Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy New Year

From all of us at Chateau Julien Wine Estate - We wish you a great New Year and much happiness and prosperity.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Chateau Julien releases Bravura in 2007

The year 2007, will mark our 25th year in the wine business. We have been planning for the past two years to release our first proprietary wine. The name we have chosen is "Bravura" meaning the result of our hard work and effort. This wine will be released soon. The blend is Merlot and Malbec. Bill Anderson, our winemaker of 25 years, believes this is his personal best effort. We thank him for all his hard work and dedication to this wine.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

More Holiday Cheer

More Holiday Cheer as Santa visits with Bobby Brower and Andrew Gogliucci. Then Santa gives more Holiday cheer to Racheal Dreyer (with her Dad, Mark (Operations Manager).

Friday, December 22, 2006

Happy Holiday's

Patty and I wish you all the Happiest of Holiday's to you, your family, friends and loved ones!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

News Flash! Santa visits Chateau Julien Wine Estate

This year was such a great year that we received a suprise visit from the North Pole. Wow - It was Santa, in person! Children and adults alike were all thrilled! Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Highlands Inn menu and what happens when the day is over!

As promised, the menu from the Holiday Dine Around at Highlands Inn. This was incredible! Thanks to Robert Weakley and the Chef for putting this together for us. We will be back next year. Any finally, Glenn Hammer (picture taken by Pat Phinney) after about one minute in the limo. A tired and happy guy!

Bring Your Best to Baja

"Bring your best" was created 5 years ago. A group of us Carmel Valley folks decided to have a Holiday gathering at the Baja Cantina and bring a great bottle of wine (or many great bottles of wine). Then we added food, with lobster, Pate', cheese (the good stuff) and a Executive Platter from the Baja kitchen. We can't wait till next year. What a month of parties!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Food, Food and more Food!

Seafood, shrimp, oysters, tuna and more! Opps, forgot the scallops! Check out the white and black truffels!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Dine Around Group moves to Highland's Inn

On what promised to be a very wet day, the group moved from Bernardus to Highlands Inn for the second course. The food and wine to be announced!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Holiday Dine Around - Carmel Style

What we believe to be our 10th Holiday dine around, the group - consisting of Glenn Hammer, Patrick Phinney, Bill Boykin, Tom Kincheloe and Bob Brower had a feast and incredible wine selection this year. We started at Bernardus, Pictured first, you can see Chef Staminof was joining us as the meal progressed. This luncheon started at noon and ended at 8:00pm. More on the wines and lunch on the next blog post.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Holiday Cheer at the Wine Estate

The Chateau is decorated and prepared for our guests. A gala party was held on December 7th to celebrate the Holiday Season. Great food and wine for all. Happy Holiday's.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Want to find the Best Local Spot!

It is right here in Carmel Valley. Visit the Baja Cantina and get your fill of local Carmel Valley everything. You can meet all the locals and even some who want to be! The atmosphere is incredible. You can see the entire restaurant profile on itunes - podcasts - under Chateau Julien Wine Estate.

Closing up the Vineyard - 2006

As 2006 comes to a close (December 6, 2006) we began the cleanup of the vineyard by discing the vineyard in Carmel Valley. Simply this is turning the ground over and removing any vegitation that has grown since harvest. Rain is forcast for the weekend and this is a great time to clean up. Next, pruning? January, what?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Chardonnay "Sur Lie" 2006

Once again, the labor intensive process of stirring the Chardonnay to add intensity of flavor. The barrels are removed from there storage location in the "Chai" and each barrel is hand stirred to place the lees back into the wine. This keeps our winemaker up at night, until bottled.

Holiday Spectacular at Chateau Julien Wine Estate

Once again, we had the Holiday Spectacular at the wine estate. This was the fourth annual event with this incredible group. The Chai came to life with the Choral Project. Daniel Hughes founded the Choral Project in 1996. He is an accomplished composer/arranger and has a new choral series through Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Try not to miss this event next year. It was sold out early.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blake Sterling Resh celebrates 1st birthday

Blake (Bob and Patty's) second grandson turned 1 year old on December 2nd. You may remember Blake from our very first blog posts in January 2006 when we created this blogspot. Blake's mom and dad (Dr Eric and Dawn, Esq.) reside in Maryland.

Friday, December 01, 2006

What are you doing for Valentines Day - 2007

I am going to El Paso, Texas for a Chateau Julien Wine Estate winemaker dinner. This will be the fourth annual dinner at Jaxon's. Kate and Gary have 4 restaurants in the West Texas area and are freinds of the winery. Look for our Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese at their great restaurants. See you in Texas.