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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You’ve attended business meetings all week. You’re overseas, far from your family and you miss sleeping in your own bed terribly. The good news is that your flight is on time and you depart tonight. The not-so-good news is that you’ll be hard pressed to find a respectable glass of wine in the air.
If you’re flying Singapore Airlines, you will never encounter this problem. Awarded “Best Global Airline” by Condé Nast Traveler, Singapore Airlines and its passengers demand quality and reliability. And this doesn’t stop at their Business Class wine list.
Singapore Airlines boasts a distinguished panel of wine experts who perform a bi-annual “blind” tasting of up to 1,000 wines. Wines are judged on appearance (color and clarity), bouquet (or “nose”) and palate (taste). The panel also assesses the wine’s suitability for drinking on board an aircraft where the atmosphere tends to be drier. Out of the 1,000, only 15 wines are selected for all classes of service (first, business and economy).
That being said, Cuvaison Estate Wines is honored to announce that our 2008 Carneros Chardonnay Napa Valley is now being poured on Singapore Airlines in Business Class … around the world. Simply put, Singapore Airlines is committed to serving the best on board and Cuvaison is delighted.
Now, meet Singapore Airlines’ Panel of Wine Experts:
Global Wine Consultant, Steven Spurrier, from the United Kingdom
(Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine and President of the Circle of Wine Writers, author of several books)
Master of Wine, Jeannie Cho Lee , from the United States
(a wine judge who contributes regularly to Decanter, Wine Spectator and Revue du Vin)
Master of Wine, Michael Hill Smith, from Australia
(wine consultant, wine judge, writer and broadcaster, awarded prestigious Order of Australia for his contributions to the wine industry)
Photo credits: Singapore Airlines website
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.