John Taylor
 
July 23, 2020 | John Taylor

Bottling Pinor Noir at Cultivar Wine

For pinot noir, bottling is the last step in a nearly two-year process that takes grapes from the vine and puts wine on your table. If you've ever seen a wine bottling, you may think it looks like a lot like manufacturing, and not nearly as romantic as winemaking sounds. The truth is, every step of the process is absolutely essential to ensure that you not only pour a quality wine from that bottle, but that the wine can beautifully and gracefully age in the that bottle.

Let's take a look at how bottling works. Earlier this month, we bottled our two, newest pinot noirs: the 2019 Russian River Pinot Noir and the 2019 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. We're especially excited about the Santa Lucia Highlands release, as it is our first bottling of pinot noir from this unique and gorgeous appellation.

Bring In The Bottling Truck

It all starts with a big truck that looks like this:

It's not a food truck - it's better. It's a Moble Bottling Truck, which contains all the necessary equipment to clean, fill, cork and label a wine bottle. Trucks like this can set up quickly directly outside a crush pad or warehouse and bottle tens of thousands of gallons of wine per day.

First, the wine is poured from barrels (or stainless steel tanks, if those were used for fermentation) into large tanks like this one. Notice the tubing that leads to a regulator that can start or stop the wine from reaching the bottling truck.

The bottling crew then takes cases of pre-sanitized wine bottles and empties them onto a conveyor belt that guides them onto the first mechanism, a machine that blasts nitrogen into the bottle to not only clear out any remaining dust particles, but to eliminate oxygen from the bottle. The bottle is then transfered from this machine to the one that dispenses a perfect 750 ml of wine into the bottle. In this video, you can see the first process on the right, and the second one on the left.

Bottling Video 1 07/20 from Gingy Gable on Vimeo.

The bottles are then corked. A machine pops a burst of nitrogen into the top of the bottle to push out the tiny bit of oxygen remaining, then a cork is inserted to the bottle. This ensures that the least amount of oxygen remains in the bottle, so that the wine inside will age without oxydation.

The bottles then move along the conveyer to where they'll be labeled. The labels are printed on giant rolls, which unwind as the bottle goes by. A roller affixes both the front and back labels.

Bottling Video 2 07/20 from Gingy Gable on Vimeo.

Finally, the bottles are placed in cases, where they are sealed by hand and placed on pallets for warehousing. At this point, the wine is in "Bottle Shock," a phenominon that occurs when wine has been shaken or disturbed more than normal. Bottle Shock can result in a wine tasting disjointed or imbalanced, so it's recommended that recently-bottled wines are allowed to settle for at least a few days. We typically extend that period to 60 days, just to be sure. (Pro Tip: Bottle Shock can even occur after the shipping process, so it's recommended that wine you purchase by mail be allowed to rest a couple of days before being consumed).

Bottling Video 3 from Gingy Gable on Vimeo.

We'll be celebrating Pinot Noir Day on August 28th, and if the 2019s are ready for their debut by then, they'll be making their debut. Sign up for our Newsletter to keep informed about our plans for Pinot Noir Day events all that week!

Time Posted: Jul 23, 2020 at 5:17 PM
John Taylor
 
June 13, 2020 | John Taylor

Cultivar Launches Virtual Napa Valley Wine Tastings

What's an even better pairing than wine and food? Wine and friends! But these days, it has been challenging to get together with friends over a bottle of wine. The emergence of online Happy Hours has been one solution, but for wine lovers across the world, the Virtual Wine Tasting has become the event of choice.

Think of it as a visit to the Tasting Room without the Tasting Room. The events are set up in advance, so participants can choose the time that works for the best for them. Just like a live tasting, the wines are pre-selected for each event, then sent to the participants' home, where they can taste them along with the event's host and the other participants.

Cultivar Wine launched its Virtual Wine Tasting Program on June 10th, and plans on having an event every Wednesday through July 1st. Depending on the popularity of the events, we could extend the events through the summer. And if the first event was any indicator, it's going to be a long, fun summer!

Participants in the June 10th event were treated to our 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and our 2015 Leaky Lake Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Hosted by Deborah, Cultivar's Hospitality Director, we went through each wine and talked about how the amazing terroir of Napa Valley gave the wines their unique characteristics. Guests shared their own thoughts about the wines, while club members Jim and Laura even shared their dinner recipe that paired with the Leaky Lake Cabernet!

"I think Virtual Wine Tastings have opened the door to an entirely new approach to wine tasting," says Gingy Harris Gable, Co-Founder of Cultivar Wine. "People have come to see these events as an opportunity to get together with friends from across the country to share an experience they love so much - wine tasting. It's a way to bring Napa wine country to Colorado or Iowa or anywhere in the world."

It's also a great chance to meet your fellow wine lovers. Though usually limited to 10 participants, you never know which part of the country - or the world - the other attendees come from. 

"What's so fun about Cultivar's Virtual Wine Tastings is that you not only learn about the wine you're drinking, but it's also like a party," says John Taylor, Cultivar's Marketing Manager. "You can have three or four guests at your home enjoying the event, and find ten other groups online enjoying the event in the same way."

Best of all, Cultivar Wine has started a program of Private Virtual Wine Tastings. Get together with your friends and family, choose the wines you want to try, and we'll conduct a customized tasting online for you. To learn more, or book a reservation, Click Here

 

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2020 at 9:35 AM
Gingy Gable
 
May 13, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Celebrate Rosé Day with our 2018 Rosé Release at Cultivar SF

2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Release Day
Saturday, June 8th
National Rosé Day

Make reservations on Open Table to join us at Cultivar SF or
email us to purchase as soon as it becomes available.

Tasting notes for the 2018 Napa Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
A beautiful light color of Rosé reminiscent of an early garden pink rose. Dried cranberries, roses and citrus create its delicate nose.  From the glass to your palate the wine is bright fresh richness of cranberries and soft spices. The Cultivar 2018 Rosé will be the perfect match for springtime brunch, summer barbecues, on the boat, beach, pool or picnic. 

Time Posted: May 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM
Gingy Gable
 
January 28, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Named in Top 5 Best Place for Business Lunch by SF Business Times

 

Cultivar SF is honored to be named in the Best Bay Area Spots for a Business Lunch by SF Business Times!

San Francisco Business Times Article January 18, 2019

Here are the best spots in the Bay Area for a business lunch

Jan 18, 2019, 1:00pm PST

In search of the perfect venue for a business lunch? Check out our slideshow on the top-rated local restaurants for a midday business meet-up, via rankings from online reservation tool OpenTable.

San Francisco alone has more than 4,400 restaurants, according to statistics compiled by the city. There’s enough Michelin star-rated restaurants in the Bay Area (54) to satisfy a year’s worth of weekly outings. But where to take that next crucial client? And where to go outside the city?

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES

It might be worth finding a new favorite place now that workplace cafeterias could be on their way out. But if you're putting on the most luxurious of business lunches, you'll have plenty to choose from among San Francisco's most expensive eateries.

This slideshow has the top-ranked Bay Area restaurants on OpenTable's "Business Bites" restaurant database. Restaurants working with OpenTable can opt-in to the "Business Bites" section. The restaurants ranked here all have a rating between 4.6 and 4.9 stars out of five.

Alex Barreira

Editorial Intern
San Francisco Business Times

   No. 4: Cultivar // Californian // 2379 Chestnut St San Francisco, CA 94123-2609

 


 

 

Time Posted: Jan 28, 2019 at 9:14 AM
Gingy Gable
 
January 15, 2016 | Gingy Gable

Cultivar Wins Gold At 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Cultivar Wine is honored to announce that out of 7,162 entries in the 
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition,
four Cultivar wines have received awards.

The 2013 Cultivar Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc won Gold, the 2012 Cultivar Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2014 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc all won Silver.

For those of you wanting to try these award winning wines, Cultivar Wine Club members will be receiving two of the winning wines in the upcoming February Wine Club shipment, the 2013 Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc and the 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
Celebrate this accomplishment with us and enjoy our wines!

2014 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Silver Award
$20.00
$204 Case / $192 Club Case
Buy Now

2013 Cultivar Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Award
$29.00
$296 Case / $278 Club Case
Buy Now

2013 Cultivar Oak Knoll
Cabernet Franc

Gold Award
$52.00 a bottle
$530 Case / $499 Club Case
Buy Now

2012 Cultivar Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Award
$72.00
$734 Case / $691 Club Case
Buy Now
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Time Posted: Jan 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Lucy Pinto
 
October 6, 2015 | Lucy Pinto

Sharing the Excitement of Harvest 2015 at Caspar Estate

 

CASPAR ESTATE’S VIEW ON HARVEST 2015

FROM WHERE WE SIP 

We witnessed the unmistakable beauty of the leaves starting to turn colors, breathed in the earthy smell of crush and experienced the magic of harvest. The days were warm, stunningly beautiful and there was a crispness in the air. As we walked the rows of vines, we experienced the many micro-climates from the peaks and valleys within our vineyard. Each needed to be picked at it's optimum time. It was an exciting and busy time as we hand picked our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes from our 13 acre vineyard, and sent them off under the watchful eye of Julien Fayard, our winemaker, to craft our next vintages.

(See all Caspar Estate Wines and Cultivar Wines)

The growing season started and ended early this year - the earliest ever for us! That along with the drought yielded a smaller crop in 2015, and the quality is indeed excellent. The smaller berries lead to bigger wines, due to the skin to juice ratio, resulting in more tannins and significant flavor.

With this warm and early 2015 Harvest wrapped up, we will begin to prepare your annual allocation of our 2012 Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. We are looking forward to sending out what is likely to be your favorite vintage yet.

