Well, like Pa Kettle, Tony finally got around to getting everything in order for the permit and we got it!
As of February 2, we are able to provide things like sparkling wines or other local wines for you upon arrival. We are currently working on building up our wine cellar and there is certainly a lot of extensive research (hic!) required to do an effective job in this department.
Another aspect of this permit is that we're going to have wine pairings here at the Featherbed Railroad beginning on Valentines Day (guys, that's Friday, February 14 in case you didn't know) and continuing indefinitely. Our goal with these Friday afternoon events is to let our guests taste wines that they might not otherwise be able to, so we're collecting a group of smaller wineries that don't have a tasting room. The pairings will happen from 4-8pm so we'll have the winery's representative here during the times you'd normally be checking in. The pairings will be complimentary for our guests.
We're working to continually improve the experience here at the Featherbed Railroad and, being in the wine country, we now will be able to honor requests by guests looking for a celebratory beverage to help make that occasion even more special.
We do have a little survey, if you have a few moments to waste, to help us in our wine selection process. We've already had several requests for beer and we absolutely plan to have beer here soon as well as our permit includes the ability to do beer. And, yes, we are going to have beer pairings on some Fridays!