Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 iPick iStomp iDrink dates set

The dates for 2014's iPick iStomp iDrink harvest events have been set. We're looking for 400+ volunteers to help us harvest grapes for this years crush.  If you are interested in volunteering, plese click on the date below that works for you to sign up.

Saturday, August 23
Saturday, August 30
Saturday, September 6
Saturday, September 13

New this year, all registrations must be done online.  There is also a $10 registration fee per person.

Participants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in the pick. Those under the age of 21 will receive a non-alcoholic drink with lunch and will not be eligible for a complimentary bottle of wine at the end of the event and it is non-transferable.


We begin at 7am at Brickyard Hill Vineyard (six miles from Fireside Winery - SW of Marengo).

We will start with a brief training on how to harvest the grapes and what to pick and what to drop.  Then we'll turn groups out in to the vineyard to pick.  Feel free to take breaks as needed. Fireside will provide water and light snacks in the vineyard.

Harvesting grapes will take place until around 12pm (depending on how quickly the grapes needed for that day are harvested.)

After harvest, everyone will return to the winery to relax with lunch and a complimentary glass of wine*.  To cool off your weary feet, take a plunge in the grape stomp for a bit.  Before heading for home, be sure to pick up your 2014 vintage iPick t-shirt and your well earned, complimentary bottle of wine**.


Dress in layers (its often cold at the start and hot at the end)
Bug Spray
Sunscreen and Hat
Water & Snacks (Fireside provides some too)
Gloves if you prefer (Fireside provides buckets and clippers)

Harvest events will take place rain or shine.  Registration fees will only be returned if Fireside Winery cancels the event in advance due to poor harvest conditions.

*must be 21 years or older
**excludes Marquette; must be of legal drinking age

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Help Wanted

We are looking to fill a few openings at the Winery. 

The first is a new full-time key holder position.  The job will require working 3 Saturdays a month and 2 Sundays per month along with some week days for a total of 30-40 hours per week. 

We are also hiring part-time staff to work weekends and possibly some week days.  Hours vary.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualities:
  • great customer service skills
  • enjoy working with a variety of people (both on the Fireside team and with customers)
  • ability to multitask (assisting customers, kitchen prep, inventory, etc)
  • computer savvy - knowledge of MS Word and Excel and not afraid to learn Fireside's Point of Sale system
If you are interested in applying for either position, please complete the job application posted on this blog and submit to Brittany Blunk at