This is not something I ever thought I would cover in my weekly column but I felt compelled to when I read a winemaker lament about wine lovers posing as bloggers to get free tickets to events.
Apparently this winemaker was also tasked with the job of helping a non-profit wine event sort through the applications for press passes. When he asked writers to produce something as simple as a link to their website, or the news source they were on assignment from, some writers, albeit they may have indeed been ones without credentials, scoffed at his request.
This winemaker went on to talk about pseudo writers at events that made telltale faux pas such as failing to pronounce the names of wine varietals correctly or wore a wine yoke to hold their wine glass for them around their neck.
That last comment about the yoke, well, that finally ruffled my feathers a bit. He had me up until that point. Now, let me explain a couple of things about wine writer etiquette, how your own SCV Wine Conduit has grown along with the growth of Eve’s Wine 101.
When I first began writing about wine for the local newspaper I was also doing book reviews. No one ever sent me a book to review but wine dinners, winemaker interviews and wines were extended to me for gratis.
The problem as I see it are the rules governing “for gratis.” Again, when I got started there was no one telling me anything. My gut told me heck, if I’m invited as press I need to produce an article. If I receive a bottle of wine to review, I should review it. No brainer. I’d write up my copy, send it in to my editor and then follow up with the person that extended the invite or wine by sending them a link or clipping.
This has morphed a great deal over the last 7 years. I now run press releases for the events one of us at Eve’s Wine 101 is attending, and I run press releases for events we’re not attending that we think our readers might be interested in. So our source is getting coverage even before the event. Every writer at Eve’s Wine 101 knows, in advance, that if they are to use our name/brand to gain access to an event as press that they must produce a article.
From there, every article that is run on our own site, the Beacon, Elite magazine, or others are all social networked via Facebook (in three places) Twitter and Tumblr. And we’re not done there, each is included with a link in our weekly Dear Wine Friend e-newsletter.
We now receive more invitations than ever and believe, wholeheartedly, that we have built the Eve’s Wine 101 brand from being the SCV Wine Conduit to a much broader audience. And no one told us how to do it!
So not only are we really doing our jobs (and I believe we are doing them well), but I’m pretty confident that the time and effort we put into our work far exceeds what it would cost if we just bought a ticket!
At times I might bring a guest to an event if I’m attending as what’s referred to as “press plus one.” And my “wingman” is usually my husband acting as my photographer or another writer. Such was the case not too long ago when my wingman and I attended an exclusive wine pairing dinner. During the Champagne toast and appetizers, and when our guest speaker gave us a brief lesson, my wingman and I both took notes on our phones, and continued all through the meal. When we had an opportunity to meet other press in attendance I boldly asked, “How is it no one is taking any notes? There is so much information,” and one person answered that it was impossible.
So, bold as I am, I held up my phone towards the group and scrolled down for them to see my notes. It was a lot of scrolling and no one said a thing.
And, dear winemaker, about my yoke: I am juggling a pen, pad and cell phone so that I can make sure I get your name, your winery and maybe a photo, if I chose to wear a yoke, trust me, it’s necessary.
And, I don’t mind giving you my press affiliations. If I am truly offended I either fail to attend your event (while still running your press release) or ask that you Google me to learn more about what we have done.
Branding Causes Growth
After some time establishing our credibility wine, and some non-wine based businesses, began asking us for marketing assistance. Working along with my Contributing Editor and now Vice President Michael Perlis, we began lending our advice and our marketing to several local businesses. Over the years we have co-hosted and/or marketed the WiSH Education Foundation library event 2013, College of the Canyons Foundation – Institute for Culinary Education campaign 2013, and the Circle of Hope Vine 2 Wine Classic 2011-2013. We also marketed our own events including Pour Into Haiti, 2010, benefit to support Three Angels Children’s Relief Fund; Relief for Japan 2011, benefit for tsunami relief; Pour Into Sandy 2012, benefit for hurricane survivors.
