tasting room – Perbacco Cellars http://perbaccocellars.com/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 19:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://perbaccocellars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png tasting room – Perbacco Cellars http://perbaccocellars.com/ 32 32 Experts Weigh in on the Joys of Working in a Wine Tasting Room – Okanagan Taste https://perbaccocellars.com/experts-weigh-in-on-the-joys-of-working-in-a-wine-tasting-room-okanagan-taste/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/experts-weigh-in-on-the-joys-of-working-in-a-wine-tasting-room-okanagan-taste/ Photo: Darren Robinson Photography The view at Clos du Soleil Winery in Keremeos. Every winery is looking for you. Not just to buy wine, but to pour it into the culinary travelers who will soon be descending on the region. After a two-year hiatus, many (wineries) are probably preparing their itineraries. If you’re wondering what […]]]>

Every winery is looking for you.

Not just to buy wine, but to pour it into the culinary travelers who will soon be descending on the region. After a two-year hiatus, many (wineries) are probably preparing their itineraries.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to work in a tasting room, give it a try this year. The 2022 season could be a phenomenal opportunity to tap into emerging post- (or close to post-) pandemic trends: small, local, tasty destinations.

First, invest in a class or two. Check out Wine Plus+ or Fine Vintage, or sign up for the Wines of BC Ambassador program presented by Winegrowers of British Columbia.

Meanwhile, a handful of people from the winery answered the question, “why work in a tasting room?”.

Lisa Baxter-Burke, who recently joined Blasted Church near Okanagan Falls as an experience leader, sums it all up.

“If you still want to find a job, why not talk about wine every day? ” She says. “So hang out by the pool after work!”

Cindy Bode of Monte Creek Winery in Kamloops shares the sentiment.

“Working in a tasting room is such a fun experience. You meet different types of people and you can talk about wine,” says Bode. “I really enjoy working and sharing my love for the people, the place and the products we produce and sell.”

Michael Clark, co-owner and general manager of Clos du Soleil in Keremeos, says the winery’s customers are often on vacation, so they are happy and relaxed.

“And there aren’t many jobs with customers who arrive smiling and then keep smiling as they open their wallets to take home a bottle or two. Everyone in the Similkameen is so proud of this beautiful area, spectacular scenery and uniqueness Pouring wine in a tasting room here will give you the pleasure of introducing people to an amazing valley that I think is even more beautiful than the Okanagan.

From Vancouver Island’s Blue Grouse, Pamela Sanderson provides a good checklist.

“Working in a tasting room is the perfect job for anyone who is passionate about food and wine and socializes with people,” she says. “It’s above all a question of hospitality and sharing a passion with interested customers. The work is very physical, but very rewarding and most tasting rooms offer attractive salaries, flexible hours and often tips.

According to Trevor Allen, assistant general manager of Township 7, which has wineries in Penticton and Langley, the experience between staff and guests is paramount.

“It’s such a nice subject, and ultimately you share a mutual love affair with wine,” he says. “We encourage our staff to be genuine and friendly, and no one gets a script. If you are passionate about creating an exceptional experience, engaging all of our guests’ senses, you will have fun and they will have incredible memories.”

Robbie Hundertmark, estate sommelier at TIME Family of Wines, says working in a tasting room is the best way to benefit from an industry that loves the Okanagan as much as you do.

“The wine industry is all about a sense of place, and there’s no better place to be than here. You’re a problem solver and an educator, an artist and an ambassador. You’re here to loving what you do and showing people why they should too. It’s one of the only jobs in retail where no one is upset to visit you and where everyone wants to have a good time.”

Can’t choose a winery? Apply your passion to promoting them all at a store like the BC Wine Information Center in Penticton, and you won’t have to choose.

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7 Yakima Valley Events This Weekend https://perbaccocellars.com/7-yakima-valley-events-this-weekend/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 03:08:20 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/7-yakima-valley-events-this-weekend/ Weekend Guide: 7 Yakima Valley Events This Weekend to Put on Your Calendar Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s always something fun going on in Yakima Valley, but sometimes you might not even have heard of it. Browse through this list of seven fun events that might appeal to your fun palette! Shout […]]]>

Weekend Guide: 7 Yakima Valley Events This Weekend to Put on Your Calendar

Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s always something fun going on in Yakima Valley, but sometimes you might not even have heard of it. Browse through this list of seven fun events that might appeal to your fun palette! Shout out to the Yakima Valley Visitor Center for always connecting us with a full listing of events in Yakima Valley!

Friday March 4

Live music at Kana Winery

Kana Vineyard in Yakima

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Every Friday, there’s always a lively bunch of coconuts having fun at Kana Winery in downtown Yakima. Perhaps you could grab a bite to eat first at one of the nearby restaurants, including Jimmy John’s Subs, Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar, Yakima Sports Center, Olive Garden, or Second Street Grill. The wine flows freely in Kana and the good times too!

Saturday March 5

Winter Carnival at White Pass Ski Resort

WINTER CARNIVAL at White Pass

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Watch sculptors create castles and figurines from snow and ice. It’s incredible!