From our family to yours,

Jody & Gingy

THE BENEFITS OF GOING MAGNUM


Create a party and keep it going with a beautiful and bountiful Caspar Estate Magnum, 3L, 6L or 12L bottle.  When you choose a large format bottle you are guaranteed to keep the good times flowing and create special memories too. Want to make a lasting impression? We love putting metallic pens on the table and getting everyone to sign the bottle. Your guests can add their warm wishes, and you have a timeless keepsake long after they’ve left.

To personalize your experience even more, the 6L, 9L and 12L bottles can be custom etched. Contact Dianne for all the details. Celebrate abundance at your next special occasion with a large bottle of one of our most popular wines.

Limited quantities available - order them while they last!

Time Posted: Oct 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Lucy Pinto
 
July 22, 2015 | Lucy Pinto

Experience Two Great Catches - Cultivar Wine & The Giants

 

Come experience the excitement of two of San Francisco’s favorite pastimes with the Cultivar Wine family.

Enjoy an exclusive guided tasting of our newest Cultivar Releases paired with local, artisanal cheeses and our specialty Cultivar olive oils and vinegars as well as our distinctive “Straight from Caspar Estate” olive oil and wildflower honey.
Meet the wine making team behind your favorite wine and get to know your fellow Wine Club Members as we cheer on our home team in the private Vintner’s Suite at AT&T Park.

Limited tickets are available. Login to your Cultivar Wine account and secure your seats today.
Let the games begin!
Buy Tickets
Time Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM
Eden Hensley
 
April 21, 2015 | Eden Hensley

Reverb & Cultivar Wine Happy Hour

One of the events we really look forward to here at Cultivar Wine is our quarterly happy hour with Wine Club Members. We love gathering over great food to talk wine and catch up with new and old friends alike.

This month we're especially excited to be introducing our wine club members to Polk Street's newest restaurant, Reverb Kitchen & Bar. We think Reverb's innovative comfort food crafted from locally sourced, sustainable, and peak-season ingredients is the perfect complement for our wines.

Cultivar Wine Club Members will enjoy tasting our selections for our May Wine Club shipment which include 2011 Cultivar Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Cultivar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and two of our newest releases: 2012 Cultivar Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy our two newest releases!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will you be joining us?

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Eden Hensley
 
April 8, 2015 | Eden Hensley

High Style Collection Opening Celebration at Legion of Honor

Fans of fashion flocked to the Legion of Honor Wednesday March 11th, 2015 for the opening celebration of High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

“Dazzle” was the theme and fans turned out in glamorous fashion for the collection’s unveiling during a black-tie dinner for supporters hosted by the FAM Board President Dede Wilsey.

Cultivar was happy to support the museum donating wines to pair with the sophisticated three course menu. We paired our 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with the first course Celery Root, Truffle, and Leek Potage.

For the main course of Filet aux Morilles we chose our 2012 Cultivar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet tannins and refined structure of the wine pulled out the morels in the sauce and complimented the cream sauce.

Guests finished the meal with a Black and White Duo: Chocolate Pot de Crème, Vanilla Bean Pot de Crème, and Santa Cruz Strawberries.

The collection is on view at the Legion of Honor through July 19th and shouldn’t be missed. Curated by Jan Glier Reeder, consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and organized by the Met, High Style captures key points in 20th-century fashion design with rare pieces from French couture houses, including examples by Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and Hubert de Givenchy. Get your tickets today.

Time Posted: Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Eden Hensley
 
March 23, 2015 | Eden Hensley

Men of Style 2015 Event

Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store San Francisco

On March 5th, Cultivar Wine proudly partnered with San Francisco Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue for the Saks Fifth Avenue Men of Style event. VIP guests enjoyed our 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc that we donated

while enjoying passed appetizers and waiting in suspense as to who would be the 2015 Man of Style and which charity would receive a $5,000 donation. 

Cultivar Wine and Caspar Estate Team with VIP Guests

Cultivar Wine Bloggers

San Francisco Magazine readers and fans of Saks Fifth Avenue and Cultivar Wine had a tough job, choosing between the 2015 Men of Style nominees:

  • Scott E. Miller, principal and founder at Scott Miller Executive Search;
  • Geoffrey De Sousa, principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design;
  • Joseph Becker, assistant curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA; and
  • Yves Behar, founder and principal designer at Fuseproject.

All nominees were well deserving, but there could be just one 2015 Men of Style winner.

2015 Men of Style Nominees

Congratulations Geoffrey De Sousa and Ronald McDonald House at Stanford! Not only did Ronald McDonald House receive the $5,000 award, but Geoffrey generously matched the award with a $5,000 donation of his own.

Geoffrey De Sousa 2015 Man of Style Winner

Photography Credits: The third and fifth photos were taken by Rachel Bussières for Drew Altizer Photography and used with permission. The other photos were taken by Cultivar.

Time Posted: Mar 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM