Monday, November 20, 2017

11/20 DAVID HUNT, HUNT CELLARS, DANIEL DAOU, DAOU VINEYARDS AND WINERY

DAVID HUNT – OWNER & WINEMAKER, HUNT CELLARS

It started over 20 years ago as a fantasy: living on a lush beautiful vineyard, producing your own style of favorite premium varietal wines that are well received and appreciated by those who have discovered the wines and shared them amongst friends.

Now, drive along the scenic Highway 46 West, about three miles west of the 101 Fwy at Oakdale Road, you will find this dream has become reality for David Hunt, Winemaker and owner of Hunt Cellars, a winery committed to producing “Memorable Wines”. We believe that great wines leave indelible impressions when poured with wonderful meals and great friends and scintillating conversations. Hunt Cellars was founded on the philosophy of producing wines that you will look forward to simply sipping by a cozy fireplace or pairing with your favorite meals to enhance that special event or moment in time.

How It Began
When The Hunt Family decided to pursue their dream they were uncertain where they would choose to build their vineyard. The Hunts spent exhaustive days and weekends traveling to various premium wine regions from Oregon, Washington, and throughout the State of California. They finally narrowed their decision down to the Central coast to San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles was selected because of its rich diversity in soils, superb growing climate and unique styles of wine making along with the spirit of graciousness and traditional American values.

Eventually after looking at numerous parcels of vineyard potential property, they settled on uniquely beautiful property containing over 550 acres on Highway 41 in Creston. This unique property met their criteria in topography, soil composition and unparralled beauty. Within the 550 acres there are four terrior’s with varying elevations containing soil composites that mirror the great wine regions of the world. They were convinced that they could grow wonderful exciting intense fruit here on this property.

Destiny Hunt
The Hunt Family decided to name their vineyard, “Destiny Vineyards,” in honor of their new baby girl they named Destiny who was born in 1996. Just ask Destiny who has the best wines today and she will certainly tell you.

Destiny Vineyard’s first planting consisted of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cab Franc, Viognier and Zinfandel. The Hunts decided to build a tasting room for their premium wines, which opened in October of 1999.

In 1997 they began producing their first releases of memorable wines… Experience has taught Hunts that in order to make great wines you must simply have the best fruit. At Hunt Cellars, we believe passion, hard work and never giving up until we have put together all the components and structure that will give our wine the varietal character, flavor and velvet finish that will become a trademark of our wines.

HUNTCELLARS.COM


DANIEL DAOU - WINEMAKER AND CO-PROPRIETOR, DAOU VINEYARDS AND WINERY

THE VISION
Two Brothers: One Dream
Daniel and Georges Daou are committed to producing collectible, world-class Bordeaux style wines to rival those of the most respected appellations in the world.

Their appreciation for quality wine was nurtured throughout childhood, in France, where their father enjoyed good wine with every meal. Daniel and Georges came to appreciate great wines as young adults, and their passion for the fruits of the vine has grown stronger with every passing year.

OUR STORY:
In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles’ acclaimed west side, not far from William Randolph Hearst’s magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world. Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. Hawks wheel and bank while the all-day sun caresses close planted rows of lush, emerald green vines. The 100 percent calcareous soil makes no sound as it parses out nourishment and only a gentle breeze flows up through the Templeton Gap from the Pacific Ocean. The quiet is bewitching; you want to lay down roots here, just as the seven-year-old vines have done. But the sense of peace belies the serious industry at work on this 212 acre estate. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery. This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. You’re more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California. Coupled with the infectious passion and gracious, family style hospitality of the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel, the result is pure magic. The kind of magic that comes in a bottle.

WWW.DAOUVINEYARDS.COM



Monday, November 13, 2017

11/13 TONY LOMBARDI, LOMBARDI WINES, RISE UP SONOMA, MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN, WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES ASSOCIATION

TONY LOMBARDI - FOUNDER, LOMBARDI WINES - RISE UP SONOMA, A BENEFIT EVENT FOR SONOMA COUNTY

RISE UP SONOMA

When:  
December 3, 2017 – from 4:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: 
Sonoma Country Day School – Jackson Theatre at 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Price per ticket: 
$500 for general admission. This group will enjoy 30 exclusive dine & wine stations with our featured chefs from San Francisco and Sonoma County. This includes general admission to the seating for the evenings music performance. Limited to 650 seats.

$1500 for VIP. The VIP guests will have access to the dine & wine stations, as well as the Green Room with our special music talent. The Green Room will host a caviar and foie gras station with an assortment of exclusive wines served from magnum. Finally, our VIP guests will enjoy front of the theatre section seats for the music performance. VIP is limited to 100 guests.
All proceeds from the event will be distributed to the following charities in support of victims:

Direct Human Element:
Care Relief Fund: www.calrestfoundation.org/fires.html
Redwood Credit Union Fund: www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief
UnDocuFund Fire Relief for Sonoma County: http://undocufund.org

Long-term and short-term housing:
Burners Without Borders: www.burnerswithoutborders.org
Homes for Sonoma: www.homesforsonoma.org 
Rebuild Wine Country: www.rebuildwinecounrty.org 

ABOUT RISE UP SONOMA
A very passionate group of dedicated and compassionate people pulled together for an incredible evening in Sonoma County benefiting those deeply affected by the devastating north bay fires. This group consists of San Francisco/Sonoma County’s most influential and notable chefs and restaurants. The winery partners are comprised of the rarest and most sought after in the country. The event is an evening of delectable wine, food, and one of a kind auction items, finished with a sensational concert led by some of music industry’s legendary artists.

WWW.LOMBARDIWINES.COM


MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES ASSOCIATION

WINE REGION OF THE YEAR
Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year for the annual Wine Star Awards. Meet some of Oregon’s colorful characters and learn why our region has become the home of New World Pinot noir! The award was presented at the Wine Star Awards dinner in Miami on January 30, 2017.

ABOUT THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.The Willamette Valley is a huge and varied appellation that includes six sub-appellations: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton.

Buffered from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, the valley follows the Willamette River north to south for more than a hundred miles from the Columbia River near Portland to just south of Eugene. To the east, the Cascade Range draws the boundary between the Willamette Valley’s misty, cool climate and the drier, more extreme climate of eastern Oregon.

At its widest point, this long, broad valley spans sixty miles. Overall, the climate boasts a long, gentle growing season – warm summers with cool evenings; bursts of Indian summer into fall; mild winters followed by long springs. In ideal years the maritime climate provides the best conditions possible for growing the cool-climate grape variety for which Oregon is best known: Pinot noir. In lesser years, fall weather can be tricky, causing winemakers to pull their hair. In this matter the Willamette Valley compares favorably with the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. And, like it or not, the often finicky Willamette Valley climate is the promised land for Pinot noir in America. Wineries also produce Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Melon, Gewürztraminer, sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc and some Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot among other lesser-known varieties.

The Willamette Valley wineries are a popular tourist destination, with the area boasting a luxury destination resort, several high-end inns and many delightful bed & breakfasts. The valley also offers a long list of fine dining restaurants. An additional advantage for the wine tourist is the proximity of the wineries to Portland. From Portland, tourists can visit the Willamette Valley winery of their choice in anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

WILLAMETTEWINES.COM

Monday, November 6, 2017

11/06 IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA, MIKE SULLIVAN, BENOVIA

MIKE SULLIVAN - CO-OWNER AND WINEMAKER, BENOVIA

Ben Dewane and Novian Anderson never met, yet they raised their children with similar old-fashioned values. Hard work brings its own rewards, they would say. Be the best at what you do. Surround yourself with good people, and let them get to work. And never, ever produce anything that wouldn't make you proud. With such similar family backgrounds, it's no wonder Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane would eventually find each other and marry. Together, they began a journey that led them to establish a winery that would make them, and their fathers, proud -- proud enough that the Benovia name pays homage to Ben and Novian.