Tasting grapes by the glass at the Yakima Valley Winemakers Teaching Gallery and Tasting Room

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This is a newly opened tasting room and wine university owned by Yakima Valley College. You can join their wine club and be invited to special events that they will organize throughout the year!

Paul Wall at Pastime Bar in Selah

Paul’s Wall

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This rapper is best known for wearing a gold “grill” and singing “sitting on the side.” He brings his fun vibes to Selah for a night of fun at The Pastime!

American Honey at Wenas Creek Saloon

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American Honey is a beloved local band that always packs in. You may have seen them giving spirited performances at the Moxee Hop Festival many years in a row. They are a crowd favorite.

Karaoke at Hoops Bar and Lotus Room

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Karaoke on a Saturday night? Yes please! There are a few places in town where you can get your karaoke fix, like The Lotus Room in downtown Yakima or Hoops Bar on Lincoln Ave.

Inauguration of the Eats & Elixirs restaurant

Brunch Breakfast

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Yakima’s new restaurant is launched and its grand opening will be filled with foodies and Yelp reviews for sure! You can make dining reservations here for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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Guide to LGBTQ Travel in the San Francisco Bay Area https://perbaccocellars.com/guide-to-lgbtq-travel-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:00:23 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/guide-to-lgbtq-travel-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area/ I never get to look out the airplane window from my seat and see the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco perched on the edge of the bay. San Francisco always inspires me with adventure and excitement. From its heady gold rush days to today’s tech boom, the city is known for […]]]>

I never get to look out the airplane window from my seat and see the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco perched on the edge of the bay.

San Francisco always inspires me with adventure and excitement. From its heady gold rush days to today’s tech boom, the city is known for adventure, experimentation and innovation. It’s also the gateway to multiple experiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, especially in California’s premier wine regions of Napa and Sonoma.

I’m a little biased, though, since San Francisco is my home. On a typical weekend, I dine and drink with my girlfriend in the city, wine country, or Bay Area, where we enjoy many LGBTQ events and cultural offerings with our friends.

San Francisco, Sonoma and the Greater Bay Area are once again welcoming visitors and events. Here’s an insider’s guide to a fabulous week of exploring San Francisco and the rainbow wonderland of Sonoma.

What is happening

Pride month is fast approaching. Visitors can attend Pride events in San Francisco (June 24-26) and Sonoma (June 3-5), as well as Out in the Vineyard, Pino on the River (dates TBD), The Laugh Cellar (year-round), and the many themed weekends, such as Women’s Weekend (May 20-22), Sloth Bear Week (August 1-8), and the well-known Gay Rodeo as Best Buck in the Bay, which takes place on the Russian River. If you’re in San Francisco in September, the leather crowd will gather for the Folsom Street Fair on September 25.

A carnival dancer at San Francisco Pride.San Francisco Travel Association

“We have gay people,” Gary Saperstein, a former New Yorker who has lived in Sonoma for more than 25 years, said of LGBTQ events in Sonoma this season.

Out in the Vineyard, a gay wine travel and hospitality company, kicks off its season on April 9 with Black Vines. Guests will sip wine crafted by gay winemaker Jérôme Chéry at Fog Crest Vineyards, a black woman-owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley.

Later this year, Out in the Vineyard will host Pink Saturday (May 14), a day celebrating rosé, and Gay Wine Weekend (July 15-17), which attracted up to 800 LGBTQ wine lovers. Saperstein said other smaller events may be announced throughout the season.

One of the hottest events is The Laugh Cellar’s annual Wine Country Comedy Festival. Before the pandemic, it drew up to 1,200 people to some of Napa and Sonoma’s iconic wineries. The dates for the 2022 festival and the lineup of comedians are about to be announced. Check The Laugh Cellar’s website for festival updates.

San Francisco

Live the experience of San Francisco when you arrive. Book a bay room at the Harbor Court Hotel, which is perfectly located on the Embarcadero and features a YMCA. It is just steps from the world famous Ferry Building and offers easy access to the Castro and popular areas of the city – Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown, Mission District and Haight Ashbury.

There are things to do in San Francisco, especially for LGBTQ visitors: explore the Castro and Transgender neighborhood, join Cruisin’ The Castro walking tours, visit the GLBT History Museum, and check out the all-new Art Gallery. city ​​gay art. , Schlomer Haus Gallery, in the Castro.

Stop by lesbian-owned cafes like Equator Coffee, the newest location of the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center, and refuel at Dolores Park Café on the edge of the Castro and Mission neighborhoods.

Get a different view of the city from the observatory’s SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park. The wheel will be open until March 2025.

At night, enjoy the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife, from the historic landmark, Twin Peaks Tavern, to Harvey’s, named after Harvey Milk. Go out to dinner and dance at AsiaSF.

On weekends, treat yourself to Oasis or enjoy brunch at Vault Steakhouse.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a foodie paradise. It’s hard to go wrong dining here. Some of my favorite restaurants in town are Boulevard, Fiorella, Foreign Cinema, Mandalay Restaurant, Ozumo, Kabuto, Osha Thai, Fior d’Italia, and Harris Ranch, to name a few.

