Viognier Stomp Saturday, Aug 16
Our Viognier harvest is coming in, and we will be foot-stomping 5,000 pounds of lovely grapes into what will become our sparkling Viognier for 2014 this Saturday, August 16th!
Yes, we do actually foot-stomp some of our grapes, though it doesn’t resemble the famous Lucy episode (actually, “Lucy” is the name of our crusher-destemmer machine which is often used in place of foot-stomping).
Best of San Diego Party, Aug 22
Yes, somehow amid all the grape harvest madness, we are going to be pouring at San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego Party on Friday, August 22nd – it’s just too cool an event to pass up!
The event is from 6:30-9:30pm at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station. Check out their website for more details and tickets.
Get your San Diego Urban Wineries Passport!
Vinavanti is happy to be a part of a vibrant and thriving urban winery scene here in San Diego County. Along with other urban wineries in the area, we’ve formed San Diego Urban Wineries and have created the Passport!
The Passport is good for 11 tastings at San Diego Urban Wineries for only $50 – a 50% savings off the price of the individual tastings. The Passport includes a winery map, information on each winery, and room for your tasting notes. It’s a great way to explore the world of San Diego Urban Wineries!
Come by our tasting room to purchase a Passport, or buy a ticket online that’s redeemable for a Passport at your first tasting room visit. Hurry – supplies are limited.
Go Chocolate! or Go Cheese! Wine Pairing – Aug 2nd
Join us Saturday, August 2nd from 1-3pm, for our paired wine, chocolate and cheese event!
We will be pouring four wines (2 oz pours) – our 2012 Grenache, 2011 GSM, 2012 Mourvedre, and 2011 Syrah. A specially crafted cheese dish and a chocolate dish go with each wine, and you get to choose which you’d rather have with each pour – either Go Cheese! or Go Chocolate! – as you progress through the tasting.
Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for Wine Club) online through Brownpaper Tickets, plus sales tax and ticket service fee. Day-of tickets at the door are $30 plus tax (no Wine Club discount) and subject to availability.
June 2014 Wine Club Selections
The selections for June 2014 Wine Club have been made and are ready for pickup! This quarter features one bottle each of three brand new releases.
2013 Viognier. A very special wine and release. Only one bottle per member. Radiant lemon-lime hue. Bright citrus nose, with lemongrass, pear skin, and elements of honey and lime pith on the palate. Viscous yet minerally with well-balanced acidity. All fruit from high-altitude (3,200 ft) vines on their own roots in deep, sandy, granitic soil. One week of whole cluster carbonic maceration.
2013 Clara Rosé. Strawberries and cream, with hints of rose petal and marmalade. A very dry rosé with a slight tannic grip, it is never cloying. 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre.
2012 Grenache. Is there a perfect red wine for Summer? We humbly submit this wine for consideration. Rich raspberry and cranberry, with black and white pepper aromas, along with bright acidity and fine but distinct tannins. This wine is refreshing and luscious to drink, with enough spice and backbone to keep you wanting more (and an alcohol level low enough you can actually have more).
San Diego Wine Country Festival 2014
We are pouring at the San Diego Wine Country Festival along with a great selection of other local wineries on July 12th from 1-4pm. Get your advance tickets now here for $30 for twelve pours (includes small baguette), $40 at the door
Waterfront Park Grand Opening Celebration
We will be pouring at the Waterfront Park Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, May 10th, from Noon to 4pm. We are happy to be a part of celebrating the opening of a new and important park in the vibrant waterfront area of San Diego. A number of other wine, beer and food vendors will be on hand, and the weather will be another perfect San Diego day. The tasting room will also be open, so stop by afterwards to try more of our wines and pick up your favorites.
Edible Arts Review of 2012 Mourvedre
We’re very pleased to read this great review of our 2012 Mourvedre by Edible Arts. Is there a better way to end a review than with, “It is the most thrilling wine I have had all year.”? Our winemaker has also been dubbed “The King of No” (in a very good way) – we might have to adopt that nickname!
Certified Organic Wine Comes to San Diego County
Check out this article, “Certified Organic Wine Comes to San Diego County”, in the March 2014 edition of Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine written by our winemaker. As San Diego County’s only certified organic winery, we are very excited to have worked with Page Organics, the only organic vineyard in San Diego County, on their 2013 harvest – their first commercial vintage. This blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot is aging at the winery and will likely be released late 2014 or early 2015.
March 2014 Wine Club Selections
The selections for March 2014 Wine Club have been made and are ready for pickup!
This quarter features two bottles of our 2012 Grenache/Mourvèdre blend, “The GM”. The bright red fruit and lively acidity of the Grenache marry with the dark and earthy aromas of the Mourvèdre to create a compelling and delicious blend. Black currants, cherries, charred wood, and stone. This is a Wine Club priority release not yet for general sale.
We’re also including one bottle of the 2011 Mourvèdre, which is now Wine Club only for a short time before it goes to the Library. Rich with earthy tobacco and leather aromas, followed by plum, black currants, and cherry on the finish. This wine crosses Old and New World perfectly. Not letting it touch oak has allowed the true varietal aromas to unfold.