Welcome to the Grape Memories™ Blog!
We would like to start off by introducing our company, Grape Memories™, and its line of products named Viniatures™.
Over the years, my husband Howard and I have developed a love and passion for traveling from winery to winery sampling delicious wines. We frequently visited tasting rooms and wine festivals to learn about the fundamentals and history of wine. Not only do we enjoy wine itself, but also the experiences, the people you meet and the memories you make.
My husband, Howard, and I are high school sweethearts and have been together for close to ten years. We were married in September of 2010 at Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Maryland. It was one of the best days of our lives as we were surrounded by our family, friends, delectable food and of course—Wine.
We then traveled to Napa and Sonoma, California, honeymooning our way through the stunning vineyards and breathtaking tasting rooms. One day, while browsing through the shop at a tasting room, Howard turned to me and said, “We need to create a collectible for the wine industry, something that no one has seen before…like a miniature version of the wineries’ bottles!” With his wheels turning throughout the remainder of our honeymoon, he came up with the perfect name for our future company—Grape Memories™.
Howard began developing a business plan to make our dreams of owning our own company in the wine world come true. After a few presentations, he landed the perfect partner for Grape Memories™. As soon as that happened, it was time to start making things official and begin focusing on the logistics of the company. While working on all of the details and designs for the miniature bottles, we kept going back and forth on a brand name. One night before bed, I said to Howard, “Minis…no, Bambino Vinos…no, ah ha! I got it…Viniatures!” “That’s it!” he exclaimed with a huge smile as our dream took one more step toward becoming a reality.
We wanted to really get our feet wet with the idea before telling our family and friends about the new concept. In one way, this was a great idea because then we could truly follow our hearts and have this be our dream, but we did not realize all of the connections they would have! Howard explained the idea for Viniatures™ to my Aunt Pat, and she ended the conversation by saying “So, do you want to meet Robert Parker?” As ironic as it sounds, my Aunt Pat is the veterinarian for Mr. Parker’s adorable dogs and is very close to him and his wife. The next day, she contacted Mrs. Parker to schedule a meeting for Howard to present Robert with the concept behind Grape Memories™ and the line of Viniatures™. About a week later, they met at Robert Parker’s house and he really took a liking to Howard and thought the idea for Viniatures™ was brilliant! He was so gracious towards Howard, that he even gifted us with a bottle of Grenache from his private collection. Needless to say, we will be saving that bottle for a special occasion and we’re thinking it will be for the day of our first sale!
From that point on, we have been moving at a rapid pace developing every detail imaginable. The line of Viniatures™ will consist of six bottle options at its launch in the Summer of 2012. There are two options for shape: a Bordeaux or Burgundy style bottle. There are also three color options representing the wine: a Red, White or Rosé. Wineries will custom order their Viniatures™ and they will be adorned with a label to replicate bottle(s) of their choice to sell in their tasting room. This way, tasting room patrons can travel from winery to winery across the United States collecting their own Viniatures™ to hold onto all of those special memories.
At Grape Memories™ our goal is to allow wine enthusiasts to travel while “Pairing great experiences with lasting memories!”
Aside from tasting rooms, Viniatures™ will also be sold directly to consumers for their own individual needs. Whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or just about any special event, Viniatures™ will be sold on our website with customized options for consumers to choose from. Guests attending these events will be amazed by this new product that they have never seen before!
Next week, Howard will be traveling back to Northern California. We have scheduled a number of meetings with potential buyers interested in carrying Viniatures™. This is a very exciting time for the both of us and we cannot wait to introduce the line to California. We need the support of the wineries throughout the United States to provide wine enthusiasts, and tasting rooms patrons with a keepsake of all the special memories of their travels and special occasions. They will enjoy seeing Viniatures™ in their homes and thinking back on all those special memories. They also make the perfect gift for someone back home!
We will keep you posted on the progression of Viniatures™ and let you know where you can find them soon!