Sonoma

Whatever style and ambiance you’re looking for on your vacation, you can find it when you cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the hour-long drive to wine country. Head to the Flamingo Resort for a retro-chic vibe in Santa Rosa or try the Hotel Duchamp in Healdsburg for modern wine country. The Kenwood Inn and Spa offers the classic wine country experience. Other options include the lesbian-owned Boon Hotel + Spa or the gay-owned The Carriage House at Olive Queen Farm in the Russian River Valley.

A view of the Sonoma vineyards from MacRostie Winery in Healdsburg, California.Heather Cassel

Delight in California’s food and wine offerings with guided and self-guided food tours with Sonoma Food and Wine Tour and Savor Healdsburg. Otherwise, venture the California Cheese Trail on your own.

There are so many great restaurants to choose from in Sonoma. When I’m hungry, one of my favorite places is Boon Eat + Drink. I also head to Brava Bar de Tapas, Spoonbar, Campo Fina, Catelli’s, Girl and the Fig, El Dorado Kitchen or Salt and Stone.

To start my day right, there’s no place like The Spinster Sisters or Brew Coffee and Beer House, owned by a queer couple.

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I grab an ice cream cone or a pie at Noble Folk, a gay establishment.

Mike Kobler, gay co-founder and COO of Kobler Estate
Winery, explains the wine process with a gay couple in the winery’s tasting room in Healdsburg, California.
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I pair great food with the amazing Sonoma wines of Corner 103, owned by black gay men. Owner Lloyd Davis truly elevates the wine tasting experience in downtown Sonoma. There are over 425 wineries and many LGBTQ wineries in Sonoma, such as Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery’s Latina lesbian winemaker Theresa Heredia, as well as gay wineries like Equality Vines, Mercury Wine, Kobler Estate Winery, and Roadhouse Winery.

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A murder-mystery event combining wine tasting and glamor is coming to Market Drayton https://perbaccocellars.com/a-murder-mystery-event-combining-wine-tasting-and-glamor-is-coming-to-market-drayton/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 13:45:54 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/a-murder-mystery-event-combining-wine-tasting-and-glamor-is-coming-to-market-drayton/ Cameron Cousens and Rachel Tremblay of Nomad at Market Drayton The team at Nomad Nº63 Cellar & Tasting Room, Betton Mill, Market Drayton will host an immersive murderous and mysterious wine tasting experience on Saturday 19th March. In conjunction with Gloucestershire-based theater company – Ian Kennedy Productions – Nomad Wine will offer wine and beer […]]]>
Cameron Cousens and Rachel Tremblay of Nomad at Market Drayton

The team at Nomad Nº63 Cellar & Tasting Room, Betton Mill, Market Drayton will host an immersive murderous and mysterious wine tasting experience on Saturday 19th March.

In conjunction with Gloucestershire-based theater company – Ian Kennedy Productions – Nomad Wine will offer wine and beer tastings, as well as canapes served by the Roots and Wings chef.

It comes as the new wine cellar and tasting room is due to hold its official launch party this weekend to celebrate its arrival in the market town and welcome customers for shopping, drinking and snacking.

Rachel Tremblay, co-founder of Nomad Wine, said, “We are extremely excited to be hosting a murder mystery event at Nomad Nº63 on March 19th.

Cameron Cousens and Rachel Tremblay of Nomad at Market Drayton

“It’s something a little different, offbeat and fun. It’s also an excuse to dress up and enjoy a special evening of wine tasting combined with Murder Mystery.

“IKProductions running the Murder Mystery side of the night are excellent and we can’t wait to see what our guests think of the event.

“We only have a few tickets left and we anticipate that they will all sell out, so we would like to organize another one in the near future.

“We are really excited that our space can be versatile and that we can encourage different and unique experiences here, which will undoubtedly benefit the city.

“We’ve had a great response so far and are looking forward to opening our doors for the first time on Saturday March 5th from 12pm to 8pm.”

Tickets are £55 per person, which includes wine tasting and canapes; the evening will begin at 7 p.m. and should last two and a half hours.

Nomad Wines is based in Market Drayton, but runs pop-up events across the UK.

For more information, visit nomadwine.co.uk or call 07871 282428.

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Covid pressures force wine tasting center into hibernation https://perbaccocellars.com/covid-pressures-force-wine-tasting-center-into-hibernation/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/covid-pressures-force-wine-tasting-center-into-hibernation/ SCOTT HAMMOND/STUFF/Marlborough Express Wine Station owner Angela Wentworth has decided to put the Wine Station into hibernation from March 12 until favorable business conditions return. The Wine Station is about to temporarily close as Covid-19 continues to affect small businesses. Wine Station owner Angela Wentworth said she was “unfortunately” putting the business into hibernation from […]]]>
Wine Station owner Angela Wentworth has decided to put the Wine Station into hibernation from March 12 until favorable business conditions return.

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Wine Station owner Angela Wentworth has decided to put the Wine Station into hibernation from March 12 until favorable business conditions return.

The Wine Station is about to temporarily close as Covid-19 continues to affect small businesses.

Wine Station owner Angela Wentworth said she was “unfortunately” putting the business into hibernation from March 12 due to Omicron and uncertainty about its potential impact.

