Our Carneros tasting room is in the center of the rolling waves that make up our estate vineyard. It is arguably the best tasting room view in the valley.
That’s why our architects, Gould Evans | Baum Thornley (http://www.btarchitects.com/), constructed the massive frameless glass doors, to ensure your view would not be obstructed! Terrace seating is available too!
But did you know that our new Carneros tasting room was built keeping our sustainability integrity intact? Our architects call it ‘Smart Design.’ Reclaimed redwood and certified sustainably-grown cedar line the tasting room walls and ceiling, storm water is directed to our irrigation ponds to be re-used later, we maximized the use of natural stone products like grey slate, and we used cross-ventilation to ensure natural temperature control.
Our reclaimed redwood is mostly old growth wood, meaning it can only be found from fallen trees on personal property and logs discovered in lakes or rescued from barns or old buildings.
For insulation we used recycled denim insulation, an environmentally-friendly option that costs an additional 25%.
Come check out the view inside and out...at our Carneros Grand Opening July 18th from 4-8pm!
If you didn’t get the chance to listen to The Job Radio Show on 960am (San Francisco Bay area’s Working Radio) last Sunday night, you missed a very special interview! Larry Olson of The Job Radio Show interviewed Joelle Kurrus, Special Events Manager here at Cuvaison, on how she leaped into the Napa Valley wine industry.
“Every once and a while it’s good to get inspired by a real life success story. Someone who followed their career dreams. Joelle Kurrus left her life in Connecticut to follow her passion of wine in Napa. Listen to Joelle as she gives us a lesson in taking chances.” - thejob.podbean.com
Joelle is our Special Events Manager here at Cuvaison and along with putting on fabulous events, she holds a designation as an Advanced Certified Wine Professional from the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone.
Click to listen on thejob.podbean.com under the June 18th, 2009 post!
We've just recently learned of some great ratings on our Chardonnay!
Look for our 2007 Chardonnay Carneros in the August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 92 points and an Editors Choice rating. The August issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine will also give our ’07 Chardonnay 92 points and a Best Buy rating: “Slice a late summer Bosc pear over puff pastry and bake it, the tart will taste a lot like the scents and flavors of this chardonnay. Though tightly built, the wine broadens into the finish, refreshed by a bristle of acidity. Decant it for roast veal with chanterelles.” Yet another reason to Chill Out with Chardonnay!
One of many great benefits of my job at Cuvaison is travel. It’s not for everyone but I’ve had the opportunity to see the world due to our global market exposure, and I now have friends and associates in over 43 countries. And that doesn’t include domestic travel.
While I truly enjoy my business associates, I especially enjoy running into one of our club members. I’m amazed at how often it happens and in some of the most surprising locations. I’ve had this experience at wine dinners and consumer tastings in Singapore, London, the Caribbean and other locations in the USA.
I was just in Mexico supporting the Four Seasons Punta Mita with staff training, guest tastings and winery dinners and guess what? At one of the guest tastings, I hosted club members who had never met me or each other. Two of the couples even brought their own Cuvaison wines from the US into Mexico to enjoy! They didn’t offer to share any with me but I guess they thought I’d brought enough of my own. So, there I was with 10 guests of the Four Seasons, some club members but all had visited our tasting rooms. One person even mentioned our Tasting Room associate, Brady, by name and what a great tasting he’d given.
It is our desire to keep you better informed about my travel and events for you to attend in the future. Who knows, we may even run into each other in Kazakhstan?
Jay Schuppert, President
Celebrating our 40th anniversary, we have turned our two tasting rooms into two fresh, distinct and stunningly evocative spaces. The re-design of our historic Calistoga site is a contemporary take on the classic tasting environment – warm and intimate, with an inviting tasting bar and tree shaded picnic grounds. While the Carneros site is a light-filled space surrounded by waves of vineyards, the compelling design blurs the distinction between in- and outdoors. Massive frameless glass doors slide out of sight, opening to a terrace protected from the elements by the building itself. Be sure to come check out our new spaces!
Celebrate with us at our grand re-openings this July!
Calistoga Open House – Saturday, July 11th, 4-8pm
Carneros Open House – Saturday, July 18th, 4-8pm