Blended

Open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm for Wine Tasting.

For the wine enthusiast we provide a place to enjoy wine tasting and learn about wine while sampling the wares of three very different winemakers, varietals, and styles.  Stop by soon and meet our winemakers – Jeff Fadness of La Vie Dansante Wines, Ted Medeiros of Medeiros Family Wines, and Ron Mosley of TASS Vineyards and Winery.

Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio is dedicated to supporting and growing wine and winemakers in the Santa Clara Valley. We provide the infrastructure, production space, equipment, education, and a retail outlet for up-and-coming winemakers who have the talent and ability to be successful but who may be lacking the resources necessary to enter this highly competitive and regulated industry on their own.

 

News

April
It’s that time of the year when winemakers start tripping all over each other as they hurry to get wines racked and bottled before the onslaught of vineyard maintenance takes over.  Three winemakers sharing a facility can be problematic so we’ve all chosen a day of the week to concentrate our winemaking activities.  It probably doesn’t mean much to anybody outside of our Blended family but Monday’s are now reserved for Medeiros Family Wines, Tuesday is the La Vie Dansante’s property, and TASS gets all day Friday.  Wednesday and Thursday are still there on a first come, first served basis.

It looks like the weather may finally be changing to summer (even though it’s raining outside as I write this).  The rains are forecast to go away this coming week and we’ll all start to concentrate on the vineyards which this time of the year means spraying.   Each year more and more of the vineyards are moving towards “organic” – which is a good thing.  The downside is that to be organic we use Stylet Oil and Elemental Sulfur to battle with mildew and neither of them have a lasting effect.  That means that they both kill mildew spores on contact but only for the existing bloom.  The next batch will grow unimpeded unless we spray again, every 10 days or so.

This is also wine walk season.  Gilroy on April 13th (Willow Glen too), Morgan Hill on April 27th, Los Gatos on May 4th (Hollister too), and Saratoga on May 11th.  We still haven’t heard where each of the wineries are pouring but expect to find all three wineries at Gilroy, TASS and Medeiros at Morgan Hill, La Vie Dansante in Los Gatos and Saratoga.

March
Today dawned sunny and warm.  We know there’s more rain on the way, but just for a moment we can see the promise of spring.   We feel rejuvinated, anything is possible, and everything is right in the world.  This is a time of rebirth in the vineyards as the vines begin their annual cycle.  We look to be about 4 to 6 weeks from budbreak but the cover crop is up and thriving so we should have flowers any day.  This is a truly magical time of the year to stop by the tasting room and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine.  Days like today are definitely on our list of top five reasons we love this life.

It’s been a slow start to the year, we’re hoping it’s just the weather being a bit dark and gloomy.  The good news for winemakers is that all of this rain means we can’t get out into the vineyards (too much mud) so we’re concentrating on affairs in the cellar – the wines are getting lots of love and attention.  In fact this is the first time all three winemakers can say they’re completely caught up on the day-to-day stuff and able to work on putting wine in to bottles.

This should also be the first year we have the time and resources to concentrate on our tasting facilities.  We’re thinking…improving the landscaping, finishing the Tasting Room ceiling, rebuilding the outdoor bar.  Who knows, we may even get to those long delayed pavers!

February
…insert Noah/Ark joke here…

and then the rains came down. It’s been a wet spring so far here at Blended and we couldn’t be happier. The vines really need all the water they can get in the spring to help them through our long, dry summers. The fact it’s also been cold is a bonus. Cool weather now lets the vines stay dormant longer which means a later bud break and less chance of a late frost killing harming the crop. The vineyards may be under water, and the parking lot might be a bit damp, but we’re still open. The Tasting Room is warm, dry, and cozy so stop by and try the wine stylings of our three winemakers any Saturday or Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Well, our “vacation” is over and it’s time to get back to work. Both TASS and Medeiros Family have wine club releases in February, TASS on the 16th (his first!), and Medeiros Family on the 23rd. Check their websites and social media channels for more information. Blended is also hosting the second La Vie Dansante Wines Symposia – “From Grape to Glass, a Wine’s Journey” on Thursday February 21st from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available in the Tasting Room or at La Vie’s online webstore.

All three winemakers have been working hard on bottling during January and February, hoping to get ahead a bit before all of the excitement in March hits us.  In March we’ll have the La Vie Dansante Wine Club social, Hop ‘N Vine, and the Wineries of Santa Clara County Spring Passport.

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Winemaker Happenings

Tasting Room:
Stop by and sample the wines of three distinctly different winemakers every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.  We have a $10 tasting fee (refunded with the purchase of a bottle).

On Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays the Tasting Room is open for La Vie Dansante Wines only.  Come in and try a full list of their wines and meet Jeff the winemaker

April
4/13 – Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 – La Vie Dansante, Medeiros Family, and TASS will all be pouring at locations yet to be determined.

4/24 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Building the Perfect GSM, a Blending Seminar.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

4/27 – Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 – Medeiros Family and TASS will be pouring at locations yet to be determined.

May
5/4 – Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 – La Vie Dansante Wines will be pouring at a location yet to be determined.

5/11 – Medeiros Family Wine Club Release Social

5/23 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Wines of the Rhone Valley.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

June
6/08 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Spring Wine Club Release. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

6/20 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – A History of Wine in the Santa Clara Valley.    Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

July
7/18 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Old World vs New World, a Study of Two Styles.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

August
8/10 – Medeiros Family Wine Club Release Social

8/22 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – One Grape, 5 Styles – Syrah Around the World.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

September
9/06 – 9/30 – Wineries of Santa Clara Valley 2019 Fall Passport.

9/14 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Spring Wine Club Release. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

9/19 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Boutique Winemaking – How We Make Wine at La Vie Dansante Wines.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

October
10/18 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Boutique Winemaking – How We Make Wine at La Vie Dansante Wines.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

November
11/09 – Medeiros Family Wine Club Release Social

11/15 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Wine Faults and Flaws – Is it the Wine, or is it Me?.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

December
12/07 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Spring Wine Club Release. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

12/20 – Blended’s Fourth Annual Holiday Party