The sun is staying up longer, and so are we. Through August 31 we'll be extending our weekday hours to 9:00pm. Stop in for a glass, or join us for a bottle.
And don't forget about our weekday specials:
Wednesday- All wines by the glass are $7.00
Thursday- Free glass of wine with growler fill
Friday- Raffle night!
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Our last Rosé of Grenache was a hit, but we think this one is even better!
This fragrant rosé packs in strawberry, candied watermelon, peach, and hints of spice. A beautiful peach blush hue, similiar to the shade of the last rosé but slightly lighter.
Our new Rosé of Grenache has been heralded as "addicting to drink," and "the perfect Summer wine."
Don't believe us? Stop in for a tasting and try it yourself!
Summer Tasting Room:
One of the bloggers I follow who lives somewhere on the East Coast posted last week about all the ways she's preparing for the upcoming "Rosé Season." At first I felt left out; what is this rosé season and why wasn't I in the loop about it? Then it hit me- how lucky we are to live in California, where Rosé season stretches from January-December.
Still, even though we can sip on a refreshing glass of Rosé all year long, there is something particularly appealing about it this time of year. With the sun staying out longer and longer, now feels like the time to host a dinner party and break out a bottle of Rosé.
A pro (and sometimes con) of living so close to the beach is that my house has become to go-to spot for barbecues and potlucks during the summer. I can't wait to show off the new Rosé of Pinot Noir. From the orange-blush color, to the beautiful silhouette of the glass bottle, this is a wine that is sure to impress in every way. Aromas of orange zest and watermelon lead into a crisp fruit forward wine with tastes of strawberries and watermelon, and a tart cherry finish.
This wine pairs well with just about anything, from shellfish to steaks off the BBQ. Grab a bottle, invite over a couple of friends, and welcome the Summer with open arms.
As the sun stays out longer, I too feel a desire to stay out and enjoy the evenings. My favorite summer activity: date night. Below are the 5 date nights I'm looking forward to this Summer, and the wines I'll be pairing with them.
Beach Picnics. There's not much I enjoy more than sinking my toes in the sand and watching the sun go down over the horizon. I'm lucky enough to live by the sand, but if I wasn't I'd still make a point of enjoying the late sunsets once a week. When I'm feeling up to it, I like to pack a cooler full of food, grab a blanket, and enjoy a picnic on the beach. This Summer I'll be tossing a bottle of Viognier into that cooler, and I suggest you do the same.
Dinner Parties. We like to host dinner parties often, especially when we invite over another couple and make it a double date. It makes for a fun (and easy) party when we throw hamburger patties on the BBQ and break out a growler full of Red Blend. This date night has the potential to turn into a game night.
Dinner and a movie, at home. Coming home and seeing that dinner has already been made is a feeling in it's own class. Pair dinner with a movie on the couch and a glass of Pinot Noir, and I'm in heaven. Bonus points if there's a blanket fort involved, and I am a firm believe that you are never too old to build a fort in the living room.
Dinner out. An oldie but a goodie, you can't go wrong with splurging on a nice dinner. Stop by the winery to pick up a bottle of wine first, most places allow you to bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. I'll be pairing dinner out with a bottle of Natalie Grace Syrah all. summer. long.
Tasting Room. With live music at the tasting room every Friday night, if I'm not working I'lll be dragging the boyfriend here. A glass of wine and live music is romance at it's finest. I'll be pairing jazz with Cabernet Sauvignon and acoustic with Roussanne, just because.
We are thrilled to announce that our new release, the Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban, has won double gold in the 2017 Harvest Challenge!
Our Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban, is 100% Syrah, and was grown at the Harrison Clarke Vineyard in Ballard Canyon.
Clone Alban is kept at a very low yield, and it's strict pruning and deficit irrigation makes it fruit forward with intense fruit characteristics. The fruit intensity is balanced with flavors of coffee, cola, black pepper, and cedar.
The Natalie Grace distinction is one given by our winemaker to his best yields each year. We are proud of this wine, and thrilled that the judges of the 2017 Harvest Challenge awarded our wine the highest honors.
Stop by the tasting room to try our Natalie Grace Syrah, Clone Alban and pick up a bottle.
We will be hosting a Harvest Party to celebrate the release of our new 2014 Taylor Noelle Tempranillo from Tierra Alta Vineyard. Tickets are $25 and include five tastings, paella from Paella for all Occasions by Chef Billy Tompkins, chocolate from Lovesome Chocolates and access to a Tempranillo case special.
2014 Tempranillo, Tierra Alta Vineyard, Ballard Canyon
This Tempranillo comes from Tierra Alta Vineyard, located on top of Ballard Canyon.
Campo de Montalban; Spain- cows', sheep's, and goats' milk
A semi-firm cheese from La Mancha, Spain, Campo de Montalban resembes a manchego. Manchego is a sheep's milk cheese, while Campo de Montalban is made with a three-milk blend.
The cheese exhibits characteristics of all 3 milks, tasting rich and buttery with a perfectly balanced finish.
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Our Taylor Noelle Tempranillo will be released next month, and let me be the first to tell you it is wonderful. Before we get into the details of this specific bottle, a quick lesson on Tempranillo.
Tempranillo, as you may have guessed it, is a grape of Spanish origin. It is a red grape variety known for making full-bodied wines. Tempranillo is a diminutive of temprano, or "early", because it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.
Tempranillo is known for being a well balanced blend of fruity and earthy; and our Taylor Noelle Tempranillo is no exception. I cannot get over how well balanced this wine is. For people who are normally scared off by earthier wines, I urge you to not let that descriptor scare you. This wine packs plenty of fruit- cherries and figs without tasting overtly sweet or cloying.
Perhaps a big selling point for this Tempranillo is how easy it is to pair with food. It will pair well with milder foods, but it also has the ability to compliment spicier foods wonderfully, which is why we will be serving it alongside Paella at our Harvest Party on October 14.
I already have plans to bring a bottle of this Tempranillo to Thanksgiving dinner this year, as I think it is sure to be a hit with all red drinkers. You do not believe me? Try it for yourself! It will be debuting in the tasting room this October, and will be the star of the show at our Harvest Party. Not only will we be serving it alongside Paella from Paella For All Occasions by Chef Billy Tompkins and chocolate from Love Some Chocolate. Those who attend will also have access to a Tempranillo case special, so do not miss out- buy your ticket today!
One bottle is never enough. Somehow this is a lesson I've yet to learn.
I spent this past weekend camping with my boyfriend's family in Leo Carillo, up near Malibu.
Here is a photo taken a short ways away from our campground:
This is where I would post a photo of the growler bag full of Rosé of Grenache that I brought along. The problem? It was gone before I got a chance to take a picture.
I should have known. One 1.5 liter growler bag for 6 adults? No way. One bottle (or bag) is never enough, and leftover wine is never a problem. Needless to say I'll be bringing an army of growler bags with me on my next adventure.
Have you taken our wine on any adventures lately? Let us know! Share your photos with us.
The tallies are in, and our wines are winners!
The Orange County Wine Society awarded our 2013 Chardonnay a gold medal in this year's Commercial Wine Competition. Our 2012 Syrah also faired well, bringing home a silver medal.
The competition, which is a part of the Orange County Fair, is in it's 41st year. The competition is accepted as California's finest and most meticulously judged California-only wine competition.
We are so thrilled to have been awarded a gold and silver medal for our wines! This adds to the list of awards we've received, including recently having two wines on our menu awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast.
Or, stop by the winery to taste our award winning wines today!