I wanted to write and let you know how excited we are to be Santa Clarita Valley’s official first commercial winery.
As of about two weeks ago, we were cleared from the state and federal government as a recognized bonded commercial winery. This means the paper work and permits are over and the fun can finally begin. We have received the label approvals for both our upcoming releases.
2006 Creston Ranch Vineyard
2007 Paso Robles
These two amazing wines will be priced in the mid to high $20 to $30 range.
Additionally, we are a few months away from releasing our now famous 2008 Janes Ranch Vineyard, Paso Robles Zinfandel.
All of these releases are single vineyard with no blending fining or filtering. This philosophy is a bold one but it allows us to showcase purity from the vineyard all the way to the bottle. We only produced 25 cases of each and most will go out to and be reserved for our wine club members to purchase. A small amount will be distributed to the local wine bars in the Santa Clarita Valley who choose to carry it. Right now we do have confirmation that All Corked Up will be carrying all of them. Of course, after the wine club shipments go out, we will be making the wines available for purchase direct from our website as well. The website address is http://www.pulchella.com/.
We are very excited about once again, attending the Sunset In The Vineyard event to benefit the Assistance League of Santa Clarita. This event is being held the first week in November. A few more events are scheduled by the end of the year and I will keep you posted on them.
We will be sending out our first wine club shipment at the end of September and the Zinfandel release will likely come before the end of the year. Cheers and I hope all is well with my favorite wine blogger and friend.
Chef Daniel Otto of TPC created an exquisite four course feast to pair with the featured wines of the evening. Herb crusted salmon and roasted pork medallions were some of the tantalizing flavors presented to complement the wines: Grenche Blanc (Curran) 2007, Chardonnay (Ortman Vineyards) 2007, Pinot Noir (Clos Pepe) 2005, Port (Heitz Cellars) or Desiree Dessert Wine (Rosenblum Cellars).
· HERBACEOUS: Weedy, Dill, Mown Hay, Menthol, Grass, Tobacco.
· WOODY: Planky, Cedar, Sawdust, Pencil Shavings, Sappy, Green, Pine, Tar, Resin.
· ASTRINGENT: Harsh, Chewy, Bitter, Angular, Tannic, Drying.
· SPICY: Clove, Cinnamon, Coconut, Vanilla.
World Cooperage finds seven categories of flavor that can result from toasting the barrel:
· SWEET: Brown sugar, Bourbon, Cotton Candy, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Butterscotch, Hot fudge, Caramel, Molasses, Honey, Toffee, Soy.
· CREAMY: Vanilla, Cream soda, Marshmallow, Lactic, Butter.
· YEASTY: Popcorn, Baked Bread, Bread stick, Cookie dough.
· NUTTY: Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond, Peanut butter, Coconut.
· ROASTED: Cedar, Graham cracker, Toasted bread, Coffee, Mocha, Cereal.
· SMOKY: Barbecue, Grilled Meat, Bacon, Sweet smoke, Burnt sugar.
· SPICY: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Licorice, Anise.
Intermediate Classes are now forming with the following dates:
August 16th 9:00am to 6:00pm (class)
August 23rd 10:00am (Exam)
September 6th 9:00am to 6:00pm (class)
September 20th 9:00am to 6:00pm(class)
October 10th 10:00am (Exam)
October 11th 9:00am to 6:00pm (class)
October 118th 9:00am to 6:00 (class)
October 25th 10:00am (Exam)
November 1st 9:00am to 6:00pm (class)
November 22nd 9:00am to 6:00pm (class)
November 29th 10:00am (Exam)
Location: TPC Oak Grill (Lunch will be provided)
26550 Heritage View Lane Valencia, Ca 91381 661-288-1995
Other highlights besides the Spritzer, which became a common pre-siesta drink due to the heat, included every local wine we could find.
In Ferarra, at the oldest wine bar in the world, Enoteca Al Brindisi, we were served Vinavecchia. (Which our server spelled out for me, said meant old grapes, but I found nothing on the Internet to confirm this.) The wine was made from the Fortana grape and, later, we sampled their local Merlot. I had a second glass of the Fortana and, even though I noted the bottle “8 Burson Randi”, the server told me I’d never find it again. (Readers: Feel free help here it was that good!) My receipt showed we had a total of 6 glasses, paying 3 Euros for each. The best deal in Italy was definitely going to be the wine.
In Rome, we were tempted by the half dozen bottles of Champagne in ice buckets at Vudabar, but had to get to the Colosseum before the Obama visit shut it all down. We did enjoy the same bottle of Shiraz, at two different places, and as that was the first time that had happened…we can only hope it happens if/when you go as we didn’t write down the name!
We had a great Nebbiolo, and this one I did write down: 2006 Langhe “Regret” that another blogger reviewed and has a photo of: http://cinciwine.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_archive.html
At Enotrev, you guessed it, by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, we were treated to many tastes that, at press time, I am waiting for their rep to confirm. (http://www.vinovip.com/uk/index.html) We had a coffee and cream flavored Grappa, Limoncello and then a series of cream-based liquors that ranged from Pistachio (I liked) to strawberry (Ed’s fave).
As you people are used to reading short posts on this blog I will quit for now…those of you die-hards that want more will just have to read the full story that will run next Friday in the West Ranch Beacon blog! Ciao!