My Own Virtual Celebration


Last night, after Little League games, a potluck dinner, the Kindergarten play, kid’s homework and bedtime stories, the Wild Boar and I opened our best Champagne.

We had something to celebrate. 

As many of you know, for 10 months now, we have been in the process of purchasing vineyard property in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  There have been many hurdles and setbacks along the way.  Buying dirt to use as agricultural land is not as straightforward as we thought it would be.

It involved replanting 22,000 trees, obtaining a homesite relocation, digging a well, and getting septic site approval, just to name a few of the hurdles.  I can now say, at around five o’clock yesterday evening, escrow closed and the property is finally mine! 

Becoming the owner of lots of raw land is not as exciting as closing escrow on a house.  There are no keys to pick up from a realtor’s office, no furniture to move in.  It’s surreal trying to connect with something you bought and you’re not even there. 

Just an email from a title officer reporting, “It’s yours.  Good luck.”

However, I could not be more excited to enter this phase of my life.  It’s something I set my sights on a long time ago and it’s hard to believe it finally happened.

Thank you Wild Boar for doing everything in your power to make sure my dreams were realized.  I am forever grateful.

Now the real work begins…

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  1. Evelyn 1

    That’s so beautiful. Lot’s of Blessings for you and your endeavor:)

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  2. Congratulations!!!!!
    May all your dreams continue to come true

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  3. That is wonderful news! Can’t wait to follow the chapters in this book!

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  4. Elle 4

    Cathy, congratulations!! I’m very excited for you!

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  5. Living here in wine country I see the wonderful possibilities of owning your own vineyard…congratulations and good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Congrats Cathy! That is so cool and extremely exciting. Can’t wait to see the process from start to finish here on your blog!

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  7. ladywalker 7

    Congratulations! Found you a couple of weeks ago and have read everything! – now checking back often for updates – keep ’em coming :)

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  8. Stephanie 8

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for the first batch of wine from Noble Pig Winery!

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  9. grace 9

    woohoo–i’m so excited for you! best of luck!

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  10. Shannon 10

    Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck on your endeavor and hope that all of your “wine-est” dreams come true!

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  11. Congratulations, Cathy!!! How incredibly exciting!!!! Best of luck on your new adventure. 😀

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  12. Howdy 12

    Congratulations! I do look forward to watching over your shoulder (in a virtual sorta way) as you continue with this adventure!

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  13. Steph 13

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to hear the progess.

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  14. Harmony 14

    Congratulations!!! Keep us posted!

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  15. Penny 15

    Excellent!!!!! Now the real work begins…..The Mustang Winemaker with ‘virtual’ overhead!

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  16. Meg 16

    Yay! Congrats to both of you and many blessings!

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  17. may the wine gods smile upon you

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  18. krysta 18

    All I can say is Wow! I can’t wait to see what happens. May everything turn out the way you planned.

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  19. WOW. That is really super exciting. Sounds like it entails an eventual move to OR. That is really big stuff. You deserve that special bottle of bubbly.

    Does going to Willamette mean planting Pinot for you guys? Or are you going to try some white varietals.

    That really is amazing & exciting!!!

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  20. Alisa 20

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you. How inspiring that you are following your dreams. I am not a wine person, but for you, I’ll buy a bottle. Or two..or three. Better get to work lady!

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  21. Amazing! Congratulations!!

    I cannot wait to read about this continuing journey through your blog, and I will wait as I long as I need to for that case of “Makin’ the Bacon”.

    Keep “Makin’ it Happen”, woman!

    :)

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  22. Jeff 22

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking foward to the updates on your process.

    Let me know when you are ready to sell because I am definitely in for a case.

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  23. Zowie woman! I’m confused I thought you own a winery now, yes, no? Is this an additional one or your first? I didn’t know Oregon was good for grapes. This is too cool. So will you move up there and start pioneering?

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  24. sharon 24

    Best wishes on a VERY exciting endeavor! I can’t wait to hear stories and see the progress.

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  25. amy 25

    Congrats Cathy and good luck!!

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  26. Congratulations!!

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  27. WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sorry for the all caps and exclamation points. I’m just THAT excited for you!! :)

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  28. ALF 28

    22,000 trees?!?!? My yard has 3 trees.

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  29. Cathy,
    That’s fantastic news! I’m really happy for you and can’t wait to see the next steps you take. What a huge benchmark for you and the wild boar.
    Cheers to you and he for taking the risk to follow your dreams!

