To our friends in the Boston area, we invite you to join Winemaker Steve Rogstad for a lively evening filled with amazing wine and food at the Boston Wine Festival. Wine dinner will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel on February 21, 2013 at 7pm. Tickets are $145.00 per person. We hope to see you there!
Buy tickets here.
Learn more about the Boston Wine Festival here.
We were so excited to host our Annual Carneros BBQ this year! Club members and close friends enjoyed delicious BBQ courtesty of Cochon Volant "Flying Pig BBQ", paired perfectly with several Cuvaison Estate Wines, including our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, 2010 Chardonnay, and 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir! Members enjoyed the food, the view, the company, and of course, the wines! During the event, guests were treated with exclusive tours of our facility, from the vineyard to the tank room to the barrel room. Everyone had great questions and learned a lot about how Cuvaison wine is made. Thank you to everyone who came for making this such a stellar event! Can't wait until next summer!
What else would you expect from a Club Cuvaison “Mayo” celebration? Here are some of the highlights from this year’s festivities hosted in our quaint Guest house located at the edge of our Carneros Vineyard.
The Guest House was brightly decorated before guests arrived - Latin rhythms of guitarrons and trumpets piping in the background. Ernie and Laurie (our new wine club associate) greeted guests at the front door and distributed mustaches for those who … needed them. That said, they were quite popular amongst the women folk.
|(From left to right: Club Cuvaison Laurie, George Kilbourne and granddaughter Lauren)|
|(From left to right: Jamie and Mary and the 2010 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir)|
Cuvaison’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Carneros Chardonnay, 2009 Mariafeld Pinot Noir, 2009 Block F5 Pinot Noir and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder were being poured and guests were greeted at the door with a taste of the newly released 2010 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir.
|Catered by Villa Corona|
A variety of sumptuous south-of-the-border inspired cuisine was served buffet-style for Club Members. Villa Corona (who has catered this Cuvaison club event for years) prepared a special sea bass, carnitas and grilled chicken “taco bar” along with perfectly crisped homemade taco shells and fresh guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cilantro and shredded cheese as toppings.
Aside from the usual carousing, eating and drinking we had a piñata, but they just don’t’ make them like they used to. After a mere two blows, a fierce (and nameless) Club Cuvaison member knocked the sweets right out of the piñata Joelle had taken careful measures to hang from the eaves.
On the second blow the piñata fissured at the neckline leaving the head dangling only by a thread; anticlimactic yet funny. (see image of the “burro slayer” at the top of this blog post). Of course the piñata candy innards were distributed amongst party goers (and the Juicy Fruits proved to be a righteous accompaniment to the Mexican fare).
This was Cuvaison’s ninth “Mayo” celebration in a row. Some attendees have been coming every year, and this year we saw new faces as well – such as this couple relaxing with some Vin Gris in the hammock. Now, they know how to do it right!
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Red-wearing revelers frolicked at our Chinese New Year celebration and banquet held in our Calistoga wine cave this past Sunday.
Cuvaison Estate Wines Hospitality Manager and Wine Educator, Joelle Kurrus’ efforts made this year’s Club Tasting in the Cave event unforgettable.
For starters, the cave was decorated from head to toe with lighted Chinese lanterns and other celebratory trimmings. Visitors were transformed into a Chinese New Year fantasy realm just ten yards inside the cave entrance where a stoic yet peaceful Buddha, banked by apple blossom branches and red backlighting, welcomed guests and “set the mood.”
Other Chinese New Year themed decorations lined the cave’s hallways, table tops and place settings. “Pop-pop snappers” (fuse less firecrackers for children – in this case, adult children) were disbursed at the check-in station, along with chocolate coins (traditionally given to the young) and “lucky money bags.”
The Club Cuvaison office designed a variety of games including numerology and an American card game called “Murder” interpreted to our Chinese New Year celebration event.
Soft tunes hand picked by Joelle reverberated throughout the cave and beneath the backdrop of people carousing and laughing.
The food! The wine!