Lastly, when for-profit businesses began seeking our advice Perlis and I formed Eve’s Wine 101 Consulting. We strongly feel that our work over the years has spoken for itself when we were hired to consult for Joel Fisher, SCV Wine Fest; Reyes Winery; Sierra Pelona Vintners Association, Agua Dulce Winery; Judy Cox, Mystic Hills Vineyard; Steve Lemley, Pulchella Winery; and DiMaggio Washington, Wine Educator. Other client also include these non-wine-based businesses: Heidi Anderson, CareCredit; Kim Rosen, DDS; Steven Gilbertson, DDS; and David Tanner, DDS.
We continue to write about wine and events, with special care to non-profits. We can usually help market several non-profit wine events a year for gratis, and once or twice a year we lend our name to one event and take more of an active role. If you have attended an Eve’s Wine 101 event, such as Pour into Haiti, Pour into Sandy or the WiSH event you know that we like to do things a little different. We strongly feel that if we plan think-out-of-the-box events, we gain your support and interest. And we, in turn, thank the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond for their support.
This year we plan to help a new non-profit with their first local event. Stay tuned for news on that, which should be easy as you will see it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and our weekly newsletter! And if you see me wearing a wine yoke, say hello!
FORT BRAGG, CA – After a spectacular weekend of award-winning wine, fabulous food, fine art, music, merriment, and charitable giving, this year’s 33rd annual Winesong was declared a resounding success, with increased auction sales and more guests than ever participating in the auctions. Held on the Mendocino Coast on September 8th and 9th, highlights included A Pinot Noir Celebration, the Grand Tasting event and a Live and Silent auction. Winesong is the main fundraising event benefiting the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, all proceeds go towards supporting the local Hospital that serves the entire Mendocino Coast, plus rural inland areas covering nearly half the distance to Highway 101.
Winesong 2017 kicked off on Friday, September 8th with a sold-out insider’s view of spectacular Pinot Noirs at ‘A Pinot Noir Celebration’ hosted by the Little River Inn. Guests enjoyed Pinot Noir tastings and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, along with a chance to “talk shop” with the winemakers from Mendocino County, Napa and Sonoma Counties. On Saturday, September 9th, attendees to the Grand Tasting strolled the enchanting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by world-class wineries from Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and beyond, and bites from nearly 50 fine food purveyors. The celebration continued in the Auction Tents with the always-entertaining main attraction, the Live and Silent Auctions, where nearly 150 lots were on offer – including spectacular wines from a selection of prestigious wine producers, rare and hard-to-find vintages, special vertical and horizontal collections, original paintings and art from highly acclaimed artists, and domestic and international vacation packages.
Bidders at the Live Auction under the big tent helped raise significant funds, with a projected gross of more than $700,000 coming in from the two-day event. After covering production expenses, the Winesong net return will be used to assist the Mendocino Coast District Hospital purchase needed equipment. Some of the most coveted items were the big international trips and spectacular wine auction lots. Leading the way for bidding was a 10-day trip to South Africa, which was doubled at $21,000 per trip! Trips to Italy and Amsterdam each garnered $18,000. An unparalleled 20-bottle collection of Chateau Gruaud Larose Grand Cru went for $16,000 and a rare wine lot featuring companion vineyards from Chateau Pichon Longueville went for $17,000. Another highlight was the “Fund-A-Need” to help provide comfort and care to patients by way of upgraded beds and patient room improvements. The goal was $200,000, which was surpassed by a combination of day of bidders and pre-event gifts to raise $205,000, with 100% of these donations going directly to the Hospital.
“This year’s Winesong had a different layout than in the past, and one of the main purposes was to encourage general admission ticketholders to register for bidder paddles and join the fun,” says Jamie Peters, Event Director for Winesong. “And I’m happy to say that it worked! We had more new bidders than ever and are encouraged ourselves to continue to make it easy and convenient for all guests to participate in the auctions as well as the beautiful tasting.”
Other highlights from the live and silent auction include:
“We were thrilled with the results of Winesong 2017,” states Michelle Roberts, Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. “The live auction tent was filled with energy as generous donors responded to the call to action to help us fund vital equipment at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. We thank everyone who helped make the day a success. The generosity around this event is truly awe-inspiring.”
