Paws & Pinot at Willow Creek Winery

Holiday happenings are not just for humans at Willow Creek Winery. Get your pet in on the merrymaking at Paws & Pinot! Get out your selfie stick and capture the moment with Santa Paws because leashed pets are welcome to this pet-friendly event!

Enjoy some wine & tasty tapas with your four-legged friends and get in some last-minute Christmas shopping. You might just score a couple of stocking fillers for your canine or feline companion! Paws & Pinot features a variety of pet-related vendors–including artisan dog treats, local artists, jewelers, photographers, bakers, and crafters. And best of all, Beacon Animal Shelter will be on hand with adoptable pets looking for their fur-ever home for the holidays.

Bring a donation of a non-perishable pet food item or unused pet toy and you’ll be eligible for a free sample of Willow Creek Winery’s estate-grown and bottled Pinot Noir. You’ll also be entered to win a private quick flight wine tasting for four (a $100 value). Private wine tasting prize vouchers will be awarded during the Paws and Pinot event but can be redeemed at a later date

Comedy Uncorked Holiday Edition at Willow Creek Winery, Cape May

Tickets are going quickly, so get yours before they’re gone! Join us Saturday, December 21, for Comedy UnCorked!! Enjoy a three-course, wine-paired dinner and comedy show in our lavishly decorated tasting room starring hilarious NY comedians Tommy Gooch, Ashley Morris, Joe Alfano and comedic host Sam Mushman. This is an event not to miss!

6-7pm: Social Hour (Cash Bar)
Seating starts at approximately 6:15pm

7pm: Three-course wine-paired dinner is served

MENU
Rolls & Butter
First Course
Spinach Salad tossed with goat cheese, dried cranberries & candied walnuts, raspberry vinaigrette | Wine: TBA
Second Course
Bronze Chickenstuffed with sharp provolone cheese & roasted peppers, asparagus with hollandaise, saffron rice | Wine: TBA
Third Course
Classic Cheesecakeraspberry sauce | Sangria: TBA

8pm: Comedy Show begins immediately following dinner, featuring amazing NYC comics and comedic host, Sam Mushman.
Tickets are only $65 per person + tax (dinner, wine, AND a show!!) Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. This event is rain snow or shine!
Rated MA for Mature Audiences – Must be 21 years of age to attend. Those who are easily offended should stay home for this event.
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Please bring a photo ID. All must be 21+

3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Willow Creek Winery, Cape May

Join us during Fire Pit Friday from 5:30-9pm on December 20th for our 3rd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! Get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year” at our winery and farm with family and friends while wearing your most outrageous holiday-themed apparel.  Prizes for the best sweater! And it’s rumored that Santa will even make an appearance!

Toast the season, enjoy some tasty tapas and relax to live music from the incredible Andrew Moorer. There will be special holiday-themed live performances by the talented Cape May Dance Company, and… if you’re looking for any last-minute Christmas gifts, our wine educators have you covered with good cheer by the bottle or by the case.

While walk-ins are always welcome, reservations are strongly suggested for guaranteed seating. Call 609-770-8782 now to plan a perfect escape to our farm while celebrating Christmas in beautiful Cape May!

7th Annual Willow Creek Winery Sip & Shop Love Drive

Sip & sample great local wines & sangrias while shopping and supporting amazing local Cape May County artists, authors, jewelers, bakers, makers, and handmade gift crafters all while supporting families and pets in need during the holidays.

Be sure to bring a donation to Willow Creek Winery of an unwrapped toy for the Scotty Gregg Jr. Toy Drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children, non-perishable food items, and/or pet food and supplies for local animal shelters to support INCREDIBLE causes, and get a chance to WIN great prizes from our showcased vendors!

Please be sure to spread the word, share this event, and join us for Willow Creek’s 7th Annual Sip & Shop!

Do you want to become a vendor?  Click here to download the application!

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Weekend

Ah, Valentine’s Day. What’s better than having an excuse (not that you need one) to shower the love of your life with affection?

Wait! You check the calendar and suddenly realize that it’s almost two weeks away and you haven’t made plans. Sure, you could go the old “roses-and-a-box-of-chocolates” route, but who hasn’t seen that a hundred times? How about a trip? It’s cutting it pretty close to start planning an extravagant vacation now though.

