Gingy Gable
 
April 4, 2018 | Gingy Gable

Spring!

Spring Wines for your sipping pleasure...

As it turns warmer here in the Napa Valley we are enjoying these small lot production wines.  The Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon calls for a bison burger or thinly sliced flank steak cut on the grain, coated with Crushed Garlic olive oil, salt and pepper, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and asparagus finished with Alderwood smoked salt.


Photo of 2018 Bud Break of 2018 Leaky Lake Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Leaky Lake vineyard of clay and loam soils lead to a rich seductive fruit forward wine. The 2014 Leaky Lake in the glass is dark with brilliant red and blue hues. The nose has notes of cherry, raspberry and sweet vanilla with notes of cola and spice. On the palate the wine follows the red fruit aromas with cherry, raspberry with black currants. The finish is a minute long, with sweet tannins from both the French oak and beautifully structured fruit of the Mayacamas Mountain. While very tempting to drink now cellar for 5-10 years will be well rewarded.



The 2016 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc pairs amazingly with grilled shrimp topped with Cultivar Lime olive oil and roasted or grilled spring vegetables.

201Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is a rich wine all the way from the aromas to the palate with a long finish. The first impression is of tropical fruits that are followed by hues of lemon zest; granny smith apples, and green gage plums. On the palate you feel the richness of fruit with notes of vanilla from the French oak barrel aging. The richness is balanced with brightness from tropical fruits and a hint of minerality on the finish. Like all of the Cultivar wines, the 2016 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is a food wine that perfectly pairs with cheese goat and sheep milk cheeses and will work well with a variety of salads.

We love seeing photos of you and your friends enjoying
Cultivar Wines at your place and having fun at Cultivar SF & Cultivar Napa.

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Time Posted: Apr 4, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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
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2013 Cultivar Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Award
$29.00
$296 Case / $278 Club Case
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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
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
Emily Martin
 
February 20, 2015 | Emily Martin

Modern Luxury Magazine & Saks Fifth Avenue's 2015 Men Of Style Event

Cultivar Wine is thrilled to be supporting San Francisco Magazine & Saks Fifth Avenue's fabulous upcoming 2015 Men of Style Event. Although this event is invite only, we hope you'll support us and this great cause by VOTING. See below for more details on how to vote.

THE EVENT DETAILS: San Francisco Magazine & Saks Fifth Avenue present the candidates for this year's Men of Style—four sharp-dressed San Franciscans whose impeccable style is matched by their generosity of spirit. Each candidate will receive a customized outfit from our partner ISAIA to acknowledge their support of some of the most noteworthy causes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

YOUR VOTE: Each of our candidates has chosen a nonprofit organization to support during the campaign—scroll through the gallery below to find out more about each gentleman and his charity of choice—then VOTE for your favorite! The candidate with the most votes will receive a check for $5,000 for his nonprofit organization, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue! Click to VOTE HERE!

Time Posted: Feb 20, 2015 at 8:05 AM
Eden Hensley
 
November 5, 2014 | Eden Hensley

Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc Wins Gold Medal

2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wins Gold Medal from TheFiftyBest.com

We’re excited to announce that our 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc was recently awarded a Gold medal from The Fifty Best and thrilled to see Sauvignon Blanc returning to the spotlight.

TheFiftyBest.com is an award-winning online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased surveys and proprietary tastings judged by wine/spirits journalists, wine/spirits professionals, sommeliers, retailers, restaurateurs, and connoisseurs.

For this tasting of recent release California Sauvignon Blancs, they assembled a pre-qualified panel of judges. Judges blind-tasted the wines and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, The Fifty Best awarded medals based on the judges' impressions.

2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes

We crafted our 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc to be approachable and the perfect treat after a hard day. The grapes we selected for our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Musque clone come from three vineyards, two in St. Helena and one in Napa. This mix of grapes creates a crisp, refreshing wine with peach and nectarine on the tongue with just a hint of the grassy notes Sauvignon Blanc is famous for.
 

Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc

Individual bottles are $20 (Case Price $204 / Cultivar Wine Club $192). Cultivar Wine Club members enjoy 20% off. If you're not yet in our club, learn more about the benefits of membership.

Order your Sauvignon Blanc now

Pairing Sauvignon Blanc with Food

Wondering what to pair Sauvignon Blanc with? Check out our tips for crafting the perfect seasonal cheese, salami, and apple platter. Sauvignon Blanc also pairs beautifully with turkey and sweet potatoes and would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving celebration.

To ensure your wine arrives in time for Thanksgiving, place your order no later than Friday, November 14

Time Posted: Nov 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Eden Hensley
 
November 3, 2014 | Eden Hensley

Pairing Sauvignon Blanc: The Perfect Accompaniment to Cheese, Salami, and Apples

Pairing Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc with Cheese Salami and Apples

The secret to a perfect pairing is balance, not just of flavors, but of texture and acid as well. For a perfect cheese and salami platter to serve with your 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, you’re looking for some creaminess and just a hint of sweetness or spice. You want to select foods that will complement or amplify the notes in your wine and not overpower it.
 