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 a Patient Bedside Monitoring & Alert system.
For further information, please visit http://winesong.org or call (707) 961-4688.
New York, New York (PRWEB) – Sherry lovers – mark your calendar. Sherryfest, one of the world’s largest and most prominent sherry events, is returning to New York City this fall for its fifth year running. The 2017 program will take place over the weekend of October 27-29th, broadening its reach to a wider consumer and collector audience in addition to programming for wine professionals. The weekend will be full of fabulous and rare sherry, in-depth seminars, and expertly paired dinners hosted by some of Jerez’s most noteworthy producers.
The 2017 Sherryfest will consist of a full schedule of events including a Grand Tasting, in addition to producer dinners and tasting seminars, with three in-depth themed seminars on Friday and a broader look at the spectrum of sherry on Saturday. The Grand Tasting, with an exclusive early entry for wine professionals and VIP rare tasting, will showcase the diverse styles and producers of sherry. The dinner events – Tradición and Osborne at Toro and Williams & Humbert and González Byass at Rouge Tomate – will highlight rare sherries paired alongside dishes from some of New York’s leading restaurants who have dedicated menus and bar programs to highlight sherry. The events will be punctuated with a Happy Hour with Lustau at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels on Friday and an after-hours party at Terroir Tribeca on Saturday. The final morning will be Sherryfest’s first-ever Sherry Brunch, hosted by North End Grill. The more casual affair will showcase the versatility of sherry at all meals, and guests will be invited to bring their own bottles of rare sherry to share.
“We are very excited that the 2017 Sherryfest is returning to New York, a city that embraces and highlights sherry regularly,” explains Peter Liem, co-founder of Sherryfest. “This year we will reach a wider audience of consumers and collectors, with tastings, seminars, parties, and producer dinners, showcasing the distinctive characteristics of sherry. We believe this will be our best year yet!”
The bodegas joining the 2017 Sherryfest include Gonzalez Byass, Barbadillo, Bodegas Tradicion, Delgado Zuleta, Bodegas 501, Rodriguez La-Cave, Valdespino, La Guita, Real Tesoro, Williams & Humbert, Hidalgo – La Gitana, Fernando de Castilla, Lustau, Emilio Hidalgo, Gutiérrez Colosía, Osborne, Alexander Jules, Callejuela, and more!
Sherryfest Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 27
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Single Vineyard Pago Master Class with Valdespino at Craft Private Dining Room ($45)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Vintage Sherries Master Class with Williams & Humbert at Craft Private Dining Room ($45)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Biological Aging Master Class with González Byass at Craft Private Dining Room ($45)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Happy Hour Welcome Party hosted by Lustau at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels ($55)
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Bodegas Tradición & Osborne Producer Dinner at Toro ($160)
Saturday, October 28
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ‘The Sherry Spectrum’ Tasting Seminar hosted by the Consejo Regulador de Jerez at Astor Center ($45)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Exclusive Wine Trade & Media Grand Tasting at Astor Center
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm VIP Rare & Vintage Tasting at Astor Center ($50)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Grand Tasting at Astor Center ($30)
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Williams & Humbert & González Byass at Rouge Tomate ($160)
10:00 pm – 12:00 am Saturday Night Sherry Fiesta at Terroir Tribeca ($55)
Sunday, October 29
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sherry Brunch at North End Grill ($99)
For additional event information, please visit http://www.sherryfest.com, contact info(at)sherryfest(dot)com, or follow @Sherryfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Sherryfest is one of the world’s largest and most prominent sherry events, celebrating all aspects of this magnificent Spanish wine. Created by Peter Liem, author of Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla and Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region (in pre-release) and Rosemary S. Gray, Sherryfest was launched in New York City in 2012, and further events have since been held in San Francisco, Toronto, and Portland, Oregon. In 2015, the team expanded to include Siu Ki Wan as director of event production, Sarah Bray as director of marketing and communications, and Caitlin Laman as bodegas liaison.