Their journey also inspired Joe and Mary to assemble the best possible team of respected winemaking professionals. They partnered with Mike Sullivan, one of northern California's top winemakers, and someone who shares their passions for quality. With Mike as co-owner and winemaker, they brought in more depth to the winery operations, by hiring Chris Kangas as vineyard manager and Bob Cooley as the VP of Sales and Marketing. All good people who together make an even better team.

"At Benovia, our team is an extension of an extraordinary family," says Joe, "a family that eats, drinks, and breathes a lifelong passion for wine."

That passion led to the purchase of the renowned Cohn Vineyard atop a mountain near Healdsburg, where the couple lives, and led to a new winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The journey will continue with an exciting new Pinot Noir vineyard near Freestone, and the Martaella ranch (named after Joe and Mary's mothers), surrounding the winery itself.

Joe and Mary have invested in all the right things to make Benovia flourish-vineyards with unique terroir and a well equipped winery. But their most important investment is people.

"We see these people as the soul of Benovia," says Joe. "Mary and I trust in their passion and in what they bring to the wine. They expect a lot of themselves, and they expect it from each other. We like to call them 'Benovians.' I think our fathers would be proud of them."

BENOVIAWINERY.COM


IAN BLACKBURN – OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA & FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS - UPCOMING EVENTS 

wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve.  Edicts:  innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

L.A. SUPPORTS WINE COUNTRY EVENT
Wed. Nov. 15, 2017

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills
 CA 90212

VIP: 6:00-9:30 PM
General: 7:00-9:30 PM

A benefit for Wildfire Relief Supporting Habitat for Humanity ensuring funds raised go to fire victims in Northern California who need it most. Imagine 100 Wineries, dozens of great restaurants and vendors - all working together to raise money - Los Angeles Style!   Entertainers, bands, DJ's appearing on all 3 mega stages - Costumed performers walking the aisles - Artwork from local artists - Silent Auction items a plenty! Food, food, and more food with over 100 wineries invited! Come and do some holiday shopping and give 100% of the proceeds to charity! Over 8,000 structures and thousands of lives were damaged in the recent disaster. Let's all lend a hand and show the world that L.A. Supports Wine Country.

STARS OF CABERNET
Wednesday / November 15, 2017

Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

VIP Ticket Experience  /  6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Gold Ticket Experience  /  7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

A Cabernet lovers showcase bringing together the most revered wine producers and a beautiful Los Angeles audience! Come meet the best in the business and taste over 100 wines at Beverly Hills most luxurious venue!  Proceeds from the silent auction benefit 501c3 Habitat for Humanity in efforts to help the victims of the devastating Northern California Fires.

WWW.WINELA.COM

Monday, October 30, 2017

10/30 KEVIN SASS, HALTER RANCH IN PASO ROBLES, MASTER SOMMELIER BRAHM CALLAHAN, HIMMEL HOSPITALITY GROUP

KEVIN SASS - WINEMAKER, HALTER RANCH IN PASO ROBLES

WELCOME TO HALTER RANCH
Historic Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District. California’s Central Coast Wine Country has ideal conditions for growing superior wine grapes and producing world-class wines. The 100% estate-grown wines are sustainably farmed on westside limestone soils. Tradition and innovation mix at Halter Ranch to produce Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines of the highest quality.

RANCH HISTORY
The history of Halter Ranch Vineyard dates to the 1880′s, when the ranch was part of a 3,600-acre holding owned by businessman Edwin Smith. Born in New Jersey, Smith had been a wholesale butcher in San Francisco, but migrated to the Adelaida area west of Paso Robles in 1874. In 1881, Smith acquired what was to become Halter Ranch and built a grand Victorian farmhouse on the property. He became a dealer in farm produce and livestock, and also invested heavily in silver mining. A horse racing enthusiast, Smith kept a private box at Tanforan Race Track and a stable of thoroughbreds on his estate.

In 1885, Smith’s mansion burned to the ground, but he immediately rebuilt it, enjoying another dozen years of prosperity before his business empire floundered. In the early 1900s, the estate was broken up. In 1943 1200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family, who farmed it for the next 50-plus years, introducing the first grapevines in 1996. The beautiful Victorian farmhouse Smith built in 1885 is a still the cornerstone of the Adelaida District and remains a Paso Robles landmark.

In June, 2000, Hansjörg Wyss purchased 900 acres of the ranch, renovated Smith’s historic farmhouse, and began enlarging the vineyard to its present 280 acres. Born and raised in Switzerland, Hansjörg believes Paso Robles is the best place in California to pursue his dream of producing world-class grapes and wines, a dream we are now busy realizing.

WWW.HALTERRANCH.COM


MASTER SOMMELIER BRAHM CALLAHAN - CORPORATE BEVERAGE DIRECTOR, HIMMEL HOSPITALITY GROUP

Brahm Callahan, 33, serves as Beverage Director of Himmel Hospitality Group and its three restaurants: Grill 23 & Bar, Post 390 and Harvest restaurant. Brahm is a Master Sommelier, one of only 157 professionals in North America who hold the title – the highest distinction available in the beverage service industry.  Raised in Western Massachusetts, Brahm had an early introduction to the wine world at age 17, when he learned the business side of the industry at The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant, in Shelburne Falls, MA. Under the direction of mentor Paul-Thiery de la Blotier, it took just a short year before Brahm was put in charge of running wine tastings, managing the cellar, and working on dinners with winemakers and local restaurants.

While attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brahm continued working at the Wine Merchant, and worked part time as a Wine Steward in many of Western Massachusetts’ top restaurants, also. After moving to Boston to pursue a Master’s Degree in Classics and Ancient History at Boston College, Brahm embraced the city’s wine community and began working as a sommelier while finishing his graduate work. During his time at some of Boston’s top-rated restaurants, including Excelsior and Rialto, Brahm developed an interest in small producers who make terroir-driven wines.  In 2009, Brahm joined Himmel Hospitality Group as part of the opening team for Post 390, an urban tavern in Boston featuring seasonally inspired menus. There, Brahm created a beverage program that included an expansive list of approachable and accessible wines, a selection of upwards of 40 craft beers and a competitive cocktail program.

In 2010, Brahm joined the team at Grill 23 & Bar as Wine Director, where he developed an award- winning list of more than 1,900 selections, focusing specifically on new cult producers while maintaining a balance that offers bottles for wine connoisseurs and novices alike.  In August 2015, Himmel Hospitality Group appointed Brahm as Beverage Director. In his current role, he’s responsible for developing a training program for all Sommelier and Bar Managers to ensure excellence for guests’ experience and employee growth at all three restaurants. 

In 2016, Brahm became the brand ambassador for Spain’s Ribera del Duero and Rueda wine regions. As a longtime champion of small producers who make high-quality, terroir-driven wines, the partnership allows him to educate the trade and public about each DO (denominacion de origen).  In 2017, Brahm and his team at Grill 23 & Bar were one of five restaurants, 89 in total since it’s’ 1981 inception, to win the highly-coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award. The Grand Award is the ultimate recognition for restaurants with the best wine programs in the world. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

10/23 JEAN-FRANÇOIS PELLET, PEPPER BRIDGE WINERY, JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET, BOISSET COLLECTION

JEAN-FRANÇOIS PELLET - WINEMAKER, PARTNER, PEPPER BRIDGE WINERY - LAUNCHES HARVEST NO. 20

PHILOSOPHY
Attention to detail and functionality were the driving forces behind the design and construction of Pepper Bridge Winery. The three-level winery is built into a hill, set against the stunning backdrop of Pepper Bridge Vineyard. We are Certified Sustainable.

