It’s Thanksgiving time! Not a one of us can believe that 2019 is winding down, and that once again, we are just about to run out of wine. In the spirit of the holiday week, let’s check in with our team to find out what we are each thankful for.
I know that I have said this before, but it still holds true. I am thankful for Team Fidelitas. All the way from the production staff, which includes the cellar, lab, and winemaking team who make the wines and get it into the bottles, to the great staff people in the tasting rooms who make that final sale. Everyone has a role and they are doing a great job with it.
I am thankful for the wonderful people that I have the opportunity to work with and learn from, as well as all of the amazing club members that come in and brighten each and every day!
Where to begin!? Most importantly, I'm thankful to work with people who now double as friends. From weddings and birthdays, baby showers and trips, I have memories with Fidelitas that will last a lifetime. And to our members, I'm thankful that you have made my job so enjoyable these past 5 1/2 years! Many stories and laughs have been shared over a bottle of Fidelitas and I look forward to more of that in 2020.
I’m thankful for team Fidelitas and our Fidelitas wine club! Im alway look forward to sharing the excitement of limited release wines with our club members!! There’s no better group to geek out with.
Things I'm thankful for:
I am thankful for our hard-working winemaking team! They make our jobs easy in the tasting rooms. Every wine, every vintage is just amazing, and it is a pleasure to share their work with our guests.
I am so very thankful for all of the people I have met while working at Fidelitas. They have started out as friends and become family. I am very blessed!
Running a winery is no joke, and so it is easy for me to recognize all of the people and things I’m thankful for, knowing that there is no way I could do it alone. Thank you to...
Team Fidelitas: we have a bunch of new faces in Fidelitas leadership this year, and my newest members (Josh, Allie, and Bryce) each bring a unique quality and special talent to the team. In many ways, I feel like I’ve known them forever! Mix them with such a strong tasting room force in both locations, Stacey keeping me on track, my absolutely amazing Club team, and CHARLIE HOPPES at the helm, it’s magical.
Our Members: we started 2019 with 0 available bottles to sell and are going to be ending the year in just about the same boat. That means every wine we released this year, we sold, and almost all of that is going to our Club members. Thank you, thank you, for bringing Fidelitas into your homes and sharing it with your closest friends and families. It means to so much to us. You all are faithful, loyal, and true.
Red Mountain Wines (and the people who make them): There is no way we have such happy members or such a strong Team without absolutely incredible wines to showcase. Charlie and his winemaking team have committed to finding, sourcing, and producing the best blocks of fruit on Red Mountain, and we are all so thankful for that dedication to quality and craft.
I don’t know about you, but I have spent many a year, too many, trying to create the perfect Thanksgiving gathering for family and friends. Now that I am of a certain age, I have become wise to the fact that shooting for perfection is boring for others and stressful for me – and highly disappointing for EVERYONE in the end. So PERFECTLY IMPERFECT is my mantra for the holidays now. Run out of time to make homemade cranberry sauce? No worries grab a can opener and embrace the art deco lines from the can on that jiggly version. No flowers for the table? Got it covered. Send the kids outside to gather some colorful leaves and a few interesting twigs and berries. Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank going to be there an hour earlier than everyone else? Hmmm. That’s going to be a bit more challenging. And that, as we all know, is why wine is so critical to the IMPERFECTLY PERFECT holiday season.
Trying to find the perfect wines to go with the Thanksgiving meal can add even more stress for some. But the real secret is to let go of the “perfect pairing” and simply choose “delicious”. Delicious wins every time. And fortunately for you, Fidelitas is the go-to wine for DELICIOUS across the board. We sadly sold out of our Optu White before summer even ramped up this year BUT it’s back and better than ever! You name the dish; the answer will always be Optu White for your white wine fans (and many red wine fans as well!). The creaminess the Semillon brings and the crisp, bright acidity that Sauvignon Blanc delivers is the best combination. It is perfectly balanced and will take you from appetizers to dessert. It’s the only white you need for the entire meal.
For the red wine lovers, the wines I would choose to please a wide audience is the Fidelitas Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Franc (current vintage is sold out, so those of you who have it, POP IT!) which always delivers softer tannins and subtle spicy and herbal notes. Others I would add to the table are the 2016 Ciel du Cheval Merlot (which is a Wine Club only wine) and the 2016 Red Mountain Merlot (available to all!). Both bring beautiful structure, velvety tannins and fantastic fruit like only Red Mountain can deliver.
Team Fidelitas wishes you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. And we are sincerely thankful for all of you and your support of the wines crafted by Charlie and his team! And just a final thought: keep in mind that at the center of every great gathering is the connection we make with everyone in that space not the appearance of perfection. We all want to feel included and seen and special, no matter our age or calling in life. In my opinion, there is no better way to say that than letting people know you love them just the way they are – knowing they will always be PERFECTLY IMPERFECT! Please take the time to just BE this holiday season and enjoy the moment just the way it is…...with a glass of Fidelitas in hand of course!