Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rainy Day Special

R is for it’s RAIN and I mean lots of it!

A is for Anyone out there? Or are you all hunkered down to keep warm & dry?

I is for “I’ve got something that might interest you”

N is for “Need a good Red Wine” for this cold, dreary, gray, rainy day?


As many of you know all of our 2009 Red Varietals (Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot) all won medals, gold - double gold and super accolades at competitions, Best in Show and Best in Class.

What you might not know is we also bottled Go Girl Red and Handyman Red blends from 2009 wines in our cellar. Really, really good.

So you’re saying… Kathy get to the point. (Soon… I promise.)

Yesterday I talked to two friends. First thing I asked was “what’s wrong” when I heard their voice… “Oh, (very dejected sounding) I’m doing my taxes”.

Well, so am I, today, along with year-end state and federal reporting for the winery. Yuk, Yuk, Yuk!

You know my answer for this kind of misery… pour yourself a good glass of wine.

But taxes equate to money… so to take a little of the sting out of your whole ordeal and to encourage you to come out on this dreary weekend here’s the deal….

This weekend only... Buy 2 bottles of either 2009 Go Girl Red or Handyman Red (or one of each) and get the third one free. Technically I can’t say free… so it works out to a discount of 33%. But if you think you might need 6 bottles to get you through, buy 3 and get 3 free, or a 50% discount.

Ssssh… Molly and Lisa are in Atlanta on a buying trip.

I’m slipping this by them.

Best, Kathy
Still a Working Girl
Ps. You can also call and buy the wine and pick it up next week if you just don't want to get wet:)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Because We Care



I've been in Arizona for a few days and every few miles on the overhead lighted highway signs were these messages...
  • Drive sober or get pulled over, Drive Hammered…Get Nailed, Get a DD… not a DUI, Know Your Limit... Don’t Drink and Drive
The last slogan, Know Your Limit, made me think of a blog I wrote in 2011.

I realized then after some research detailed below that I didn't know the facts. I always told myself my limit was "2 drinks". My one beer consumed within an hour, considering my weight had me at a blood alcohol level of .08 which is the legal limit for drunk driving.

This is worth the read. Kathy

So some basic facts...
  • Your body processes alcohol at a constant rate of .5 oz. per hour, regardless of how many ounces you consume.
  • Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) is the amount of alcohol present in your blood as you drink
  • In all 50 states, the legal limit for drunk driving is a BAL level of .08.
  • Eating protein and fatty foods supposedly can slow down alcohol absorption but I couldn’t find any detailed, statistical supporting facts
  • A 120-pound woman can reach a .08 BAC level after only two drinks and a 180-pound man can be at .08 after only four drinks

What got my attention!

One drink is defined as having one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol; each of the following is considered "one drink."
 
  • 10 oz to 12 oz of beer at 4% to 5% alcohol, or
  • 8 oz to 12 oz of wine cooler at 4% to 6% alcohol, or
  • 4 oz to 5 oz of table wine at 9% to 12% alcohol, or
  • 2.5 oz of fortified wine at 20% alcohol, or
  • 1.25 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits at 40%alcohol, or
  • 1 oz of 100 proof distilled spirits at 50% alcohol.

As I type this blog, I’m drinking one of my favorite beers… One 12 oz Stout at 9% alcohol. (This would be 2 drinks)

Wines today, especially reds, weigh in on the average of 13-14+% alcohol, and the average glass pour is not 4-5 ounces.

One martini is equal to two drinks, one margarita equal to 1.5 drinks

The messages are still Drink Responsibly, Don’t Drink & Drive and Alcohol – Know your Limit

Know Your Limit, though, has a much broader message. It’s as important but in a different way than “don’t drink and drive”.  We all know that when we drink, we’re a bit freerer in mind.