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  30. laura 30

    what awesome news! it’s definitely worth a celebration. i look forward to reading more about this adventure of your.

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  31. Claudia 31

    Holy SHIT Cathy! This is AMAZING NEWS and I so totally stoked for you and yours. Talk about dreaming, grabbing the dream by the balls and making it yours. I am SO FREAKING proud of you. I need your mailing addy when you feel comfortable, I would LOVE to send you something!!!!!!
    * does a happy dance worthy of the Noble Pig *
    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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  32. Tipper 32

    Congrats! I know you are happy! So exciting too.

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  33. WOOO HOOOO!!!! Congratulations!!!!

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  34. Get it Girl!!! Woo hoo. this is huge!!!

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  35. Kate 35

    Fantastic! Please continue to share your journey with us!!!

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  36. Shane 36

    Hey, it’s worth it. Our mate Naas makes 150 6 packs a year from his tiny Pinot vineyard that spans his driveway and he has managed to get into pretty much every major winelist in South Africa. Your energy is inspring and you make much of this experience. I expect a box of your first vintage and promise to supply one of ours (Naas and Stormhoek).

    Shane

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  37. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see stories from the vineyard.

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  38. anbb 38

    Just wonderful!! Congratulations a thousand times over!!

    Are you considering possibly having a separate “vineyard progress” blog? Bet it would be as much of a hit as this one!

    Again, let your magic begin! Yep, just wonderful!

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  39. annbb 39

    Forgot to add – your staging of your photo is quite brilliant!

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  40. I would say that celebration is in order.
    When you create your own wine will it have a pig on the label?

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  41. Best Wishes and may this dream be more joy than you’ve imagined. I’m excited for the future posts!

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  42. Congratulations! I look forward to your first vintage! If you need any tasters let me know :)

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  43. CONGRATULATIONS! A toast to Noble Pig!

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  44. melissa 44

    That’s absolutely amazing that you made your dreams come true. Good for you!!

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  45. Congratulations Cathy…I lift my glass to you and Wild Boar!

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  46. Vonda 46

    Congratulations! Clearing the largest hurdle and now on to the grape growing, wine making, house building hurdles yet to come. Can’t wait.

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  47. HoneyB 47

    Great news! Good luck and Congrats!

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  48. Marcy 48

    WOOHOO!! Congratulations Noble! Good Luck!

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  49. Kevin 49

    Congratulations! It sounds like a very exciting undertaking!

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  50. How exciting! Congratulations!

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  51. CJ :) 51

    Congratulations, Cathy!

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  52. jean 52

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your continual progress.

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  53. Oh Cathy, how exciting! I have really enjoyed reading about the process you are going through, and I am just thrilled that you have made it happen! It is inspirational to all of us who love the mysterious grape.

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  54. Uhh . . . so how was the Dom????

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  55. vanessa 55

    congrats!!

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  56. giz 56

    Yeee Haaa – Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait for a blogging party in the vineyards coupled with a tasting and some fancy ass cooking demos :)

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  57. Congratulations to you and the Wild Boar! May your (coming) vineyard be bountiful and the acquisition of this land bring you much happiness!

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  58. Mazel tov! I so look forward to reading about your adventures as you enter this next stage!!!

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  59. Shirley 59

    Wow, that is awesome! You are very inspiring. I am working on some of my own dreams right now. Can’t wait to see how fantastically this all unfolds for you!

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  60. Maureen 60

    Holy Cannoli, that’s exciting! I’m excited to live vicariously (or should I say virtually,) through your blog on the new chapter.
    Congrats!!

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  61. Flea 61

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  62. Congratulations Cathy! Can’t wait to read about all the adventures!

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  63. Jules 63

    I am soooo jealous…but wish you the very best!

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  64. Liz C. 64

    Congratulations Cathy! I’m so excited for you and I swear to you if I am still alive when your dream is said & done… I will come to see it. It’s also a thrill that you share it with all of us, so that we can make the journey with you, albeit vicariously.

    How about a fenceline for validation? Got fence?

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  65. Wow that’s fantastic! Congratulations on your dream coming true!

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  66. I am so behind on all your postings – it is so great to read this news Cathy! Woohoo! it’s going to be quite a ride – on top of all you’ve gone through so far! Wishing you smooth sailing as you move onto the next phase!

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