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Paraiso Vineyards Tasting

Paraiso Vineyards Tasting

Paraiso Vineyards Tasting

With special guest ~ Stephanie Miller from Classic Wines

Flight of 4 wines: $13

2015 Paraiso, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $18.99

2016 Paraiso, Rose of Pinot Noir,  Monterey, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $18.99

2012 Paraiso, Pinot Noir Santa Lucia, Highlands, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $23.99

2016 Paraiso ,Riesling, Monterey, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price $18.99

About Paraiso Vineyards

Rich and Claudia Smith arrived in Monterey County in 1973, their children and belongings in the car. Fresh out of college, the young couple was searching for the perfect locale to try out their newly minted U.C. Davis training. Thirty years later, the Smith Family is one of the most influential and respected growers on California’s Central Coast – the Smith Family has been instrumental in Monterey’s rise to prominence as a world-class winegrowing region. Today Rich and his son Jason oversee 3,000 acres of grapes throughout Monterey County, providing fruit to Beringer, Hess, Mondavi, Kendall-Jackson, and many others. In 1988, the Smiths began producing very limited, much sought-after wines under their own P.S.V. banner...

The rugged Santa Lucia Mountains frame Monterey County’s fertile Salinas Valley on the west, separating it from the Pacific Ocean. The famed Santa Lucia Highlands appellation encompasses a series of small alluvial terraces on the lower slopes of the range – perfect for boutique growers of world-class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. The vines of this unique hillside district enjoy cooling ocean breezes and fog from nearby Monterey Bay. The resulting slow, gentle ripening contributes to California’s longest “hang time” – creating exceptional intensity, complexity, and balance in the grapes. Planted in 1973, the sixteen small vineyard plots of Paraiso Springs occupy unique microclimatic niches on the 400-acre estate. With varying elevations and soils, each plot boasts its own terroir, its own special sense of place…

The Smith Family has earned its reputation through constant experimentation and innovation, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Combining time-honored techniques with these latest advances, Rich and Claudia’s son-in-law, winemaker David Fleming, practices his art – hands-on, barrel-by-barrel. The limited release wines of P.S.V. are among the most awarded in the state, eagerly sought after by collectors across the country…

Blind Wine Tasting

Blind Wine Tasting

See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor - a chance to test your senses with our Monthly Blind Tasting.

Always a fun experience. Bring your friends, compared tasting notes and SAVOR Great Wine together.

Your flight will include 4 pours - 2 reds and 2 whites. Get all the identifiers correctly and WOO Hoo you win a bottle of wine!

How to Wine Like a Pro

We’ve all faked our way through a wine tasting or two. Sniffed the vino without really knowing what to look for. Swirled the liquid around because everyone else was doing it. But no more. Here’s how to enjoy your wine like a pro. (Or, at least, go through the motions more convincingly.)

 

See: Take a good look at what you’re about to drink. Tilt the glass (preferably against a white background) and note the color. If it’s red, is it maroon, purple, ruby, or brick? Is your white wine clear, yellow, light green, or amber? Next, check out the opacity. Is the wine translucent, dull, brilliant, or is there sediment? All of these things can tip you off to the age of the wine and what you may soon be tasting.

Swirl: Hold the glass by the base or stem and flick your wrist to set the wine in motion. The swirl can help you evaluate the wine’s viscosity – if it has “legs” that trail down the glass as it settles. The longer the legs take to travel, the more full-bodied the wine. The swirl also exposes a larger surface area of the wine to air, intensifying its aromas.

Smell: Hold the glass a few inches from your nose for the initial sniff. Then, really go for it. Stick your nose in the glass and inhale. You might find fruit, flower, herb, and spice aromas, or even wine-barrel scents like toast, smoke, or espresso. There’s a huge spectrum of possibilities, so you won’t find them all – but calling out what you’re sensing can be fun and interactive.

Sip: Start with just a little taste and let the wine roll around your mouth and palate. Try sucking in some air (avoid an obvious slurp and the accompanying stares, if possible) to continue aerating the vino and releasing its flavors. You should taste what you smelled, while also getting a better feel for the wine’s balance and complexity.

Swallow: The sensation you get from swallowing your wine is known as the finish. Different from the initial taste, the finish reveals the dominant flavors and how long the wine stays on your palate. Typically, the longer the finish, the better the wine.

Cheers.

Cinnabar Winery Tasting

Cinnabar Winery Tasting

Winery Wednesday Tasting features Cinnabar Winery

"Made with soul, science and a touch of nature’s magic."

With special guest ~ Robert Parker from Alexia Moore Wine Marketing

Enjoy a flight of 4 wines $14.00. Your flight and event only bottle to go specials.

2015 Cinnabar, Chardonnay, Monterey County, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $18.99

2014 Cinnabar, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mtns, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $32.99

 2014 Cinnabar, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mtns, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $36.99

2014 Cinnabar, Mercury Rising, California

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price $20.99

ABOUT CINNABAR - Cinnabar is a family owned winery that reveres winemaking as a form of modern-day alchemy—the blending of science with a touch of nature's magic. Rooted in the Santa Cruz Mountains at our lively Saratoga Tasting Room, we partner with local growers to coax the transformation of the finest California grapes into distinct and delightfully approachable wines.

Our History

Cinnabar was established in 1983 by Tom Mudd (1942–2007). A scientist by trade, Tom received his masters and doctorate degrees from Stanford University, where he was a research engineer at Stanford Research Institute from 1977 to 1982. Inspired by the nuances, challenges, and thrills of the winemaking process, Tom made wine in his backyard under a home label until he founded Cinnabar. Ready for a career change, he planted 22 acres of estate vineyards and built a majestic winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tom's two children, Jack and Karina, grew up exploring the cellars, scaling the catwalks, and eagerly awaiting annual harvests.

Cinnabar's estate was sold in 2007 with Tom's passing. Cinnabar then settled into its new home at the thriving Tasting Room in downtown Saratoga, which features an after-hours wine bar with live music on Fridays during the warmer months. Today, Jack and Karina are proud to carry on their father's vision for Cinnabar, guided by his philosophy: have fun with serious wine. Together they continue to build on the character and integrity of Cinnabar's past and aspire to lead the family business toward an increasingly vibrant future.

The Magic

When a rich patch of soil is blessed with a splash of sunlight and just the right douse of rain, a small miracle occurs: vines break through the earth and grapes come bursting forth. At Cinnabar, we celebrate the variations in land and climate that characterize different regions of California, and cherish the resulting diversity of fruit. Thus, Cinnabar has developed long-standing partnerships with artisan growers in prime viticultural areas including the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Santa Lucia Highlands, the Red Hills of Lake County, and Sonoma County's Alexander Valley.

 

The Science

Winemaker George Troquato and Cellar Master Alejandro Aldama, who have been with Cinnabar for over 25 years, oversee every aspect of Cinnabar's winemaking. With unwavering dedication and seasoned expertise, they select vineyards after a thorough screening of soils, climate, and viticultural practices. Grapevines are carefully cultivated and fruit is harvested by hand in the morning cool and then swiftly moved to nearby cellars where it is gently handled with state-of-the-art equipment. Fermented in small oak barrels or stainless steel tanks, the wines embody off-the-vine aromas and flavors reminiscent of the regions in which they were grown. With mastery, patience, and a pinch of ingenuity, we work to ensure that each bottle of Cinnabar wine is memorable for its elegant nature and enchanting taste.

 

J. Lohr Vineyard Wine Dinner

J. Lohr Vineyard Wine Dinner

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

J. Lohr Vineyard Series Wine Dinner
Vineyard-driven. Passionately made.

TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro is proud to offer a one-in-a-kind wine dinner in partnership with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Limited in production and finessed with meticulously-executed artisan winemaking techniques, wines from J. Lohr Vineyards Series showcase the highest-caliber fruit from small vineyard enclaves nestled in the world-class winegrowing regions of Paso Robles, Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco, and St. Helena, Napa Valley. Executive Chef Cynthia Bloebaum has created a pairing menu that perfectly showcases these unique and beautiful limited production wines.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Welcome Reception between 6:30 and 7:00 pm
Dinner served at 7:00 pm

MENU
Four Course Dinner created by Executive Chef Cynthia Bloebaum

Amuse
2014 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Shots of Gold Tomato Gazpacho with green olive puree

First Course
2013 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Seco Chardonnay
Baby Mixed Greens topped with avocado-crab salad and basil oil

Family Style Entree
2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir
Bowls of Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with fresh horseradish
Bowls of Broccolini with roasted garlic jus
Platters of Tuna Confit with roasted red pepper aioli
Platters of Chef Cynthia’s Smoked Pork Tenderloin with cherry-fennel chutney

Dessert
2014 J. Lohr Late Harvest Riesling
Shortcake with roasted pineapple and passion fruit curd

Dinner with Wine Pairing $108.00 (tax and gratuity not included)

Reservations Required, (650) 486-1740 or On-Line
 

Cambria Winery Tasting

Cambria Winery Tasting

Winery Wednesday features the wines of Cambria Winery.

“If these hills could talk, we’d hear about a long line of people thriving on and tending to this land. We are honored to continue the tradition."  Katie Jackson

With special guest: Tim Stornetta from Regal Wine Co.

Flight of 4 wines ~ $14..00. Your flight and event only bottle to go specials.

2015 Cambria, Clone 4 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $28.99

 2015 Cambria, Viognier “Tepusquet Vineyard”, Santa Maria Valley, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $23.99

 2014 Cambria, Clone 4 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price: $33.99

2013 Cambria, Syrah “Tepusquet Vineyard”, Santa Maria Valley, CA

Today’s Special Bottle To-Go Price $26.99

ABOUT CAMBRIA WINERY - For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended our remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among these vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business. Together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities, the women of Cambria shape who we are today.

Vineyard Family

The men and women of Cambria have over 200 years of experience cultivating this land and crafting our inspiring wines. For three decades, Cambria winemaker Denise Shurtleff has been honing her ability as a vine whisperer, creating Santa Maria Valley wines that showcase the nuance of the region. Matt Mahoney, Vineyard Manager and Patrick Huguenard, Vineyard Director are natives of this valley where they farmed the soil on family ranches from a young age. Now, along with the rest of the Cambria family, they oversee the care of the precious benchland and tend to the rows of grapes stretching across the plateau, warmed by the lingering afternoon sun.

Estate

Where the foothills rise up from the valley floor on the Santa Maria Bench sits Cambria Estate Winery. Family-owned, sustainably-farmed, and passionately tended by a team proud to be stewards of this remarkable property, each wine bearing the Cambria name is grown, produced and bottled on the estate

Winemaking & Viticulture

Diversity is essential to the complexity of our wines. Vineyard Managers Matt Mahoney and Pat Hugenard will be quick to tell you that wine is made in the vineyard, and the Cambria team is foremost a team of farmers, hands in the dirt. The grapes grown here are bursting with vibrant acidity and ripe fruit flavors. Winemaker Denise Shurtleff showcases their character through her unique winemaking style, letting the grapes tell Cambria’s story – the bench elevating the vines above the valley floor, the crushed seashells in the alluvial soils, the fog that creeps in off the ocean at night