By utilizing innovative design and techniques, Pepper Bridge Winery has enhanced its quality and dedication to crafting premium wines. We built the first state-of-the-art, gravity-flow facility in Washington state, complete with subterranean caves. In a gravity-flow winery such as this, the grape pulp and juice are moved from the sorting table to the tanks to the barrels via gravity, rather than by pumps. This gentle treatment of the grapes prevents the shearing of seeds and the introduction of bitter tannins. Pumps are a choice rather than a constraint.  As a result, all of our wines have elegant textures and exquisite flavor profiles.

Winemaker Jean-François Pellet was also the consulting developer of a new optical sorter - yet another step in improving overall wine quality. You can view a video about this below.

ESTATE VINEYARDS
Our estate vineyards - Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, and Les Collines - produce some of the most sought-after grapes in the state. Furthermore, these vineyards are leaders in the practice of sustainable agriculture. We are committed to environmental stewardship, implementing the following practices within the vineyards:                                           

Applying compost tea to restore fungal and microbial components to the soil and feeding the tea with molasses. The compost tea contains living organisms and thus needs to be fed in order to stay alive!
Adding compost to the soil to restore the soil humus.

Using drip irrigation and buried soil-moisture monitors to ensure we do not waste water by irrigating below the roots of the vines.

Leaving some ground cover un-mowed to preserve the habitat for beneficial insects.
Planting wild roses and leaving blackberries where they exist to provide winter habitat for a parasitic wasp that attacks leafhoppers.

Utilizing organic products such as sulfur and liquid fish oil  to replace hard chemicals that control powdery mildew.

Winemaker Jean-François Pellet plays an active role in management of the vineyards and is a founding member of the Walla Walla Valley's sustainable viticulture program, VINEA. The ultimate goal is to make quality wine and leave the soil healthier for future generations.

PEPPERBRIDGE.COM


JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET - PROPRIETOR, BOISSET COLLECTION - UPCOMING WINE DINNER ON NOVEMBER 3RD IN BEVERLY HILLS

GUIDED WINE DINNER WITH VISIONARY JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET ON NOVEMBER 3RD

DATE AND TIME
Fri, November 3, 2017
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM PDT
Mastro's Steakhouse
246 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Join us for an Unbelievable 7 course Wine Dinner with Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset of the Boisset Collection.

Come experience fine wines from the Boisset Collection with Jean-Charles Boisset. You will taste 10 of our most sought after wines from the private collection of JCB which is Jean-Charles Boisset collection of rare numbered edition wines that bring the history of Burgundy and its sophistication and explores the uncompromising style of California.

Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in the village of Vougeot, Burgundy, France. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child, growing up above the cellars and within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du Clos Vougeot, the epicenter and birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Decanter Magazine has included Jean-Charles on its "Power List" of the fifty most important people in the wine world each year of its publication since 2007. The Boisset Collection is one of the Top 10 family-owned fine wine companies in the world and is currently the largest wine producer in Burgundy and the third largest in France.

Experience the very best in fine dining and fine wines in Beverly Hills with Jean-Charles Boisset. Throughout the evening, you will enjoy 10 wines, paired with food prepared by Mastro's Executive Chef. All wines are provided complimentary for you to sip and savour with each course.

One of the exclusive wines we will share with you is The Surrealist by JCB, rated 95+ points by Wine Advocate. $350 bottle

A full menu and wine list will be available to view soon.

Secure your seats at the table today! See you in Beverly Hills!

Contact the organizers for additional information.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

ABOUT BOISSET COLLECTION
Boisset is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries bound together by a common cause: authentic, terroir-driven wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence. With more than twenty historical and prestigious wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including the Côte d’Or, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley, each house retains its unique history, identity, and style, and all are united in the pursuit of fine wines expressive of their terroir. To learn more about the Boisset Collection, please visit www.boissetcollection.com.

WWW.BOISSETCOLLECTION.COM

Monday, October 16, 2017

10/16 CAINE THOMPSON, TOOTH & NAIL WINERY, EMMA SWAIN, ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY NEW TASTING SALON IN BEVERLY HILLS

CAINE THOMPSON - PRESIDENT,  TOOTH & NAIL WINERY 

Rabble Wine Company creates Central Coast flavors with edgy and historical labels. The end result? A bottle of wine that truly over-delivers.

Our Central Coast winery showcases the best fruit from Paso Robles and the Santa Maria Valley. Our wine style exemplifies bright acidity, all while showcasing true varietal characteristics. Balance is the theme throughout, keeping alcohol levels below 15% and finely-tuning tannins to deliver a lush, full bodied wine with balanced acidity.

The labels all incorporate beautiful public domain art rooted in history: woodblock prints from the 1500s, illustrations by John James Audubon, and etchings from William Blake and John Boydell. Our labels, like our wines, are known to engage, evoke emotion, and spark conversation.

After drinking our wine, we hope you’ll see and experience the world a little differently.

TOOTH & NAIL WINERY: STORMING THE CASTLE
The Tooth & Nail Winery castle is where you’ll find the Rabble Wine Company tasting room and event venue. We add variety to the Paso Robles winery neighborhood both in wines and ambiance. Our French Chateau meets industrial tasting room is based in history but modern, much like our labels and our wines. We embrace the fun space that it is, while keeping wine quality at the core of everything we do.

WWW.RABBLEWINE.COM


EMMA SWAIN - CEO, ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY


ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY TASTING SALON – BEVERLY HILLS

We are excited to announce the opening of the St. Supéry Estate Tasting Salon located in Beverly Hills, CA.  The first of its kind located on Rodeo Drive, the Tasting Salon will be open daily through summer 2018.

LOCATION:
408 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

HOURS:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
  
TASTINGS:
Reservations preferred, walk-ins welcome
Please join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events at the St. Supéry Estate Tasting Salon.

ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY is a 100% Estate Grown, Certified Napa Green winery located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley.  The winery combines French château tradition with Napa Valley terroir and a focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varieties.  With the winery's reputation based on its valuable Napa Valley properties, the primary goal of producing the highest quality estate wines is enhanced by supporting biodiversity and sustainability of the Estate for generations to come.

WWW.STSUPERY.COM

Monday, October 9, 2017

10/09 CHRISTOPHER TARANTO, PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE, PASO HARVEST WINE WEEKEND, ELLIOTT DOLIN, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS, LARRY VAN AALST, SONOMA FIRE

CHRISTOPHER TARANTO - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE - PASO HARVEST WINE WEEKEND OCTOBER 20-22, 2017!

Halfway between the two main California metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco is Paso Robles Wine Country. Located along California’s famed Central Coast, the Paso Robles winegrape growing region’s climate is perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines. A long growing season of warm days and cool evenings gives rise to vibrantly ripened fruit with dynamic flavor profiles that translate beautifully in your glass of Paso Robles wine.

Traversing the landscape you will find 40,000 vineyard acres, producing more than 40 winegrape varieties – from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, including the area’s heritage variety zinfandel. The styles of wine are diverse in this very distinct region.

40,000 vineyard acres & 40 winegrape varieties
Along your journey through Paso Robles Wine Country, take time to stroll the historic downtown to shop and dine. Boutique stores, wine country cuisine, and tasting rooms fill the blocks surrounding Paso Robles’ Downtown City Park. A scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Paso Robles’ downtown completes the picture of Paso Robles Wine Country.

Neighboring Paso Robles along the coast are the towns of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle on the north, and the fishing village of Morro Bay to the south. In between you will find Cambria, Harmony, and Cayucos. All are within a short drive and worthy of your exploration. Much like the marine air influence to the winegrapes, the coast is a perfect complement to your Paso Robles Wine Country experience.

We invite you to discover Paso Robles Wine Country. Use the links above to learn more about Paso Robles’ history, its wineries and vineyards and upcoming events. To find out more about visiting Paso Robles Wine Country, explore the touring and visitor information.

HARVEST WINE WEEKEND | OCTOBER 20-22, 2017!

We Harvest Happiness!
It’s time to be happy! A year’s hard work is rewarded with another great harvest. Come celebrate with us during Harvest Wine Weekend, October 20-22, 2017!

In Paso Robles Wine Country, you’ll discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension. Try a taste for yourself with more than 140 weekend activities! Winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, and live music are just a few of the exciting offerings that await!

Visit www.pasowine.com to search the full weekend of harvest events by day, winery or activity. You’re sure to find something to satisfy whatever your palate desires!

PASOWINE.COM


ELLIOTT DOLIN – PROPRIETOR, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS - HARVEST UPDATE/UPCOMING EVENTS

Inspired by a Chardonnay vineyard that Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted behind their Malibu home in 2006, Dolin Estate quickly emerged as one of the leading producers of estate Chardonnay in the Malibu Coast. Today its Malibu production has grown to include a second Chardonnay from Malibu Newton Canyon and two proprietary Malibu Coast red blends.

With the 2012 vintage, Dolin Estate broadened its scope beyond the boundaries of Malibu with a line of Central Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. The lineup includes a range of regional blends and single-vineyard designated bottles from revered sites such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Solomon Hills Vineyard and John Sebastiano Vineyard.

The Dolin Malibu Coast Estate
The Dolin property sits at 400-ft. elevation just off Point Dume State Beach, where it benefits from a coastal microclimate with cool foggy mornings and large diurnal shifts. The site is laid out at a 45-degree eastward facing angle on the property’s sharply grated, south-oriented slope. The blend of Zuma volcanic soils and sandy loam has proven to be a perfect fit for Chardonnay.

Malibu Coast AVA
In 2011, wanting to offer a greater “sense of place” to the region, Elliott helped spearhead the establishment of the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) alongside other Malibu vintners. The Malibu Coast AVA is 46 miles long and eight miles wide, with the majority situated within the Santa Monica National Recreational Area.

Winemaking:
Respected Central Coast winemaker Kirby Anderson brings decades of experience and takes a mindful approach to winemaking at every stage of production, from harvest to bottling, to make balanced wines with rich fruit, bright acidity and voluptuous texture. He makes monthly visits to Malibu during the growing season to meet with Elliott and monitor the development of the fruit. Elliott in turn frequently travels to the winery and vineyards in the Central Coast to offer direction and feedback on the winemaking.

WWW.DOLINESTATE.COM

LARRY VAN AALST –  SONOMA FIRE UPDATE

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR, TASTING AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY, WHATS GOING ON IN THE SOMNOMA AREA AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.

Monday, October 2, 2017

10/02 STEPHEN DOOLEY, STEPHEN ROSS WINES, MIXOLOGIST JEN ACKRILL, SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI, HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

STEPHEN ROSS DOOLEY -  WINEMAKER AND FOUNDER, STEPHEN ROSS WINES 

Small, family owned winery producing hand crafted wines on the South Central Coast of California. 

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars is a premium family run winery located in the Edna Valley specializing in vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Winemaker and owner Stephen Dooley has become one of the most respected vintners in the region crafting exceptional wines from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region.

In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. Home to several well-known vineyards, the Edna Valley exemplifies the characteristic microclimate and geologic features, which are the hallmark of the south central coast; an east-west valley, which mitigates its temperate climate with cooling, ocean-borne breezes. This provides a long growing season ideal for the development of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah grapes.

Dooley is currently producing wines from grapes grown at prestigious vineyards such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Oliver’s Vineyard, Dante Dusi Vineyard, Wolff Vineyard and Thomann Station in addition to the estate Stone Corral Vineyard. Pinot Noir is also being sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. He also prodces Pinot Gris and Albarino.

The tasting room and winery is just a few miles from the vineyards of Edna Valley and located in the southern end of town in a mostly commercial area. Once inside the attractive tasting room the wines speak volumes for the commitment Steve has made to creating memorable wines.

The tasting room has an up to date modern look with a roomy tasting bar and small stand up tables made from oak barrels. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to provide details of the wine making process and philosophy of the winemaker.

WWW.STEPHENROSSWINE.COM


MIXOLOGIST JEN ACKRILL - DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY FOR SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI TALKS ABOUT THE SEVENTH ANNUAL HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 

The seventh annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will feature world class food, wine, and COCKTAILS in Ka‘anapali, Maui from October 20-22nd.

Jen Ackrill,  Director of Mixology for Sky and Top of Waikiki, returns to Maui to dazzle guests with her dynamic drinks and charm. With a career spanning more than 17 years, she has developed cocktail programs for some of San Francisco’s premier watering holes including Rye—one of The City's first modern craft cocktail bars. She’s known for making original libations that take a nod from history—with the freshest of local ingredients. This year, the Festival will welcome 200 chefs, winemakers, and mixologists to the two-week long celebration on three islands.

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai‘i.
Dates: HFWF17 is October 20-November 5, 2017 on Maui, the Big Island and O‘ahu
Website to buy tickets and book travel: www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
                                   
HFWF17 MAUI EVENTS:

20th Annual Roy’s Golf Classic- SOLD OUT
October 20th at Kā‘anapali Golf Course
(Golf tournament was added as the kickoff HFWF event 3 years ago.)
-Fun pairing of chefs, pro golfers, amateurs, food & cocktails spread out over 18 beautiful holes of Kaanapali golf course followed by dinner at Roys Kaanapali. Charity golf event benefits Imua Family Services.
-Hank’s Haute Dogs, Tin Roof’s Sheldon Simeon and more will serve up dishes on the course.

Global Street Food- TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 21st at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
-Beautiful setting on the lawn overlooking Maui’s famous Black Rock Beach
-13 world class chefs such as Jonathan Waxman, Roy Yamaguchi, Raphael Lunetta, and David LeFevere will create street food inspired from cuisine around the world using fresh local ingredients that will be paired with great wines and cocktails by Jen Ackrill and Chandra Lam Lucariello. At the end of the night, there will be a grand fireworks finale.

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Lucky 7 - TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 22nd at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
-Seven course wine-paired dinner featuring six top chefs will be a lucky celebration for our seventh year in a spectacular outdoor setting overlooking the Pacific at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

WWW.HAWAIIFOODANDWINEFESTIVAL.COM

Monday, September 25, 2017

9/25 AVERYL DUNN, WASHINGTON STATE WINE, 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL, IAN BLACKBURN, BEEKEEPER CELLARS, WINE LA

AVERYL DUNN FROM WASHINGTON STATE WINE - DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL
SEATTLE’S PREMIER WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, TASTE WASHINGTON RETURNS MARCH 22-25, 2018

Coming off its biggest year ever, Taste Washington will be back for another four-day festival March 22-25, 2018. 

This past March, the 20th anniversary celebration drew more than 7,000 attendees – a festival record. The Grand Tasting poured over 675 wines, served bites from 65 restaurants – honoring Capital Grille as 2017 Best Bite award - and shucked 9,600 oysters! Planning for 2018 has begun and will include popular events including the Grand Tasting, educational seminars led by industry leaders, the Red and White Party, Taste Washington on the Farm, and the New Vintage. Tickets to the 21st annual Taste Washington will go on sale December 1, 2017 at www.tastewashington.org.

About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 21st annual event will be held on March 22-25, 2018 at various locations in Seattle. The 2018 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Mileage Plan. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and the festival is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Washington State Wine:
Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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IAN BLACKBURN – FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS & OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA 

ABOUT BEEKEEPER CELLARS
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.

Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.

In 2008, Clay saw the fruits of his family's labor taking shape and came to Ian with a unique opportunity to source some of the Rockpile fruit. He told Ian in the difficult days of 2008, “now is the time to get in and build the business and have it take shape as the market improves, and to not wait until business is strong as you will have a hard time getting access to the right quality assets.” Ian took heed of Clay’s wise comment and said "When your best friend is Clay Mauritson and he offers Rockpile fruit and to assist with winemaking…... you make Zinfandel.”

In Los Angeles, Ian operates a specialty wine marketing organization known as wineLA and has pioneered wine education for the past 20 years (since 1995) through www.learnaboutwine.com and www.wineLA.com.  Beekeeper Cellars is also involved in Ian’s Masters of Wine Thesis project and provides him the winemaking training he requires to help pass the difficult Masters of Wine exam...an ongoing pursuit.

ABOUT WINELA
wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve.  Edicts:  innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

OCTOBER EVENTS:

WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA
100+ WINES - 200 GUESTS
Marina City Club - Marina Del Rey
Oct. 04, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

THE FOOD EVENT 2017
THE NAME SAYS IT ALL - TONS OF WINE, BEER, FOOD & FUN!
Saddlerock Ranch - Malibu
Oct. 15, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LA TIMES "BITE NIGHT"
CELEBRATING J. GOLDS TOP 101
The MacArthur - Los Angeles
Oct. 23, 2017 / 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

COLLECTABLE BURGUNDY VS. AGED BAROLO DINNER
Otium - Los Angeles
Oct. 26, 2017 / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FALL FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL
33RD ANNUAL EVENT
Parkway Grill - Pasadena
Oct. 29, 2017 / 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

9TH ANNUAL
STARS OF CABERNET
35 WINERIES - 1 NIGHT ONLY
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Nov. 15, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Monday, September 18, 2017

9/18 CHEF JENNIFER LUTTRELL, POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE, EVA BERTRAN, GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS, GLORIA FERRER’S 3RD ANNUAL GLORIOUS BITES CHALLENGE, ELIZABETH BURCHARD, BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS

CHEF JENNIFER LUTTRELL, POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE & EVA BERTRAN, GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS

GLORIA FERRER’S 3RD ANNUAL GLORIOUS BITES CHALLENGE OPENS FOR ENTRIES 

Do you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy?  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s most glorious appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut and it’s willing to pay $5,000 to get it!  Starting August 15th, budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel their inner-foodie and submit their signature appetizer recipe for the 3rd annual nationwide Glorious Bites Challenge. Each recipe entered will be reviewed by a panel of wine and food experts based on originality, perceived taste appeal and perceived ability to pair with the award-winning Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.  For official rules, entry deadlines and more please visit www.gloriousbites.com.  
Last year, Chera Little of Leander, Texas, beat out over 1,800 entries to take home the grand prize for her recipe for Miso-Maple Glazed Cod Wonton-Cho’s with Crispy Bok Choy Slaw.  This year, twelve semi-finalists will be chosen from all entrants to participate in three live cook-off events scheduled around the country that will culminate in the Glorious Bites Challenge Finals at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma, California. Tickets for all events are available now! Events include plenty of cookoff excitement, special guests, delicious Gloria Ferrer wines, savory bites and a cooking demonstration by Keynote Judge and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.

OUR SIGNATURE BITE FROM POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE COMPANY 
Gloria Ferrer is happy to once again partner with its Sonoma County neighbor, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, for the Glorious Bites Challenge.  The secret to all the cheeses made on the farm lies in the unique combination of 3 key ingredients: Grade A milk from a closed herd of Holstein cows that graze on the pastures overlooking Tomales Bay, the coastal fog and the salty Pacific breezes. Our three Glorious Bites Finalists will get to see the farm as VIPs and enjoy a five-course dinner the evening before the Glorious Bites Final Event prepared by Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.

Luttrell has been the Executive Chef of The Fork, a Culinary and Educational Center on the Giacomini family dairy at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes, California, since 2011.  For the second year in a row, she will serve as our Keynote Judge at each Gloria Ferrer Glorious Bites Challenge event and has created a delicious signature appetizer using the iconic Point Reyes Original Blue!

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ELIZABETH BURCHARD - DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS 

Our entire selection of wine is treated with the same love and diligence shown in the gift of family.

We are a family-owned winery that specializes in the production of Cabernet Sauvignons. With each sip of our wine, there is no denying the taste of love and hard work put into every bottle.

WWW.BALDACCIVINEYARDS.COM

Monday, September 4, 2017

09/04 BROADCASTING LIVE FROM TASTE OF SONOMA

BROADCASTING LIVE FROM TASTE OF SONOMA
Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Sonoma County’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University offers an exciting new location for an event where Sonoma County’s top winemakers, growers and chefs come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food.

At Taste of Sonoma at Green Music Center at Sonoma State University you’ll taste your way through a microcosm of Sonoma County’s most incredible flavors. Wineries from across Sonoma County pour literally thousands of wines. Local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings. All set within the backdrop of musical inspiration.

Plus, you’re invited to experience seminars and demonstrations that cover a wide range of topics from terroir to technique, as well as chef’s tips and tricks. Taste of Sonoma is THE wine event of the year, and it promises a weekend filled with fabulous wine, food and fun.  Saturday, gates are open from 12pm to 4pm and Club Reserve ticket holders also receive exclusive VIP access to Taste of Sonoma on Saturday from 11:00am – 12:00pm, before the event opens to the general public.

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THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE JOINED MIKE AND LARRY ON THIS SPECIAL BROADCAST:

  • BILL SILVER - DEAN, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY 
  • RAY JOHNSON - DIRECTOR OF THE WINE BUSINESS INSTITUTE AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • CHEF THOMAS SCHMIDT - JOHN ASH & CO. AND CULINARY HOST  
  • RANDY ULLOM - WINEMAKER,  KENDALL-JACKSON
  • JOE ANDERSON - PROPRIETOR, BENOVIA WINERY 
  • JEAN ARNOLD SESSION - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS 
  • KELIN CASTLEBERRY BACKMAN - MANAGING DIRECTOR,  SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND




Monday, August 28, 2017

08/28 PETER MONDAVI JR., CHARLES KRUG WINERY, FRED SCHERRER, SCHERRER WINERY

PETER MONDAVI JR. – CO-PROPRIETOR, CHARLES KRUG WINERY

Now under the guidance of Peter Mondavi Sr., the Charles Krug Winery honors its roots while forging ahead to the future. From the Wild West to the twenty-first century, relatively crude beginnings gave way to the finest form of winemaking.

Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug, the 27-year old Prussian immigrant came to America with little besides willpower and a willingness to work hard to build the cornerstone of the first winery in the Napa Valley. He became the major local winery figure of his era, greatly influencing Napa Valley's development as a world-renown wine producing region.

His leadership was said to be inspirational and his ideas innovative. Charles Krug introduced the cider press for winemaking, the first of which is still on display at the winery. He carefully selected rootstocks, varietals and vineyard sites - a novel concept in late 19th century America.

After his death in 1892, James Moffitt held the winery in proprietorship through Prohibition. By 1943, he found a pioneering spirit in Cesare Mondavi, an Italian immigrant with a passion for wine, and sold the winery to his family for $75,000.

At 60 years old, Cesare Mondavi spearheaded a dramatic renaissance in the decade that followed. Wine historian Charles Sullivan writes in his book, Napa Wine, “By the early 1950s it was irrefutable that the Valley's Big Four had been augmented by one - the Charles Krug Winery”.

