November 14, 2014
Salvestrin and Calcareous Wines!
famous Napa Valley, the Salvestrin family has been growing grapes on their historic St.
Helena vineyard since 1932. Three generations of the Salvestrin Family have meticulously and sustainably
farmed this 26 acre vineyard for 81 harvests. Being sensitive to the
environment and the surrounding community by following organic guidelines, they
consistently create handcrafted wines that are fruit forward, elegant, balanced
and memorably world class.
daughter Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown realized their dream of finding a place to
express their passion for wine in 2000, when they established Calcareous
Vineyards on one of the highest limestone plateaus on Paso Robles’ west side.
Both Lloyd and Dana, experienced wine distributors in their native Iowa,
recognized that the west side of Paso Robles had potential to produce world
class wines. Their acquisition of 342 acres atop solid calcareous rock reaching
1,800 feet above sea level confirmed their dedication to producing the highest
quality, terroir driven wines possible. It is a labor of love to
cultivate fruit on this challenging land, but the reward is immediately
apparent when tasting the wines.
November 21, 2014
Orin Swift Wines
The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995
when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to
Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was
introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of
university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in
1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this
hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin
Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s
maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next
decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the company into a
multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest
of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy,
Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe.
November 28, 2014
No Wine Tasting - Thanksgiving Weekend
We're still open... come in and drink away the Turkey blues.
December 5, 2014
Darms Lane and Corte Riva Wines!
Darms Lane is a family owned and
operated winery committed to delivering small production, elegant wines from
Napa Valley. It was established in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in
1983 as a Chardonnay estate. In 2002 the 14 acres of original Chardonnay vines
were replaced by the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit
Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In 2005, the first estate grown Darms Lane Cabernet
Sauvignon was produced. Today, Darms Lane produces around 500 cases of Cabernet
Sauvignon, and 400 cases of Chardonnay every year.
Cortez and Rivera immigrated from the
Philippines in 1978, where their friendship began in the little town of
Calistoga, the heart of the Napa Valley. Their knowledge base of wine and
vineyards started by working in a vineyard tending to the grapes. They
collectively gained experience from Clos Pegase, and Pride Mountain Vineyards
under the tutelage of winemaker Bob Foley. Fast forward several decades of
intense learning and hard work...today you can enjoy the fruit of their labor
from a remarkable 2007 vintage, a banner year for Corte Riva in Napa Valley.
Wet is ok....If it's pouring outside we can cozy up inside our tasting room!
No More Wine Tastings until 2015...
Still come by on Friday Nights and enjoy Happy Hour from 4-8pm on our heated patio overlooking the lake!