Gingy Gable
 
October 15, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Wine Walk at the Environmental Nature Center

Southern California friends,
Please join us at the Fall Wine Walk to support the Environmental Nature Center. Richard Phoenix will be pouring for Caspar Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

 



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November 2, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4-7PM

Join us for a fabulous afternoon of wine tasting, while helping to raise funds for environmental education in our community. Walk the trails and stop at 9 stations to taste wines from 9 different (mostly) California Wineries. Enjoy small bites. Bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. End your walk on the patio and enjoy sweets and Kean coffee by the fire.

You can purchase wines that evening for the holidays and a percentage of wine sales will help support environmental education at the ENC!

$125/per person or $200 per couple.

100% of ticket sales will support environmental education at the ENC!

Winery representatives from the below wineries will be here to pour for you….
1. Abigail Adams Wines  adirose.com
2. Caspar Estate  casparestate.com
3. Cavus Vineyards cavusvineyards.com
4.Cultivar Wine   cultivarwine.com
5.Crown Point    crownpointvineyards.com
6. Gentleman Farmer gentlemanfarmerwines.com
7. Pedras pedraswine.com
8. Vintage Imports   casadevalor.com
9. Maze Winery 

ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER, 2016 | 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA | 949-645-8489

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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
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
Cultivar Wine
 
June 17, 2014 | Cultivar Wine

Wine in Kegs

You've heard of beer in kegs, but have you heard of the newer trend of wine in kegs? Wines on tap seem to be popping up in wine bars all over the nation, but is this a trend that will last? I bet so. Cultivar has actually been producing several varietals in kegs since its start, as the wines were originally targeted for by-the-glass programs in restaurants and bars. A keg of wine actually holds 26 ½ bottles - more than two cases! - think of how many bottles of wine are saved right there. And, since the kegs are reusable, they’re cost effective and ‘green,’ creating less waste. Just like wineries are tending to gravitate toward screw caps to eliminate cork taint or oxidation, kegs preserve the wine, allowing consumers to get a better glass of wine at a restaurant every time (no 3 day old opened bottle for you!).

Of course, making wine for a steel keg will change the way a wine is made in most cases. Wine on tap is designed to be consumed within roughly 90 days of being ‘packaged,’ so the winemaker may produce the wine with more fruit-forward characteristics and less structure (aka less tannins since the wines will not be aged).

So which wines can you find of Cultivar’s on tap? The 2013 Rosé, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2011 and 2012 Napa Cabernet! I recently enjoyed the Sauv Blanc on tap at a wine bar in Southern California… refreshing and perfect for summer!

Don’t you think it’s time to forget the beers on tap and head straight for a freshly poured glass of wine? I'm in! Cheers.

  

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Time Posted: Jun 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Cultivar Wine
 
May 7, 2014 | Cultivar Wine

Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to the Cultivar Winery Blog. Here, we'll be sharing winery news, new releases, tips and whatever else we feel like sharing. And what better time to start this than in Spring!

Here at Cultivar, we're gearing up for warmer weather by celebrating a few new wines perfect for Spring and Summer sipping, like our 2013 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc and our 2013 Rosé. Made of a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet, our 2013 Rosé takes inspiration from the pale pink, delicate rosés of Southern France. With appealing strawberry, spice and floral aromas on the nose, you'll love the minerally strawberry and cranberry flavors that are rounded out by a crisp, long finish. Sounds like a perfect wine for light summer fare, doesn't it? From salads, fruit, cheese and even roasted chicken, it's the perfect accompaniment to any meal when the sun in shining.

Our May wine club shipment is about to go out, and rumor has it that you'll get a bottle of our newly released Rosé in your order. You might want to think about stocking up on this wine since we only made 112 cases, and at $17 per bottle, you have no excuse not to! Personally, I plan to stock up on a few bottles for impromtu picnics in the park or just for popping open to enjoy out on my balcony while taking in the sunshine. Ahh.... don't you just love Spring!

Time Posted: May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM