We are going to taste a handful of great California wines that will be perfect for your California Christmas table today! Come out from 2-6p and enjoy a great selection of that showcases the wide-range of possibilities from California’s numerous wine regions …
- Fess Parker Riesling 2016: Fess Parker’s portrayal of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone during the 1950s and 1960s garnered him a legion of adoring fans spanning several generations. His personal similarity to the straight-talking, hardworking men that he portrayed is what endeared him to millions and what led him to walk away from Hollywood in the 1970s. From there, he moved into real estate. In 1986, he opened his first resort hotel in Santa Barbara in 1986, The Fess Parker on 23.5 oceanfront acres. He then followed the lure of world-class wine to the Santa Ynez Valley and bought a 714 acre ranch and turned it into the Fess Parker Winery. It is still family-owned and celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2014. This Riesling is a refreshing off-dry wine with pronounced stone fruit and floral notes. It is a great little Riesling that will pair wonderfully with a wide variety of holiday foods!
- Virginia Dare Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014: When Francis Ford Coppola was a boy, he never saw a dinner table that didn’t have a bottle of wine on it. And so he was very interested in all the wine companies of the day, and one in particular. A gracefully curved and embossed bottle with the image of a lovely woman who looked like a fairy tale princess. And he remembered the song on the radio that sung about Virginia Dare, the classic American wine that featured her image. The Virginia Dare Winery started when two businessmen purchased North Carolina’s Medoc Vineyard, which was the state’s first commercial winery started in 1835. The business eventually became Garrett & Company, producing the Virginia Dare wines which quickly became one of the nation’s top selling wines. With the start of Prohibition in 1919, Garrett & Company was forced to move, first to Brooklyn, New York, and then to Cucamonga, California, where the business transformed into the Virginia Dare Winery. It was one of the first wineries to sell wine after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and was considered a booming business for much of the late 40s and 50s, but eventually saw turmoil and nearly faded into history. The Family Coppola is proud to carry on the Virginia Dare name! This is a classic California chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, one of the best growing regions in America. This luxurious white’s smooth texture supports tropical aromas of orange blossom, red grapefruit, Asian pear, and pineapple. Rounding out its profile are underlying flavors of toasty bread balanced with French oak. A real American star for your California Christmas!
- Cass Mourvèdre 2015: The Cass Estate Vineyard, located southeast of the town of Paso Robles, exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. In 2000, they planted wine grape clones certified by ENTAV, the agency that is responsible for certification of wine grape clones in France. Cass Vineyard was among the first vineyards
in California to be planted entirely to ENTAV certified clones. They have 11 varietals on 145 acres, including seven Rhône varietals as well as five red Bordeaux varietals. This wine was hand-picked in early October, the fruit was destemmed and fermented in small tanks, with regular pumpovers to aid extraction. In order to let the varietal fruit shine through, the wine was aged in neutral oak barrels with 100% being French oak. Following this mantra further, the wine was left unblended in order to let the Mourvèdre speak as a pure, 100% varietal wine. Plenty of big fruit with notes of plum and cherry popping out of the glass first and the palate is full of both an intensity and a freshness that helps it to be both big and nimble. Enjoy this by the fire as a chill fills the air!
- The Lost Colony Sonoma County Red Blend 2014: Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the myths, people, places, and history that have shaped American winemaking. In the heart of California wine country, they make American wine the way it’s always been made: by taking the best the land has to give us and nurturing the quality and character of our fruit from vineyard to bottle. The Lost Colony is inspired by one of the great mysteries in American history, a disappearance that set the stage for the origin story of American wine. In 1587, Governor John White and 118 English colonists landed on Roanoke Island (now part of North Carolina), and set about establishing a permanent colony. A month later, White’s daughter gave birth to a baby girl. She was christened Virginia Dare, the first child of English parentage born in the New World. But times were hard for her struggling colony. Governor White made a trip back to England, vowing to return promptly with aid, but he was delayed for three years by England’s war with Spain. When he finally returned, there was nobody there—the colony was lost without a trace. This is a blend of 45% Syrah, 37% Malbec, 7% Petite Sirah,
7% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot that has bright and full notes of red and black stone-fruits that are backed up by notes of wood spice and touches of sandalwood or cedar. This is a fruit-forward choice with easy tannins that is both versatile and elegant. Come and experience a taste of the Lost Colony!
- Cain Vineyard & Winery Napa Valley Cuvee NV12: Cain is a cult-status winery whose success depends on the combination of their incredible site, an inspired vision, perseverance, tenacious ownership, and the unending work of the Cain team. In 1980, Jerry and Joyce Cain purchased 550 acres on Spring Mountain to create a mountain vineyard dedicated to the classic Bordeaux varietals. The fruit of this vineyard would inspire the creation of their flagship wine, Cain Five. The Napa Valley Cuvee is a blend of the last two vintages (for example, NV12 is a blend of the 2011 and 2012 vintage) and is 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 4% Malbec. It is a great Bordeaux-style blend that really shows what happens when care is taken in both the vineyard and the cellar. This is softer and lighter than many Napa wines, with nice touches of cassis and a savory note of the finish that really makes this something special.