“After Christmas, when Omicron became more present and people started to care more about it, we found that there were fewer people traveling, they were hesitant to use vaccine passes and that people were just very tired of going out.

“There were no government relief programs at this stage, and we were just very uncertain what it would mean for our business, if any of the staff had hired Omicron.”

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Wentworth said she is grateful for the support of the community and the work of her six employees.

“Our team has been wonderfully resilient and dedicated during these difficult times.

“We certainly wouldn’t have achieved what we have without them and the loyalty of our customers,” she said.

The Chocolate Station was a successful addition to the Wine Station, but was not enough to get the business through the winter period.

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The Chocolate Station was a successful addition to the Wine Station, but was not enough to get the business through the winter period.

Opened in January 2018 in the old Blenheim train station, the tasting room features local wines and food.

Wentworth said their suppliers were understanding because they were small businesses like themselves.

“They are in the same boat, having to make financial decisions, neither of them was upset or angry with our decision.

“They could relate to the situation we were in, and they’re really keen to stay in touch with us and be a key supply again when we reopen in the spring into the summer,” Wentworth said.

While waiting for busier months, many local businesses have to deal with a “very quiet” city.

Blenheim businessman Owen Rarity, who runs a restaurant and bistro in town, said he started noticing a drop in December when the vaccine pass was introduced.

“As the cases grow every day, it becomes quieter and quieter.

“But we kind of forgot that we’re triple, we’re all wearing a mask and, and we’re in a pretty safe environment, especially in hospitality.”

Dolce restaurant and Cleghorn Bistro & Bar owner Owen Rarity said that as Covid cases increased, the town became noticeably calmer.

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Dolce restaurant and Cleghorn Bistro & Bar owner Owen Rarity said that as Covid cases increased, the town became noticeably calmer.

Rarity said local support was key.

“The more businesses in the city suffer, the more likely they are to disappear, and we’ll end up with a city full of boring chain stores because that’s what’s going to happen.”

“It can also bring out a whole generation of experienced businessmen.”

A report on the Marlborough town center health check prepared for the council between December and February found that pedestrians are increasingly demanding more from the CBD when it comes to improvements, including food and retail outlets, pedestrian areas and a consistent vibe throughout the CBD.

Blenheim CBD is in good financial shape, but more could be done from a pedestrian point of view.

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Blenheim CBD is in good financial shape, but more could be done from a pedestrian point of view.

This was the sixth health check prepared for the council, with five further studies carried out in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

“It seems that pedestrians in Blenheim seek out the same developments year after year, given the decreasing percentage of people who think CBD improves each health check.

“Financially, Blenheim CBD is performing soundly, despite all the uncertainties around the world.

“Although the CBD remained quite similar to the previous control, the overall quality is reasonably high, providing an adequate supply to the Blenheim community,” the report states.

A new Covid-19 support payment of $4,000 per business plus $400 per full-time worker will be made available to certain businesses affected by the Omicron outbreak, the government announced on Monday.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said to be eligible for the payment, companies must show a 40% drop in seven consecutive days in the six weeks before the government’s Omicron response moves into phase two on 15 February.

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English Taxi Wine Tastings Arrive in Bordeaux https://perbaccocellars.com/english-taxi-wine-tastings-arrive-in-bordeaux/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 10:57:18 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/english-taxi-wine-tastings-arrive-in-bordeaux/ A new concept, called Wine Cab, now allows wine lovers to take a new tasting route through the Bordeaux vineyards in an English taxi. The concept, created by Antoine Beucher who worked for 30 years as the manager of an event agency, began after experiencing what he described as the “soulless” experience of visiting the […]]]>

A new concept, called Wine Cab, now allows wine lovers to take a new tasting route through the Bordeaux vineyards in an English taxi.

The concept, created by Antoine Beucher who worked for 30 years as the manager of an event agency, began after experiencing what he described as the “soulless” experience of visiting the region’s current circuits with boredom. rather than with pleasure. According to Beucher, all the circuits to the vineyards were similar and transported wine lovers in sedans to marked areas without much originality.

Wine Cab embodies a philosophy in the image of the English taxi: the friendly driver offers tailor-made circuits or in the classic format, with beautiful addresses usually known to the “happy few” of the region.

According to Beucher, the alternative he offers to boarding a mythical London “taxi” is to travel with a vintage look and a strong personality. “Laid out like a real tasting room, the famous Fairway FX4 seduces with its inimitable style and elegant line,” he explains.

Wine lovers can enjoy tastings in the car and make the whole trip unforgettable – and each participant leaves with a souvenir road book with Polaroid photos.

Wine Cab will offer a four-hour initiation tour to discover organic wines. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off at a Bordeaux hotel, two visits with tastings at two certified organic châteaux, a country tasting in the vineyards (or by taxi in case of rain) and transport with an English-speaking driver guide.

The experience is offered at €132/person with the possibility of being accompanied by an expert oenologist for €280.

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Generation Next: The Acadian Wine Company arrives in West Grove https://perbaccocellars.com/generation-next-the-acadian-wine-company-arrives-in-west-grove/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 20:35:19 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/generation-next-the-acadian-wine-company-arrives-in-west-grove/ Photo by Richard L. Gaw Pennsylvania winemaker Kyle Jones recently purchased the nearly eight-acre Kreutz Creek vineyards in West Grove, where he will own and operate The Acadian Wine Company. By Richard L. Gaw Personal editor When winemaker Kyle Jones first arrived at Kreutz Creek Vineyards in West Grove last November, he was there to […]]]>

Photo by Richard L. Gaw Pennsylvania winemaker Kyle Jones recently purchased the nearly eight-acre Kreutz Creek vineyards in West Grove, where he will own and operate The Acadian Wine Company.

By Richard L. Gaw

Personal editor

When winemaker Kyle Jones first arrived at Kreutz Creek Vineyards in West Grove last November, he was there to buy equipment from Jim and Carole Kirkpatrick, who were retiring after owning and operating the vineyard for the past 25 last years.

There, high on the hill, Jones saw the enveloping field of nearly eight acres of vineyards, tumbling gently to the east.

All this Jones had always wanted and needed as a winemaker was already there, firmly entrenched and permanent. Vines so thick and robust as heavy rope were meticulously aligned in neat rows. A small but efficient production unit stood in the center of the vineyard. The spacious, airy house the Kirkpatricks lived in had lovely views of the vineyard below and could easily be converted into a wine-tasting space for guests.

It was all there in front of Jones like a dream come true, and last December he became the new owner of the vineyard and proceeded to give it a new name: The Acadian Wine Company.

I have been making wine for several years, and while I don’t come from a family that has land we owned companies, so the potential of owning a winery as a business has always been there for me,” Jones said, which had been Chief Winemaker of Nissley Vineyards & Winery in Lancaster County until 2021. “Wmanufacturing is a creative outlet for me, but Starting from scratch in the wine industry seems like a daunting undertaking, but the potential of our growing regions and taking over a turnkey operation has made it more achievable.

Acadian origins

In his welcome letter to customers of Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Jones detailed what he inherited – four acres of 20-year-old growth of Vitis vinifera (common vine) and three acres of Vitis vinifera complex hybrid grape
vines, including some complex Bordeaux grape varieties. The coincidence was strange, he wrote, given his origins of the family in Europe.
“The winemaker in this case (Jones) is a descendant of the Acadians who brought some of these same types of vines with them across the Atlantic to North America in the early 1600s from the territory of France,” wrote Jones. “Learning to adapt and associate with the land and its inhabitants is the first tradition of the Acadian people.

“Similarly, the vines contained in these vineyards have flourished from twenty-five years of growth and adaptation in this site.”

Accoaccompanied by his dog Lilly and friends and family, Jones – who recently took over responsibility for the winemaking of the Paradocx Vineyard in Landenbergis currently preparing its vinesor the cultivation of Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Vidalas well as
transformation of several rooms at the intermediate level and the outer deck of the former Kirkpatrick House to what will become a tasting area.

“I want it to be a space where people can participate in a celebration of wine,” he said. “We want our guests to be welcomed here into our ‘home’, where they can enjoy the fruits of our labor on this magnificent property.

Jones enters another growing season knowing full well that the life of a winemaker is both a labor of love and an investmentboth in science and creativity – and it all depends on the intangible of the climate in which the grapes grow. like a pennywinemaker lvania, Jones is at a double
advantage; the commonwealth ranks as the fourth largest in the country wine producer, representing 1.5% of the total volume, behind California, Washington and New York. In addition, the rocky soil and the microclimate of the department make the region particularly well suited to the cultivation of many varieties of grapes.

Consequently, Chester County has has continued to emerge as a major player in the regional wine scene, highlighted by more than a dozen wineries and tasting rooms that attract visitors from across the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

“Able to stand on the world stage”

“The wine region in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania is able to stand on the world stage”, Jones noted. “There is no excuse for producing bad wine. If I believe wine is a common experience and not just separate pillars on their own hills – there must be a cohesion of the winegrowers. We are not competitors, but collaborators.

While there’s no definitive book demonstrating how a winemaker can combine the business, creative and entertainment aspects of winery ownership, Jones said it often comes down to small details.

“I painted the top of the bar white because when I walk into a wine tasting room and take a glass of wine from a wooden bar, I can’t see the wine,” he said. -he declares. “That level of attention – and intention – is what underpins everything.”

When The Acadian Wine Company starts its first year this month of April, his first harvest will still be several mmonths, so Jones develops a wine list from other regions to serve customers in 2022 – including the wines he salutesmself made in Pennsylvania.

“I will welcome guandsts in my ‘house’ and offerwines that I did and stand behind wiwithout question,” he said. “I could put my wine on the table next to California grape varieties, Italy and France and shamelessly say, ‘It’s Pennsylvania wine, and it belongs here.’

“I may be the next generation of winemakers in this region, but I stand on the shoulders of giants. All the work they have done makes what I do possible. While I have experience as a winemaker in Pennsylvania, I hope to be insinuated within this communityity. The rising tide helps us all to rise, as long as we all raise our anchors.

