Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
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
Friday, December 22, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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
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" 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
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
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
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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.
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
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.
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 (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
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.