Monday, April 24, 2017

04/24 TRES GOETTING, ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS, RICKEY TROMBETTA STANCLIFF, THE PETALUMA GAP WINEGROWERS ALLIANCE

TRES GOETTING - WINEMAKER, ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS 

All truly passionate winemakers dream of the day when they get an opportunity to immerse themselves in unique vineyards and fully utilize their talents to create something really special. Some never quite make it, while others, with the passion, work ethic, and a knack for blending science and artistry, ascend to the top.

Tres Goetting is a 26 year veteran Napa Valley enologist and viticulturalist who has already made his mark and fine reputation at a few Napa Valley wineries, but he looks to Biale as his career “moment in the spotlight”.

Tres first paid his dues as a teenaged “cellar rat” in 1987. Then, following college and armed with a razor-sharp palate, took steady steps to move up – hand-crafting wines at three touted Napa Valley grower/producers. Now he has stepped up again to find his ideal niche at Biale.

Tres first worked at a small family winery in his hometown of Napa, then went off to college to major in Agricultural Science and Forestry with minors in Environmental Ethics and Music at Cal State University at Humboldt. After college, Tres realized that, rather than the forest, Napa Valley and winemaking was where he really wanted to be. He rose from the cellar to assistant winemaker at St. Clement Vineyards in St. Helena, where he developed his keen wine sense and where he was immersed in every aspect of wine production from grapes to glass.

Tres’s most recent winemaking stint was with the highly-respected Krupp Brothers Winery/Stagecoach Vineyards and Valley of the Moon Winery’s new top tier Zinfandel program. Tres has also produced the custom wine for the prestigious Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur.

Prior to Krupp Brothers, Tres worked in all aspects of winemaking as associate winemaker at Ladera Vineyards (2004 to 2010), where he gained career experience working with estate vineyards and closely managing his staff to transition the fruit from vine to barrel to bottle.

Tres works in harmony with Biale’s vineyards guru, Bob Biale, to co-manage and fully understand the intricacies of each of Biale’s vineyards – hands on. Unleashing the full potential and ultimate expression of each unique vineyard is the winery’s goal, which is why winemaking at Biale is such an ideal situation for Tres. He couldn’t be happier, and Bob Biale appreciates having a fellow vineyards/ “vit” guy help to size up these older and sometimes quirky Zinfandel vineyards with their dry farming, deep roots, big trunks, and sometimes – mixed varieties.

Says Tres, “I believe in minimalistic vinification techniques in the winery. I feel that it is best to focus efforts in the vineyard to get things right so that the wines do not require a lot of attention and will ultimately speak of the vineyards from which they were grown.”

As for Zinfandel in particular, Tres has a special fascination, “I love Zinfandel because it is a mysterious varietal that never ceases to amaze.”

In music circles, Tres and his family are known to be a longtime, vital part of Napa’s music scene. He is a professional bassist who plays with local winemaker bands and occasionally with high profile artists.

SPRING WINES CELEBRATION @ ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS
APRIL 29, 2017
AKA “Spring Chicken Day” this is the traditional official release of new vintage Biale wines. Come to enjoy the chance to taste and purchase the new wines along with New Orleans inspired bites, and hob nob with the Biale founders, families, and Biale growers.
Think you know your Biale wines? Join in on the first ever Chicken challenge!
Price: Club $30 | Non-Club $45 | 5+ Year Members FREE
Time: 1-4pm
Reservations Required!

THE SILVERADO PICKUPS PLAY BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY 2017
May 26-28, 2017
The Silverado Pickups return to BottleRock for the fifth year in a row!
BottleRock Napa Valley

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RICKEY TROMBETTA STANCLIFF - PRESIDENT, THE PETALUMA GAP WINEGROWERS ALLIANCE 

THE GAP
The Petaluma Gap is the gateway to the Sonoma Coast region. Although not yet a designated appellation, the Petaluma Gap is producing premium grapes that make the Sonoma Coast Appellation one of California’s best areas to grow primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes. The wind and the fog are the Petaluma Gap’s trademark. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific through the town of Petaluma and then roars south to San Pablo Bay.

The Petaluma Gap has a 150-year tradition of growing grapes. The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance is dedicated to supporting growing wine grapes and production of premium wines in the Petaluma Gap. Our vineyards are tucked and hidden in the most unexpected places. Crest a hill, round a curve, look into the little nooks and crannies that make up the Lakeville, Adobe Road, or west county landscape, and you’ll notice more and more pockets of green, made up of rows and rows of grapevines. The vines bring brilliant patches of color to the golden grasses that support the neighboring pastures of cows and sheep. These are the vines of the Petaluma Gap and the source of some of the most exciting wines to hit the California wine scene in a very long time.