Hmm… It’s time to get creative. So, you scour the internet for ideas. Eventually, you find yourself here. Well, look no further because we’ve put together the PERFECT Cape May Valentine’s Weekend getaway for you and your love.

Where to Stay

Cape May is known for its gorgeous Victorian charm, and it’s hard to go wrong with any of the beautiful historic B&Bs and hotels. But if you’re looking to really step it up, the Southern Mansion is the place to be. The New York Times has called it “[t]he only place to stay in Cape May,” and the opulent circa 1860-mansion does not disappoint. Once the summer home of a wealthy Philadelphia industrialist, the Southern Mansion has been meticulously restored and now operates as a 24-bedroom cross between a Boutique Hotel and B&B.

Each guest room is beautifully furnished with a mix of original and high quality reproduction furniture but also has all the modern amenities such as private bathrooms with hand painted tile showers, heating and air conditioning, and 32″ flat screen TVs. Guests also enjoy evening turndown service and a full gourmet breakfast in the morning. We also love the complimentary on-site parking, which any Cape May aficionado knows is a pretty big deal in this shore town.

If you and your love are looking for something a little more private for your Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck! Willow Creek Winery also has several gorgeous apartments available to rent for the weekend that are located right on the vineyard. Imagine waking up each morning and gazing out over the vineyard as you sip your coffee.

Please visit AirBnB to view our listings for Merlot CottageMalvasia CottageChambourcin CottageHamilton Cottage, and The Stable.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Okay, accommodations are booked, but what about the big night itself? Nearly every restaurant is filling up with reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner, and some of the smaller ones have already booked up. You’re worried that others might feel too cramped or too loud. Will there be music? What will the ambience be like? And perhaps most importantly, what’s for dinner???

Willow Creek Winery has the answer for these questions, too. Enjoy our Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Vineyard, and indulge in a romantic and decadent four-course dining experience in our rustic-chic post-and-beam style tasting room beneath seven-foot crystal chandeliers while sipping on some of the finest wines this side of Europe.

As you gaze across the candlelit table into your lover’s eyes, every sense will be aroused. Taste the divine meal. Smell the aromatic boutique wine. Feel your lover’s hand clasped in yours. And hear the crooning vocals of Rose Kelly as she serenades the room.

View the incredible menu here, and be sure to book your reservation early.

A Low-key Friday

After the formalities that often seem to accompany the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner, you and your love will probably be looking forward to some more relaxed activities on Friday. Spend the morning and afternoon seeing all that Cape May has to offer. Enjoy shopping in the boutiques on the Washington Street Mall, lunch at the many excellent restaurants, and maybe even check out the town’s history by going on a tour or two.

Make sure you keep your Friday night free because you’ll want to come back to Willow Creek Winery for Fire Pit Friday!

Enjoy live music from local musicians 6pm-9pm while you sample our unique selection of locally grown, produced, and bottled wines. Reserve a table to un-wine with a glass (or bottle) of your favorite wine and order farm fresh favorites off our tantalizing tapas and small plates menu. After you finish, be sure to grab another glass before sitting around our fire pit next to our beautiful vineyard beneath the starlit sky.

Pro Tip: Get here early and you can enjoy our Winter Happy Hour. From 3pm to 5pm on Friday we’ll be offering 20% off of our delicious tapas menu as well as glasses of Wilde Cock wines and sangrias (excludes Prestige label).

Saturday: Enough love, time to laugh!

Lucky you, you’re just in time for Comedy UnCorked! It’s been a pretty serious weekend, so now is the time to lighten the mood with a three-course wine-paired dinner and comedy show. This hit series of monthly comedy shows featuring professional NYC comedians is back by popular demand. Make sure you purchase your tickets early though because these shows always sell out.

FYI – if you’re easily offended, this is NOT the event for you.

View the February Comedy UnCorked menu and more event details here.

Is the weekend really over already?

Well, eventually every good thing has to end, and Sunday is finally here. Spend your last few hours relaxing with one last glass of your favorite wine or sangria, and maybe grab a few bottles or growlers for the road (our small-batch produced wines are currently only available on-site). Or grab a stool at the Vineyard Bar, sip a wine cocktail to shake off the last bit the Sunday fog, and catch the game on the TVs before loading up the car and heading home.

And remember, it’s not “Goodbye,” it’s “See you later!”