Guests were greeted with a glass of Cuvaison 2009 Carneros Chardonnay and then the group migrated into the main dining hall and invited to choose where they wanted to sit. The different faces of Cuvaison hosted each table and included Suzanna, Mary, Jamie, Dan, Stephanie, Steve Rogstad and Joelle. The amazing cuisine was catered by the acclaimed San Francisco restaurant Yank Sing.
Guests were first served a first course of honey glazed walnut salad, accompanied by Cuvaison’s 2009 S Block Chardonnay. Perfectly paired!
The second course consisted of a variety of dim sum (shrimp dumplings (I still have dreams about these), chicken mushroom dumplings, pork and shrimp sui mye and snow pea shoots dumplings) and Cuvaison’s 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir. Also perfectly paired!
The third (and heartiest) course included a generous portion of chicken chow mein, Mongolian beef, honey walnut prawn and Peking ribs. beef with the Cuvaison 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder wine.
The evening was topped off with Chinese confections including fortune cookies, coconut cream rolls, sesame balls and pour of the Cuvaison 2008 Espiritu port-style dessert wine.
A good time was had by all, but there’s still debate as to which table had the most fun. We’re pretty sure that Jamie’s might have had a little more fun.
These days our vineyards are like a gentle flowing carpet of deep velvety green. The days are long and despite the higher temperatures found in most parts of the Napa Valley, our Carneros Estate remains comfortably cool with breezes off the bay. We simply could not resist hosting a spontaneous summertime event for our wine club members.
We had over 190 Club Cuvaison members RSVP. Most of them hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area, a few from Chico and Los Angeles and even some from as far away as Chicago and Iowa.
Let’s start with the food. The food was … delicious. For meat eaters, the highlight was hand crafted sausages made special by Napa's artisanal charcuterie, The Fatted Calf. These sausages were infused with our very own 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir wine and were amazing!
Fresh seasonal fruit salad and roasted potato salad with whole grain mustard also made for a nice accompaniment to our Carneros Estate flight of wines being poured.
The evening was filled with cheery conversation while guests sipped and swirled our Vin Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Carneros Chardonnay and Carneros Pinot Noir. New and old friends mingled while the sun slowly slipped towards the horizon, casting an almost ethereal golden hue across the landscape.
It was stunning. For those who were not able to make it this time, we hope to see you on your next visit to Napa Valley!
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Sensible Shoes Advised
Let's face it, most people who visit Wine Country stay on the beaten path. The closest they get to the grapevines is viewing them as a blur through a car window.
If you like to stray from the confines of the tasting room, and have a hankering to wander through our luscious rows of vines for a closer look, we encourage you to take a closer look at our all new Carneros Estate Vineyard Walk and Tasting program.
This program includes a walking discussion of our vineyards, followed by tasting through our Carneros Estate flight of wines.
Walking shoes are advised. We also advise dressing in layers, as conditions change frequently in Carneros.
The Carneros Estate Vineyard Walk and Tasting is offered Friday through Monday at 9:30am. Cost is $30 per person or $20 for Club Cuvaison members. Reservations are required. Groups are limited to a maximum of 8 guests.
This year’s “Cinco de Mayo” event landed on May 1st – hence our clever name – Uno de Mayo. Get it?
The weather was cooperative which made for a lovely occasion out at our festively decorated Guest House - located amidst our Carneros estate vineyard.
A generous and savory offering of light bites were prepared specially for Club Cuvaison members by Villa Corona Cocina Mexicana of Napa.
Have you tried their tamales with our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc? Trust us, this is one of those bucket list items you’ve got to check off. All you need is a warm afternoon, a recliner and some chilled Sauvignon Blanc.
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DJ Lipton of Napa kept the party going with non-stop action-packed Zumba and Salsa dance instruction. Of course, for those who left their dancing shoes at home - there was ample opportunity to carouse with other Club members or enjoy one of our estate wines being poured, including the newly released 2008 Zinfandel Bald Mountain.
