Do you enjoy wine tasting, but would love to know more? Wonder what all those tasting notes are talking about? After a lot of requests in the tasting room, we've put together a class designed to clear up the confusion, de-mystify your palate, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation of wine!
We cover all aspects of wine tasting including color, clarity, aroma, bouquet, body, acidity, tannin, and sweetness. We'll discuss the differences between wine tasting and wine judging criteria (UC Davis, WSET, etc.), and cover the concepts of typicity and terroir. Flavor and aroma references are used during the class so you can understand what you experiencing as you taste a variety of wines.
Taught by our winemaker in a small class setting (10 people maximum) in the middle of our urban winery, there's no more intimate way to increase your appreciation of wine. To top it off, our 22 oz crystal wine glass is yours to take home.
Classes are held on Saturdays (see the class registration page for availability). The cost is $40 and tickets can be purchased via PayPal below. Wine Club members, please visit the Club page for discounted tickets.
After purchasing tickets, visit the class registration page to register for a specific class day and time.
On both June 9th and July 4th, we will be at the San Diego County Fair pouring our 2011 Clara Rosé, along with three other locally made wines, for free! The Fruits of the Vine Wine Tasting is held at the San Diego Pavilion in the Infield at 4pm and again at 5pm. Seating is limited, so show up early. The event is hosted by Sam Bass and we’ll be on hand to talk about our wines, winemaking, and just about anything else wine-related you’d like to know.
A new white is in the house! We just brought in a custom blend of 2012 Verdelho (56%) and Viognier (44%). It is intensely floral with lush tropical fruits. This is a beautiful wine that’s perfect for summer, and we have it available through our Litro fills at only $10 per liter (equal to $7.50 for a regular 750ml wine bottle) – these wines bottled normally cost two to three times as much. Come on in and fill up!
This Friday and Saturday (May 3rd and 4th) mark the release of our 2011 Syrah! Come in either day, and get 10% off bottles of our 2011 Syrah, plus have it signed by the winemaker (if you like to have your bottle marked up like that…).
We’ve been at work with our 2012 vintages. The 2012 “Clara Rose” Grenache/Mourvedre rose blend and 2012 “DS9″ Mourvedre red were bottled on 4/7, and the 2012 Grenache and Mourvedre reds were racked and blended on 4/14. The “DS9″ Mourvedre went through whole cluster carbonic maceration for three weeks, and exhibits intense aromas of smoked ham, green olives, and figs; it will be released later in 2013, along with the “Clara Rose” rose. The remaining 2012 reds will be bottled within the next 100 days, for release starting in December of 2013 and continuing through 2014.
Do you enjoy wine tasting, but would love to know more? Wonder what all those tasting notes are talking about? After a lot of requests in the tasting room, we’ve put together a class designed to clear up the confusion, de-mystify your palate, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation of wine! Read the rest of this entry »
The urban winery scene is taking off in San Diego! Check out this news segment, “Wine tasting without going to wine country”, from CBS 8 about Vinavanti and the urban winery movement, plus our natural, no-sulfite wines and re-fillable Litro bottles. We had a great time chatting with Shawn and Erik from Channel 8, and thank them for putting together a great report on San Diego’s culture of small production, high-quality, locally made wine.
We are very happy that our re-fillable Litros are finding a home with wine lovers. We are close to our 100th Litro bottle sold… whichever tasting room visitor buys the lucky 100th bottle gets it filled with either our House Red or House White… on the house!
Update: Congratulations to Quincy Cruz for buying the lucky 100th bottle!
This Friday and Saturday (2/1-2) we celebrate the release of our 2011 Mourvedre – the second in our inaugural vintage of Black Label reds. Come in to the tasting room and receive 10% off a bottle of Mourvedre, and have it signed by the winemaker.
Our 2011 Mourvedre comes from the Summit Vineyard in Temecula Valley, and is rich with earthy tobacco and leather aromas, followed by plum, black currants, and cherry on the finish. Like all of our Black Label wines, it is made without any sulfites or other added chemicals, and only native fermentations. Regular price $27; Wine Club price $21.60.
Saturday, February 23rd, we are excited to host another Paint and Palate event from 6 to 9pm! If you haven’t yet purchased tickets, please contact us for limited seating (Wine Club members receive a 25% discount). Here are some notes for all attending about our winery and the event… Read the rest of this entry »
A new House White is now being poured straight from the tank for your Litro fill. A little bigger in body, with some more butter, floral and fruit notes than our previous. Come on in for a tasting and get those re-fillable Litros re-filled!
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