It’s almost time for Woofstock!

It’s almost time for Woofstock!

We have so many exciting things coming up here at the farm, and we want to be able to share all of them with our Wilde cocks and hens! 

On April 29th, join the Humane Society of Ocean City as they host Woofstock here at Willow Creek Farm & Winery. The voice for the voiceless, Jeffrey Gaines, will be performing a very special benefit concert to bring awareness to the needs of shelter animals and a call for education and training so that ALL animals find the loving home they deserve. There will also be a special performance by “The Turtle Head Band” of South Jersey.

The Humane Society will be providing the entertainment and awareness, and Willow Creek will have wine and tapas available for purchase, as well as the beautiful vineyard views.

Tickets for this very special show are only a $25 donation to the HSOC and all proceeds raised go to help house and care for our shelter animals as they await their FURever homes. Tickets can be purchased at the Humane Society of Ocean City, or online HERE

We hope to see you there to support this awesome cause!

Cheers!

Team Willow Creek

What’s Happening at Willow Creek Farm & Winery 4/13-4/21

Hello Wilde cocks and hens and hello SPRING! We have been waiting for this since last spring ended for many reasons. For one, spring marks the start of our BUSY wedding season. Our first wedding kicks off Saturday, April 21st, so be sure to call and check for current hours during wedding season, as they may be different than advertised due to special events.

Here is what we have coming up at the farm:

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Fire Pit Friday – This weekly event continues through May 11th. Join Willow Creek Farm and Winery every Friday Night as we welcome a different talented musical guest to perform live inside the winery! We have a NEW lineup of local musicians, so don’t miss out!

The fire pit is lit outside at 5:30pm. Seating is first come first serve and self serve in this area, with our enclosed Outside Wine Bar open and our full wine and tapas menu available to order with out outside bartenders.

Music begins at 6pm inside the winery with a different musical guest every week! Reservations are strongly suggested for full service seating or tastings, as they fill up quickly!

Be sure to call 609-770-8782 x5 to reserve your seats and to ensure we are not closed to the public for a private event.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Our first wedding of the season! We will be open to tastings, tapas, bottles and glasses from 11am until 4pm, with last call for tastings at 3:30 pm. We kindly ask all guest to be off the property by 4pm so our events team can set up the room for the bride and groom and their guests. Since we are only open for a short period of time, we fill up fast! To make a reservation, please call 609-770-8782 ext. 5 to speak with a member of our reservations team.

We are open during the week from 11am to 5pm for tastings, glasses and bottles. Our kitchen still remains closed Monday through Thursday, but stay tuned for updates on that! The summer seasons is coming, and we can’t wait! In the meantime, we have spring flowers blooming, and trees budding, so still a beautiful atmosphere here at the farm.

Wine Cocktail Wednesday – Wilde Cock Blackberry Merlot Tea Sangria

Wine Cocktail Wednesday – Tea Sangria

INGREDIENTS (Serves 12):

2 quarts iced tea

1 bottle Wilde Cock Blackberry Merlot

2 Cups berry juice of your choice

2 Pounds mixed berries, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pitcher, combine tea, wine, and juice. Chill to blend flavors, at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

To serve, add fruit to pitcher or divide among glasses. Pour sangria over the fruit. The sangria may be served over ice if desired.

Barbara’s Favorite Flowers: Narcissus

Barbara’s Favorite Flowers: Narcissus

The Daffodil (Narcissus) brings an over the top burst of golden yellow to brighten up our day and mood!

There is something about that warming burst of yellow after the winter grey/brown doldrums that will always make Narcissi a perennial favorite of so many.

It’s an easy flower to grow from bulbs and they naturalize so well with so little effort. They also have the additional benefit of a lovely sweet scent!

The high levels of alkaloid poison, lycorine, found in the bulbs and leaves makes Daffodils unattractive to the squirrel, skunk, mole and deer – another bonus that makes them a spring garden necessity .

The history of the Latin name for Daffodil stems from the myth of a beautiful youth named Narcissus, who upon looking into a pond fell so in love with his reflection that he would not leave it to eat or drink. As the story goes, the gods took pity upon him and transformed him into a flower whose yellow head looks down to always feast upon it’s reflection!. You can remember this tale every time you use the word “narcissist.”  Bottom line, they are gorgeous and supremely mood up-lifting.