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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Skipstone

September 8, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Skipstone Vineyard for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience this Saturday, September 13th hosted by Skipstone Proprietors, Fahri and Constance Diner.  The experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Skipstone wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake.  Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Skipstone dinner is the eighth installment of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

 

Get to know Skipstone Proprietors, Fahri and Constance Diner…

 

1. Describe Skipstone Vineyard in three words.

Unique, Sophisticated, Authentic.

 

2. What is your most marked characteristic?

Our dynamic amphitheater shaped vineyard, which provides a huge range of interesting wines to work with.

 

3. How do you want Skipstone Vineyard to be remembered?

We want Skipstone to remembered as a world class wine growing site with incomparable dedication to showing the incredible quality that our Alexander Valley estate has to offer.

 

4. What is your motto?

No Touch! We strive to let the vineyard speak for itself and to not interfere too much with the winemaking process so the resulting wines truly show our unique sense of place.

 

5. What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why?

There was nothing like our first baby, the 2005 Oliver’s Blend. The excitement surrounding that wine is something that has never ceased, not only because it was our first vintage but because that wine showed beautifully how complex and diverse our vineyard is. It was a true Bordeaux blend and married with grace old and new world elements, while being undeniably “Skipstone.”

 

6. What wine do you love introducing to people?

Our Viognier is so special because it is such a difficult varietal to get right. Ours is the perfect blend of floral, wet stone minerality, and ripe stone fruit minerality. It is fun to surprise people with this varietal that they may not have yet identified with.

 

7. What is the story behind the name Skipstone Vineyard?

Proprietor Fahri Diner’s favorite pastime as a boy was skipping stones on his native island of Cyprus. He made the decision to move to California while skipping stones off the coast of Florida.

 

8. What is your favorite food and wine pairing?

Sweet corn soup with Thai spiced shrimp with the Viognier or Braised Shortribs with Oliver’s Blend.

 

9. What is your favorite varietal for the summer?

Viognier of course when it’s not Champagne!

 

10. If you only had one last sip of wine, what would you choose?

1970 Dom Perignon Oenoteque.

 

Acquire tickets to the Skipstone Vineyard dinner here.

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series here.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Coup de Foudre

August 25, 2014


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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Coup de Foudre for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience this Saturday, August 30th.  Hosted by Coup de Foudre Proprietor, John Schwartz, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Coup de Foudre wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Coup de Foudre dinner is the seventh installment of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

 

Get to know Coup de Foudre Proprietor, John Scwartz…

 

1. Describe Coup du Foudre Wines in three words.        

Mind Blowing Juice.

 

2. What is your most marked characteristic?   

Soft-integrated tannins, balanced opulent fruit.

 

3. How do you want Coup du Foudre Wines to be remembered?

As that wine you have to have again!

 

4. What is your motto?  

Capture the Moment.

 

5. What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why? 

The Sauvignon Blanc, it has the minerality and sensuality of our favorite wine in the world–Chateau Haut Brion Blanc.

 

6. What wine do you love introducing to people? 

The Cuvee. Pomerol-style wines when made well are the best food-pairing wines.

 

7. What is your most memorable food and wine pairing?

Dim Sum and CDF Pinot Noir!

 

8. What is your favorite wine memory? 

The story of Coup De Foudre!

 

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Apart from this magical place Napa Valley, somewhere close to Napa Valley! :-)

 

10. What is the strangest wine descriptor you have ever heard?

Cumquats, loquats, shlumquats.

 

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series here.

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Tuck Beckstoffer Wines

August 18, 2014

beckstoffer_collage_430x142Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Tuck Beckstoffer Wines for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience this Saturday, August 23rd.  Hosted by winemaker and proprietor, Tuck Beckstoffer, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Tuck Beckstoffer Wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Tuck Beckstoffer Wines dinner is the sixth of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

 

Get to know Tuck Beckstoffer…

 

1. Describe Tuck Beckstoffer Wines in three words.

History, Pedigree, Respect

 

2. What is your most marked characteristic?

Quality, pedigree and thoughtfulness across several price points

 

3. What is your motto?

Always over deliver. Always.

 

4. How do you want Tuck Beckstoffer Wines to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for being respectful to the art of making wine and also being a great steward of the place we live.

 

5. What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why?

The 1997 Tuck Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon. It was my first solo project and it turned the cult wine world upside down for a time.

