I’m excited about a special event Mike and I will be attending in January. Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame is coming to Des Moines and I got tickets as a Christmas present to see her. I love her common sense approach to business and quick wit. I’ve included some top quotes from Twitter.
Business is the most creative sport in the world. If you can dream it, you can actually make it happen.
Last year was all about dreaming for our small winery. After nearly 2 years of planning, we broke ground for our new and improved winery and residence.
Good leaders are not born, they are people who try hard to be exceptional!
I feel incredibly blessed to have learned so much from Mike and his leadership style. He strives to bring our customers the very best wine possible and positively impacts almost everyone he meets.
Be careful! You can catch a great attitude from optimistic people.
The wine industry is always challenging and a good attitude is really important. Last harvest we had birds eat a section of our crop that we had tended to for months and it was gone overnight. Now we know what to do next year. Optimism is a must!
If you’re working for the love of money, you won’t ever get any.
It may be true our business passion will never make us a lot of money, but the satisfaction it brings creates its own value. Loving what you do is the #1 consideration.
People most resistant to fun need it the most!
I hope you find time this new year to visit us in the Tasting Room in downtown Knoxville, IA, for one of our Wine & Art gatherings, art exhibits by local artists, First Friday music events, or writer’s workshop–and of course, to enjoy our wine! Have some fun and expand your experiences.
May you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Back in the early 90s I was working as a graphic designer and illustrator in Des Moines. One of my favorite subjects to draw and paint was idyllic landscapes, especially rural scenes of barns, silos, and neatly aligned rows of green, growing foliage all dotted along rolling hills and highways. Fast forward to late winter 2016. I’m standing in a vineyard among young vines with buds destined to sprout their bright green flowerets for the first time. I breathe in the beauty of the wide vista -- rolling hills dotted with red barns and midnight blue silos. Clouds that mimic cotton puffs drift casually in the cerulean blue sky. I’m taken aback as I realize the premonition-like nature of the experience that has left me awestruck. This is a moment that would change the direction of my life. The man standing next to me is Mike, the owner of this land whom I’ve recently met and grown to deeply admire. Little did I know then that he and I would join forces in the future to fulfill a dream and bring a vision into reality.
Mike and I broke ground the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, 2017, on the new winery and residence. The journey of nearly 2 years of imagination and preparation has begun.
This month we are participating in a special downtown event called Living Windows on Thursday evening, Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30pm. The merchants will decorate their windows with lighted displays and some even have performers. There will be lots of other activities like carriage rides and wreath auction. Santa will be available too.
Nearwood will offer our annual holiday special of mulled wine and have spice packets available for purchase. Warm and fragrant!
We are excited to host “HandReMade,” a pop-up shop that will be at Nearwood Winery Tasting Room the night of Living Windows. Lisa Cade, owner of HandReMade will sell these awesome, hand-crafted wine gift bags. Perfect to go with your bottle of Nearwood wine. Great gift idea for the holidays.
This pop-up shop will only be available on the evening of Living Windows, so don’t miss it. For more information about Living Windows visit the Facebook page.