Cesare died in 1959 leaving Rosa as President with sons Robert as General Manager and Peter as Vice President. In 1966, Robert moved south to Oakville and began construction of his own winery. Upon Rosa's death in 1976, Peter became President of the winery.

Peter's industry innovations from his studies at Stanford and Berkeley included revolutionary research on cold fermentation, enabling the production of exceptionally crisp, fruity white wines. His pioneering efforts to plant vineyards in the Carneros region with chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, cold sterile filtration techniques and aging wine in small French oak barrels contributed to his being named one of the twelve “Living Legends” in 1999 by the Napa Valley Vintners Association.

Above all else, Charles Krug Winery is a family winery. Peter Sr. and his sons Marc and Peter Jr. continue their dedication to producing the finest Bordeaux style wines in the Napa Valley. To achieve this, they initiated a nine-year, $22 million investment program completed in 2010. Over 400 of the winery's 850 prime acres in Napa Valley have been re-planted and state-of-the-art winemaking equipment is now in use.

WWW.CHARLESKRUG.COM


FRED SCHERRER – SCHERRER WINERY

THE WINERY AND WINEMAKING
“In the mid-1970’s, due to a normal teenage interest in alcoholic beverages, my family allowed me to make some wine from the family vineyard and beer at home (under adult supervision, of course). This led to a UC Davis degree as well as concurrent work at a local winery doing the dirtiest and most menial jobs imaginable. In the mid-1980’s good friends at Duxoup Wine Works (think Marx Brothers for the pronunciation) inspired me to try my hand at my own label so I negotiated cellar space in lieu of a raise by my then-current employer, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards in Anderson Valley (I got a raise anyway). Greenwood Ridge was supportive of my project and decided to have some Scherrer Zinfandel produced for their label as well. Unfortunately, I had a poor business plan and during the first year I realized I was not yet ready for this project. Greenwood Ridge continued to make a small amount of Scherrer Vineyard Zinfandel for many years.

Enter Dehlinger Winery in the late 1980’s. Tom Dehlinger was very supportive of my long-term plans and challenged me to develop a solid business plan, facilitating an important entry into my own project. In return, his winery received my heart and soul for a decade. The final key element in our getting started was from my parents. They allowed me to delay paying them for their fine grapes until we began getting cash flow from our wine sales. By 1997, we were ready to make the move to a facility of our own. In anticipation of this, we were able to add Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to supplement the Zinfandel we were producing, all from my father’s vineyard in Alexander Valley. Tom Dehlinger supported this transition of my focus, allowing me to produce these additional wines in his facility and we parted very amicably after that vintage.

And so after the harvest of 1997, I moved our operation to a corner of an apple packing shed-turned-winery, finally leasing the entire building. During this period, our production grew from just the three varietals from Scherrer Vineyard, to now typically a dozen wines, about half of which are Pinot Noir. Total production is now 4000 to 5000 cases. My good frieStefanie Salem is the Founder & CEO of the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Salem takes her entrepreneurial and international business background combined with her insatiable love for all things food, wine and cooking to curate and lead all programming for each year’s event. Her 20 years of business experience, which includes living and working in foreign countries, collaborating with political leaders and leading projects with economic corporations, has played a key role in helping her secure high-profile sponsors, participants and partners to make the Festival a true world-class event.

Salem’s impressive career accomplishments have included: promoting foreign investment in emerging markets by working with Heads of State, Ministers and CEO’s of multinational and local corporations in the countries of Greece, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Nigeria. Salem also led editorial advertising in US News and World Report, Sunday Telegraph (UK) and USA Today. Subsequently, she was Founder and President of Hampton Court Publishing, London, which published “In God’s Time, the Building of a Democratic Nation”, focusing on the cultural, historical and political independence of Nigeria where she worked with President Obasanjo, Vice President Abubakar, all 36 Governors and Ministers. After founding the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival in 2014, Salem was honored as one of the “Most Influential People of 2015” by Newport Beach Magazine. In that same year, the Festival was also touted as the “Top 5 Places to Travel to in October (World-wide)” by Forbes Travel.

Salem considers herself a “taste-bud traveler”, gaining much of her inspiration for the Festival by experiencing cultural cuisine throughout her international business travels, and today, traveling the world with her two sons, family and closest friends. Salem also enjoys frequenting restaurants around Orange County, wining and dining with her chef and master sommelier pals, cooking gourmet meals at home and never missing an episode of “Top Chef.”

Salem was born and raised in Southern California and earned her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1992.nd, Don Bliss helped me whenever I needed a hand (or a finger to dial 911 in the unlikely event of a forklift mistake) during the first years until he sold his fine vineyard and moved back to his native Texas in 2006. Since then, I have been able to impose on a handful of friends and local customers when I have needed help, but still continue to work at the winery pretty much alone most of the year. Judi, my wife, has handled administrative and compliance for the winery since 2002, keeping me out of trouble with bureaucrats and making sure we are able to conform with the complex and changing world of direct shipping and wholesaling laws, reports and fees.”

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Monday, August 21, 2017

08/21 JAMIE PETERS, WINESONG, SOMMELIER AUSTIN FLORES, THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT & SPA

JAMIE PETERS - EVENT DIRECTOR FOR WINESONG (MENDOCINO’S PREMIER FOOD & WINE EVENT

ABOUT WINESONG & THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Winesong is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Its mission is to help the small rural Hospital provide the best possible medical care to residents as well as the many visitors to the Mendocino Coast. Winesong proceeds have enabled the Hospital to purchase chemotherapy equipment, portable ultrasound machines for the Emergency Room as well as a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center, Cardiology Equipment, a Bedside Medicine Verification System and most recently, a Nurse Call System and a Patient Monitor Alert & Telemetry System.

OVERVIEW OF EVENTS:

A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers
Friday, September 8, 2017 | 1 to 4 p.m.
The weekend kicks off with a prestigious Pinot Noir tasting, presented by Winesong and hosted by Little River Inn. Attendees will enjoy Pinot Noir from renowned Anderson Valley, along with wines from other award-winning pinot regions, alongside tastes of Little River Inn’s finest culinary offerings. General Admission Tickets for A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers are $75 per person.

Wine & Food Grand Tasting in the Gardens
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stroll through the lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by world-class wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and beyond. Sample beer, spirits, and food from 50 of Mendocino County’s finest purveyors. The tasting is accented by various musical groups performing a variety of styles including jazz, classical, blues, calypso and folk rock. General Admission Tickets with festival seating at auction and access to wine and food tasting are $125 per person for Early Responders; $150 per person after June 1st.

Silent & Live Charity Auctions
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | SILENT: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; LIVE: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The centerpiece of Winesong weekend is the Charity Auction, featuring both a silent and live auction. Nearly 200 lots will be on offer, featuring spectacular wines from the world’s most prestigious wine producers, rare vintages, large format bottles and special vertical and horizontal collections, as well as original art from acclaimed California artists and highly coveted international and domestic vacation packages. Auction Reserve Tickets with assigned seating under the auction tent (w/catered lunch) and access to wine and food tasting are $225 per person for Early Responders; $250 per person after June 1st.

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SOMMELIER AUSTIN FLORES - RESTAURANT & BAR MANAGER @ THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT & SPA

ABOUT THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT AND SPA
"Where Heaven and Aloha Meet"™

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is situated along a spectacular stretch of the famed Ka'anapali Beach. This oceanfront resort blends an endless array of activities and amenities with gracious aloha spirit, perfect for any Hawaiian vacation.

Located beachfront with spectacular views of Lana'i and Moloka'i, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is just minutes from Maui's many attractions, yet remains a world unto itself, where exclusive services, first-rate restaurants, cultured entertainment and thrilling diversions satisfy every interest.