 

6. What wine do you love introducing to people?

I love introducing people to our Semper wines because they are a great example of what can be done with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

 

7. What is the strangest wine you have ever tasted?

Well, I’ve spent so much time researching the different processes and materials that go into winemaking. It’s a big part of what I love to do. I could probably write a book on all of the strange wines I have made over the years all in the name of pushing the envelope! Some were good. Many were not!

 

8. If you only had one last sip of wine, what would you choose?

Probably a Napa Valley Cabernet from the mid 70′s or maybe a great Burgundy but you didn’t hear me say that.

 

9. What is your favorite wine memory?

Learning to make wine with Bruce Cakebread in the very early 1980′s and working with Dirk Hampson in the mid 80′s when Far Niente was just starting. Those were great times.

 

 10. If you had to choose a beverage other than wine, what would it be?

It would probably be Bourbon Whiskey or maybe Coors Light.

 

Acquire your tickets to the Tuck Beckstoffer Wines dinner here.

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Fisher Vineyards

August 11, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Fisher Vineyards for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience on August 16th.  Hosted by Fisher Vineyards Principals, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Fisher Vineyards wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Fisher Vineyards dinner is the fifth of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

 

Get to know Fisher Vineyards Principal, Rob Fisher…

 

1. Describe Fisher Vineyards in three words.

Real, Pioneering, Honest

 

2. What is your most marked characteristic?

Equal parts family, Napa and Sonoma.

 

3. How do you want Fisher Vineyards to be remembered?

Enjoyed most with family, good friends and great food.

 

4. What is your motto?

Sorry, we don’t have a marketing department.

 

5. What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why?

Last vintage… Because we still have some to share.

 

6. What wine do you love introducing to people?

Our older Chards and mountain Cabs.

 

7. What is your favorite varietal?

We make ‘em.

 

8. What is your favorite wine region?

Outside of CA, it would be Italy for varietal range, character and food culture unlike any other.

 

9. What is your favorite food and wine pairing?

Tough call – still processing…

 

10. Outside of wine tasting, what is your favorite Napa Valley activity?

Cooking with family and friends.

 

Acquire your tickets to the Fisher Vineyards dinner here.

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Blackbird Vineyards

July 24, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Blackbird Vineyards for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience this Saturday on July 26th.  Hosted by Blackbird Vineyards Principals, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Blackbird wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Blackbird Vineyards dinner is the fourth of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

 

Get to know winemaker, Aaron Pott…

 

Describe Blackbird Vineyards using 3 words.

First Class Flight.

 

What is your most marked characteristic?

My biting sarcasm.

 

How do you want Blackbird Vineyards to be remembered?

With the same reverence as Proust’s madeleine.

 

What is your motto?

Qui bene amat bene castigat.

 

What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why?

It depends on my mood and what I am cooking.

 

What wine do you love introducing to people?

Any great Riesling.

 

What is the strangest wine descriptor you have ever heard?

ça sent la petite fille négligée.

 

If you only had one last sip of wine, what would you choose?

1949 J.J. Prum BA.

 

What wine region would you like to visit next?

Central Otago, NZ.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Chateau Ausone.

 

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Pahlmeyer

July 15, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Pahlmeyer Wines for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience on July 19th.  Hosted by Pahlmeyer Wines winemaker, Kale Anderson, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Pahlmeyer Wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Pahlmeyer dinner is the third of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

Get to know winemaker and host of the Pahlmeyer dinner, Kale Anderson…

 

Describe Pahlmeyer wines in three words:

“Industrial Strength Baby”

“Delicious Now & Later”

“No Partial Bottles”

 

What is your most marked characteristic?

My most marked physical characteristic is a tattoo of a grapevine and kale on my arm.

I also look too young to be making Pahlmeyer wines.

My most over-developed mental characteristics are curiosity and listening skills.

 

How do you want Pahlmeyer Wines to be remembered?

I hope that people always believe that Pahlmeyer wines over-deliver on expectation.

 

What is your motto?

My personal mantra is:  Patience.

 

What is your favorite wine you’ve made and why?

My favorite wine to make is the current vintage.  It’s a chance to start with a blank slate every year, a chance to make history.

 

What wine do you love introducing to people?

I love introducing the new Pahlmeyer and Jayson wines we’ve made since I started at Pahlmeyer in 2012.

