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August 21, 2014
I mentioned at the end of my last entry that Carol and I were heading to Houston for three days of VWG business to host five separate events. Well, with all events behind me now, as I bring you up to date, I’m pleased to report four of the five events were very successful.

 

 
August 18, 2014
Last Friday evening, April 8th, Carol and I drove over to the “mainline” to host a Vermeil wine dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar, located at 555 East Lancaster Ave. in Radnor, PA, 19086 (610-688-9463). Our neighbors Joe & Valerie Crivelle went along to add a personal touch to the event. Drew Edelmayer, Regional Service Manager, and Michele Demsky, Manager, really had the dining room well organized. The event sold out (approximately 50 people) so we were all pleased.

 

 
July 21, 2014
Last night, July 16th, I had the pleasure of helping host the Second Annual Vermeil Wines Dinner at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor in New Jersey. The Club is located at 9001 Sunset Drive in Stone Harbor, NJ (609-368-1201). Trying to match last year’s event was tough, but I think due to the leadership of General Manager, Peter Miner and club members, Sherri Lantz and Mary Donnelly, they actually got it done!

 

 
July 16, 2014
Carol and I are back from our California trip having spent one day in San Francisco, three and a half days in Yosemite, three and a half days on Pinecrest Lake with our very old and close friends, Bob and Barbara Gauchran, before closing our trip with the same amount of time in Calistoga. As we usually do, we stayed with our even older friends and business partners, Don and Mickey Luvisi. All periods of time were too short.

 

 
May 28, 2014
Tom Ward and I got back from our Thursday/Friday jaunt into New Jersey this morning around 1:00 am. We had hosted two wine dinner events: one in Freehold, NJ, and the other last night in Atlantic City.

 

 
May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20th
I’m back from my four-day trip to Kansas City. I invested two and a half days in our wine business and a day and a half in the Kansas City Chief NFL Football Fantasy Camp. It was a good trip in every way. First off, the wine experience.

 

 
May 12, 2014
May 9th, 2014

Last night, Carol and I teamed up with the Chester County Food Bank organization to host a Vermeil Wines fundraising dinner, held at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA. Carol and I donated the wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Proprietary Red XXXIV and our JLV Cabernet to be poured with matching courses of delicious food prepared by Chef Chris Calhous. Bob McNeil and his staff did all the hard work in organizing this very successful event. Larry Welch, Executive Director of the CCFB, and Anne Shuniak, their Community Engagement and Marketing Director, and staff did all the detail work that allowed this event to raise approximately $290,000. About 250 people attended the dinner last night, and believe me when I say, Carol and I weren't the only people leaving there with big smiles on our faces. Everyone had a great time and really felt good about helping better feed those people in need in our great Chester County community.

 

 
May 8, 2014
Last Friday night, May 2nd, Carol and I drove to Lancaster, PA to host a Vermeil Wines dinner at the Lancaster Country Club. It is only about 25 miles away, so it wasn’t a long drive. Club House Manger, Andrea Giffing, was my contact there through Garth Sprecher, a club member and old friend. We poured a champagne prior to dinner (not ours), and four of our varieties during dinner. The event sold out at sixty people. Andrea said this was their first sell-out dinner ever.

 

 
May 6, 2014
On Tuesday evening, April 29th, I donated wines to help the Philadelphia 76ers host a marketing event at the Fretz Kitchen, a Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, located at 4050 South 26th Street. What an impressive place! Marc Vetri, a local super chef provided the hors d’oeuvres. Easy to taste why he has the #1 chef rating in Philadelphia. Super foods! The 150 people were very impressed with our three reds served: the 2010 JLV, 2005 JLV, our Proprietary Red XXXIV and our Sauvignon Blanc as well. If the Pennsylvania State laws weren’t what they are, we could have sold a lot of wine. Hopefully, the PR marketing awareness was a value to our future growth in this community. I do know this: the people really enjoyed our wines.

 

 
April 18, 2014
Last Friday night's (April 11th) Commonwealth Country Club, Vermeil Wines and the McKeown Alzheimer's Foundation event was a big success. Joe McKeown, who heads up this foundation, did a great job of organizing this event. In fact, his entire family got involved in the execution of this fundraiser/wine dinner combination. One hundred and fifty people came prepared to drink good wine, eat good food, donate money and share a good time helping others.


 

 
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