It’s a small, small world: A true #bellsupmoment reunion story.

A couple of Saturdays ago, while #gogocmo Sara was pouring Bells Up wines at Yamhills Gallery, #winemaker Dave had a call from a couple who asked if they could drop in and taste (a spontaneous appointment). Dave welcomed Rodney and Dorinda up to the tasting room, where they noted that they were taking a long weekend mini-vacation and were from Eugene.

Rodney, a musician, professor and band director at the University of Oregon, had noticed the French Horn on our sign during past trips to Newberg’s wine country, and wanted to stop in to learn more.

As the three of them chatted, Dave shared that he had grown up in Florida, north of Orlando. Rodney asked which high school Dave had attended (Lake Mary), and the two of them pieced together that Rodney had done some student teaching at the school when Dave had been a freshman—back in 1988—and had conducted Dave during his band experience that year.

Here’s some photos the two took around the property, including one of Dave’s Lake Mary High School band letter jacket that is still in our possession!


Rodney & Dave in the Bells Up estate vineyard.


Dave and Rodney discovered a surprising connection when Rodney and his wife visited the Bells Up tasting room.



Dave’s Lake Mary High School letter jacket from his band days.

#smallworld #bellsupmoment indeed.




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