About Consejo Regulador of the Dominations of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” and “Manzanilla”:
The Consejo Regulador of the Dominations of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” and “Manzanilla” is the regulatory council for Sherry Wines, the first wine to be protected by a Denomination of Origin in Spain. Established in 1933, the role of the Consejo is to both protect and market the Sherry Wine brand locally and internationally. Exporting to over 50 markets, sherry is one of the most exported wines of Spain. We will keep you up to date on events and news taking place both in Jerez and internationally.
Marina Del Rey, Calif. (September 27, 2017) – Join WineLA and Marina City Club in welcoming the Wines of South Africa to the greater Los Angeles area on October 04, 2017. This Wines of South Africa event will be held at the incredible seaside Marina City Club in Marina Del Rey. This event will feature a large selection of South African wines. In addition to the wineries confirmed to attend the event admission includes a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a number of items to bid on during our charity auction benefiting the T.J Martell Charity for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Producers set to participate include: Anthonij Rupert Wines, Babylonstoren, Deetlefs Wine Estate, Rainbow’s End Estate, Longridge Wine Estate, Integer, Stonedance, Badenhorst Family Wines, Alheit Vineyards, Bayten, De Toren, Rudi Schultz, Raats, Kanonkop, B Vintners, Demorgenzon, Topiary, Beaumont Family Wines, De Wetshof Estate, Sadie Family, Savage, Storm Wines, Graham Beck, Vilafonte Luxury Wines, Warwick Wine Estate, Bellingham Wines, Boschendal Winery, Ken Forrester Vineyards, Linton Park, Lubanzi Wines, Crystallum Wines, Big Flower Wines, Simonsig Wine Estate, Black Pearl Wines, Painted Wolf Wines, Downes Family Vineyards, Edgebaston Winery, Luddite Wine, Mulderbosch Vineyards, Neil Ellis Wines, The Wolftrap Vineyards, The Chocolate Block, Boekenhoutskloof, Fram Wines, Thorne & Daughters, Haute Cabriere, Fleur duCap, Meerlust, and Backsberg Estate Cellars.
Come and taste a few special red wines not being shown during the tasting. These VIP tickets allow early access to a luxury tasting of Collectable wines from South Africa, Master Class presentation hosted by Christopher Lavin & Jim Clarke, WOSA, as well as a VIP sit down Dinner prior to our general admissions tickets.
About Wines of South Africa (WOSA)
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 producers on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It is constituted as a not-for-profit company and is totally independent of any producer or wholesaling company. WOSA’s mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key international markets. Traditional markets include the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, with focus on developing markets for South African wines in the United States, Canada, China, Japan and key African Countries. WOSA works to promote the image and quality of South African wine industry abroad and is on a mission to contribute to the global success of the South African wine industry through building Brand South Africa.
About Marina City Club
Marina City Club in Marina del Rey, CA offers a seaside lifestyle unlike anything you’ve ever imagined. The Marina City Club Restaurant and Banquet Rooms are located on the water’s edge in Marina del Rey, California and is one of LA’s best kept Restaurant and Venue secrets.
L.A. Weekly is proud to present Sips & Sweets 2017! In its fourth year, our now annual holiday party will feature over 30 of the Los Angeles’ top bakers and most well-reputed mixologists. Join us Thursday, December 14nd from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Petersen Auto Museum, and sample delicious confections (and some savory options), sip on handcrafted cocktails and shop for amazing holiday gifts and trinkets. Curated by the L.A. Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and food editor Katherine Spiers, this eating, drinking and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed.
This year’s ‘eats’ lineup features sweets (and some savories) from Ococoa, Wanderlust Creamery, Mercedes Binge Desserts, Otium, and much more to come!
Hand-crafted cocktails will be prepared by Christiaan Rollich of A.O.C. Wine bar, representatives from Resident DTLA, The Roger Room, The Pikey, Nerano, Lock & Key, Lucques, Tavern, La Cuevita, Otium, 1886 Bar at The Raymond, and plenty more yet to be announced!
All chefs will offer tasty samples of their famous sweet and savory treats, while each bartender will present sips of their signature holiday drinks.
Tickets –> http://ticketf.ly/2wdlGjz.
