Lots of excitement around the winery these days. It looks like the rains have gone and spring might actually have arrived. It’s still really cold at night and we aren’t showing any signs of impending budbreak (Fresno reported budbreak last week!) but you can feel it in the air, summer’s just around the corner.
The big news this month is the promised debut of TASS Vineyards and Winery. Ron has assured us that he intends to pour for Passport and then continue on every weekend thereafter in the Tasting Room. I’ve heard rumors that the first wines are a Pinot noir and a Cabernet sauvignon blend.
Progress continues on the Tasting Room and the grounds. The stage was completed last month and the base rock for the outdoor Tasting Area has been installed. Right after passport we should see the walkways and approach to the Tasting Room take shape. Landscaping comes soon after with grass and trees to plant. We’re still thinking about what we want to do on the interior of the Tasting Room but Jeff’s getting antsy so I’d predict some progress there this month as well.
Time… there’s just not enough of it for everything we want to do. March kicks off a busy event season with an offsite pouring (Hop ‘N Vine), then WSCV Spring Passport. April has Morgan Hill Wine Week and May is Gilroy’s turn. In between that we’re planning to work out a music schedule for Blended that has somebody playing at least every other weekend. If you know any serious amateur (or cheap professional) musicians who are looking for a venue for their craft let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First an update on the wine classes. We still want to get them started in early March but things have gotten pretty busy around here and we haven’t gotten the reservation sheet ready yet – so stay tuned.
We’ve started the landscaping around the Tasting Room. Like most projects around here it’s probably going to be a long slow process but we’ll get there. First up is to create a stage area outside the Tasting Room so we can comfortably accommodate musicians. We plan to be done by Passport weekend (March 18-19). We’re also starting to grade the area between the Tasting Room and the Restrooms and install a rock base. The current grass looks wonderful now but it’s really just weeds and will die off in a couple of months. After we get the Tasting Room area complete we’ll move on to the picnic areas. Hopefully we’ll have most of the heavy lifting done by mid-summer.
This is pretty much the last month to get the little stuff done around the winery. Next month starts a summer filled with wine releases, wine club events, wine strolls, and wine weeks. It’s going to be a busy summer!
Oops, almost forgot… we got a puppy. We Got a Puppy! We Got a PUPPY!! Her name is “Noe” which is short for Noelani, a Hawaiian word meaning “heavenly mist”. Since January was one long wet slog we thought the name is pretty appropriate. Noe is about 14 weeks old (born around the first of November) and a mix of Border Collie and Aussie Shepard. She’s a sweetie so stop in and say “Hi”, we know she’d love to meet you.
Stop by and sample the wines of two distinctly different winemakers (three soon!) every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. 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.
3/04 – La Vie Dansante Wines releases their 2014 Prelude, a blend of Grenache noir, Syrah, and Mourvèdré.
3/11 – Hop ‘N Vine; Santa Clara County Fairgrounds from 2pm to 8pm.
Currently 17 wineries and 8 breweries, all located in Santa Clara County, are planning to present their wares for your enjoyment. La Vie Dansante Wines and Medeiros Family Wines will be there representin’
3/17 – WSCV Passport Friday Night in Morgan Hill; Morgan Hill Community Center from 6pm to 8pm.
Your WSCV Spring Passport will get you into this fantastic event where our local wineries are joined by local restaurants for an evening of wine tasting at a single venue.
3/18-19 – WSCV Passport at Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio from noon to 5pm.
We’ll have wine (three wineries!), music by Jeff Smith and possibly some surprise guests, and food (by popular demand GVA Cafe will be returning) available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday.
4/24-30 – Morgan Hill Wine Week supporting the Morgan Hill Downtown Association.
4/27 – La Vie Dansante Winemaker’s Dinner at Bubbles Wine Bar
4/27 – Medeiros Family Winemaker’s Dinner at Maurizio’s
5/20 – Gilroy Wine Walk