Monday, September 14, 2015

09/14 AMANDA WITTSTROM HIGGINS, ANCIENT PEAKS WINERY, SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST, LARRY VAN AALST, THE SONOMA WINE REPORT

AMANDA WITTSTROM HIGGINS - VP OF OPERATIONS, ANCIENT PEAKS WINERY – SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST WINEMAKER DINNER

OUR STORY - Ancient Peaks Winery represents the shared vision of three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms. Two generations are actively involved in the winery’s daily operations, all dedicated to producing extraordinary wines from Margarita Vineyard.

ORIGINS OF ANCIENT PEAKS  - Rob Rossi acquired Santa Margarita Ranch in 1999. His friends Doug Filipponi and Karl Wittstrom soon joined him as partners in the ownership of the ranch, which they had all regarded as a special property for many years. That same year, the Robert Mondavi family planted Margarita Vineyard on the ranch under a lease agreement (click here for more background on the Mondavi connection).  In 2005, the three families acquired ownership and control of Margarita Vineyard. The obvious potential of the vineyard ultimately inspired the three families to become vintners as well as winegrowers. They knew that they could cherry-pick their favorite blocks and make distinctive wines with a strong sense of place.   The name Ancient Peaks was chosen to honor the towering Santa Lucia Mountains that border Margarita Vineyard. These peaks define the land’s complex geology and regulate the vineyard’s climate, ultimately shaping the character of the wines.

A RICH VITICULTURAL HISTORY - Santa Margarita Ranch enjoys a long and illustrious cultural pedigree, beginning with the Chumash and Salinan Indians more than 10,000 years ago. In the 1770s, the ranch became part of Father Junipero Serra’s famed Mission trail Grapes were first planted at the ranch by Franciscan missionaries in 1780. Today, Santa Margarita Ranch remains one of California’s oldest continuously operated cattle ranches. We are proud to be stewards of the ranch’s winemaking tradition and its legacy of early California rancho hospitality.

SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST WINEMAKER DINNER
Date: Fri, Sep 25, 2015
Time 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Paso Robles Inn

With its carefully-crafted plates that bring together the fresh ingredients of California’s Central Coast to the beautiful backdrops and landscapes of its grounds, the historic Paso Robles Inn welcomes diners to a four-course wine paired dinner with the award-winning Ancient Peaks winery. Open to only 40 guests, this experience is brought to the table by generations of farmers and purveyors whose produce is featured throughout the menu, creating dishes that are abundantly flavorful and naturally tender. Ancient Peaks estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles Region tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Join these proud stewards of their land as they share in their wines, building memories to take home for a lifetime. $125 per person

MORE INFO ON SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST
All roads lead to SAVOR, September 24 - 27, 2015 during the sixth annual Volvo Presents Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast.

OPENING NIGHT - Volvo presents Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast, California’s premier food, wine, travel and lifestyle event, reveals details surrounding its all-new opening night experience, Strings at Sunset. This highly anticipated taste bud-tempting, gasp-worthy kickoff on Thursday, September 24 transforms the Vina Robles Amphitheatre like you’ve never seen it before.  Join us as the Amphitheatre morphs into a multi-sensory wonderland featuring theatrical performances from award-winning artists String Theory and DJ Violinist Spags, and all-inclusive food and wine tastings throughout the venue.  Over the course of the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to dine with celebrity chefs and culinary personalities from across the state

THE MAIN EVENT - The Main Event invites you to experience an epicurean and adventure playground where you can taste, sip, and indulge. The historic Santa Margarita Ranch hosts this two day extravaganza on September 26 and 27 showcases celebrity and master chefs, Sunset experts, brew masters, as well as local fishermen and artisanal food producers from throughout California.

THERE ARE ALSO ADVENTURE TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS & DINNERS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. GO TO WWW.SAVORCENTRALCOAST.COM FOR MORE INFO.

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LARRY VAN AALST – HOST OF THE SONOMA WINE REPORT TALKS ABOUT THE SEASONS WINE TRENDS

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

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