I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.
She got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine. She’s such a bitch.
Just a quick introduction to the winery and what the production focus will be for the Santa Clarita Valley to enjoy:
A tremendous passion for wine…this is what drives Dragonfly Winery’s Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper to dedicate countless hours producing what they believe are truly extraordinary wines. For years, these two winemakers perfected their craft from home. Now, they are taking their wine-making expertise to the next level, launching the Dragonfly Winery to share their passion with wine lovers everywhere.
Dragonfly Winery is focused on producing very small quantities of ultra premium terrior driven wines. There is no expense spared in finding the highest quality grapes and showcasing small vineyards that offer unique characteristics that would normally be overlooked by larger producing wineries.
Each vintage’s lot has a limited production of 50 cases or less. This philosophy allows them to manage the very complex tasks that are required to make world class wines. They believe in offering a true vision of the vineyard’s terrior paired with a unique winemaking style. The wines are kept in their truest form and free from any blending, fining or filtering.
This year’s releases will be lots of 25 cases or less and will more than likely only be available on the website and for wine club members through shipments. The club is building very fast and given the small amounts of wine that will be available, a waiting list may be made available for the club in the next few months.
Dragonfly is proud to be a part of this great cause and will be pouring some of their upcoming releases at the Wine Classic on May 30th. (Your favorite SCV wine writer will be hovering…)
The web address is http://www.dragonflywineries.com/. The link below will take you straight to the Club Membership page to join if anyone is interested in joining the club before it’s full. http://www.site.dragonflywineries.com/Location.php
I read the above to my husband and, unable to wait another minute for the N of night in OTBN, we headed out to a local wine bar and started with Dampierre NV Champagne and Chateau De Candale Bordeaux .
“At TPC we are offering informal wine classes for anyone wishing to sharpen their understanding of wine. These classes are designed to inspire our passion for wine. Come as a couple and explore new wines and regions, or come as a group for a classy and decadent day out with wonderful company, panoramic views and gorgeous surroundings. Better yet, come alone and make new friends who share the same desire. Our classroom and Patio dining overlooks a majestic golf course with studded oak tree and rolling hills.”
February 7th, Wines of France, Part 1, covers Bordeaux, Alsace, Loire Valley and Champagne. February 21 France Part 2 covers Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Languedoc / Roussillon, Jura, Savoie and Jurançon.
March 7th Wines of Italy Part 1 covers Piedmont Friuli Venezia Guilia, Trentino–Alto Adige, Veneto, Valle d’ Aosta, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. March 21st, Italy Part 2 covers Tuscany, Lombardy, Umbria, Sicily, Sardinia, Puglia, Abruzzo, La Marche and Lazio.
April 11th Wines of Spain Part 1 covers Rioja, Rueda, Galicia, Rias Baixas and Navarra. April 25th Wines of Spain Part 2 will cover Ribera del Duero, Penedez, Priorat, La Mancha and Jerez.
TPC 26550 Heritage View Lane Valencia, CA 91381 661.288.1995
Prerequisite: Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll.
2 parts Cabana Cachaça
1 part triple sec
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part cranberry juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with lime.
Cranberry Spice (Created by Dominik Chrzaszcz)
1 oz Domaine de Canton
½ oz Cabernet Sauvignon
½ oz Chambord
2 oz Cranberry juice
Shake well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Use 3 cranberries for garnish on the rim of the glass.
Brazilian Pumpkin (Created by Tim Cooper)
1 ½ oz Cabana Cachaça
½ oz Navan
1 ½ oz Egg Nog
½ oz Spiced Cordial
Heaping spoon of pumpkin purée
Shake and strained into martini glass. Top with grated cinnamon.
Besides the above I asked Wine 101 readers to share some of their favorite Turkey Time cocktails:
Now that’s a silly question for a Wine Proprietor. Phifer Pavitt ‘Datenight’ Cabernet. Cheers,Suzanne Phifer Pavitthttp://www.phiferpavittwine.com/
Our family has long enjoyed Richard’s Red and Cranberry wine during our turkey feasts over the holidays. Both wines are products of Wilson Winery of Modoc, Indiana. Betsy & Roger Donley
Cranberry Margarita recipe 1 ½ oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila 1 oz Lime Juice 1 1/2 oz Triple Sec 1 ½ oz Sweet and Sour Mix 2 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Add ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Steve Roth , EMG (Ethnic Marketing Group, Inc),
Culturally Relevant Hispanic Advertising and Promotions.
After Sunset in the Vineyard, hosted by Jeannie Carpenter for the Assistance League, I kept in touch with a few of our local winemakers. One, Roman Weiser, aka “Wine Bordeaux”, suggested an idea for my readers. Wade through our wine soaked journey below and send me your thoughts.
At this time of a year the newly made wine is already resting in barrels, but there is plenty of other fun stuff to do. For example the ‘chores’ like tasting barrel samples or racking (separating wine from the lees sediment). This is also the time to think about the name for our wines and design the label. Every wine has a story behind it and the label usually reflects just that. It’s like finding the right name for a newborn; home wine makers are funny that way.
Vineyards are getting ready for dormant stage. The leaves will soon fall and vine growers sharpen their pruners as this will be time to give our beloved vines a healthy ‘haircut’. And then we wait while continue racking the wines and taste them carefully to see if the oak is at bay and the wine continues healthy upbringing.
Eve, we are planning many new things and we will inform you about them as they crystallize.
In the mean time, I have a suggestion for your column. This would involve local wine merchants, exciting reviews, great fun source of wine educations for your readers, promote local business and interest in wine in general … let me know if you are interested to hear more
To: Wine Bordeaux From: Eve
From: Wine Bordeaux To: Eve
Peak into your cellar.
This little idea could be a fun theme for a weekly column don’t you think? Your readers would write in about the wines they believe people don’t have in their cellar with brief, geographic info about the region, description and maybe few tasting notes? Your readers will be surely compelled to write in and show off a little. This could be a great fun source of wine education as well! Good thinking Eve. Let’s give it a little test:
I think you don’t have any Alsatian wines… Am I right?
Alsace is located in North East of France, between the Vosges and the Rhine river. All wines planted are white. The grapes in Alsace are: Riesling (23% of Alsace wines), Pinot Blanc (20%), Gewurztraminer (18%), Tokay Pinot Gris (13%), Sylvaner (12%).
The best producers: Albert Mann, Zind Humbrecht, Barmes-Buecher among others. I love Albert Mann’s Riesling and Gewürztraminer. They are semisweet and oh so seductive!
OK, you are on – what wines do you think you have that I don’t?
From Eve to Wine Bordeaux:
No, I don’t have any Alsace in my cellar, I think, at the moment. But I’ve had them! Does that count?
I bet you don’t have the inaugural year of Agua Dulce’s (AD) champagne! I have a list…wait…ok so my husband has it hidden from me…don’t know why…but I know for a fact I have an 1986 Lynch Bages (LB)…the rest I’d have to look up. Gee talking to you is like talking to COC’s Wine Classic wine chair Jeff Jacobson.
From: Wine Bordeaux To: Eve
Very well! See, this was fun for us two – it surely will be fun for your readers. I am sure the idea can be taken bit further, to bring a little of competition into it!
LB 1986 scored well on Parker – 92 pts and it can be a good bottle to open now, and next 10 years. I have large collection of Bordeaux wines, they are my passion.
I didn’t even know AD makes sparkling wines (Champagne only comes from Champagne France)
Oh yes I do know Jeff Jacobson. We are friends. I always assist him pouring wines at the Wine Classic.
From Eve to Wine Bordeaux:
We’ve been buying Bordeaux futures since 2000. But we can’t open the LB as it’s the year we were married (yes, that’s how I remembered it). So I’m guessing that we better drink it by our 30th – thanks for the advice!
Yes, I know AD’s is a Sparkling, damn!
From: Wine Bordeaux To: Eve