It was a roasting-hot Fathers’ Day in Murphys and we had just completed a fun tasting at Gossamer Cellars. Our enthusiasm for wine tasting was still quite high, but our appetite for walking great distances in the triple-digit temperatures was low. Great news: one of our favorite tasting rooms was mere feet away. Mineral Wines, it was meant to be!
Wine tasting in Murphys
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Summer in Murphys is not for the faint of heart. Some days bring a new meaning to the chestnut, “It’s a dry heat.” With the temperature passing 100 degrees before lunch, we knew that we needed to be very focused with our wine tour. With only a few hours before it would be too hot even for wine tasting, we went to some favorites, like Gossamer Cellars.
The road into Murphys is lined with wineries, each trying to distract visitors from their quest for the tasting rooms of downtown Murphys. One winery that should not be passed is Ayrael Vieux. Don’t worry, Murphys will still be there when you’re done!
A trip to Murphys for a summer concert was the perfect excuse to visit some of our favorite area wineries. At the top of our list was a favorite that we had loved when we visited a few years ago: Four Winds Cellars. Could the second visit be as amazing as the first?
An annual highlight of the spring wine tasting season is the Taste of Calaveras. The best food, wine, and art from across the county is brought together for a wonderful afternoon. This year’s Taste was a great way to ring in a new summer of wine!
Spring is a great season for wine tasters! The warming weather puts new shoots on the grape vines, and the air is filled with the promise of a new vintage. Wine festivals are another exciting part of the season, including one of our favorites: the annual Taste of Calaveras food and wine event.
Launching a new winery is tough! So much to do, so many details to get exactly right. We had the pleasure of visiting Gossamer Cellars on their grand opening weekend, so we were excited to return to discover how they had progressed.
Discovering new wineries is a thrill, but revisiting familiar favorites is equally fun. Every visit reveals new wine, new sights and new winery happenings. We recently had the chance to check in at Mineral Wines just before the excitement of harvest.
Discovering new wineries is a thrill that never gets old for us! Strolling on Main Street in Murphys led us to another exciting new adventure: Renner Winery.
From big trees to big wines? We discovered a new winery that demonstrates that a love for nature can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Locke Vineyards is the happy result of a career in forestry pivoting to a second career in winemaking.
Their motto is “For a good time, call Twisted Oak Winery” so you know that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh, and their mascot is a giant yellow frog. When winetasting in the Murphys area, we ALWAYS try to include Twisted Oak in our plans.
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Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Friday Night Winter Concert Series
Indoor in our Lounge
Doors open at 5:30pm, Music begins at 6pm
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Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
NEW!! FRIDAY HIKE & TASTING WITH LISA
Friday, January 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The top of the hill is, hands down, my favorite spot at Charles R. You may have never known it was there, but once you see it, you’ll experience the whole of Livermore Valley from a totally different perspective. The view from the top never disappoints - no matter the weather, the temperature, the steepness or the wind factor, - this special place is simply beautiful.
Dick and Bonnie have been generous enough to share this little-known part of the property with us, and are excited to share the space with those willing to make the trek.
Join me each 4th Friday for a morning hike up the hill. We will share a taste of wine at the top to quench our thirst, then finish up with a full flight once we’re back in the tasting room.
I hope to see you there!
Lisa Lee, Winemaker
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
PREMIERE PARTY FOR OUR NEW RESERVE WINES
2019 Chardonnay & 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
Saturday, January 29, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
We’re rolling out the red card for the premiere of our new Reserve line of wines! Club Members, don’t miss the release of our first Reserve Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, enjoy live music with Jack Quigley, and Peggy’s Pretzels will be serving up sweet and savory gourmet soft pretzels paired with our new wines. You can choose toppings from Garlic Butter with Parmesan, Mustard or Wine Cheese, along with Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzel with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Each of these lots are single barrel reserves. That means there is not a whole lot of any of them. These are MEMBER EXCLUSIVE wines that will not last long. We are so excited our patience is finally paying off and the time has to come to get to share these beautiful wines with our most loyal friends and family!
Russian River Vineyards in Russian River through Feb 14
Join us at Russian River Vineyards for a special Valentine's Day Food & Wine Pairing!
The Kitchen at RRV has lovingly handcrafted four delectable small dishes to pair perfectly with four featured wines. Each small dish is thoughtfully created to complement its fine wine component.
This Valentine's Day Food & Wine Pairing Experience will be available as follows:
February 12th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 13th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 14th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
Wine Club Members: $65 per person (discount added at checkout)
Non-Members: $80 per person
Vegetarian Option Available!
Space is limited and reservations are required.
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The Caliza Winery in Paso Robles
We missed you all last year and the time has come for us to announce our next Winemaker's Dinner on Saturday, February 19th, 2022!
Those of you that have been to our Winemaker Dinners, you know we break out all of the best bottles from our past, present, and even future! We will be pre-releasing our 2019 Reserve Syrah for the main course, this wine received 98 points from renowned wine writer, Jeb Dunnuck and YOU will be the first to taste and have an opportunity to purchase this outstanding wine! We also can't do a Caliza dinner without something old, right? Well-aged vintages of Caliza will also be paired, check out the menu below from our favorite, Chef Jeffrey Scott.
What: Caliza Winemaker Dinner
When: Saturday, February 19th/5:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Caliza Winery Production Facility in Tin City - 2915 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA
Cost: Wine Club Members $170/pp (up to 4 discounted tickets per membership) - $195/pp Non-MembersClick here for more info