So, my friends…

Because we care,

The Working Girls of Olympic Cellars


PS…. The tables below will help you estimate your Blood Alcohol Level

If you're a WOMAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
Weight
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs.
120 lbs.
140 lbs.
160 lbs.
180 lbs.
200 lbs.
220 lbs.
240 lbs.
1
.05
.04
.04
.03
.03
.03
.02
.02
2
.10
.08
.07
.06
.06
.05
.05
.04
3
.15
.13
.11
.10
.08
.08
.07
.06
4
.20
.17
.15
.13
.11
.10
.09
.09
5
.25
.21
.18
.16
.14
.13
.12
.11
6
.30
.26
.22
.19
.17
.15
.14
.13
7
.36
.30
.26
.22
.20
.18
.16
.15
8
.41
.33
.29
.26
.23
.20
.19
.17
9
.46
.38
.33
.29
.26
.23
.21
.19
10
.51
.42
.36
.32
.28
.25
.23
.21
11
.56
.46
.40
.35
.31
.27
.25
.23
12
.61
.50
.43
.37
.33
.30
.28
.25
13
.66
.55
47
.40
.36
.32
.30
.27
14
.71
.59
.51
.43
.39
.35
.32
.29
If you're a MAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
Weight
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs.
120 lbs.
140 lbs.
160 lbs.
180 lbs.
200 lbs.
220 lbs.
240 lbs.
1
.04
.04
.03
.03
.02
.02
.02
.02
2
.09
.07
.06
.05
.05
.04
.04
.04
4
.17
.15
.13
.11
.10
.09
.08
.07
5
.22
.18
.16
.14
.12
.11
.10
.09
6
.26
.22
.19
.16
.15
.13
.12
.11
7
.30
.25
.22
.19
.17
.15
.14
.13
8
.35
.29
.25
.22
.19
.17
.16
.14
9
.37
.32
.26
.24
.20
.19
.17
.15
10
.39
.35
.28
.25
.22
.20
.18
.16
11
.48
.40
.34
.30
.26
.24
.22
.20
12
.53
.43
.37
.32
.29
.26
.24
.21
13
.57
.47
.40
.35
.31
.29
.26
.23
14
.62
.50
.43
.37
.34
.31
.28
.25

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LeRoy Bell, Elton John and Olympic Cellars

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends
Performing this Saturday at Olympic Cellars


Please join us this Saturday for another ‘Best of’ concert. This week we are excited to welcome back LeRoy Bell to perform for us at Olympic Cellars Winery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgBIzVigciA&feature=player_embedded

LeRoy Bell was one of the top ten finalists in the X Factor TV program, placing eighth in the competition.  His rhythm and blues technique and soulful voice electrified the public during his TV performances.

LeRoy’s talents were not only recognized by the judges on the X factor and people all across America, they have also been recognized by the one and only Elton John.  Elton John discovered and quickly became a fan of LeRoy's song writing - recording two of his songs.

Elton's recording of Bell's song "Mama Can't Buy Me Love," from the "Thom Bell Sessions," went to the top of the charts in the fall of 1979 - earning Elton a Grammy Nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Don’t miss the chance to see LeRoy perform live, in person, under the starts.  Join us this Saturday and enjoy some amazing music by an exceptionally talented artist.

Non-Profit

This weekend’s concert will support the Clallam County League of Women Voters. For more information on this remarkable foundation please visit http://www.lwvwa.org/index.html .

Food Vendor

The food vendor is Kokopelli Grill.  Owner, Michael McQyay will build a barbeque pit on-site and grill up some delicious Fireman’s Chicken.  A full meal, including corn on the cob, coleslaw and a ½ chicken will cost $11 and a ¼ chicken meal will cost $9.

This is a great chance to come enjoy some fabulous music, support a good cause, and wine and dine with amazing food, and award winning wine. We will see you there!

Concert Information

This Saturday, don’t take a chance on missing LeRoy.  Buy your tickets in advance, on-line for $13.  Tickets are available on-line until sold out or 4 o’clock on the day of the show.  After 4, tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 until sold out.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's National Girlfriend Day! And... Announcing our 10th Anniversary Working Girl Road Trip Contest

Yesterday I was thumbing through a magazine and noted August 1 is National Girlfriend Day! I thing every day is “National Something Day ” but this one is pretty special to me and also perfect for announcing our Working Girl Road Trip Contest in honor of our 10th Anniversary of Working Girl Wines.

While contest details are not totally complete this is quite a start…
  • Fly to Seattle (2 round-trip tickets from anywhere Southwest Airline flies in U.S.)
  • Drive to the Olympic Peninsula which includes a beautiful Washington ferry ride (rental car provided)
  • Spend 2 nights in a 2 bedroom cabin courtesy of John Wayne Waterfront Resort
  • Attend our “Lucille Ball” style Grape Stomp and Concert at Olympic Cellars Winery on September 14 (need to start working on your costume)
  • Enjoy Olympic Coast Cuisine throughout your visit
  • Walk the beaches, hike our trails, visit Hurricane Ridge and, so much more!
  • Targeting September 13-16. Fly in on Friday and fly out on Monday. (Dates are flexible)
Contest details will be announced on our Facebook page next week. So if you haven’t ‘liked’ Olympic Cellars, this would be a good time. And not to worry, if the winner is from Washington and doesn’t need the airline tickets then fly two friends to Seattle.

Now while I have your attention…
Saturday night, August 3, is a Rolling Stones Tribute Band Concert at the winery. When this band was booked my initial reaction was skeptical… loud, heavy metal, not my type of music. Then I listened to all the promo music and YouTube videos for the Midnight Rambler Band and I was hooked.

I guess I forgot how many great, great songs I knew and yes, I was dancing with my computer. Better yet, as one of our fans said on Facebook, “These guys are at lot healthier looking than the real Rolling Stones.” And I said… because they’re not 70! So join us… it’s going to be another great night at the winery under the stars.

Best,
Kathy and the Working Girls
Olympic Cellars Winery
 

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Best Of Continues - It Doesn't Get Better

Consider this my personal invitation to join me in...
Celebrating the "Best of Olympic Cellars"
ALL SUMMER LONG!!!

I keep telling everyone that I'm stepping down from the day-to-day winery activities but how can I when in the summer that includes concerts, festivals and a grape stomp.

I'll turn in my "grape shovel", so to speak, this fall when the manual, breaks your back, grape shoveling, all hands on deck harvest begins. Whoops, I forgot it's always "all hands on deck"! Maybe later.

Right now I'll welcome you to the winery, sip wine at sunset, pour wine behind the bar, dance to all the fabulous bands this summer and buy a new red wig (my last one looked like road kill).

Why a Red Wig, You Ask? I'm getting into my "LUCY" character for the Grape Stomping Harvest Party on September 14.

But I'm getting ahead of myself... our first concert of the season is July 20  at 7 p.m. It's also Lavender Farm Faire so after a day in the lavender fields the next stop is Olympic Cellars for our first concert of the season with the Polyrhythnics, voted the Best Band by Seattle Magazine.

Barn doors open at 6 p.m. Wine Bar opens at 6 p.m. Food is ready at 6 p.m. We sell tickets at 6 p.m. Guests are staking out their table and chairs at 6 p.m.

Did I mention 6 p.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another valuable tip.... buy your concert ticket's online. The Summer Concert Series has continued to grow in popularity with sold out performances. We recognize and continue to bring in TALENT to the winery... my favorite quote when asked "You saw them first at Olympic Cellars".

Vicci Martinez of The Voice performed twice at the winery. Leroy Bell, X-Factor, is back this year. Chance McKinney, oh my Texas heart throbs, also back this season shares the stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam. And, add in "you have to bring them back next year" requests and our new found talent... that completes our 8 concert series for 2013.

Our concert venue is intimate with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains on one side and our majestic 123 year old barn on the other. This year food will be provided by a different restaurants and caterers each week showcasing Olympic Coast Cuisine.
And I'm lovin our Olympic Cellars and Working Girl Wines Facebook pages. We're giving away concert tickets each week. So "like, share and comment if you want to attend".  And best of all, in about a week we will start a month long promotion of the Working Girl Road Trip for Two to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Working Girl Wines. Visit Olympic Cellars, Stomp Grapes and tour the Olympic Peninsula... Win Airfare, Lodging, Car Rental and special Olympic Coastal Culinary delights at some of our favorite restaurants. Stay Tuned.

