WineCountry Staff: October 2012 Archives

Kamen Wines: New Tasting Room!

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kamenEstateWines_TastingRoom.jpgIt was with much excitement that Kamen Wines opened a tasting room to showcase their wonderful wines to the public earlier this summer. With harvest and crush festivities abounding in wine country right now, now's the perfect time to visit Sonoma County and stop by Kamen's new tasting room!

The Kamen Estate Wines Tasting Room is located in the historic downtown square of Sonoma  and is is open to the public daily. Tasting fees depend on the wine flight selected. See below for more details.

Signature Flight: A perfect way to enjoy the varietals in the Kamen Estate Wines portfolio, a rotating selection of current release Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Writer's Block Blend & Cabernet Sauvignon. 20 per person. Waived with two bottle purchase. 

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Premier Flight: For the Cabernet lover, a selection of three library vintages for a vertical comparison of our flagship varietal. $35 per person. Waived with three bottle purchase. 

Vineyard Tasting: By advance appointment only, a private tour and tasting in their mountain vineyard. Guests will taste four wines complemented by artisanal cheese & charcuterie, while enjoying sweeping views of the Mayacamas Mountains and San Francisco Bay. They offer this experience once daily. Secure your reservation by credit card 48 hours in advance. 24 hour notice is Required for any alterations or cancellations.  $60 per person.  Allow 1 ½ - 2 hours for this visit. 

To schedule your visit, call 707.938.7292 or email info@kamenwines.com.

Harvest Updates Around Wine Country: The Reds

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Peju Winery - Napa Valley, CA
On September 27th, Peju Winery located in Napa Valley harvested their first red of the season - Syrah. Grown at their Persephone vineyard, the grape is typically picked on the earlier side and this year was no different. "We are always excited about crushing Syrah since it gives us two wines--a traditional red Syrah as well as a Rose." CLICK HERE tor read full post.


Chateau Julien Wine Estate
First grapes of the season for Chate Julien Wine Estate in Carmel, CA (Monterey Wine Country region) were delivered Friday night (Sept. 28th) with a lot of guests watching. Watch a small clip below.




Whitehall Lane Winery: Harvest Update

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Napa Valley, CA



Harvest 2012 is off to a great (and tasty) start, with much, much more to go!  We officially began harvesting our first grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, on Saturday September 8th.  As you can see, our entire crew, led by winemaker Dean Sylvester and Cellar master Fernando Cortez, were Œin the zone¹ ensuring the first grapes of the season were sorted, de-stemmed, crushed and pressed to perfection.

To date we have crushed numerous lots of SB and one of Pinot Noir picked at the peak of ripeness. Meanwhile, Mother Nature has been very helpful in providing textbook Napa Valley autumn days.  In fact, it¹s hard to believe ­ even if you live here ­ that it is 45 degrees in the morning and 85 in the mid-afternoon, every day.  Reds like Merlot and Cabernet flourish in this weather, which allows the grapes to develop flavor complexity and balance.

We'll begin picking them soon. There are lots of crushing to be done, so please come up, taste a few wines, and let us tour you through the winery. SEE SPECIAL OFFER!
 
What¹s the best way to celebrate harvest?  A Whitehall Lane HARVEST DINNER!
Join us at the winery Saturday October 13th, for an al fresco BBQ dinner commemorating the 2012 harvest.  CLICK HERE more information, or contact Dustin at 707 963 9454 x 32 or dustin@whitehalllane.com.

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