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!
Happy Holidays from Blended!
It’s the end of the year and after a flurry of work the last couple of weeks the winemaking is all pretty much done until next year. That doesn’t mean the winemakers haven’t been busy. There’s pourings, dinners and parties every week in December. They’ve also put together the first ever Blended Holiday Wine Collections – a box of three wines: La Vie Dansante’s 2014 Syrah (sold out!), Medeiros’ 2014 Saudade, and TASS’s 2015 Pinot noir – all for only $85. That’s 15% less than you’d pay if you bought them individually. Want a white in the mix? There’s a version with La Vie Dansante’s 2015 Roussanne instead of the Syrah.
Around the Tasting Room it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with candles, lights, and decorations everywhere. There’s a bunch of new La Vie Dansante merchandise just in time for Holiday gift giving. Stop by on Friday the 22nd from noon to 7pm and check it all out. As as special present to our Wine Club members, your membership privileges have been extended across all three brands. That’s right, on Friday only you’ll receive your Wine Club discounts all all wine and merchandise regardless of the brand. Friends who have yet to join a wine club will also receive a holiday present in the form of 15% off any mixed case of wine. Pick and choose from among all of the wines, buy 12 or more and receive 15% off your purchase.
We’ve had a lot of fun this past year and made many great friends. We hope you’ll stop by for a glass of wine before the new year to help us celebrate the end of another trip around the sun.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a weekday appointment.
1/27 – Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio Barrel Tasting Event. $20 per ticket, available in advance or on the day of the event. Each winemaker will be presenting a yet to be bottled offering from their new wines and a small bite pairing. Here’s your chance to get a peek “behind the curtain” at the winemaking process and here the winemakers pontificate about their differing philosophies. Tickets are available in the Tasting Room and at: Blended Barrel Tasting
2/10 – Medeiros Family “Underground” Wine Club release
2/13 – “A History of Wine and Wineries in the Santa Clara Valley” – a wine class conducted by Jeff Fadness, CSW. Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30. Location TBD but either in the Blended Tasting Room or at GVA Cafe in downtown Morgan Hill. Tickets are $40 each and cover the lecture plus 6 large tastes of important local wines. Wine Club discounts apply.
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.
3/13 – Wine Symposium presented by Jeff Fadness – Topic and location to be determined.
3/17 – La Vie Dansante Wines Wine Club release