General Admission tickets include: entry into the event (and museum), unlimited food samples, beer, wine and artisanal cocktail samples as well as access to our artisanal vendor village. VIP Admission ticket includes: all of the General Admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the eventand an exclusive VIP Gift Bag.
Sponsors of this year’s event include: Effen Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Angel City Brewery, Amoeba Music, Barefoot Wine, Cacique, Health-Ade Kombucha, Food Forward (charity), Imperfect Produce, Hubert’s Lemonade, The Dude’s Brewing Co., WVapes, and more to be announced!
A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
Follow L.A. Weekly on Facebook facebook.com/LAWeekly, Twitter @laweeklystreet, Instagram @LAWeekly and Foursquare for updates as they unfold. We hope to see you there!
About L.A. Weekly:
L.A. Weekly, and morerecently LAWeekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. In 2007 L.A. Weekly was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism. This year, restaurant critic Besha Rodell was honored with a James Beard Award, widely considered food writing’s top prize.
I’m sure the first time I was drawn to Kym and Ron Cappi was at a local wine event. We shared mutual friends and mutual interests, and they’ve since been to my home for dinner and my husband sees Dr. Ron Cappi for his chiropractic needs.
But this article isn’t about our friends or whatever ails my husband. It’s about me finding out that Kym is an artist.
It happened like this: Ron flew past me in his silver sports car on a road to Leona Valley Winery one afternoon. It was maybe the second time I had met them, and once I caught up to them at the winery I noticed something there that Kym had created. It was a cute little hand-painted dog bed made from a wooden wine box for the pooch that resided at the winery. (I wish I had room to put up all of Kym’s Kreations. Follow this hyperlink to see MORE: http://www.kymskreations.net/gallery.html )
Fast-forward a few wine-filled years and I’ve learned that my new pal has a painting business here in Santa Clarita. And she’s been very busy…but she took the time to do one of my 5-question Beacon interviews:
Eve: I’ve included your bio from your website (below) but what else do you want Beacon readers to know about you and your work? I found this on your Facebook and thought that what you wrote was an incredible testament to your compassion:
When buying from an artist, you’re buying more than just an object or painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of PURE JOY. You aren’t just buying a thing. You’re buying a piece of my heart, part of my soul, a moment of my life. MOST importantly, you’re buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.
Kym: The above quote is from an unknown author that epitomizes my feeling about art and the creative process. My motto is “art from the heart…where passion meets paintbrush!”
Eve: Okay, for our readers, our very wine-y readers, besides canvases, cheer boxes, furniture refinishing, pet portraits and murals, what wine-themed items have you made?
Kym: First and foremost the personalized wine staves which are the mainstay of my “uncorked” line. I have also created custom hand painted wine and martini glasses. I created signs with hand painted wine quotes such as “I’m aging like a fine wine…I’m getting complex and fruity”, or my favorite for you is “I only drink wine on days that end in ‘Y’”. I can also paint custom wine carriers and cases.
Eve: The hand-painted barrel staves, your latest “Kreation”, are very popular! Have you got some positive feedback from your customers that you would like to share with readers?
Kym: Realtors are ordering them for their buyer’s new homes with an “established” date.
C.S send me a note saying, “ Can’t tell you how many comments we get from friends and family and how great they look!”
A.C. wrote “Bought one for a friend who had just bought a home, the owner who gave me ideas and Kym hit the nail on the head.”
Over the holidays one of my wine quote staves was the last give “stolen” at one of those gift exchanges, which I took as a great compliment since there were 20 other wonderful gifts they could have chosen from.
I have painted staves for wineries, also scotch drinkers and for home wine bars and cellars.
Eve: Is there a connection between your love of art and your love of wine?
Kym: I think there is definitely a connection between my love of art and my love of wine. As a fine vintner must put passion and care into every bottle and glass, I must do the same with my art. A winemaker must pick the right parcel of land for his vineyard, must walk the vineyard, inspect and pick the very best vines and grapes for the wine, and that is just the beginning of the process. As with art, I must listen to my clients find out what type of mural or art they desire, and make their words and ideas into a mural, canvas or stave. As the vintner takes the grapes and works them into wine, I take the desires and ideas of my clients and work them into the finished product.