The Petaluma Gap produces wines for some of Sonoma County’s finest wineries including: Keller Estate Winery, Guarachi Family Wines, deLoach Vineyards, Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Hart’s Desire Wines, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, Kosta-Browne Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Sojourn Cellars, Schramsberg Vineyards, and Zepaltas Wines.

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TROMBETTA FAMILY WINES
PINOT NOIR & CHARDONNAY FROM THE SONOMA COAST
Our limited production wines by mother-and-daughter duo Rickey Trombetta Stancliff and Erica Stancliff hail from the region of Sonoma referred to as the Petaluma Gap.  We select clones of Pinot Noir that exemplify the rich minerality, soils and cool weather of the Sonoma Coast, resulting in a beautifully balanced wine, enhancing every meal. Each and every bottle has been hand-harvested, fermented with native yeast, and allowed to develop with native malolactic fermentation in barrels.

WWW.TROMBETTAWINES.COM

Monday, April 17, 2017

04/17 EMMA SWAIN, ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY PRESENTS: THE ART OF CHEESE, MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS SPRING WEEKEND & FESTIVAL

EMMA SWAIN FROM ST. SUPERY TALKS ABOUT ARTS IN APRIL, A FULL MONTH LONG EVENT THROUGHOUT NAPA VALLEY AND HOW THEY’RE PARTICIPATING

ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE VINEYARDS AND WINERY PRESENTS: THE ART OF CHEESE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Wine Meets Cheese: Six Slam-Dunk Pairings Hosted by Janet Fletcher
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 11:00am  Reserve Now                                                                           $75 per person | $70 Wine Club
Learn how to create the kind of marriages that make sparks fly. In this sit-down tasting, you will sample six St. Supéry Estate Vineyard wines and six cheeses that are made for each other. Your guides: St. Supéry Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis and Napa Valley's Janet Fletcher, publisher of the popular Planet Cheese blog and author of the bestselling Cheese & Wine. Janet will share her favorite pairing strategies and answer all your questions about selecting, storing and serving artisan cheese. You will take home a signed copy of Cheese & Wine to ensure that your future pairings are just as successful. Read more about Janet Fletcher: janetfletcher.com.

How to make Homemade Mozzarella Hosted by Chef Nash Cognetti
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm  Reserve Now                                                                                                    
$65 per person | $60 Wine Club
An experience any cheese fan will revel in, watch and learn as St. Helena's Tre Posti's Executive Chef, Nash Cognetti, pulls his signature "Mozzarella al Minuto". You are invited to join in in the process and enjoy the delicious cheese paired with a tasting of St. Supéry Estate wines lead by Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis.

The Art of Making the Perfect Cheese Plate Hosted by Jessica Lawrenz
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 11:00am and 2:00pm                                                                                      
                                                                                                             
$65 per person | $60 Wine Club
Join Jessica Lawrenz, the 2017 Cheesemonger Invitational winner, as she teaches how to create the perfect cheese plate. Jessica currently resides in San Diego and mentors the cheese lovers at Venissimo Cheese Shop. She is excited to mentor you as you assemble the perfect plate with local artisan cheese and accouterments. Grouped with three others to assemble your tray, Jessica will share her techniques and tricks of the trade. The workshop will conclude with a perfectly paired St. Supéry Estate wine tasting, hosted by Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis, while enjoying your freshly made cheese plate. Read more about Jessica Lawrenz: mongermoldandmilk.com.

Cheese from Switerzland Hosted by The Cheese Board Collective, Berkeley
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11:00am Reserve Now                                                                                                    
$55 per person | $45 Wine Club
What, exactly, is "Swiss Cheese" and how is it different from those slices at the grocery store? Known as "the original grass fed cheese," come taste your way through a range of cheeses from Switzerland while exploring the rich history behind them. From well-known Gruyere, to hyper-local mountain cheeses, you will learn about transhumance, Emmenthaler eyes, fondue and even a cheese cartel. This class will deepen your appreciation and understanding of this very special family of cheese.

The Cheese Board Collective is a worker owned pizzeria, bakery and cheese shop in Berkeley, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. With 300+ cheeses to offer, we at The Cheese Board firmly believe that there is a cheese for everyone. We look forward to seeing you! Read more about The Cheese Board: cheeseboardcollective.coop.

Point Reyes Hosted by Felice Charlton
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 2:00pm Reserve Now                                                                                                      
$40 per person | $20 Wine Club
In August of 2000, the first wheel of Original Blues, California's only classic style blue cheese, were introduced to Bay Area consumers, adding to a family legacy of farming that dates back well over 100 years. Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is the Giacomini's way of carrying on their family heritage, honoring the land they love so much, celebrating their passion for farm fresh food, and sharing it all with the people we consider their extended family – cheese lovers all across the country who can now experience the incredible flavors created from their small, family – fun dairy farm.

Join Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company National Sales Director, Felice Charlton, as she introduces you to this family business and walks you through a tasting of four delicious cheeses perfectly paired with St. Supéry Estate wines. Read more about Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company: pointreyescheese.com.

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MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS - APRIL 20-23 SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS SPRING WEEKEND & FESTIVAL

WHAT'S NEW AT THE SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS SPRING FESTIVAL?

In its 35th year, the Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend is four days of wine, food and fun throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23.

The highlight of the weekend is the New Release Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Early Entry and Connoisseurs Club at 12:00 p.m.) at the beautiful River View Park in Buellton, the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Enjoy new release wines from participating member wineries; food sampling from more than twenty food purveyors; live music; wine and culinary demonstrations; silent auction; and free parking all included.

The Saturday morning Santa Barbara Wine Seminar from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, minutes from the Festival Grand Tasting, will feature a new release in-depth tasting, and optional lunch, with a wine maker panel moderated by renowned wine writer, Elaine Brown.

Join us on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the Big Bottle Bash at K'Syrah, a new special event venue in downtown Solvang, featuring large format wines brought by guests and winery representatives paired with a delicious family-style dinner. In the style of a La Paulee, guests are invited to bring their own bottles to share.

Want to visit up to twelve tasting rooms on an all-inclusive wine tasting pass?  Get a Vintners Visa Wine Country Tasting Pass for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve participating tasting rooms from Thursday - Sunday. Typically 25 - 40 wineries and tasting rooms participate in this program.

Throughout the four day weekend many wineries host their own events, including open houses, wine maker dinners, vineyard walks, and barrel tastings.

WWW.SBCOUNTYWINES.COM
WWW.SBVINTNERSWEEKEND.COM

Monday, April 10, 2017

04/10 JEAN SESSIONS, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS, TONY LOMBARDI, LOMBARDI WINES

JEAN SESSIONS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS

2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION
APRIL 21, 2017

NEVER BEFORE, NEVER AGAIN WINES.
The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is your chance to own a truly one of a kind wine. Cultivated in Sonoma County’s most acclaimed vineyards. Handcrafted by legendary winemakers. Evaluated by an elite panel of wine authorities. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste, and own, a masterpiece of Sonoma County winemaking.

YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A TRUE SONOMA COUNTY ORIGINAL
Presented by the Sonoma County Vintners, the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is a live auction of wine futures from the county’s top growers and winemakers. These once-in-a-lifetime wines represent the exceptional stylistic range and world-class quality of Sonoma County. A team of masters, invited from around the country, will be visibly involved in evaluating the auction lots and participating throughout the event. The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is invitation-only for members of the wine industry, with personal invitations extended by participating wineries to members of the trade and media. Proceeds will support Sonoma County marketing initiatives.

ABOUT SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS

For More Than 70 years, Sonoma County Vintners Has Been the Leading Voice of Sonoma County Wine

Our 250+ members range in size from small, family-owned wineries to large-volume corporations. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our efforts, and our strategic partnerships have resulted in a broad spectrum of forward-thinking programs and events. We work closely with the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau to build the profile of Sonoma County as a distinctive grape-growing and wine-producing region.

From informal winery tastings and tours to Sonoma County’s signature, charitable event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, our efforts shine the spotlight on Sonoma County as an internationally recognized wine region, and build a strong foundation for our successful global media strategy.

Sonoma County is located an hour north of San Francisco, and is noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions and extraordinary quality.

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TONY LOMBARDI – FOUNDER, LOMBARDI WINES

ABOUT LOMBARDI
Lombardi Wines crafts small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. Founded in 2013, Lombardi Wines honors a rich family history of wine, food and tradition. Small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and are born from Passion, Inspiration and Family.

ABOUT TONY:
A Sonoma County resident for over 40 years, I've been in the retail and wine industries since 1989. After leaving a ten year career managing Safeway retail stores throughout Marin and San Francisco, I took a leap of faith into the wine industry and haven't looked back.

Though the wine industry is ever evolving, it's still about the wine, the people, the lifestyle and our enthusiasm for it. PREVIOUS: PR for Kosta Browne
Winery, Ascentia Wine Estates, J Vineyards & Winery

WWW.LOMBARDIWINES.COM