Because Sauvignon Blanc has grassy notes, it’s a great wine to pair with goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses. Cow’s milk cheeses are trickier to pair with Sauvignon Blanc as they are fairly acidic. You want to select a mix of unaged cheeses with light flavor, such as Idiazabal Raw Sheep Milk Cheese, Petite Basque Sheep’s Milk Cheese, and Goat Milk Cheddar Cheese.

Pairing Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc with Cheese Salami and Apples
 
For that hint of sweetness, choose in season apples that are a little more tart and have a bit of crunch, like Fuji or Gold Rush. Chili-dusted candied pecans are also delicious, delivering both sweetness and spice.
 
Similar to cow’s milk cheeses, salami can be challenging to pair with Sauvignon Blanc. Look for meats that are lower in salt and milder in flavor, such as Olli Organic Norcino Salami or have a little kick, such as Fra Mani Salametto Piccante.

Bon Appetit!

Time Posted: Nov 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Eden Hensley
 
October 8, 2014 | Eden Hensley

Our Balboa & Cultivar Wine Bus Party

Guests Enjoying Cultivar Wine and Plumpjack Catering Light Bites at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to spend a Saturday than being surrounded by our wine club members and friends enjoying delicious food and drinking fabulous Cultivar wines? And a couple of Saturdays ago, that's exactly what we did!

Our first stop: Balboa Cafe in San Francisco. We got the party going with our Cultivar Napa Valley wines (2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Cultivar Napa Cabernet Sauvignon).

     Alejandro Pours a Glass of 2012 Cultivar Napa Cabernet Sauvignon   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a quick headcount, we left overcast San Francisco in search of the sun, which we found just on the north side of the Rainbow Tunnel in Marin County. While on the bus, guests enjoyed our 2013 Cultivar Napa Valley Rose (currently sold out in bottles, but still available in kegs). 

At Balboa Cafe, situated in downtown historic Mill Valley, we introduced our September 2014 wine club selectionsThere on the outside patio while sampling our wines, we enjoyed light bites styled by executive chef, Rick Edge, and live music by Tom Rhodes.

The light bites provided by PlumpJack Catering that we enjoyed were:

 

 

Shrimp Gazpacho Shooters with Chilled Prawns   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the pairings, some classic and some others daring, check out our Food Pairings for Our September 2014 Wine Club Selections where we break the matches down for you.

Braised Chicken Meatballs




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event. Also, if you'd like to hear about further upcoming events in San Francisco and Wine Country, be sure to like our page. In addition to news about events, you'll get behind the scenes peeks into how we make our wines along with recipes and pairing tips for entertaining in your home.

Time Posted: Oct 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Cultivar Wine
 
August 27, 2014 | Cultivar Wine

Mikkeller Happy Hour Event Food & Wine Pairings

For those of you who made it to our ‘Cultivar Wine Club & Friends’ happy hour event last week, I’m sure you can agree that it was a fun evening of wine, food and great conversation. More photos from the Mikkeller Bar are below, along with what we served to pair with our wines on tap. See which wines worked with certain menu items and why!

Even if you didn’t make it, you can still grab a bottle of your favorite Cultivar wine and test out your own food and wine pairings. You never know what perfect pairing you might find. And be sure to look out for details on our next event later this week on the blog.

2013 Napa Valley Sauv Blanc -

Endive Cups with pine nuts, blue cheese and apples

Salt Cod Croquets with dill, parsley and lemon garnish

Assorted Olives

Why it worked: Sauv Blanc is a light-to-medium bodied white with green and citrusy notes. A natural pairing for salads, herbs (like dill and parsley) as well as lemony flavors, it also goes well with oily foods (like the herb/oil marinated olives). Yum!

2013 Rosé -

Salt Cod Croquets with dill, parsley and lemon garnish

Lil’ Smokies wrapped in bacon with Smoky BBQ

Fries

Why it worked: Rosé is one of those awesome wines that work with a lot of foods. Ours is crisp, minerally and delicate enough to pair with light foods yet big enough in body to withstand bolder foods like bacon and fried food. A tiny hint of sweetness helps cut through the smoky flavors of the bacon and bbq sauce as well as the saltiness of the cod.

2012 Oak Knoll Cab Franc -

Lil’ Smokies wrapped in bacon with Smoky BBQ

Why it worked: Cab Franc and pork work well together, because both are more medium in weight (as opposed to a hefty Cab paired with a giant steak). Our 2012 Cab Franc has notes of pepper, tobacco and spice, which complemented the smoked, spicy flavors of the Lil’ Smokies.

2012 Cabernet -

Pork & Garlic sausage in puff pastry

Lil' Smokies

Why it worked: Full-bodied and big on tannins, Cabernet can withstand bigger, fattier meats and sausages. The rich pastry and garlic-y pork sausage seemed to pair nicely with our rich and structured Cabernet. With wines big on tannins, it’s best to avoid spicy foods - so the Lil’ Smokies would work with the Cab if you omitted the spicy BBQ sauce.

 

Time Posted: Aug 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM