23 March, 2011

FIRST BLOG FROM DALE

Lo-Tec could be my name. I'm not really sure what a blog is or does, but I was told by a marketing pro that it should be used. I can't fathom why anyone would care about my ramblings but here goes.

John and I are so excited about our upcoming Vine to Wine Weekend, or V2WW as we call it. Yo. Chef David Sanford from Crane Creek Vineyards (the first person who should be cloned if and when), has been advising on wine and dessert pairings for the Friday night tasting at the inn. He didn't give specific recipes so I've been testing and testing. While it's fun I've probably put on 5 pounds.

When we chose Chancey Hill Inn for our bed & breakfast we knew the views were spectacular but how wonderful our mountain friends were to become to us was a grand and total surprise. Neighbors Lea & Liz, collectively known as LOLA, have been generous beyond belief with their time and wine-making equipment. They even helped by eating chocolate and drinking wine with us. Joe & Liz have offered, and we greatly accepted, the use of their lovely lakefront home, heavy duty wine-making equipment, and expertise (Joe has been making and bottling his own wine for over 30 years) for the Saturday night demo. These four people contribute to the City of Hiawassee and Towns County in so many ways. From Meals-On-Wheels, Senior Citizen activities, teaching computer skills to elementary school children, and volunteering the skills they were once employed to use for the benefit of our community. Plus they are just fun.

John and I enjoy meeting our guests and have been introduced to many interest and hobbies by them. Some have inspired us to hold event weekends at Chancey Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast featuring these activities so that we and our guests can share them.

You the Blog Readers are invited and welcomed to give us your input and suggestions on future event weekends.

Now about this blog business. Please critique this maiden voyage for me. I'm too old to be too thin-skinned so don't hold back. I'm asking so please be honest.

Dale

10 March, 2011

VINE TO WINE WEEKEND AT CHANCEY HILL INN

Have you ever thought about making your own wine? Would you like to explore the possibility, but aren't sure how to get started? Well, here's the opportunity to both learn the basics of wine making as well as try your hand at some of the steps in the process. We are holding our first Vine to Wine Weekend on April 15-17, and have a fun-filled weekend planned for our guests.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a Wine and Dessert Pairing at the Inn, featuring wines and desserts selected by Chef David Sanford from Crane Creek Vineyards. This is an opportunity, after arrival and dinner on your own, to meet your fellow winemakers and enjoy dessert and the "fruit of the vine."

After a full breakfast on Saturday morning we'll caravan to Crane Creek Winery for a personal tour of the winery and a private tasting of the Vineyards' range of offerings. You'' have some free time after the tasting for exploring the area, perhaps lunch at Crane Creek, or whatever strikes your fancy.

We'll reconvene at the Inn at 4:45 PM and visit the beautiful home of our wine making friends, located very close by on Lake Chatuge. There we'll learn about "starting" a new batch of wine, as well as tasting several wines made by some of our neighbors. After the tasting we'll have the hands-on pleasure of bottling, corking, sealing and labeling another batch of wine that was started several months ago. Dale and I attended a similar demonstration last fall and had an amazing time.

Everyone will be free after the wine making for dinner on their own. We'll serve breakfast Sunday morning before everyone heads for home. You might want to visit other area wineries on the return trip.

If you're interested in joining us please go to our web site and book the weekend on-line. The Vine To Wine Weekend package is only $388 to $448 plus tax for two nights lodging at Chancey Hill Inn and all of the activities outlined above. Just mention the Vine To Wine Weekend in the Remarks section of the on-line reservation request. Please make your reservation by Monday, April 11.

We hope you'll join us for this fun-filled weekend.

John