Cheers, Kathy
Working Girl
PolyrhythmicsPolyrhythmics, July 20. Voted Best Band in Seattle in Seattle Magazine. Original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk. That is the recipe that Polyrhythmics have crafted and delivered to packed clubs, and festival crowds up and down the west coast. Make no mistake, if the Polyrhythmics are on the stage, the place will be jumping, and the only questions at the end of the night will be: when the band is playing next? Band Website
Supporting: Casting For Recovery (fishing restreats for women recovering from cancer) Buy Tickets Online

Ps. We have more chairs and tables this year... but to be safe, always throw your lawn chairs in the trunk.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Girlfriends Chill



I came across this letter I wrote to my friends last year. After reading it I thought it might be appropriate at this time of the year when Holiday commitments and pressures mount. Maybe it's time to reach out to a friend or even a friend-to-be... Chill and Enjoy the moment. Your list can wait. Kathy
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Dedicated to us… Four Fab Friends

Looking around my office is like walking down memory lane… or maybe it’s Working Girl Lane up to the winery. I’m not a hoarder and I don’t like clutter but I do like to gaze beyond my monitor and look at the stuff that represents the evolution of this Working Girl. 

Thinking about these relics of my past can put me in a zone when I need creativity or kick me out of the proverbial funk. Each has a story. I remember the immediate rush when I first pounced on the object or idea… emotionally pegging what I was dealing with, even if I didn’t know it at the time. 

First vintage of the Working Girl Wines… a beginning
Painting “Curse of the Good Girls”
A Pamela Hastings’ doll “Love Yourself” with a bit of the Hot Flash couture
Collection of white rocks and hearts
“I’m so tired of being the bitch” t-shirt
Small Quilt “Go With the Flow”
Message In a Bottle
And, solid brass balls

This week a new “art piece” joined the menagerie and along with it comes this story…

A few weeks ago, the four fab friends (me being one of them) headed to Seattle for a 24 hour get-away. All have businesses and it took some finagling to get us loaded up and out of town. Then we crossed Hood Canal Bridge. I may have imagined it but there seemed to be a collective sigh and a slight release of that every day level of own your own business type tension. We all started talking. Chill

The reason for our trip was a special goodbye to one of our friends who was moving across the country. This was not an easy decision for her and she seemed to have her emotions on hold talking about the move in a distant sort of way. Chill

This trip was a new adventure as we are all new to this “girlfriend experience”. Conversation was still on a safe level. We all admitted, though, that we never really had girlfriends. Chill
 
Still hadn’t really started to relax… needed to drop off wine in Auburn on the way and got totally lost. Car GPS and phone GPS taking us two different routes. Again tense. I was wasting our precious time. I’m the queen of the u-turns, finally found I-5. OK Chill

Arrived at hotel. Had surprise bottle of champagne and strawberries in room. Popped the cork, sipped cold champagne and talked some more. The hotel was serving our Working Girl Wines during wine hour in the lobby. Needed to make an appearance. Never did. This was our time. Chill

Conversation turned to tattoos… believe it or not. Two of us had tattoos and it turned out after more champagne that we all wanted a shared memory tattoo… we decided on a peace symbol as our theme and each would pick their own design. A few calls later we had a 10 p.m. appointment (after dinner and martinis).  Picture four “gracefully aging” ladies walking into a skanky tattoo parlor. All I can remember before making a fast retreat was this very large guy, bare butt up with a guy working on his tattoo. Really?! We’ll skip this venue. Chill

Walked the city and talked more. About ex’s and everything in between. Sweet chilling.
The “morning after” we noshed through the market and reality starts to set in. We’re on a schedule. Back to work. Race for the ferry. Chill

Turns out we all did get our tattoos a few days later, each of us overlapping time slots for moral support. We forgot that the guy doing our tattoo was in the room, the buzz of his instrument just became background noise. We started at 9:30 a.m. and finished at 6:30 p.m. The damn tattoos hurt but not as much as saying goodbye. Chill

Pamela Hastings Doll
Back at work. I look to the right of my monitor. A doll, appropriately named “Chill” greets me every morning. She reminds me of my three new friends… all individuals, learning to chill, drop our masks, open up and trust. 

In friendship, Kathy
Working Girl