The Acadian Wine Company is located at 553 S. Guernsey Road in West Grove. To keep up to date with the latest news from La Compagnie des Vins Acadiens, visit www.acadianwinecompany.comor email [email protected]

To contact editor Richard L. Gaw, e-mail [email protected].

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Do a wine tasting with this Santa Barbara wine guide https://perbaccocellars.com/do-a-wine-tasting-with-this-santa-barbara-wine-guide/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 21:00:28 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/do-a-wine-tasting-with-this-santa-barbara-wine-guide/ In case you haven’t heard, Santa Barbara is one of the hottest places for American wine right now. The unique qualities of California’s Central Coast provide exceptional viticultural conditions and highly refined wines. This is by far the most exciting part of the region’s wine history to date. The city of Santa Barbara is located […]]]>

In case you haven’t heard, Santa Barbara is one of the hottest places for American wine right now. The unique qualities of California’s Central Coast provide exceptional viticultural conditions and highly refined wines. This is by far the most exciting part of the region’s wine history to date.

The city of Santa Barbara is located along the Pacific about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The surrounding wine region is located somewhat inland, encompassing a total of seven AVAs (American Viticultural Area), including the prestigious Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley appellations. One of the most interesting components of the region is the pronounced maritime influence thanks to several valleys that jut directly towards the ocean. This means a temperate climate that calls for many types of wine grapes, from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Rhône varieties like Syrah. You’ll even find Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Picpoul, Sémillon and many more in this extremely diverse American wine-growing area.

California has a lot to offer as the country’s premier wine producer, from Temecula Valley in the south to Sonoma in the north. But the Santa Barbara area is perhaps the most intriguing of them all, especially right now. Here’s how to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Sanford Winery and Vineyards

Sanford Winery & Vineyards Tasting Room.

Located next to one of the country’s most revered wineries, Sanford offers a Burgundian twist on the West Coast wine scene. Here you will taste excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as sparkling wines full of life and texture. There are a host of interesting tasting options, including one that involves an ATV ride, and you do it all in the company of some of the region’s most sought-after vines. First planted in 1971, the site is home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the county, which thrive in the predominantly limestone soils located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

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Brewer-Clifton

View of the Brewer-Clifton vineyard.

Founded by Greg Brewer in the mid-1990s, Brewer-Clifton embodies the very potential of Sta. Rita Hills. The wines are nuanced and reflect the different aspects and terroirs of the appellation. You will be able to taste the relationships that the winemaking teams have with its four different and yet popular wine sites. Look for small-batch Syrah available from time to time in the Los Olivos tasting room.

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Crowd in the Jaffurs Wine Cellars Tasting Room.
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Located right in downtown Santa Barbara, Jaffurs is all about Rhone wines. This means an elegant Syrah, above all, with Roussanne and Viognier, and a dessert wine made from the latter variety. The label also produces Chardonnay and makes its wine from the same compelling structure it pours from. So if you’re looking to please the senses and sip the scene while watching it unfold, this is a great place to do it.

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Tatomer Wines

Tatomer Wines wine tasting.
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If there’s a crown for the region’s top Riesling producer, it should probably go to Tatomer. The Santa Maria winery produces an excellent family of dry Rieslings, as well as fantastic Grüner Veltliner. This is perhaps no surprise, given that the winemaker has spent a long time in Austria working closely with beloved producer Weingut Knoll. Production is small at around 4,000 cases per year, so buy it while you can. The guided tasting is very vineyard-focused, so if you want to see how the land and climate shape one of the world’s most famous varietals in wine, this is a must.

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At the Good Climate

Au Bon Climat tasting room.
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Talk to Central Coast wine lovers and they might drop this name. Au Bon Climat specializes in beautiful white blends that often showcase Pinot Blanc, as well as single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir options galore. The label, an inverted triangle, is instantly recognizable and has become synonymous with real quality on the Santa Barbara wine circuit. Tasting, of course, is half the fun, and the brand’s airy and welcoming bar in Santa Barbara is a great place to hang out. Better still, it’s home to a few other sister labels in spades (library releases too), plus a well-organized bottle list if you need it for the road.

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Rusack Vineyards

Rusack Vineyards Tasting Platform.
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Located in Ballard Canyon, Rusack is a gem in many ways. First, the scenery is stunning – a 48-acre estate surrounded by rolling hills dotted with oak trees and artistic shadow play. The outdoor tasting experience on a remarkable oak terrace is top-notch. Look for charming Domaine Sauvignon Blanc, as well as charming Cabernet Sauvignon. They even make a Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from fruit from a vineyard on the remote island of Santa Catalina.

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Beyond wine

There is no shortage of great things to see and do in Santa Barbara. Eaters have their work cut out for them, from classic Mexican food at La Super-Rica Taqueria to Bettina’s incredible pizza. Cocktail lovers are invited to test Test Pilot and its clever tiki drinks. Beer drinkers will enjoy the craft scene, with plenty of options around town. Check out Figueroa Mountain for a nice range of IPAs and a refreshing Mexican lager and citrus beer.

