The big news this month is that La Vie Dansante Wines is extending their pouring hours to include Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays! Beginning on Monday March 5th, La Vie Dansante will be open for guests from Thursday through Monday – 5 days a week. You’ll be able to stop by for a wine tasting or a glass of wine and enjoy our beautiful Gilroy summer afternoons. Only the wines of La Vie Dansante will be open for tasting and glass sales on weekdays but you’ll be able to purchase Medieros Family and TASS wines by the bottle if you like.
It’s time for the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley’s Spring 2018 Passport! There’s a couple of changes this year… first, the Friday night event has been moved to Coyote Creek Golf Course and expanded to include more than 24 wineries and 14 restaurants. There is a $15 up-charge to the base $45 Passport to attend the Friday night but it’s well worth the price to enjoy all of the food and wine pairings. The second big change to Passport is that your book will be good for the entire month of March. You can take the Passport book to any participating winery (on a day they’re normally open) and receive a free tasting. At Blended we’ll be happy to comp Passport holder a full tasting of our winemaker’s wines and extend our “Friends and Family” discounts on any wine purchased during your visit. Tickets are available online at: Spring 2018 Passport Tickets and a Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio after March 2nd.
Normally we think of February as a chance to escape for a week or so and relax prior to things getting busy again in March, but no this year. This year we’re using it to knock some of the bigger projects off our to-do list.
First up is the “proof-of-concept” for the pavers that we plan to lay all around the Tasting Room. The plan is to do the approach to the Tasting Room in two parts, the first part between the planters, and the second part between the planters and the front door. If that goes well we’ll move onto the Outdoor Tasting Area between the Tasting Room and the Restrooms and finally finish up (sometime next fall) with the area in front of the Restroom doors. It’s a huge project that will cause a lot of mayhem so no promises on how fast we’ll move into it.
The second project is to refinish all of the picnic tables. The plan is to pull all six of the big tables apart, plane down the wood to get rid of the hideous flaking off paint, then reassemble them and oil them well so they can withstand the summer sun. We figure about 8 hours per table so one hard week for two people.
Finally, we want to build a “Games Area” in the grass to the west of the Tasting Room. Initially the games will be: Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and Ladder Golf. Horseshoes may follow soon after depending on the Game Area’s popularity. Of course all of the games will be DIY, made right here on the property to go along with our “Rustic” approach to the winery.
It’s a bright, shiny New Year and we have lots planned to entertain you, educate you, and help you escape from the real world for awhile.
This year we plan to host many more events than we have in the past. We’re starting to get our feet under ourselves and so it’s time to grow. A couple ideas in the works are: “Movie Nights” where we show a film on the big screen and serve wine, popcorn, and snacks. Wine Classes each month here on-site so we can enjoy the ambiance of the winery (and pretty much unlimited wine). Music (and possibly food trucks?) on the weekends. Let us know how you like to relax at your favorite winery and we’ll see about working it into our schedule.
The first event on our 2018 plan is the “Blended Barrel Tasting Event” to be held on Saturday, January 27th in the winery building. Each of our winemakers will be presenting a barrel of wine they expect to bottle in the next year for your approval. Each barrel will be paired with a small bite and the winemakers will be there to pontificate on their winemaking philosophy. It should be a fun time and a great way to get a peek behind the curtain of the winemaking process. Tickets are $20 each and wine club discounts apply.
If you follow us on social media – and if you don’t, why not? – you probably saw that we’re making progress on the Bocce Ball Court. Right now it’s not much more than a very level mud pit but we have high hopes for the spring after the base rock and oyster shell is put in. The other thing that you haven’t yet seen evidence of but is actually happening is that we’re installing pavers on the Tasting Room approach, the Outdoor Tasting area, and hopefully (if we have enough) in the area around the Palm Tree so we can install the firepit and benches. We lucked into a source of approximately 15 tons of Pavers (maybe 2,000 sqft?) that were headed to recycling. We talked the contractor into rerouting them to us instead and now all we need to do is buy a truckload of sand and install them! Ok, it’s more than that but we’ll get it done!
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). If you can’t make it on the weekend give us a call at (408) 852-0779 or email email@example.com for a weekday appointment.
3/02-04 – Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Spring Passport. This spring will be a little different with the Friday night tasting and food pairing event getting bigger and better… and moving north to Coyote Creek Golf Course. In addition this spring your passport will be good for the full month of March. Bring it to any participating winery anytime they’re open in March and receive your free tasting. La Vie Dansante plans to have food and music on March 4th and 5th only but will honor your passport any day we’re open in March. Tickets for Passport will be $45 for the month of tasting with an additional $15 charge ($60 total) for the Friday night event. The Friday event is not available separately.
3/10 – The second annual “Hop ‘N Vine” event at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. This was a fantastic event last year and we’re thrilled to be returning. This event features over 20 Santa Clara Valley Wineries, nearly a dozen breweries, educational seminars, food, and music! This year it’s March 10th, from 2pm to 7pm (last pouring is at 6pm), Early bird tickets (before November 30, 2017) are $45, advance tickets (after November 30, 2017) are $55, and on the day of the event tickets will be $65. Check out the Fairgrounds website for more information and to purchase tickets.
3/17 – La Vie Dansante Wines Wine Club release
3/22 – A La Vie Dansante Wine Symposium – “Creating the Next Great GSM”. Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at the winery. Cost is $45 per person and Wine Club discounts apply. Tickets are limited to 16 so reserve yours soon in the Tasting Room or online at: Blending the Next Great GSM
4/06 – Friday Night Movies at Blended! 6pm to 9pm. Admission is free, we’ll provide the popcorn and wine for purchase. Adults only, no pets, no outside alcohol. “Curtain” time will be approximately 6:30.
4/07 – Gilroy Art and Wine Stroll. Saturday from 1pm to 5pm in Downtown Gilroy. All three of our winemakers will be pouring for this event. Check out their individual websites and social media for more information.
4/19 – A La Vie Dansante Wine Symposium – “Wines and Vines of Santa Clara Valley”. Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30. Cost is $40 per person and Wine Club Discounts apply. Join us for a fascinating look into the history of Grapes, Wines, and Winemakers stretching back 150 years in our local area.
4/22 – 28 – Morgan Hill Wine Week. Each of our winemakers will be involved in various pourings, dinners, and events. Check out their individual websites and social media for more information.
4/25 – Campbell Wine Walk – Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. Jeff from La Vie Dansante Wines will be pouring for this event. Check out La Vie Dansante’s website and social media for more information.
4/28 – Morgan Hill Wine Walk – Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. All three of our winemakers will be pouring for this event. Check out their individual websites and social media for more information.