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De Tierra Vineyards hosting Summer BBQ in the Vineyard

De Tierra Vineyards will be hosting their Summer BBQ in the Vineyard  – Vino with the Vindegard at the Russell Estate Vineyard at the end of Corral De Tierra Road in the heart of the Salinas Valley in Coastal California. Their Second Annual Vino with The Vindegard event will be on July 11 from 1 – 4 PM and will celebrate the Summer Season and impending harvest.

“We are so excited when guests join us at the vineyard,” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards. “This event gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste of what we do from vine to wine; while drinking, eating, and relaxing with our beautiful vineyard as the backdrop.”

Vino with the Vindegard

July 11 Summer BBQ at De Tierra!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vindegard is the De Tierra’s talisman who stands watch above the Estate vineyard. You might hear the Russell’s whisper, that he brings them luck and a bountiful harvest each year. Much work and preparation goes into the fall hand-harvest of De Tierra Vineyards; many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. This Summer BBQ is a way to thank De Tierra’s friends and family who have helped through out the year as well as welcome new guests to the De Tierra family.

Known for being family owned and sustainably operated winery that produces SIP certified limited production, estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah, De Tierra is pleased to announce the release of two new wines that will be launched at The Vino with the Vindegard event: De Tierra’s 2013 La Estancia Riesling and 2013 Monterey Rose Wine that will be poured. In addition De Tierra’s 2012 Russell Estate Chardonnay, the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Puzzler Red Blend, the 2009 Estate Merlot, and the 2012 Mesa del Sol Syrah will round out decants.

The menu, crafted and executed by friends of De Tierra, Chefs Kathleen Robison and Matthew ‘Gus’ Gustat, will paired perfectly with the wine and give guests the true family feel that permeates the Russell Estate Vineyard.

The afternoon will start with passed hummus with cucumber spears, blue cheese stuffed dates, pita triangles with chèvre and sundried tomato spread. Guests will then enjoy grilled beef Tri-tip and grilled boneless marinated chicken thigh strips with Tabbouleh salad made with quinoa, the classic mixed beans and red onion salad and a dinner roll. Dessert will tempt attendees with date-walnut-oatmeal bars and sorbet made with De Tierra’s Ekem Late Harvest Riesling.

In addition to the wine and paired menu, fun friendly competition will also ensue. Known throughout the Salinas Valley for working hard and playing hard, this family-run operation could not host an event with out a little prize package that goes along with it. Guests will have the chance at games of skill and winning t-shirts and bragging rights for competitions that include trivia, a blind tasting competition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now and are $65 General Admission and $55 Wine Club Members please purchase tickets online at detierra.com by Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to order online now; under the events tab or RSVP to Chris at chris@detierra.com or 831.622.9704.

Quiz: What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

Ever wonder how you stand up to other wine drinkers? In this day and age it’s difficult to know everything about wine (because it’s such an enormous topic), so people choose to focus around the parts they love the most. You could be the best at buying value grocery store wine or be very skilled at understanding what wines cellar the longest. Take the simple 6 question quiz below to find out where you stand!

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Blog post from: http://winefolly.com/update/types-of-wine-drinkers/

Types of Wine Drinkers

  1. Wine is a Grocery

    Wine is part of your life in the same way as toilet paper, coffee or bread. You love it, but mostly for its effects. Some say you’re lazy, but you could care less.

     What to watch out for:

    Yellow stickers. Just because a wine looks like it’s discounted doesn’t mean you’re getting a great tasting wine. A wine like this may have actually declined in flavor (e.g. a 5 yr old Prosecco) or was initially marked up in order to fool you. Yep — This kind of thing happens all the time.

  2. Wine Geek

    You are a wine min-maxer: minimum expense, maximum experience. You seek out hot value regions and learn new things in order to have a great time.

     What to watch out for:

    Bad information. There is a lot of faulty information online and off that can mislead your choices.

  3. Wine Snob

    You spare no expense with your wine habit and your obsession makes you look like a snob. To be fair, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are.

     What to watch out for:

    Ratings and reviews that appeal to your high-brow tastes, not all that glitters is gold… some is just hype.

  4. Wine is Art

    You love how wine bottles look and the colors of wine… maybe even more than the actual wine.

     What to watch out for:

    Beautiful labels and bottles catch your eye; make sure it’s something you want to drink before buying it.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ Hosts Wine Crawl Mixer

Carmel Wine WalkThe Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ will be hosting their annual Wine Crawl Mixer with the Carmel Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 20th from 5 – 7 PM.

The cost of the event is $10 Carmel Chamber Members, $20 Community Members.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-SeaThe Wine Crawl will start at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th and 6th and guests will have the opportunity to sample two tastes at any 5 (of the 10) tasting rooms of their choosing.

The Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea™ is a group of ten vintner and grower tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea village that have banded together to market and promote walkable, small lot, Monterey County wine tasting in the 1×1 square mile village of Carmel.

Wine Crawlers have the opportunity to choose from two pours at any 5 of the 10 tasting rooms of Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Blaire Estate, Shale Canyon, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines, Vino Napoli and DeTierra Vineyards.

For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/carmlewinewalkbythesea or follow them on twitter @CarmelWineWalk.

Sunset at Bixby Bridge

Sunset at Bixby Bridge.

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Taste Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea via LA Times

The quaint coastal European-style enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea has everything you need within walking distance — most notably, its seven wine tasting rooms. Within one square mile, visitors can stroll along cobblestone sidewalks and down hidden pathways on their way to discovering a wide variety of boutiques, gourmet restaurants, world-class art galleries, spas, charming inns and beautiful parks and courtyards — all while enjoying the region’s best local wines and spirits. 

The self-guided tour offers guests the opportunity to purchase a Wine Tasting Passport for $50, providing them with one $10 flight at each tasting room. Here’s what to expect at each:

http://www.latimes.com/custompublishing/travelinstyle/la-ss-centralcoast-winewalk,0,5143404.story

 

Plans for this weekend? Try the Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea!

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which are all within a block of each other on the south side of Ocean Avenue. They are Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Wines, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines and Vino Napoli.

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $50 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of seven tasting rooms (a $70 value) on the Carmel Wine Walk.

Carmel Wine WalkThe passport can be used in one day or spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Wine WalkCarmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to savor superior still and sparkling wines without ever having to think about transportation, parking, or even dinner plans.

Each tasting room on the Wine Walk will offer recommendations for dinner or call to make reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is pleased to offer a Wine Tasting Passport for $50 which entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at each of seven tasting rooms (a $70 value). It can be used in one day or spread out over a weekend, several weeks, or even months. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Carmel Wine WalkThe Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self-guided stroll to the tasting rooms which are all within a block of each other on the south side of Ocean Avenue. They are Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Wines, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines and Vino Napoli.

Carmel Wine WalkCarmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers the opportunity to savor superior still and sparkling wines without ever having to think about transportation, parking, or even dinner plans.

Each tasting room on the Wine Walk will offer recommendations for dinner or call to make reservations. As an added bonus, corkage will be waived for bottles purchased at a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea tasting room at participating restaurants for one bottle per visit, per party.