Where to lay your head? Well, we love The Eagle Inn, located in the heart of the West Bench neighborhood. For something closer to wine country, try the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. Beyond the city limits, you can enjoy outdoor fun in the nearby Los Padres National Forest. Those who seek to revive Next to can push further north to lovely Solvang and wine-centric Paso Robles.

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Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Santa Barbara https://perbaccocellars.com/best-wine-tasting-experiences-in-santa-barbara/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 14:57:14 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/best-wine-tasting-experiences-in-santa-barbara/ Just as Santa Barbara has many varieties of landscapes – an elegant mesh of sea, mountains, and urban terrain – the grape varieties produced in the region are equally remarkable. While the region is renowned for its masterpieces of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, there are many unique flavors from its seven (yes, seven!) Federally […]]]>

Just as Santa Barbara has many varieties of landscapes – an elegant mesh of sea, mountains, and urban terrain – the grape varieties produced in the region are equally remarkable.

While the region is renowned for its masterpieces of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, there are many unique flavors from its seven (yes, seven!) Federally Designated Wine Regions (also known as Zones American wineries or AVA). . A fun fact for your next quiz night, these areas are Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, Happy Canyon, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita, Santa Ynez Valley, and, officially added in 2020, Alisos Canyon.

There are many ways to experience wine in Santa Barbara County. From estate tastings in movie sets to a small tasting room-covered town nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley to an urban wine route, you can take your pick of wine adventures on the American Riviera. This is where your vino will come first.

For the best Santa Barbara wine experience, plan a visit to a few area wineries © Jayme Burrows / Stocksy United

Explore several stunning vineyards with estate tastings

For a typical Santa Barbara County wine experience, there’s nothing like going straight to a vineyard (or five), with tastings typically ranging from $20 to over $30. Many are accessible within an hour’s drive from the urban limits of the city of Santa Barbara.

If you’re making your own adventure, pick a vineyard that matches the vibe and varietals you’re after, as each has its own flavor, literally and figuratively. Be sure to call ahead to see if reservations are needed.

At the end of the modern domain of the spectrum is the Peninsula of Santa Maria. Opened in 2013, this 13,000+ square foot stone tasting complex — with wine cellars, walls of windows, and light wood accents — stands out amid its seemingly endless rows of vines. To optimize a visit, book a horseback riding tour of the estate or a “Wine & Bocce” experience – yes, there is a regulation-sized pétanque court here.

Vines at harvest time, Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, California.
The Santa Ynez Valley is full of vineyards waiting for you © Kurt Preissler / Getty Images

Melville of Santa Rita Hills offers a variety of 90-minute “Beyond the Barrel” tours that will appease novices and wine lovers alike. Beyond just swirling glasses, you can usually venture into the vineyards, learning about the soil, climate, process and more along the way. After the hike, head to the huge Mediterranean-inspired tasting room and park it on the terrace to admire the view of the verdant mountains.

For Bordeaux and polo lovers, Happy Canyon Vineyard – which is nestled at the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley – is a bliss with two regulation-size polo fields on-site serving as icing on the cake. Private tastings are available at his Piocho Ranch, but you’ll want to book such an exclusive experience more than two weeks in advance.

In the Santa Maria Valley, Foxen has become a multi-faceted powerhouse, with two unique tasting rooms, one of which was once known as “The Shack” (an old wooden blacksmith) and the other being a modern solar power plant. complex completed in 2009. Aside from the impressive buildings, its hearty Pinot offerings also dazzle.


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The exterior facade of the Refugio wine tasting store in Los Olivos, CA
The streets of Los Olivos are full of gems like the wine tasting room and the Refugio store © csfotoimages / Getty Images

Discover small-town charm and new-world wine in Los Olivos

You don’t have to dream of a magical little town with streets lined with tasting rooms and local bistros – that exists in Los Olivos. Geographically in the middle of Santa Barbara County and about 40 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara’s epicenter, you’ll find this easily walkable and navigable wine utopia.

Besides having a designated driver for your own vehicle, you can easily take a Lyft/Uber, or companies like Golden Rooster have private shuttles for larger groups.

To get the most out of your adventure in Los Olivos, be sure to ask your favorite tasting room for all in-house and city-wide offerings. As with many wine-focused estates and businesses, if you buy a bottle, your tasting (often over $20) can be free or discounted. There are also money-saving programs between partner tasting rooms (for example, if you buy a tasting at one location, you get a half-price ticket at another). The bottom line: just ask! This town of around 1000 people is as friendly as it gets.

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Head to the tasting room-rich neighborhoods of Santa Barbara for wine and charcuterie © Getty Images / Westend61

Leave the car at home on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

While the dream estates of Santa Barbara County and Los Olivos provide an opportunity to explore the region’s terrain, you don’t need to leave town to get your wine fix. In fact, there’s a Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail centered around Santa Barbara’s tasting room-rich neighborhoods — including the Funk Zone and Presidio — as well as some nearby spots in Summerland and Goleta.

In a generally refined city, head to the avant-garde, warehouse-covered Funk Zone for a true urban experience.

Margerum is tucked away just off State Street, and you’ll probably want to take home a bottle or two of its famous M5 Estate White Rhone Blend. Be sure to indulge in its mega platter of cheeses and charcuterie, while you’re there. The municipal winemakers cater to younger people, with old conglomerate filing cabinets as decor, interior bistro lighting, and a big, colorful brand often draping its bottle offerings.

