People who come through the door of South Stage Cellars' brick tasting room in Jacksonville instantly see the counter where customers sit to taste wine. Visible to the left of the front door is a small room with saloon-type tables.
Unknown to most visitors, however, is beyond that room is an intimate space newly furnished with white-, red- and eggplant-upholstered chairs, small glass tables and a gilded mirror.
"The San Francisco-feel with a modern twist against a backdrop of an historic building seems to attract many levels of comfort and relaxation," says Porscha Schiller, South Stage Cellars' marketing and event director who designed the room with owner Traute Moore and other staff members.
"I wanted a very different feel from the other rooms," explains Schiller. "Like a living room, cushy, relaxed, low tables that would allow our guests to arrange the chairs and ottomans to fit their needs. Dim lighting adds to the feel of an evening home party in which we take care of everything."
It can cost $100 to rent the room to host a party for 18 to 25 people, but the fee is waived for wine club members.
"I have suggested that the parties spill into the middle room but people are reluctant to move from this relaxing atmosphere," says Schiller.
For more information: South Stage Cellars, 125 South 3rd Street Jacksonville, OR 97530
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