Day of Dave: Part 1 — Three Surprises Before Noon

Winemaker Dave had a milestone birthday back on September 27, 2018. So Sara put together a crazy day of fun surprises for him with the help of a LOT of our dear friends here in Oregon—and a couple from Cincinnati too. (And yes, it’s taken a while for this to get posted!)

First, starting back on January 27, 2018, Sara started teasing out Dave’s Big Day through social media posts sharing photos of Little Dave (like the one above) every month on the 27th. Although Dave was hoping that would be the end of it, he was wrong.

Liz and Kristin at Chehalem Ridge B&B treated us to a special Birthday Breakfast in honor of Dave’s Big Day.

We started the “Day of Dave” with a surprise cheese soufflé breakfast made by Liz and Kristin at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, where we originally stayed in 2008. It was delicious (as is everything these ladies make—stay there and find out for yourself!).

I was so busy drooling I didn’t take time to focus the shot!

After breakfast, we both had work to do so we took a break from the festivities to try to stay on top of winery harvest arrangements and Sara’s client projects. But just before lunch, surprise number 2 dropped in, literally.

Dave’s second big birthday surprise: A helicopter ride!

Our friends at Tour DeVine by Heli squeezed us into a jam-packed day of flying wine tours for a quick, half-hour sightseeing trip. It was incredibly amazing to see our vineyard, home and neighborhood from the air. Check out our takeoff…

On our way for Dave’s Birthday Sightseeing jaunt.
So crazy to see our house, vineyard and neighbors’ properties from the air. Definitely a vantage point we had never experienced before.

Pilot Avery “suggested” that we take a tour north toward Portland to see the city from the air. Along the way we saw Mount Hood (from a distance—it was sunny but a bit hazy that day)…

Mount Hood way in the distance as seen from helicopter.

Then we flew all around downtown Portland, over the river and bridges. What struck us the most on this flight was how GREEN Portland is—there are so many trees within the metro area, compared to other parts of the country we’ve visited (or flown over).

Downtown Portland skyscrapers.
View to the eastern side of downtown Portland.
View to the western side of downtown Portland.

At this point, about 10 minutes into the trip, Avery turned to us and said he needed to make a quick stop at the Portland International Airport. Dave didn’t know it, but this was all part of the plan for surprise number 3… We picked up our friends Jennie and Scott who flew in from Cincinnati for the weekend to help us celebrate (and with grape processing too—more on that in a later post).

Dave and Sara with our close friends from Cincinnati, Scott and Jennie. This was taken minutes after they surprised Dave (he still looks stunned)!

Then we all got back on the helicopter and flew back to our place for an afternoon nap (Dave) and rest (everyone else).

Best birthday surprise plan ever.

If you’re wondering how Sara managed to hide all of these details from Dave, the truth is that she relied heavily on the knowledge that during harvest he is extremely focused on all things grapes, winemaking, scheduling, logistics—and not a whole heck of anything else.

Click here for Day of Dave: Part 2 — Bacon, Flames and Sabers.

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