WWW.WESTINMAUI.COM

Monday, August 14, 2017

08/14 JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET, RAYMOND VINEYARDS, MIKE REYNOLDS, WALT WINES

JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET - PROPRIETOR, RAYMOND VINEYARDS

RAYMOND VINEYARDS PURCHASES THE 55-ACRE  BARTOLUCCI-STICE VINEYARD IN ST. HELENA

Raymond Vineyards, and Boisset Collection, have purchased the 55-acre Bartolucci Vineyard off of Stice Lane in St. Helena. The vineyard is adjacent to Raymond’s existing Stice Vineyard, and has 47 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Following the philosophy of all of Boisset’s estate vineyards, the Bartolucci vineyard will be converted to certified Napa Green, certified organic and certified Biodynamic®   farming. The addition of another estate vineyard in St. Helena, in the heart of the upper Napa Valley near the Raymond winery, shows Boisset’s ongoing, long-term commitment to the region. The addition of the Bartolucci-Stice Vineyard follows the 2015 purchase of the Ticen Ranch on Highway 29, with 25 acres of Rutherford vineyards. Raymond Vineyards now comprises 380 acres in Napa Valley.

“We believe in Napa Valley, and we believe in the importance of a long-term vision of making fine wines with a deep commitment and respect to the most prestigious and high-quality terroir,” said Raymond Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset. “The addition of this phenomenal site in St. Helena from a great Napa family strengthens Raymond and ensures continuity and respect of the Bartolucci’s family legacy.”

The Bartoluccis are a multi-generational Napa Valley farming family that sought another owner to steward their vineyards for generations to come. They found in Boisset a like-minded commitment to family farming that will respect and enhance the quality of the site. The Bartolucci family has been farming in Napa Valley for four generations, starting in the 1920s, while Raymond celebrates a five generation family legacy of winemaking dating to the earliest foundations of the Napa Valley. The Bartolucci-Stice vineyard was originally planted in 1976, just two years after the first harvest of Raymond Vineyards in 1974.

With this year’s release of its 2014 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Raymond is celebrating 40 years of winemaking in Napa Valley since its first vintage in 1974. “We believe that Raymond, today, is characterizing a new style of Napa Valley wine with elegance, finesse, charisma, eloquence and power,” said Boisset.

Since purchasing Raymond in 2009, Boisset has infused the winery with energy, innovation, passion and dynamism while respecting and celebrating its family heritage, and deepening the winery’s commitment to Napa Valley vineyards and farming. Raymond Winemaker Stephanie Putnam, along with Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka, makes Cabernet Sauvignon from 13 of Napa’s 16 sub-AVAs in order to highlight and express the incredible diversity of the valley and the winery’s dedication to terroir. Under Boisset’s vision, Raymond has been named Sunset magazine’s “Best Tasting Room – Experience Beyond Tasting” in 2011; the 2012 American Winery of the Year and the 2016 Wine and Culture Wine Star by Wine Enthusiast ; the “Best Unique Tasting Experience” by CellarPass; "Best of the Bay – Best Wine Tasting Room, Napa" by the North Bay Bohemian; and named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013 for its Generations Cabernet Sauvignon.

ABOUT RAYMOND VINEYARDS 
Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, comprises a 380-acre estate in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Five generations of the Raymond family created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, power and complexity. Today, guided by the vision of Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond Vineyards is one of the wine world’s most dynamic winery destinations. Highly-ranked wines are crafted by Winemaker Stephanie Putnam and Consulting Winemaker Phillipe Melka from Raymond’s certified organic and Biodynamic® estate vineyards and select long-term vineyard partners. The winery’s guest experiences unite education, passion and entertainment, offering diverse opportunities to explore wine. The solar-powered winery is certified by CCOF, Demeter Biodynamic, Napa Green, Fish Friendly Farming and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

ABOUT BOISSET COLLECTION 
Boisset is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries bound together by a common cause: authentic, terroir-driven wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence. With more than twenty-five historical and prestigious wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including the Côte d’Or, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley, each house retains its unique history, identity, and style, and all are united in the pursuit of fine wines expressive of their terroir.

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MIKE REYNOLDS - PRESIDENT, WALT WINES

WHO WE ARE: 1,000 MILES OF PINOT
Owned by Vintners Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall, WALT has a passion for producing wines of a place – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Pacific Coast’s most distinctive vineyard sites. Spanning over 1,000 miles, the WALT portfolio of vineyards includes the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, Los Carneros, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Willamette Valley appellations.

Our winemaking philosophy deliberately approaches the vineyard as the priority in making these varieties. As stewards of the grapes, our winemakers work hard to firmly but delicately extract flavors and characteristics so that our wines naturally and honestly express the character of the sites where they are grown. Since the inaugural 2010 vintage, WALT is renowned for its consistency and believes strongly in the timeless qualities of balance and bold, flavorful wines. WALT is a part of the HALL Wines family in Napa Valley, one of the leading luxury wine brands in the world.

WINES
The current WALT portfolio of wines includes 12 Pinot Noirs, 3 Chardonnays, and 1 Rosé of Pinot Noir sourced from premier vineyards along the Pacific Coast representing 1,000 miles of Pinot. We seek locations in cool climates with low-vigor, hillside vineyards that produce bold, elegant, opulent, supple and silky wines. Our wines come from both Estate Vineyards (approx. 140 acres) and 17 unique vineyard partners. Each partner possesses an optimal site, infrastructure and a true passion for quality. We have enormous respect for our extended family of winegrowers.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

08/07 SCOTT RICH - WINEMAKER, MORAGA VINEYARDS - LA'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS BORDEAUX STYLE WINE, RUSS JOY, STE MICHELLE WINE ESTATES, SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND, SONOMA COUNTY WINE AUCTION

SCOTT RICH - WINEMAKER, MORAGA VINEYARDS - LA'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS BORDEAUX STYLE WINE

Moraga Vineyards is a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles community of Bel Air. From the care of each individual vine, to the selection and blending processes, to the hand labeling of each bottle, every effort is taken to produce wine of distinctive style and quality.

OUR STORY
Grapes are not foreign to this canyon land. The overland expedition of Don Caspar de Portola, which established the route of the California missions (El Camino Real), passed by Moraga Canyon in August of 1769. In his diary, expedition member Father Juan Crespi mentions a “profusion of wild grapes and Castilian roses in full bloom” in the canyon. Wild roses still exist on the property and are represented on the four corners of the Moraga wine label.

OUR WINES
Our focus is to create the highest quality wine while preserving the essence of place. With the experience of each vintage, we have been able to improve our understanding of the ripening patterns of the vineyards. We selectively pick from vines that have come to full maturity on the basis of taste. Ultimately, it is all about flavor and tannin development.

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RUSS JOY CURRENTLY SERVES AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS BOARD AND IS A 4TH GENERATION GRAPE GROWER.

TASTE OF SONOMA :
LABOR DAY WEEKEND  |  SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
DONALD AND MAUREEN GREEN MUSIC CENTER AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Sonoma County’s esteemed wine country, the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University offers an exciting new location for an event where Sonoma County’s top winemakers, growers and chefs come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food.

At Taste of Sonoma at Green Music Center at Sonoma State University you’ll taste your way through a microcosm of Sonoma County’s most incredible flavors. Over 200 wineries pour literally thousands of wines. Over 60 local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings. All set within the backdrop of musical inspiration.