 

If you only had one last sip of wine, what would you choose?

One last sip of the wine crafted by my grandkids, maybe great grandkids.

 

What is your favorite wine memory?

Champagne at my first son’s birth.  Don’t even remember the bottle.

 

What wines are on your kitchen counter?

There are partial 375 mLs from the 2013 Cabernet blending session.

 

What is your most memorable food and wine pairing?

French Laundry with the sommelier doing quiz pairings.  I got 9/10.

 

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Husic

July 9, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Husic Vineyards for an enchanting wine and dining experience on July 12th.  Hosted by Proprietors of Husic Vineyards, Frank and Julie Husic, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Husic wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Husic Vineyards dinner is the second of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

Get to know Husic Vineyards with a few fun facts…

1)  The Husic estate vineyards spread from the valley floor to approximately 900 feet up the hillside above Stag’s Leap District.

2) Husic Vineyards, planted in 1997 overlooking the Stags Leap District, were the last hillside vineyards planted in Napa before the anti-hillside planting ordinance was passed.

3)  After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Winemaker Michael Hirby worked as a sommelier for a few years before deciding that winemaking was the next step; and after spending a few months exploring the wine regions of Spain and France, he made his way to Napa Valley.

4)  Michael Hirby grew up in a musical and creative family that had a deep love of food and cooking.

 Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Partner Dinner Series | Captûre

June 25, 2014

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Join Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Captûre Wines for an enchanting, evening wine and dining experience on June 28th.  Hosted by Vice President of Captûre  Wine, Andre Boada, the experience will offer the unique opportunity to savor a hand-selected flight of Captûre Wines, perfectly paired with delectable cuisine in Ma(i)sonry’s outdoor sculpture garden or upstairs art gallery, prepared by Winery Chef Richard Haake. Take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with modern legends of California wine country and acquire dinner wines, along with library and pre-release vintages.

The Captûre dinner is the first of Ma(i)sonry’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and will take place this Saturday.

Get to know proprietor and host of the Captûre dinner, Andre Boada…

  1. What is the story behind the name of Captûre Wines?

Winemaker, Denis Malbec, formally of Chateau Latour mentioned the word Captûre several times during his visits to Tin Cross Vineyard, home of the Captûre estate. His quote, “This vineyard captures the essence of Bordeaux character”.

 

2. What is your most marked characteristic?

The new AVA, Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak. This AVA offers a longer growing season, but with less heat than the valley floor. The result, full flavored Bordeaux wines without high alcohol.

 

3. How do you want Captûre Wines to be remembered?

Balanced and elegant in style. Well respected by top sommeliers and wine writers. Small production (less than 3,000 cases a year) and artisan winemaking.

 

4. What is your motto?

Bordeaux Tradition, Frontier Spirit.

 

5. What is your favorite wine you have made and why?

Our Flagship wine is “Tradition” Sauvignon Blanc, which made us famous. Our highest rated wine though is “Revelation” Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points from Robert Parker. This wine is quickly gaining cult wine status. We will feature two vintages at the vintner dinner: 2009 (95 points) and 2010 (96 points).

 

6. What wine do you love introducing to people?

2010 “Alliance” Red Bordeaux Blend. The baby brother to our single vineyard Cabernet, “Revelation”. Amazing balance with layers of complexity.

 

7. Describe Captûre Wines in three words.

Mountain – Artisan – Elegant

 

8. What is your favorite wine region?

I adore the multi-regions of The Mayacama Mountain range, the range that divides Napa from Sonoma. Since we are the newest AVA of that range (Pine Mountain) I explore other regions to conduct comparative insights.

 

9. What is your favorite wine memory?

Exploring the vast wine caves of Champagne and gaining respect for history of that region.

 

10. What is your most memorable food and wine pairing?

I really enjoy challenging the food and wine pairings of our red Bordeaux blends. They are exceptional food wines due to the low alcohol and bright flavors. One of note was soy marinated escolar (a fish with oily complexity) layered over smoked eggplant puree, paired with “Alliance” Red Bordeaux Blend.

 

Acquire your tickets to the Captûre dinner here.

Learn more about Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley’s Vintner Partner Dinner Series and other events.

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Wines on Tap | Thinking Outside The Bottle…

March 18, 2014

Kegs = Beer, right?  Not anymore!  Kegged wine is an up-and-coming trend throughout the United States that is making some big waves in both the beverage and eco-friendly domains.