Eve: Where do you and Ron like to go, both locally and in wine country, for wine? Are there any places that you visit that also share a love of art?
Kym: As far as local wineries we love going to Malibu, which is an emerging wine market. Cielo and Malibu family wineries are our favorites. We also enjoy Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Santa Maria on a regular basis. Paso Robles wine country and Napa get a visit at least once a year as well.
As far as places with art and wine, Artesa in Napa has a fantastic collection of art that you can tour while tasting, and the winery is fantastic. Del Dotto’s newest location in Napa has some wonderful pieces as well. There are many fabulous art collections in Napa.
From the Website
Kym’s KreationsTM is a decorative painting and mural business based in Santa Clarita, California run by Artist Kym Cappi.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As a child, painting was my life. At age 5, bored with plain white walls, I decided to paint on those walls. My mother was furious at the time, but with encouragement and paper to paint on, I found my calling. I took every art class available to me in school and with some entrepreneurial spirit, I ventured out to paint storefront windows for the holidays. Sign painting, graphic design and tole painting classes helped me to further my business by offering clients stylish and hand painted items thus, Kym’s Kreations was born.
I create decorative illusions with paint for residential and commercial clients. I have a wide range of training and experience that allow me the ability to implement a variety of mural projects regardless of scale and subject matter. Artistically experimenting with many different mediums over the years has given me knowledge and skill, which is executed in my work. My murals have been featured on “HGTV”, in Santa Clarita’s local paper “The Signal”, and “Inside SCV Magazine”. I’m honored to have been voted “Best of 2007” by Santa Clarita Living Magazine.
Call me for a complimentary consultation. I’ll meet you at the commercial site or residence, evaluate the project, take measurements and pictures, etc. I’ll come up with an estimate complete with sketches for your approval. Prices vary according to size, subject matter and detail.
“Life’s too short to live with plain, white walls!”
Napa, Calif. – The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is proud to announce a special series of events this September. The events are designed to give guests, Napa Valley residents and others visiting the area a taste of Napa as they savor, recharge and reinvent themselves while learning about wine, cooking and more. The series features top wineries, breweries, tequila and even a Cajun favorite, crawfish. A complete calendar of events is available at MeritageResort.com/Events.
“When planning this special event series, we wanted to create experiences that spoke to the complete Napa lifestyle, which not only includes amazing cuisine, wine and vineyards but also great beers and fine tequilas.” said Frederic Najem, director of food and beverage, The Meritage Resort. “There is also a playful element within the Napa spirit, which is why we added a Cajun style crawfish boil to the series.”
September 16: Masters Dinner with Don Julio Tequila – Siena Patio
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with us during a fabulous Masters Tequila Dinner with Don Julio, hosted by Greg Bierwirth, a Don Julio brand ambassador. 21 and over only. $85 per person.
September 22: Signature Masters Winemaker Dinner with Staglin Family Vineyard and Musical Concert – Meritage Resort Vineyard Deck
“Listen to the vines – they will tell you what to do” is a piece of advice that the Staglin Family has not forgotten since it was told to them in 1992 by famed enologist Andre Tchelistcheff. This very special winemaker dinner will help benefit the One Mind Institute, a Staglin Family non-profit organization. Throughout the evening, we will have musical guests performing to provide added entertainment between courses and while learning about the beautiful history and winemaking style of the Staglin family from Shari Staglin. 21 and over only. $349 per person.
September 23: Napa Valley Goes Cajun – Crawfish Boil – Oakville Terrace at The Meritage Resort
For one day, we will bring New Orleans to the Napa Valley with an amazing Crawfish Boil and beer from Napa Palisades Saloon. You won’t want to miss this casual event as crawfish, sweet corn, andouille sausage, and jambalaya are served in this Cajun style feast while listening to the sounds of the Bayou. Reservations include all you can eat Crawfish and beers from Napa Palisades Saloon. A cash bar will also be available for wine and cocktails. 21 and over only. $60 per person.