Plus, you’re invited to experience seminars and demonstrations that cover a wide range of topics from terroir to technique, as well as chef’s tips and tricks. Taste of Sonoma is THE wine and food event of the year, and it promises a weekend filled with fabulous wine, food and fun. Club Reserve ticket holders also receive exclusive VIP access to the entire event from 11 AM to noon on Saturday, September 2nd prior to the general admission entrance opening at 12 PM.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

7/31 STEVEN URBERG, WINDVANE, FREIXENET USA, BILL PHELPS, JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS

STEVEN URBERG - WINEMAKER, WINDVANE 

WindVane was created as an homage to the wind that contributes to the unique character of Carneros wines. After working in the same vineyards for years, our winemaker Steven Urberg was intrigued by some of the windiest vineyard blocks in the estate. The wines coming from these wind-blown vines are concentrated with great depth of fruit and a generous mouthfeel. WindVane is selected from the very best parcels throughout our 335 acres of estate vineyards in the Carneros region of Northern California. Our unique property has an East facing exposure with a mountain range directly alongside the West side of the vineyards. The mountains provide altitude, shallow rocky soils, shade from the intense afternoon sun and they also serve to funnel the intense Pacific Coast breezes directly onto the vineyards. We select vines from the steepest, rockiest areas of the vineyards where the soils are very thin and the vines are challenged throughout the growing season. They face the natural elements of a cooler marine layer in the mornings and afternoons, and intense wind which results in small crops of very slow ripening fruit that produces intense character.

ABOUT  STEVEN URBERG - WINEMAKER
Steven Urberg’s finely tuned sense of focus, passion for detail, and strong science background are indispensable in crafting Gloria Ferrer sparkling and estate varietal wines. As a young man from Detroit, who came to California by way of U.C. Berkeley for graduate school in chemistry, Steven discovered that winemaking provides a way in which to use his innate technical ability in creating wine as an art.  His journey into winemaking began in 1995, when he decided to take a break from chemistry. He was offered a job at the Hess Collection, working in the cellar, and he never looked back. “The excitement of that first harvest at the Hess Collection inspired me to take a left turn from the path of chemistry research, return to graduate school at U.C. Davis, and pursue my new passion of winemaking,” says Urberg.  With his tremendous ability for hard work and focus, Steven Urberg integrates his scientific background with inspired artistry in crafting elegant and balanced Gloria Ferrer sparkling and estate varietal wines.. The diverse array of clones planted on the Gloria Ferrer estate vineyards, married with the Carneros terroir, result in a palate of flavors that is a dream come true to a scientist with an artistic bent. Clearly, Steven has the discipline and talent required to create the Gloria Ferrer wines that are true expressions of the Carneros region — sparkling and estate varietal wines — vintage to vintage.

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BILL PHELPS - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS 

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch nearSt. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varieties, Insignia, first produced in 1974.

ABOUT BILL PHELPS - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND PART OF THE FAMILY’S SECOND GENERATION
Bill Phelps was named Executive Chairman of Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 2016 having servedas President of the winerysince 2008. In his current role Bill’s primary responsibility is to ensure long-term family ownership and operation of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and to overseestrategic planningfor the winery and vineyard operations in both Napa Valley and the western Sonoma Coast.

Bill moved to Napa Valley in 1998 after a successful 20-year careerin law, primarily in the investment banking industry. In so doing, he became the first member of Phelps’ second generation to have an active role atthe winery on a long-term basis. He worked closely with his father, Joe Phelps, gradually taking on responsibility for the winery’s day-to-day operationsuntil his appointment as President in 2008. Billwasinstrumental in moving the wineryto an entirely estate-grown wine producer, a significant shift in strategy that was fully implemented by the harvestof2009. He was also involved in identifying and acquiring Phelps’ vineyard properties in Freestone on the western Sonoma Coast, and helped to oversee the construction of the winery there as well as the development of the wines.

Bill’s first role at Joseph Phelps Vineyards dates back to 1974 when he worked on the construction crew that built Phelps’ Napa Valley winery. He was on a summer break from college, and he remembers his father, Joe, driving him around Napa Valley and pointing outthelandmarks. “He sensed Napa Valley was going to be an important place for wine.”Today, as Executive Chairman, Bill is most concerned with preserving the legacy of Joseph Phelps Vineyards as a family-owned and operated winery. “Everything wedo is oriented to that goal.”

Bill is a past board member of the Land Trust of Napa County and the Community Foundation of the Napa Valley. He currently serves on the board of the Wine Service Co-Operative and is President of the St. Helena Choral Society.He is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.He and his wife, Andrea, live in St. Helena.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

7/24 JOHN CLEWS, KULETO ESTATE WINERY, GUY PACURAR, FATHERS + DAUGHTERS CELLARS

JOHN CLEWS FROM KULETO ESTATE WINERY 

Located on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey and the town of Rutherford, this extraordinary mountaintop estate features 82 individual vineyard blocks, three distinctive soil types, and a range of elevations and exposures. From this rich and diverse palette of fruit, Kuleto Estate produces a small portfolio of exceptional estate grown wines.

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GUY PACURAR - OWNER, FATHERS + DAUGHTERS CELLARS 

Fathers & Daughters Cellars is one family's labor of love to produce artisanal wines from the Anderson Valley's storied Ferrington Vineyard. Small batches, carefully crafted and fermented using old-world techniques, yield wines that are truly reflective of their terroir. Like the relationship between a father and daughter, these wines will continue to evolve as they mature.

Monday, July 17, 2017

7/17 GAVIN CHANIN, CHANIN WINE COMPANY, SHELLEY KEKUNA, KAANAPALI BEACH RESORT ASSOCIATION

GAVIN CHANIN - FOUNDER/WINEMAKER, CHANIN WINE COMPANY

Chanin Wine Co. is dedicated to crafting wines from Santa Barbara County that reflect the individual vineyard in which they are grown. We focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two grapes that are especially revealing of subtle differences in geography, geology and climate. Our grapes are grown in Santa Barbara County, where cool coastal winds, diverse marine based soils and a long growing season provide an exciting and unique environment for Burgundian varieties.

The vineyards are the focus of all of our wines and each wine is made from grapes grown at one vineyard and not blended. We search out old vines, and make wine from some of the oldest in the county. This allows us to make refreshingly balanced wines at lower alcohol levels than most California “blockbuster” or “cult” styled wines. Through low yields, improved farming techniques and gentle winemaking we aim to create a wine that pairs well with food and is delicious young, but is also age-worthy. All of our vineyards are organic or sustainably farmed.

Our winemaking philosophy is rooted in representing each individual vineyard by emphasizing balance, finesse, and complexity. We avoid excessive alcohol, and modern winemaking additives (such as commercial yeasts, bacteria, enzymes) that can overshadow vineyard characteristics. We also do not filter our wines or use intrusive wine processing machines. The goal is to grow grapes that are so healthy none of the above is needed.

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SHELLEY KEKUNA - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KAANAPALI BEACH RESORT ASSOCIATION

KAANAPALI. WHERE THE WORLD COMES TO PLAY.
Kaanapali is a three-mile stretch of beach that has been touted as one of the best beaches on Maui, and even in America. Long ago, these sands and lush gardens were enjoyed by Hawaiian kings and queens who sought a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat. The land itself was once comprised of green sugar cane and taro, grown with the help of the Maui sun and a freshwater spring. This magical spot is steeped in culture, from when it was used as a training ground for Hawaiian warriors in ancient times, to the romantic days of “Old Hawaii” in the ’30s and ’40s, to the present.

Today, couples, friends, and families still gravitate here for all this renowned beach has to offer, but also for its fabulous resorts and condos. And Kaanapali Beach Resort provides the best of the best, with easy access to everything you want to see and do. For beauty, excitement, convenience, and comfort, it simply can’t be matched.

SEVENTH ANNUAL HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
October 20th-22nd, 2017 the lush paradise of Ka‘anapali Beach Resort will feature a roster of internationally renowned master chefs and culinary personalities for the
Seventh Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival! #HFWF17
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