If you couldn’t make it this year – make sure to join us next year. This event always sells out so make sure to sign up earlier than later!
Club members, join us for our upcoming Uno De Mayo Celebration!
|Who: Club Members and their guests|
|What: A South of the Border themed soiree|
|When: Saturday, May 1st, 2010 - Open house from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM|
|Where: Cuvaison Guest House in Carneros|
|[5019 Carneros Highway 121, Napa, CA 94559]|
|How: Call the Club team to reserve your space! Fee $25/person|
Experience timeless traditions and elegant pagentry
along the enchanting Danube
on the newest Uniworld ship, the River Beatrice
Join Winemaker, Steven Rogstad and cruise Europe’s Danube River aboard Uniworld’s newest ship, the River Beatrice-November 28 - December 6, 2010. Join Steve and fellow club members while traveling through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. From the large Holiday Markets of Vienna to the more intimate Holiday Markets of Bratislava, Passau, and Salzburg—each combines timeless traditions with elegant pageantry. 7 nights aboard a river-view stateroom with 7 guided shore excursions, a private Cuvaison wine tasting reception, & more.
Special Pricing from $1,849. For more information call Doctor Travel at 800-466-2784.
For more informatioin visit www.cuvaison.com/club
We love when we can get involved in great charities such as the upcoming vinNEBRASKA Wine Event 2010! If you live in the greater Omaha, NE area please join us for this very worth cause!
vinNEBRASKA is a two-day affair, which has become one of Omaha’s most successful fundraisers and voted as Omaha’s best food and wine event by Metro Magazine for two years in a row.
Winemakers’ Reception & Gourmet Dinner SOLD OUT
Friday, March 26, 2010
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Silent/Live Auctions & Raffle
Happy Hollow Country Club
1701 South 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Grand Auction & Wine Tasting Tickets available, $75 until March 1, $85 after
Saturday, March 27, 2010
5-7 p.m. Wine Tasting, Hors D’ Oeuvres & Silent Auction
7-9 p.m. Live Auction
Holiday Inn Central
3321 S. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68124
This years proceeds will go to All Our Kids, Inc. All Our Kids will use the funds made from this event to aid in serving more Omaha youth to reach their academic goals, graduate from high school and pursue secondary education.
For more information visit http://www.vinnebraska.com/event.shtml
Join us on March 6th for this very worthy cause!
President, Jay Schuppert will be pouring BRANDLIN!
How Drowning Hunger Saves African Children:
• Address the Chronic Drought: Engineer Clean Water 60 Ft. Wells.
• Address the Current Famine: "Plumpy-nut" - Distribute Miracle Food
• Address the Prevalent Childhood Diseases: Cholera & Malaria; Medications & Nets
Wine Tasting • Hearty Appetizers • Live Music & Dancing • Live & Silent Auctions: Private Events including a dinner at Cuvaison Carneros, Specialty Wines, Tahoe Vacations & more!
Yountville Community Center (1-800-363-4512)
6520 Yount Street, Yountville, CA
How Drowning Hunger Raises Funds:
100% of raised funds are sent to Africa! (Drowning Hunger sponsors make this possible) Drowning Hunger is a branch of World Vision - the 4th largest non-profit operating under only 15% overhead.
EVENT CANCELED: Join our President, Jay Schuppert, for an exclusive tasting in San Francisco on December 17th!
The tasting will be held at Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant, a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar on Rincon Hill, on Thursday, December 17th.
Bring friends and family to join us from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, no reservation needed! It’s only $5 to taste (and this can be used towards your purchase of a bottle for dining or to take home). No corkage on Cuvaison wines on the night of the tasting. 10% off case purchases. Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant will ship via Fed Ex: cost is $10 per case.
We will be pouring Cuvaison’s 2008 Carneros Chardonnay (New Release), 2007 Carneros Pinot Noir, 2006 Carneros Syrah and 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder.
Cuvaison has partnered up with the Carneros Wine Alliance to be one of 18 wineries participating in the Carneros Harvest Passport!