September 29: Masters Dinner with Newton Vineyard, Napa Valley – Siena Patio
Newton’s “Nature by Design” philosophy is present throughout the winemaking process. During our dinner with winemaker, estate director, and the grandson of a legendary innovator in the Australian wine industry, Robert Mann, we will taste through four recent vintages while learning about the history, majesty and brilliance of Newton Vineyard’s refined and unfiltered varietals. 21 and over only. $100 per person.
September 19, 24, 29: Cooking Classes by The Meritage Resort – Vineyard Terrace at The Meritage Resort
Learn from The Meritage Resort’s culinary team during three cooking classes throughout September. Each class will teach different skills in the kitchen and focus on providing the skills needed to create and plate a beautiful and tasty meal. Classes will focus on pasta, desserts and seafood. Price $50 pp, per class, $125 for all three classes
Complete information and reservations available online at meritageresort.com/events. Prices range from $50 to $349 per person inclusive of gratuity and taxes. All events are open to the public.
About The Meritage Resort and Spa
Acres of sun-soaked hillside vineyards. Beautiful accommodations paired with luxurious amenities. Award-winning cuisine celebrating the finest of Napa Valley’s bounty. Indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground Estate Cave. The Meritage Resort and Spa perfectly blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality to bring you the ultimate Napa Valley resort experience. We Are Napa. MeritageResort.com, (888) 608-6442.
San Diego, CA (August 2017) – The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® launches ticket sales for its 14th annual culinary classic held November 12-19, 2017. Featuring over 40 citywide tasting experiences, Southern California’s largest food and wine festival is set to welcome thousands of eager epicurean enthusiasts to America’s Finest City.
An international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods, the annual wine and food festival showcases San Diego’s vibrant culinary community through cooking classes, chef dinners, expeditions and multiple tasting events. The Festival’s legendary Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 18 features over 200 wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world, and 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants.
The weeklong food and wine festival, raises funds for Fast Forward Futures and awards culinary, enology, and hospitality scholarships to San Diego County students and professionals seeking to further their careers in these disciplines. To date, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival has raised over $350,000 in scholarship funds.
The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® offers several ways for epicurean enthusiasts to indulge in the most decadent culinary experience of the year, including all inclusive tickets packages that offer overall savings, and feature hotel accommodations as well as admission to a selection of the food and wine festival’s premier events. Discounted accommodations are available at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Hotel reservations and ticket packages can be reserved by calling, 877.385.9595.
To preview the schedule of events and featured celebrities, visit the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® at www.sandiegowineclassic.com.
SAN DIEGO BAY WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL®
The 14th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® is an international showcase of the world’s premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 12-19, 2017, the event benefits culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by Fast Forward Futures. Over 200 wineries, breweries, and spirit companies and 60 of San Diego’s top fine-dining restaurants will participate in the 2017 Festival. For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com. Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward. For more information call 619-312-1212.
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) – This month, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, the family-owned and operated Joseph Drouhin estate based on U.S. soil, kicked off its celebration of 30 years of success in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills. Now run by the family’s fourth-generation, each of the four siblings play a large role in the success of the historic brand. The eldest, Philippe Drouhin, tends to the viticulture and sustainability of the vines, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, the winemaker and guiding palate of the estate, continues to surprise and delight with exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, Laurent Drouhin leads the marketing initiative in the U.S. as the face of the brand, and Frédéric Drouhin oversees all operations as President. Together, they complete a perfect unity utilizing centuries-old Burgundian winemaking traditions in Oregon.
“I remember it like it was yesterday, walking with my father, Robert Drouhin, 30 years ago through the plot of land that was to become DDO,” said Véronique Drouhin-Boss during a series of kick-off events at the estate. “There was nothing there yet, of course, just trees and an incredible view. Most people probably could not see a vineyard within that land but we both just knew. It felt right. With my family, our amazing team, and the support of the community, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring the French soul to the soil of our Oregon estate and it gives me great joy to share our craft with those who have inspired and believed in our vision over the last three decades.”
