My, what a busy month May was for us! It was packed full of events we’d like to share with you. Aside from the various trade tastings the staff went to (we’re always on the lookout for new wines!) we hosted and participated in a number of exciting events at the shop.
The first weekend in May the Packing House hosted the Phestival of the Arts which brought Claremontians into the Packing House for a variety of crafts and activities. We were excited to put our corks to good use for the youngsters to turn into art. We saw some great picture frames and flower pots spruced up and it was nice to hang out with the younger crowd, even if they are a few years away from enjoying our wine!
That same weekend, we were very honored to host the wedding reception for two of our dear friends and customers, Mary and Steve. We were so pleased that they could share such a momentous occasion with their friends and family at the store, and were happy to provide a stress-free and beautiful day for the couple. With the store brought to life by flowers from Fiori Wedding Co, we provided a number of great wines and cheese platters to keep the party going.
On May 21st the highly anticipated Amgen Tour of California finally hit the town. What an exciting day! Claremontians and Californians alike packed the streets for a glimpse of the riders as they passed through the village. We and our customers were lucky to have a front row seat of the action as the peloton passed by the store twice before starting their Mt. Baldy climb. Our patio was packed as festivities all over the city carried on throughout the day.
During graduation weekend, we were pleased to pour the lineup of Orin Swift wines for our weekend tasting. Featuring a slightly different set of wines each night, it was our most successful tasting of the year by far. We could barely keep up with the action! Orin Swift also recently released two new wines, the ’09 D66 which is a wonderful Grenache that combines new and old world styles and the ’10 Veladora Sauvignon Blanc. The Veladora is a floral Sauvignon Blanc with subtle acidity, and Orin Swift has committed all of the profits from the wine Puertas Abiertas, a philanthropic coalition that provides dental services, counseling and health screenings for those in need. We are happy to support such a great cause while tasting such great wines!
We still have plenty of the Orin Swift wines along side our normal selection, so stop by whenever you get the opportunity and we’ll see you again in June.