For a bit of all the latest Santa Barbara wine buzz all under one roof, head to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, which builds flights with hotspots all over Santa Barbara County.

Tasting fees — often in the $20 to $30+ range — can add up. If you plan to visit several places in the city, the Urban Wine Trail membership card can save you a lot of money in the long run. For $200, he gets you a free tasting at all 33 wineries along the trail as well as bottle discounts. You can order one before your trip or pick one up at a participating winery.

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Master of Wine Chris Cree Announces Opening of Cree Wine Company https://perbaccocellars.com/master-of-wine-chris-cree-announces-opening-of-cree-wine-company/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 19:11:00 +0000 https://perbaccocellars.com/master-of-wine-chris-cree-announces-opening-of-cree-wine-company/ Chris Cree is New Jersey’s only Master of Wine. Charcuterie board at Cree Wine Company The new venue includes a wine bar, tasting rooms and hospitality space in the newly redesigned and historic Perryville Inn. We are excited to provide a unique wine experience where people can taste, enjoy and learn about wines in a […]]]>

Chris Cree is New Jersey’s only Master of Wine.

Charcuterie board at Cree Wine Company

The new venue includes a wine bar, tasting rooms and hospitality space in the newly redesigned and historic Perryville Inn.

We are excited to provide a unique wine experience where people can taste, enjoy and learn about wines in a fun, laid back, relaxing and non-snobbish environment.

—Chris Cree

HAMPTON, NEW JERSEY, USA, February 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chris Cree, New Jersey’s only Master of Wine, announces the opening of Cree Wine Company, a new wine bar offering a unique tasting experience for wine lovers. Located in the newly redesigned and historic Perryville Inn, the venue includes an inviting wine bar with multiple tasting rooms, event space for social and corporate events, and an online wine buying program offering hundreds of carefully selected wines from around the world.

“We are excited to provide a unique wine experience where people can taste, enjoy and learn about wines in a fun, laid back, relaxing and non-snobbish environment,” said Chris Cree. “The Cree Wine Company is truly the culmination of my 40 years in the wine industry.

The Cree Wine Company experience brings together the elements of a winery tasting room with an impeccable selection of wines from around the world. In the wine bar and lounge, guests can order a tasting, a drink, a flight or a bottle. “The opportunity to learn about wines from our knowledgeable staff and a full range of wine tasting dinners and events will not be missed,” Cree continued, noting that wines can also be purchased “to go.” “.

Cree carefully selects all the wines himself, from small family estates to large estates. Fifty wines by the taste or by the glass and 400 by the bottle are on offer, along with a robust offering of Cree favorite premium spirits.

Cree has been in the wine business for over 40 years, beginning when a trip to Europe after graduating from high school turned into a lifelong passion for wine. In 1996, he became the 13th American to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination at the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine. Today, there are only 418 Masters of Wine in the world, of which only 56 work in the United States.

Cree’s storied winemaking career has included stints in retail, distribution, hospitality and education. He has traveled the world to learn and taste wine, but his roots are in New Jersey. Born in Plainfield, Cree grew up in Bridgewater and Flemington and is a long-time resident of Clinton. The opening of the Cree Wine Company in Hunterdon County is like going back to basics.

As wine takes center stage, the Cree Wine Company menu offers light, local farm-to-table fare, including charcuterie, artisan cheese platters, and a robust offering of delicious inspired small plates. of the season for thoughtful food and wine pairings. Special dinners and wine tastings are offered and the regular menu will change frequently so guests can experience something new and different each time they visit.

To help realize its culinary concept, Cree enlisted the talents of Executive Chef AJ Sankofa. A graduate of the Italian Culinary Masters Program at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Italy, Sankofa honed his craft in the kitchens of Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Morristown, the Michelin-starred Ristorante Larossa in Alba, as well as the restaurant Legacy Records. in Manhattan. A wine lover himself, Sankofa also harvested grapes at Foradori Winery while living in Italy.

The historic Perryville Inn has undergone a million dollar renovation to transform it into its new incarnation. The “Brick Tavern”, as it was more commonly known, is over two centuries old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1813, the Federal-style building first opened as an inn for weary travelers along the stagecoach route from Philadelphia to eastern New Jersey. It was built by Cornelius Carhart and named after Commodore Oliver Perry’s naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The Inn was moved a few miles from its original location in 1960 to make place at Interstate 78 and has been located at 167 Perryville Road ever since.

Working with New Jersey-based architect and designer Suzanne Perez, Cree’s vision maintained the charm of the historic inn with its red brick facade, six majestic original fireplaces and some of the pine floors. original wide plank with a modern farmhouse aesthetic to breathe new life into the structure. Modern elements include a warm and welcoming wine bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable seating and a modern take on the farmhouse table, as well as full audio-visual capabilities for educational events and tastings.

For more information about the Cree Wine Company, visit www.CreeWineCo.com or call 908-200-7772.
The Cree Wine Company is located at 167 Perryville Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827. Hours of operation are: Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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