Fence Stile’s team members are sporting a new look in the Tasting Room – new T-shirts in purple, blue, dark gray and red printed with a design that reads Wine Xenos. What does this phrase Wine Xenos mean?
We know you know what wine is. If you don’t, please visit and we’ll offer a personal introduction and wine tasting ($5 for five samples). If you’ve forgotten, then you might need a reminder. Wink, wink. Either way, please join us for a visit.
What about this word, xenos?
Xenos (zee-nohs, rhymes with fructose), is a Greek word that refers to a stranger or guest. When a stranger arrives, a host is xenial and treats them as a guest, extending hospitality to visitors.
The spirit of xenos matches the motto of Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery. We like to say, “Good fences make good neighbors, a Fence Stile makes neighbors, good friends!”
What is a fence stile? Well, take a look at the back of our new T-shirts or our logo. A stile is a type of ladder with steps on both sides. The stile is mounted over a fence, allowing a person to easily cross over the fence. With a fence stile, neighbors can cross a fence between them, meet, and become good friends.
We think of visitors to Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards as guests, whether you’re making the trip for the first-time or you’re one of our long-time regulars. In time, our guests become friends and family.
Wine Xenos on our new T-shirts is a fun shorthand way to express this spirit. Through wine and the hospitality of our Tasting Room team, all who arrive for a visit will receive our hospitality as a guest. In time, we hope you’ll become friends and make new friends with other guests.
Also, the back of our stylish new T-shirts depicts a fence stile. You’ll note that two boards on the fence stile form an X. As a Roman numeral, X signifies the number ten (10). As a tweak to our logo, the X is a subtle design feature that refers to our upcoming tenth anniversary in 2019. This year, we’re developing plans to celebrate this milestone next year in grand style.
We invite you to visit the Tasting Room as our guest. Ask us about the new T-shirts. We have them available for sale exclusively at the Tasting Room. The shirts come in men’s and women’s styles and a variety of sizes. We also have a ladies tank top for the warmer weather. Share the spirit of Wine Xenos!
We’ll see you soon.
Brand and events manager, chef and cellar rat Pete Dulin documents wine, food and operations at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery through writing and photography.