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    Fess Parker with son Eli on location in Mexico while

    filming Smoky in 1965

    June 17, 1961


  • 1 F a l l N e w s l e t t e r 2 0 1 1 P.O. Box 908 • Los Olivos, CA 93441 • (805)688.1545 • (800)841.1104 • FAX (805)686.1130 • www.fessparker.com

    A fter a significant frost in early April and a relatively cool Spring, we finally saw some heat in early summer. This heat was just what the vines needed to gear up for a productive harvest. We will see moderate yields this year, which should lead to good concentration and wonderful flavor development. Last harvest was very cool and damp, but will also be remembered by the week-long, record-breaking heat wave that scorched certain areas of California. We are hoping for a much more moderate harvest climate with long, warm days and little to no rain in the months of September and October. At this point, we will just have to keep our fingers crossed!

    Before harvest is bottling season. We are bottling all of our 2009 red Rhone wines such as Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and The Big Easy, as well as our 2010 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir along with our Rhone White wines like 2010 Rodney’s Viognier, Santa Barbara Viognier and Mélange Blanc (a delicious blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier). By emptying all of these barrels of previous vintages, we are making space for the new 2011 vintage wines. After a few months to a year of bottle ageing, these wines will be ready for you to enjoy!


    Blair Fox, Head Winemaker

    Fifty years is an interesting milestone. You’ve had enough time and experience to build up a nice résumé of achievements, yet you’re still in your prime with plenty left to tackle – both personally and professionally. Heck, your Dad was 65 when the winery was started! When we first met, you were still under 40 and searching for the best path for the winery. Not a single grape had been harvested from the new Ashley’s Vineyard, and though the potential for the winery was clear, there were more questions than answers. A lot has taken shape since then.

    The other day a person in the wine business asked me to tell them more about your role in the winery. Taken by surprise a little, I summed it up by characterizing it as the foundation. I told them how Fess told me “I don’t think we would have gone down the path this far if it weren’t for Eli’s interest in it.” I explained how you found the site that became Ashley’s and led the charge to develop what is now a most respected Chard and Pinot vineyard. I passed along your mantra which still cements the ongoing commitment to quality: “We haven’t made our best bottle of wine yet.” Your unselfish, unassuming leadership should be admired; willing to give the next guy credit and turn the winemaking reins over to Blair when you realized your time was stretched and it was the best move for the progress of the business.

    So, we all wish you a very happy 50th birthday. Congratulations on your achieve- ments as a son, father, grandfather, husband and winemaker/vintner. We’re excited to see what lies ahead and trust it will bring happiness and satisfaction.

    Sincerely, Tim Snider, President

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    Tim Snider

    Also, Happy Birthday to Laureen, who happens to share the same birth date, June 17th, with her husband Eli.

    Happy Birthday, Son! I am so proud of you! – Love you, Mom

    Happy 50th Birthday to my much older brother! – Love, Ash

    Happy Birthday, Hubby! – Love, Your Wife

    Dad, not many can have a father who is half as great as you! You’re amazing and I love you so much. Happy Birthday! – Love, Baby Oli

    Happy Birthday, Dad! I am so fortunate to have a father like you. Here’s to 50 more! – Love, your favorite daughter, K$

    Happy Birthday Eli! Thanks for being a great Uncle. Enjoy the beard dye we got you to take care of those gray hairs! Have a great day! – Spencer, Greer, and Henry

    Happy Birthday, Eli ! – Love, Tara

    Happy 23rd year as my father! You’re so lucky! I won’t mention the 50th birthday thing. You’re an amazing dad who deserves a celebration, but we won’t go there again. I love you, Dad! – Amanda

    You have touched so many lives with your kindness and generosity. I feel so blessed to have you as my Dad. Happy 50th Birthday! – Always, Tessa

    Happy Birthday, Dad! Thank you so much for being a wonderful father and grandfather. You do so much for everyone else. We hope you enjoy a little time off. – Love, Kristopher, Michellene, and Braeden

    Happy Birthday, Dad! – Love, Clayton and Jack

    Birthday Wishes from Eli’s Family

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    EVENTS Outdoor Screening of Old Yeller

    Featuring Fess Parker as Jim Coates

    Saturday, August 20th

    Join us for a fun, family-friendly evening on the lawn at the winery!

    Ticket price is $10 Ticket sale proceeds to benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind

    Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, hot dogs & tri-tip sandwiches will be available for sale. Complimentary candy and popcorn provided. Bring a blanket or low lawn chairs to sit on.

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    Rhone Rangers - Los Angeles Sunday, August 7th • 2pm – 5pm Venue: Pier 59 Studios West, 2415 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA Contact: The Rhone Rangers 800-467-0163 This is an afternoon of tasting of wines from over 35 wineries, paired with artisan cheeses and tapas plates. Pier 59 Studios West is a private multimedia and photography studio servicing the Los Angeles & Hollywood markets, whose facilities have been used for photographing many of Hollywood’s top celebrities. For more info, please visit www.rhonerangers.org

    Harvest Celebration Saturday, September 24th

    Enjoy light appetizers with our newest vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot, Syrah and maybe even a re-release of something special from our Library! $30 per person For reservations please contact Elaina at: 1-888-877-3335 or [email protected]

    Reservations required • Limited to 60 Club members

    Please check out our new web s i te www.fessparkerwines.com for updates on winery and regional events

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    Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa

    Stay Three, Get the Fourth Night Free Make your sophisticated summer getaway even better with an extra night on us. Relax and rejuvenate in an atmosphere of casual elegance while enjoying all Santa Barbara wine country has to offer. This special summer promotion starts at $295* a night.

    *Prices are per night, based on single or double occupancy, Sunday through Thursday. Weekend prices subject to higher rate. Offer is valid through 10/31/2011 on all rooms and suites. Other limitations may apply. Please call for details. Prices subject to change without notice.

    Stetsons & Stilettos, Hope on the Range A special tribute was paid to Fess at the American Cancer Society’s “Stetsons & Stilettos, Hope on the Range” event that was hosted by the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara recently. Ashley and Tim Snider as well as Eli Parker and wife Laureen were in attendance.

    As Honorary chair for the event, Ashley extended a heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and sponsors: “Thank you for coming and honoring Dad. This organization does great work. No one wants to think about this, but it’s reality.”

    Event chair Katherine Hanna presented Ashley & Eli with a landscape painting created by Claudia Lash, who is an American Cancer Society board member and cancer survivor, titled “Fess Paradise,” and the crowd was moved as Ashley tearfully accepted the painting.

    Ashley thanked the American Cancer Society of Santa Barbara for the treatment and preventive programs that helped Fess fight cancer. “Dad decided not to go with the old standard of treatment, and he was cancer free when he passed away. Events like this make you think about all the wonderful people we have in the community.”

    Both Eli & Ashley agreed that Fess would have enjoyed the event that the organizers had put together. Any party where jeans and boots were acceptable attire was A-OK with him. And he would have enjoyed the wine too!


    INNSIDE scoop



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    NOW Prices subject to change. All of the wines listed below are available through our website at www.fessparker.com or for you traditionalists out there, through our tasting room at 800-841-1104. Shipping is available to the following states only: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NV, NY, NM, ND, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV and WY.

    REtail WiNE ClUB Bottle/Case Bottle/Case

    2010 CHARDONNAY “Santa Barbara County” ........................................... $18 / $194.40 ........................ $14.40 / $172.80

    2010 CHARDONNAY “Ashley’s” Release July 25th ...................................$35 / $210.00 6pk .....