Organizing this wine and food event reminds me of the days when I was the Androscoggin Girl Scout Day Camp director. I chose to be a stay-at-home mother, after I put two columns on a piece of paper. One column was income, the other was expenses I’d have as a result of working outside of my home. It didn’t add up, because it was break even and that meant someone else would have all of the joy of raising my children. I was too selfish with that one.

As a result, I had skills that I enjoyed using during that time, as a volunteer. (Okay, truth be told, the Girl Scout Council paid me $200 as a director in the 1980s.) We’d meet at the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse grounds for director meetings. These volunteer activities set me up for what I’m doing today, but I didn’t realize it at the time.

After the first year of being a volunteer unit leader, our director quit and she gave me the job. I wasn’t sure I wanted it, but I had also been the director of a school by the age of 24, so how hard could a day camp be? I’d start in January; and by July, I had a camp set up with 50 volunteer adults to handle 200 kids, and eight encampments to manage. (When I took the camp over, we were 40 people combined… leaders and scouts, so – yes – I can grow things, too, going from 40 to 250 in two years.)

This skill set, unbeknownst to me because I was a stay at home mom, was setting me up for when I reentered the job market. (Try doing the paper work for a Girl Scout Day Camp, and you’ll know what I mean.)

Now, I’m still setting up events, and instead of finding a pond location, I have to find a barn big enough for us all. Instead of calling in the National Guard to erect tents and dig latrines, I just hire companies to bring in much of the same kind of accoutrements and amenities. Also, whenever available, the same children I raised in the stay at home girl scout environment are helping me to pull it all off now. They, too, as stay-at-home mothers, are being set up for the future, when they return full time to the job market.

  • If you have any curiosity about Petite Sirah, this event is for you.
  • If you love this variety, this event is for you.
  • If you love wine and food events, this event is for you.

If you’re a wine writer, where else can you taste about 70 Petite Sirahs in one location?

If you’re in the trade, this year we’ll be having more room, so I’m happy to comp you tickets… first year ever for trade.

For only $63/person, where else can you wine and dine for three hours straight, have free parking, and not have to tip anyone?

To purchase tickets, go to Brown Paper Tickets.


Wineries Debuting Wineries Returning
Andis Wines Gustafson Family Vineyards
Aratas Wines Harney Lane Winery
Christian Lazo Wines Lava Cap
Guglielmo Winery Line 39
Handal Denier Line Shack + Lido Bay Winery
J. Baldwin Wines McCay Cellars
J. Rickard Wines Mettler Family Wines
Odonata Winery Michael~David Winery
Ridge Vineyards Miro Cellars (with Trentadue)
Shadowbrook Winery Mounts Family Winery
Trueheart Vineyard Nottingham Cellars
Turkovich Family Winery Occasio Winery
Page Mill Winery
Parducci Wine Cellars
Wineries Returning Wineries Returning  (cont.)
 Artezin (Hess Collection) R&B Cellars
 Aver Family Vineyards Robert Biale Winery
 Ballentine Vineyards Rock Wall Wine Company
 Berryessa Gap Winery Rosenblum Winery
 Bogle Vineyards and Winery Rutherford Grove
 Clayhouse Wines Silkwood Wines
 Concannon Vineyard Stage Left Cellars
 David Fulton Winery Stags’ Leap Winery
 Diamond Ridge Vineyards Stanton Vineyards
 Don Sebastiani & Sons Tercero Wines
 Estrella Creek Wines Trentadue Winery
 F. Teldeschi Tres Sabores
 Field Stone Twisted Oak
 Foppiano Vineyards Vezér Family Vineyards
 Grizzly Republic Vina Robles
Wilson Vineyards


Debuting and Returning Foodies:

Foodies Debuting Foodies Returning
California Rose Catering 9 Catering
C’era Una Volta, Ristorante Italiano Angela’s Bistro
Coco Tutti Confections Asena Restaurant and Catering
Eat Le Truc Bert’s Desserts
Fate’s Catering Blue Heron Catering
Fraiche Catering Bridge Brand Chocolates
NoshThis Chef Tyler Stone
Oren’s Kitchen DK Catering
Paul’s Paella Fume Restaurant/Café
Linguini’s Restaurant Marin French Cheese
Recente Italiano Foods Mary’s Pizza Shack
Semifreddi’s Bakery Montibella Sausage
Semifreddi’s Bakery Savoy Events
Smokey J’s Q House Venga Paella
What The Cake? Square Space

Here’s a video to show you what it’s become… the Sixth Annual Petite Sirah Wine and Food Event: Dark & Delicious.

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