We thought this sounded like a great idea, so we joined last night (and listed Carole and Dick as the people who referred us, thus giving them a free month), paid our $30 yearly membership fee, and downloaded the host list. And instantly realized there was a host in Columbia Falls, MT, our next destination! So we called Paddy, the owner of Flathead Lake Winery, and asked if we could come by that day or did we need to give him more notice? He welcomed us warmly and told us we could come by that afternoon.
Once we got parked, he took us on a tour of the winery -- a small self-owned operation that bottles primarily non-grape wines such as chokecherry, cherry, huckleberry and plum. All the bottling, corking, labeling and packing is done on site. Stainless steel drums and oak casks held the wine that was aging, while a table-full of finished bottles waited to be packed.