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Friday, May 8, 2009

Orchard Country Winery & Market Releases 2nd Edition Collectible Lighthouse Bottle

We just received this press release from one of our favorite wineries, Orchard Country. For those interested in collecting the bottles of lighthouse wines, this is for you! See below!

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Carrie Viste, co-general manager:

Orchard Country Winery & Market Celebrates Peninsula State Park’s Centennial: Release of 2nd Edition Collectible Lighthouse Bottle

In celebration of Peninsula State Park’s 100th birthday, Orchard Country Winery & Market uncorks the second in a series of limited edition lighthouse wine during an open house on Saturday, May 16th. The unique blend of Riesling grapes and Door County Montmorency cherries arrives once again in a blue lighthouse-shaped bottle whose label this time around features a Jack Anderson painting of the Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. The Open House is scheduled for 10 am – 5 pm.
“We picked this date because it is a great time to visit the peninsula and partake in the splendor of the blossoming orchards and wildflowers,” said Carrie Viste, co-manager of Orchard Country. “Also, everyone loves a lighthouse and Door County has more lighthouses than any other county in the United States. The unveiling of this blend and this unique bottle honors both the 2009 centennial of the park and one of the county’s most cherished traditions-lighthouses.”
The selection of an Anderson painting to grace Orchard Country’s second collectible lighthouse wine label was an appropriate choice. A full-time Door County resident since 1986, the watercolorist is inspired by the county’s natural beauty; his paintings reflect his passion for peninsula.
One of a series of four lighthouses Anderson painted in 2007, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is particularly special to the artist. “There is a certain nostalgia about the Peninsula State Park lighthouse, a unique history based on its location,” said Anderson. “I am honored to have my painting selected for the label, how nice.”
Open House visitors are invited to “Meet the Artist” from 10 am – noon when Anderson will sign his artwork featured on the newly released bottles. Keepsake labels will also be available for purchase from the 1st Door County Lighthouse wine of the series.
One of the county’s original “farms,” Orchard Country is an old world blending of winery, tasting room, and country market surrounded by acres of fruit laden trees and vines. Along with father Bob Lautenbach, Viste and her sister Erin Lautenbach own and operate the fourth-generation farm orchard that is consistently recognized for its award-winning fruit wines, refreshing ciders, and wide selection of home-made Door County products.
Over the past 50 years, quality fruit products have become the hallmark of Orchard Country. Complimentary product tastings will be offered to visitors during the open house along with free guided tours of the winery and grounds at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Orchard Country’s line of Sartori Cheeses will be featured from 11 am – 3 pm and visitors can enter the drawing for a lighthouse gift package valued at over $100. Including a bottle of Door County Lighthouse wine from the 1st and 2nd series, along with Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour tickets, the raffle drawing will take place over Lighthouse Walk Weekend- Saturday, June 13th at 3PM.
“We are so pleased to feature a local artist and Jack Anderson was a great choice for our 2nd of the series. It is a wonderful showcase for his love of lighthouses,” said Viste. “I hope our guests will enjoy the new blend and the lighthouse-shaped keepsake bottle. It is about taking home a bit of Door County.”
Jack Anderson’s original artwork and prints are available for purchase at Cottage Row Framing & Gallery located in the historic barn behind the Orchard Country Winery & Market. Orchard Country is open daily from 9 – 5 pm. Orchard Country Winery & Market, located at 9197 Highway 42 just south of Fish Creek, is open year round. Visit the website for additional information.

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