Movin' & Shakin'

Well folks, I’d say we pretty much have our first summer under our belts! Complete with ups, downs, and as always, plenty of lessons learned. I have met amazing people from as close as Eureka, MT, and as far as Sidney, Australia. My once pristine floor boards show some wear, the bar has a few new scrapes, and my sleep schedule is looking a little haggard…. but every story told, laugh shared, connection made, repays this cost tenfold. These walls are beginning to collect memories, which means more to me than any single hour of sleep ever will.

With every month that has passed, I feel the winery becoming more and more a part of the Flathead community. A large part of this has been due to the kind and welcoming nature of the other craft alcohol producers in Kalispell. From the very first time we gathered together to discuss the future of our unique niche in the Valley (and to drink, naturally), I was overwhelmed by their support. What could have easily been a competitive and cutthroat affiliation, was instead a beautiful network of driven and business savvy people, excited to learn and grow together. Our coalition has now affectionately been dubbed “Drink Kalispell,” and our personal social media tag #drinkkalispell is gaining ground daily. I can safely say that without these wonderful people in my life, I would not have made it this far. And so, I will take this moment to shamelessly plug for my friends and colleagues. Please visit these establishments and thank them for their contribution to the positive growth of the Kalispell community:

Glacier Sun Winery

Rough Cut Cider

Bias Brewing

Kalispell Brewing Company

Sunrift Beer Company

Vilya Spirits

Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits

Dark Side Fermenters

Sacred Waters Brewing (coming soon)

Big Mountain Ciderworks (coming soon)

Guys, if you are reading this, you have my sincerest thanks. I owe you all a round.

Now that the nights are cooling down and the fall colors are setting in, I look forward to sipping a mug of mulled wine near a crackling fire pit. I hope you join me and add a few more memories and scuffs to this place. Each one makes it more ours. And that is something I will gladly drink too.

Sincerely,

Meredith

Here we ARE.

Here I am, sitting behind the bar of the winery, reflecting on the trials and tribulations of the last year and half. What a ride it has been! For better or for worse, I made it through and came out the other side with more grit than before. I have done my best to not take this journey for granted. I am a firm believer that anything worth having, won't come easily. All of the setbacks have simply made this moment even sweeter. I am grateful every day for the people who have helped me along the way. From the bartenders at Kalispell Brewing who helped me drown my sorrows, to my friends and family across the state who kept rooting for me, even when I wasn't rooting for myself. This amazing creation would not exist without all of you, and I cannot wait to pour you a glass of wine off the tap. 

Yesterday marked our first week of being open to the public, and each day has been better than the last. The thing I love about this place and this product, is that it brings together people from all different ages and backgrounds. Couples, coworkers, and old friends all gather here to enjoy a glass of wine and the company of those around them. I never tire of seeing the weariness and stress melt away from people's faces as they sip that first glass of wine. This place provides a much needed reprieve, a comfortable space where you can slow down the endless churning of the world outside. It may not be as "hands on" of a way to helping people as my former path (medicine), but I like to think that I am still improving the lives of everyone who walks in that door, one glass at a time. 

Sincerely,

Meredith

Cheers to Something New...

I am your typical twenty-something individual looking for my place in the world. Having spent 5 years in the trenches earning my pre-med degree, I decided to take a break and pursue some of my other interests before pushing forward with the medical school application process. After settling in Billings, MT, I stumbled upon the hidden the gem that is Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. After a glass of wine (or two) with the owner, Clint, I was lucky enough to land a bartending job. What I didn't know at the time was how deeply I would fall in love with the chemistry of wine making as well as the diverse range of people who made their way through our doors. And now here I am 2 years down the road and I have found myself pursuing a new passion: to open a winery of my own. The adventure has just begun, and despite the slow and bumpy road ahead, I have never felt more excited. Let's hope I am up for the challenge! Wish me luck. 

Sincerely,

Meredith