Happy Mother’s Day from Blended!
We made it through April which is always a busy month with start of the wine walk/stroll/stumble season. The Tasting Room has been busy – not too busy, just busy enough to be a blast to be around. Lots of happy people enjoying the efforts of our winemakers.
Speaking of winemakers, it’s finally happened! We’re trilled to welcome Ron Mosley of TASS Vineyards and Winery to our Tasting Room. If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste his wines stop by Blended soon to try his excellent 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot noir and 2015 Cabernet sauvignon.
In the Cellar May means a winemaker’s fancy turns to thoughts of bottling. Jeff at La Vie Dansante recently bottled his 2016 Mourvèdre Rosé, 2016 Grenache Rosé, and his first two non-Rhone red blends, Stage Left and Stage Right. Ted at Medeiros Family hasn’t shared his bottling plans but several large stacks of glass arrived last week so somethings up!
We’re working hard to improve our guest experience so if there’s something that would make you visit more enjoyable don’t hesitate to mention it. Several weeks ago a young lady was looking or a place to charge her iPhone and now…voila, we have a multi-plug charging station available. If we’re missing something it sometimes means we haven’t gotten to it yet but other times it means we just haven’t thought of it.
The 2017 growing season has fully kicked-off with the entire vineyard in budbreak. All of the water last winter has done wonders for the vines which all look very healthy going into their period of most rapid growth. If anything this year we’ll need to carefully pull in the reins on the vines so they don’t get to vigorous. An overly happy vine doesn’t feel the need to concentrate on reproducing which leads to inferior fruit.
Finishing the Tasting Room is moving ahead of schedule. We fully expected to go through this year with the status quo but the sudden availability of a pallet of cedar plank-ends and some quality design time mean that the first wall is complete and plans are in motion for the remainder. I’m guessing we’ll have the walls finished in a couple of months and then we’ll move on to the ceiling and fun stuff like artwork.
We’re still awaiting our third winemaker joining us in the Tasting Room. Ron, if you’re reading this, come on buddy we miss you! All kidding aside, Ron planned to be ready in mid-March but has run into a couple of snags that slowed him down. We’re still saying “any day now” but now we’re saying it with more confidence.
Jeff’s moved wine classes Blended up a burner – maybe not on the front burner yet, but off of simmering in the back. The first class should be announced in a week or so and be scheduled for late May or early June. The topic will be be around how to do wine tasting properly, i.e. sound like you know what you’re talking about without sounding like an … whatever. We’ll try wines, talk about how to categorize them, what causes certain flavors and colors, etc. Stay tuned for more information.
Stop by and sample the wines of three distinctly different winemakers 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.
- La Vie Dansante Wines – The Milias Restaurant
- Medeiros Family Wines – CMAP TV
- TASS – Amoretto Boutique / Itty Bitty Beauty Boutique
6/3 – Wine Club Pick-Up Party – The All-American Picnic! 1pm to 4pm Saturday June 3rd. The Tasting Room will be open normal hours for the public.
Members of all three wine clubs are welcome to join us behind the winery for an all-american picnic and wine club release party. There’ll be food, music, and lots of wine. There is no charge for wine club members and their guests.
TBD – Blended will be offering it’s first Wine Appreciation class through La Vie Dansante Wines. This class will be held at GVA Cafe in downtown Morgan Hill in the first half of June. The details are still being worked out but expect and eMail announcement in the next week with the details.