Special Sauce. There are so many good ones to choose from, but I felt that 'I Like Cold Beverages' is the best closing song for a long harvest and crush day. Cheers!"
Miles to Go - Samantha Fish (Video)
Air Stream Driver - Gomez (Video)
Unified - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)
My Heart is In the Right Place - Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats (Video)
Hillbilly in Space - AJ Gaither One Man Band
Age Like Wine - Todd Snider (Video)
Find Your Mountain - Steel Wheels (Video)
Fishin In the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Video)
Don’t Get Bitter - Katy Guillen and the Girls (Video)
We've Got a Fire - The Steel Wheels (Video)
Peace Love and Happiness - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)
I Like Cold Beverages - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)