"Come to Carneros and celebrate harvest on October 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the wineries of the Carneros Wine Alliance!"
Celebrate the 2009 Harvest with us by checking out our new Carneros Tasting Room (if you haven't already done so), checking out our Carneros neighbors, and tasting the wonderful wines of the Carneros Appellation!
"Chicago Gourmet is a world-class celebration of food, wine and the city's rich culinary heritage. Located in spectacular Millennium Park from September 26-27, 2009, guests will enjoy celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, a fabulous seminar series, plenty of premium wine tastings, gourmet food samplings and more."
Cuvaison's own President, Jay Schuppert will hold the wine seminar, "Carneros...Napa's Unique Appellation" on Sunday the 27th from 3:30-4:15 in the Choral Room.
So come chat with Jay, sample wines from more than 300 producers & spirits from dozens of brands, and sample food from some of the top chefs in the Chicago area.
Wine corks will be "collected throughout the weekend, as part of a nationwide cork recycling program spearheaded by Cuvaison Estate Wines in Napa Valley. Special burlap recycling bags will be installed around Millennium Park to collect used corks from all participating wineries. These corks will eventually find a new life as shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, placemats and flooring tiles."
For more information on this event go to the Chicago Gourmet official website.
Our 6th club cruise sails from Lisbon to Barcelona departing April 4, 2010 and visits the ports of Tangier, Morocco; Malaga, Spain; Alicante, Spain; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Valencia, Spain.
"At nearly three times the size of her sister ships, the Wind Surf carries just 312 pampered guests.” And when they say pampered they mean a staff of 10 massage therapists, technicians and instructors, 5 restaurants, and gorgeous suites and staterooms.
Learn more about this amazing adventure: www.cuvaison.com/Club/Cruise
Saturday, September 26th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$72 per person
|Sip Spanish Cava with delicious breakfast treats as you enjoy the morning views of our Carneros vineyards
Watch as Chef Ciado of San Francisco prepares a delicious lunch of authentic Spanish Paella
Shop fabulous exclusive harvest party wine offers
Win fantastic prizes
Dress wine country casual
Space is limited!
Call us now to make your reservation!
1-800-253-WINE (9463) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Location: Carneros Tasting Room /Winery - 1221 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559
Join us on August 13 in our Carneros Tasting Room when the Napa/Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense will host “Wine on America’s Table – Celebrating Diversity: Matching Wine with Ethnic Cuisine!”
|Ever stumped on what wine to pair with Baba Ghanouj, Pakori or Ceviche? Be stumped no more! Join us on August 13th at Cuvaison Estate Wines' Carneros Tasting Room to learn about pairing wine with ethnic cuisine.
|And, of course, there will be opportunities to win prizes when you buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items (think big, think Magnums!) -- all proceeds benefit the Napa/Sonoma Women for WineSense General Scholarship Fund.
Silent auction prizes include
Last Saturday was a beautiful day for the Grand Opening of our Carneros Tasting Room! The Ambassadors of the Napa Chamber of Commerce came out to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary and Grand Opening! Come check out our new Tasting Room, if you haven’t done so yet!
Yesterday was a beautiful morning for a marathon! Over 3,000 people from all over the country showed up to our Carneros Winery and Tasting Room location to start the race!
While everyone is a winner, special kudos go out to Eli Rodriquez of Whittier, CA who won the race with a time of 1:09:25 beating Ed Baker of Palo Alto, CA and Tesfaye Dirba, of Ethiopia. On the women's side it was Julia Malon Stamps of Miami, FL with a winning time of 1:22:01 just edging out Lisbet Sunshine of San Francisco and Christine Keenedy of Los Gatos, CA.
A lot of excitement for 7:00 in the morning!
The Grand Opening of our Calistoga Tasting Room was a success! As the party was coming to a close, we were able to take some photos:
It’s always interesting when you give a winemaker a large pair of scissors. Check back for some video of our Winemaker, Steve Rogstad cutting the ribbon!