Kegged wine itself is not a new concept (it has a long history in Europe), but it made its United States debut in chic, big-city restaurants throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and is now trickling down to smaller restaurants and wine bars who want in on this “green” alternative.

And green it is…

Think about this:  One keg of wine holds the equivalent of 26 bottles.  A single, 750ml bottle of wine requires several resources in wine bottlespackaging and transportation (glass, cork, foil, paper labels and the cases and pallets it is stored in).  Kegs, by contrast, don’t require much packaging and can be recycled and reused for 20 years or more.  According to Food & Wine magazine, “By-the-glass orders account for as much as 80 percent of the wine sold in restaurants, upward of 600 million bottles a year. If just five percent of by-the-glass wines came from a keg, it would keep over 30 million bottles out of landfills.”

Besides the obvious eco-assets of kegged wines, benefits to businesses are great as well!  Kegs provide up to 65 days of fresh wine.  When compared to the two-three day shelf life of an opened bottle of wine, wine on tap is an appealing option to restaurants open to an avant-garde twist on wine service.  Even locations throughout Napa Valley are starting to tap into the potential of reducing bottled wine options.  Farmstead, Fish Story, Hurley’s, Kitchen Door, R+D Kitchen and the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena are just a few which have gotten on board with wines on tap.

So how does wine poured from a keg taste? Possibly better than from the bottle.  Once the cork is removed, air flows into the wine bottle and oxidation begins. Even with the best preservation systems in play, bottles of wine don’t always stay perfectly fresh. A lot of wine is thrown away, or served in poor condition that lessens the experience for consumers (resulting in waste for the restaurant in more ways than one).  The alternative, wine on tap, is a win-win. Consumers enjoy vibrant wine with no chance of oxidation, while restaurant costs are reduced by the reduced number of returned bottles.

Bespoke Collection has proudly tapped into the wine-keg movement by offering Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste Rosé, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Hudson Vineyard Sans Chêne Sauvignon BlancRecuerdo Wines Torrontés and Recuerdo Wines Malbec in 20L, recyclable keg formats.

Besides being offered at fine restaurants and smart wine bars throughout the country, a rotating selection of Bespoke Collection’s kegged-wines will be offered to guests of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley , where all Bespoke Collection wines are offered for sampling and purchase.

Bespoke Collection invites you to “think outside the bottle” and experience a glass of wine-on-tap!

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Blazing the Napa Valley Vine Trail…

March 6, 2014

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Blackbird Vineyards is pleased to share the exciting news that has Napa locals and fans buzzing with excitement!  The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and Visit Napa Valley (VNV) organizations have recently announced a generous $5 million contribution to help construct Napa’s next great amenity – the Napa Valley Vine Trail.

In conjunction with the Vine Trail Coalition, both NVV and VNV are contributing to the funding and fund-raising efforts to vt mapcomplete construction on the 47-mile walking and cycling trail that will extend from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to Calistoga.

Besides the obvious recreational benefits that the trail will provide, one of the main goals of the safe and sustainable trail is to provide wonderful health benefits – To encourage people to get outdoors, move and improve their health and their lives.

collageCurrently, ten miles (or 20 percent) of the trail has been built.  The continuing 12.5 miles from Kennedy Park to Yountville is schedule to be completed by the end of 2014, connecting 60 percent of Napa County’s population to the trail.  When complete, the vine trail will pass within one mile of 30 schools. NVV’s funds will be used for the section of the trail from American Canyon to Yountville, which will provide the greatest benefit to the majority of Napa Valley’s children who can ride their bikes or walk to and from school.

The total cost of the Vine Trail is estimated to be $50 million.  A portion of Napa Valley Vintner’s generous donation comes directly from money raised at Auction Napa Valley.  2014 will mark the eighth year that Blackbird Vineyards has participated in Auction Napa Valley, where the company has raised over $2 million for NVV’s  community health and youth education-focused charitable giving.  The Vine Trail’s goal to provide a healthy and family-friendly hiking and biking trail for Napa County locals and visitors falls right in line with NVV’s giving goals.

Blackbird Vineyards is looking forward to the expansion of the Vine Trail and participating in 2014 Auction Napa Valley to continue in the goal of giving back!

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