Joseph Drouhin founded the Burgundy estate in 1880. His son Maurice Drouhin succeeded him in 1917, and his son – and current patriarch of the family – Robert Drouhin, became the third generation to run the business in 1957. It was Robert who first “discovered” Oregon on a visit in 1961. He recognized that it was Oregon (more so than California) that had the soil, latitude, and climate that could unlock the complexities and potential of Pinot and Chardonnay in the US. In 1987, Robert purchased property, and the newly christened Domaine Drouhin Oregon produced its first vintage in 1988 from purchased grapes. The following year they built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery, producing the first ever vintage on the property in 1989.
“There is a big difference between ‘family-owned’ and ‘family-owned and operated.’ We live in Beaune, we live in Oregon, and we are in the vineyard and at the winery tasting every day. It is our family name on the label so we must be in control of every detail to ensure the wine can bear our name,” added Frédéric Drouhin.
During a series of kick off events, the family opened their estate and cellars with guided vineyard hikes, special tastings of vintages from DDO, Roserock – the latest of the Drouhin family’s adventure located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills – and Maison Joseph Drouhin. Each night ended with various themed dinners, such as a La Paulée-style “Le BBQ” which featured a blue grass band and multiple large-format free pours. The series also included an extraordinarily special tasting of some of the estate’s very first vintages including a 1989 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Classique (the very first vintage produced at the estate, of which there are only 24 bottles left). Guests also tasted through various vintages – including the first ever vintage – of Chardonnay Arthur (2015, 2012, 2002), Pinot Noir Laurène (2000, 1996, 1992), and Pinot Noir Louise (2007, 2003, 1999) – the three cuvées named for each of Véronique’s three children. Both her son Arthur and daughter Laurène took part in the celebration, adding another dynamic to the intimate affair – commenting wistfully on the wines, how they’ve aged well with time, and how the family has, as well. “When I taste the first vintages of the Arthur, Laurène, and Louise, I am profoundly reminded of the day each of them came into this world,” added Véronique. It was an incredibly moving evening for guests and the family alike.
Events were attended by friends of the family, members of the wine club, the media, importers, distributors, and neighboring estates such as: Eyrie Vineyards, Adelsheim, Ponzi, Casteel and Sokol Blosser families. Forever grateful for the continued community support, the four siblings and their children also performed the “ban bourguignon,” a tradition specific to Burgundy sung in celebratory honor, in this case directed in honor of their father, grandfather, great grandfather, and their esteemed guests.
Philippe Drouhin also led a number of informative vineyard tours throughout the DDO and their new Roserock estates. “After 30 years of observation of our vineyards in Oregon, every year I realize that the level of knowledge of the viticulture in Burgundy is sometimes useful in Oregon. We will spend the next 30 years really getting to know the vines – this estate is young and we are still learning,” he explained.
Robert Drouhin’s vision of an Oregon estate winery that could rival the great vineyards of Burgundy has been realized at DDO. From what began as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock now encompasses 52ha (130 acres) planted in the Dundee Hills and 50ha (124 acres) planted in the Eola-Amity Hills. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations and, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir. The densely planted vines are farmed sustainably on L.I.V.E. certified vineyards, and tended to by hand when leaves and fruit are thinned. Harvesting is also done entirely by hand, from the grape selection and picking to press.
“Our father made a very ambitious decision in 1987 to expand our business to Oregon,” said Laurent. “As we honor him and our family legacy, I am reminded of what a big moment this is for our family, and in our overall pursuit of perfection in Joseph Drouhin wines. Every year is a milestone. But the 30th is important because it shows that this is not just a short-term adventure, but that it is one more stone in the Drouhin brand.”
For more information about the estate, visit: http://www.domainedrouhin.com.
ABOUT MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN
Maison Joseph Drouhin owns 77.7 hectares (192 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy. The vineyards are principally Grand and Premier Cru appellations of the Côte d’Or and Chablis. The family-owned and –run firm was founded in 1880 and produces nearly 90 different appellations, all of them from Burgundy. Since 1987, the family also owns 219 acres in Dundee Hills, known as Domaine Drouhin Oregon, and 229 acres in Eola-Amity Hills, known as Roserock since December 2013.