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They say a wedding coordinator is one of the most stressful jobs out there, but it could also be the most rewarding.
On Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from a desperate bride who just lost her wedding venue in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire. She was scheduled to get married the very next day when she found out it had been cancelled. Her and her fiancé had 235 guests that all made the trip out to celebrate their wedding weekend, and several of them flew in from Portugal.
Unfortunately, our venue was fully committed on Saturday, but they were able to inform all of their vendors and guests that the wedding will be held at Wilson Creek Winery on Sunday instead. Our amazing chef was able to put together a menu and get a rush order of food for 235 people in the matter of minutes while our event captain secured enough staff on a holiday weekend to make this whole day happen. The bride and groom were beyond grateful for our Wilson Creek Family who made a wedding of this caliber happen on one day’s notice.
I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out, and I owe it all to our amazing team at Wilson Creek Winery. Thank you everyone who played a part in today. It was definitely the most memorable wedding I have ever been a part of, and it’s days like these that make me realize just how special my job really is. ♥️
This story was shared from Jenae Keys, one of our amazing Events Sales Managers!
As the Hostess with the Mostess…Its beginning to feel like fall and the good news is there’s still time to plan an unforgettable Holiday event at Wilson creek Winery.
Hurry up as the most desirable dates are filling up!
Time is of the Essence
The closer we get to the Holiday season, the less likely we will be able to find flexibility in choosing an event date that works best for all of your attendees. I’ve noticed an uptick in demand over the first two weeks in December, so I recommend planning as soon as possible to ensure your spot at Wilson Creek Winery where “Our home is your home.” If you are a wine club member or an active Military Member we offer a discount on your event! We have amazing venues for any size party. Our beautiful Ballroom, lovely barrel room, stunning upper room, and a quaint Garden View Terrace Room.
Make Time to Customize
To me, the most important reason to get the ball rolling is to allow sufficient time for customization, that way the date of your event is attended by all, if not most of your employees. In addition to the basics, and if timing permits, you can further customize this year’s party by having custom labels made on our outstanding sparkling wine or sumptuous reds or whites.
Keep it Relaxed
Planners can make holiday parties fun and unique without over thinking it. The elements that matter most to your guests are good food, good wine and beer, music , and of course good company.
If a formal and elegant event isn’t what you are looking for, perhaps grape stomping or a scavenger hunt through the winery, a simple s’mores party by our fire pits or of course a happy wine hour with ugly sweaters and white elephant gifts. These are more relaxed functions that allow interaction and attendees have a great time with their colleagues and peers.
Think Local Entertainment
Let our staff give you some great names of local artists or DJS that frequent Wilson Creek Winery. They will know the ins and outs of the property and what works well with our noise ordinance. I think you’ll find the local entertainment at reasonable costs compared to other options. Strolling Carolers, Photo Booths, or Magicians can really pick up the company fun as well.
Tis’ the Season for Giving
If you choose to go with a more casual affair, it can be more cost effective, allowing your company to make a charitable component. I recommend getting attendees involved in giving back. Maybe providing a silent auction that supports a local community organization, or encouraging employees to donate canned foods to a local food bank to be entered into a raffle or a giveaway.
When planning an evening party, I highly recommend accommodation options for attendees. We happen to have the lovely Wilson Creek Manor located across the street from Wilson Creek Winery and it is a 12,000 square foot Mansion that supports 9 rooms and sleeps 27 guests. It has a lovely gourmet kitchen, and a stunning backyard fit for a King. For pre-party fun or after party wind down the Manor offers a game room and a large living room area with a beautiful bar that for a few dollars more, Wilson Creek Winery can stock that with all of your company holiday favorite wines! PS we have some amazing Hot Rates for the Manor right now that you want to take advantage of!!
We hope to be a part of your Unique Holiday Celebrations this year!
Please Call 951-699-9463 and ask for Events!
Go on Celebrate!!!
With a Smile,
Abby R Trybulski
Guest Relations Manager
September is hot and sunny one day and cool and misty the next. Brut is such a great wine because it is so versatile for anytime of year! It is elegant, crisp, and flavorful with light notes of citrus culminating with a nice long finish.
As a stand alone it is perfectly classy, great for any celebration you want to get dressed up and toast the night away… or even dressed down, with a bowl of popcorn and a date with the couch!
Now let’s Mix It Up! All of these recipes don’t have exact measurements so just mix to taste.
Piña Colada Brut Sparkling + Malibu + Pineapple Juice
Mojito Brut Sparkling + White Cab (arriving soon) + Strawberries + Mint
Fall Mimosa Brut Sparkling + Apple Cider
Kir Royale Brut Sparkling + Crème de Cassis + Cherry on top
– Happiness is delicious wine on a fall day!
Do we have some exciting news to share with you!
We are building, expanding, and building even more as we strive for a better experience for our Extended Family members.
Since June 21st, the Upper Room has become the new exclusive Wine Club Members Lounge! What does this mean? It means as a Wine Club Family member, you will be able to enjoy an exclusive area featuring bar tastings, wine by the glass, and sit-down tasting service daily as part of your membership. Small bites and appetizers will be added to the available array from noon to five Friday through Sunday for a nominal charge. No need to make reservations any longer! However, if you are a Reserve member, you can call your wine club team and have them reserve a table just for you.
Fear not! The Upper Room guided tasting experience will return. A new sit-down tasting experience area is expected to open in late Spring of 2019.
Wilson Creek will continue to host sit-down wine tastings at special events during the year in the Upper Room Wine Club Lounge so you will not miss out on the sit-down experience. Watch your email and our website for date and time announcements.
In the meantime, we invite you, as a wine club member, to join us for a glass or two in the Lounge from Noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday!
We are excited about expanding our facilities once again and bringing you the very best wine tasting experience in the valley. As always, we look forward to seeing you and sharing the beautiful views from the second floor, and of course some very special wines!
Oh! Let’s not forget about our current expansion excitement! Learn more by clicking here on “Our good problem to have, but still a problem that needs fixing,” and what we are doing about it!
Perfect to make this week and enjoy by your pool!
- 2 cups Wilson Creek Rosé Sparkling Wine
- ⅓ cup vodka
- 1 cup trilogy kombucha*
- ¼ cup raspberries
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Garnish: lemon slices and raspberries
- Combine vodka, raspberries, and lemon juice and muddle until raspberries are broken down and liquid is pink.
- Pour mixture through a strainer and into a pitcher.
- Top with our Rosé Sparkling and kombucha and stir.
- Serve over Ice and Top sangria with lemon slices and raspberries
*GT’s Trilogy Kombucha has raspberry juice, lemon juice and ginger!