WineCountry Staff: July 2013 Archives

Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event

familyWinemakersCalifornia_billboard_073013.jpgIt's one of the largest and most comprehensive wine tasting events featuring California wines! This year's Family Winemakers of California event, held in San Francisco on August 17th, 3-6pm, promises to be even more exciting with over 250 wineries from 20+ California appellations pouring over 35 varietals and 800 different wines.

What makes this event even more special is that you will have unlimited access to sample wines from small-production wineries (under 500 cases) represented by the family members themselves. In addition, several wineries will be pouring at the event for the very first time, so if you're a repeat attendee, you'll have the opportunity to taste wines from the "new kids on the block".

Your admission includes unlimited access to all wines, commemorative wine glass, a variety of cheese and crackers, and on site food vendor. Plus, you will be able to buy and ship wine directly home from the event; several wineries are planning to offer special pricing on shipping and/or select wines. Tickets are $70 and well worth the price. Buy tickets online here!

First time to a wine event of this size with this many wines to taste? Not to worry, Family Winemakers of California has developed a handy wine tasting guide specifically for this event (though many of the tips can be used whenever you might find yourself at a wine tasting event of this size). Click Here to download.

5 Zinful Inspired Ideas for the Summer


1. Know Your Zin History
Know your grape history! Zinfandel's history in the United States dates back to the mid-19th century, or even earlier, as there is mention of it as 'Zenfendel' and 'Zinfindal' among East Coast growers in the 1830s. Along with the California Gold Rush of the 1850s it moved out West where it was planted in both Napa and Sonoma. Read More . . .

2. Zin-tastic Sonoma Wineries Tasting Itinerary
If you're a Zin lover, this is the itinerary for you! Prepare yourself for a full day packed with Zin tastings, at four different Sonoma wineries, one of which is located in the notable Zinfandel growing appellation, Dry Creek Valley. See the Itinerary.

3. Get Outside and Barbecue!
Summer Grilling Wine Guide - Pairings for Zin -  The long, warm days of summer are reason enough to fire up the grill - or barbecue - and enjoy some of the tastiest food on the planet with family and friends. . . Grilled sausages pair well with Zinfandels that combine generous fruit and spice - candidates to consider include Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel and Kenwood Sonoma County Zinfandel. Read More . . .

Newton Vineyard - Distinct Wine Experiences

The panoramic views of Napa Valley from Newton Vineyard atop Spring Mountain in St. Helena is absolutely breathtaking. This lush, vineyard estate is well-known for their unfiltered, hands-on, meticulous approach to wine and offers more than just a traditional wine tasting. Their distinct guest experiences include a tour of their stunning English parterre gardens, an intimate look of their winding caves deep below the winery, and then of course, tastings of their award-winning wines.

newtonVineyard.jpgVineyard Tour & Tasting
Newly added this year to the portfolio of tasting experiences at Newton Vineyard is the Vineyard Tour & Tasting. Experience Newton's vineyards up-close-and-personal in the back seat of a 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer. As you tour the vineyards, learn about the history of the estate, sustainable viticulture practices, and then finally taste three one-of-a-kind wines at Pino Solo*.

  • Available Friday-Sunday (10:30am) by advance appointment and reservation;
  • Limited to 12 guests; $85 per person

*See the Pino Solo Wine Tree, as designed by artist Derek Chen in collaboration with Newton Vineyard. The pino solo wine tree is a limited-edition wine rack, both simple yet stunning in design.