Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Garnet Hill Lodge (The Adventure): Snowfall begins

Greetings! I had to make time this morning to share some important milestones in our Garnet Hill Lodge adventure that came to pass yesterday.....
Our ice machine got fixed....thanks again to Gaye Byrne for her ice when I called with a guests "martini emergency" in need of "rocks"; now I'll find time to stop back for that glass of wine you offered.
Ron Howe from Omstedville came by and agreed to take the old shuttle bus for scrap metal (the purple one with "Beth Israel" on it) - so that will be hauled away today.
At 2:45pm the snow was accumulating outside, Don was headed to shovel the steps/walk (big smile on his face) when an e-mail arrived from Frank with Congratulations...minutes later a fax arrived bearing the signature of Gov. Cuomo confirming that our 90 day Temporary Liquor License has been approved/issued! This was within the hour after I asked Pat & Judy to phone all guests arriving for the New Year's w/e and make certain they knew that our liquor license did not transfer with our purchase...."get back on the phone ladies and tell them Preuninger's Pub will be open!" Don called the Liquor Authority to confirm and made his appt to pick it up in person. After pausing for a moment to reflect on how truly blessed we've been these last two weeks with pieces falling into place where we thought it impossible, I got busy ordering wine, beer and champagne for the w/e! SUHRU wines will be our primary house offering of by-the-glass pours from the North Fork of Long Island, NY. Our friends, Sue & Russ Hearn produce these wines and because they are avid skiers with a w/e home up here, I was able to offer our dinner guests a choice of SUHRU's Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling or SUHRU Red. I've included the SUHRU philosophy statement for your information...

SUHRU WINES goal is to produce fresh, vibrant white wines and fruit forward, soft tannin red wines. The grapes we use in our wines are sourced, from both the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes Appellations. Depending on where the grape variety grows best, mainly White grapes from the Finger Lakes and Red grapes from Long island.
My husband, Russell, has worked with many respected vineyard growers during his 21 years of Winemaking in the New York Wine Industry. We can take advantage of the regional differences and strengths between the New York Wine Growing Regions. Our winery is on the North Fork of Long Island, Mattituck where all our wines are made and Winemaker is my (husband) Russell Hearn.
Proprietor Susan Hearn

Appropriately enough, our first dinner guests last evening were Paul & Nancy Cormack, Innkeepers at Garnet Hill Lodge from 1970 -1977. Byron & Margaret Shafer accompanied them for a celebratory dinner of the Shafer's 51st wedding anniversary. After dinner Paul presented me with our first (empty) bottle of wine sold and we had them sign the label as a special keepsake for the Don & I at Garnet Hill Lodge.

Stay tuned as Jay works with the snow toward an opening. As I complete my first "post" on the Blog, I will be sure to hit the correct button....I tried on Christmas Eve and lost it. Mindy

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