If Memorial Day is Summer's Official Kickoff, July 4th is Summer's All-Star Game. Time to get together with family & friends and celebrate the best that summer - and our country - has to offer. Time to show off those finely-honed BBQ skills, create the best recipes, and uncork your favorite wines.
Like all of us in this great country, the vines that create the wines we love so much are immigrants, too. When winemaking started in the U.S., early winemakers quickly discovered that there were only two varietals native to America that produced drinkable wine: Cynthiana and Catawba. In fact, one of the first commercial wineries in America was founded in Ohio in the early 1800s, and exclusively produced a sparkling Catawba that was said to "rival the most exquisite champagnes of France." Otherwise, the Cabernet, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and other popular varietals that adorn our 4th of July picnic tables all come from a European import, Vitis Vinifera, which arrived in California in 1779.
Of course, much has changed since those early days: it was over 60 years later that John Pratchett and his winemaker, Charles Krug, began producing wine in the Napa Valley. It’d be over a hundred years after that until American wine earned their rightful reputation alongside the best bottlings from Europe, following “The Judgment of Paris.”
And what makes that Napa wine so great? How come American wines can stand not only side-by-side but head-and-shoulders above their European counterparts? It's the terroir. It's the sixteen different appellations of the Napa Valley, each with their distinctive soil and microclimates, that give the grapes their unique characteristics. At Cultivar Wine, we've always been enamored with those differences: the way the ancient riverbed of Oak Knoll gives our Chardonnay its minerality; the way the Rutherford dust creates bold fruit flavors in our Cabernet. These are the appellations our family grew up in, the places our heart called home. We hope that you can taste not only the unique qualities of those appellations in the wine we make, but the love our family puts into it.
So, this July 4th, let’s raise a toast to family, to friends and to wine - The Great American Beverage! To celebrate, Cultivar Wine is offering two special wine packages, one red and one white, depending on your tastes:
One bottle each of our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Napa Valley Rosé and 2018 Oak Knoll Chardonnay for $70.00, plus a complimentary upgrade to 3-Day Cold Pack Shipping. CLICK HERE.
One bottle each of our 2018 Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc and 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir for $115.00, plus a complimentary upgrade to 3-Day Cold Pack Shipping. CLICK HERE.
Have a safe and Happy July 4th Weekend!
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.
Father's Day is June 21st, and we're looking forward to celebrating dad! We understand that Father’s Day 2020 will be a unique one in our history. Whether or not we are together to honor our fathers - let’s make dads feel special. Here are a few ways to celebrate Father’s Day whether you’re near or far from your dad.
Send A Gift From The Heart
Show your dad he’s on your mind with a gift from the heart. Here at Cultivar, we have a lot of dads who love a good barbeque, so we had our own Chef David from Cultivar SF create a delicious BBQ rub that you can make at home, pack in a Mason Jar, and send to your father:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, CultivarSF will be featuring will be using this recipe for baby back ribs,brisket and pulled pork. Served up with mesquite chicken, or lobster cobb salad and more. Click here to order yours!
"Take" Dad to a Virtual Wine Tasting
If you can't take dad to a winery for the day, why not take the winery to him? Cultivar Wine is featuring Virtual Wine Tastings every Wednesday from June 10th through July 1st. Hospitality Specialist Deborah Evans, along with some special guests, will meet you on Zoom to guide you through a tasting of two of our most recent releases. The event is free for Wine Club Members, while the General Admission events cover the cost of wine. Best of all, you can join your father online and enjoy the event together, even if you're on different sides of the country - or the world. We've set up two events each Wednesday - one for 4pm Pacific, one for 4pm Eastern. Click here to make your reservation. Each tasting is limited to 15 guests (though you can invite as many people to your home to join the fun as you wish!).
Here's the full schedule:
June 10th (Wine Club Members Only): 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2015 Leaky Lake Napa Valley Cabernet
June 17th (Wine Club Members Only): 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; 2017 Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc
June 24th (Public and Wine Club): 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2015 Leaky Lake Napa Valley Cabernet
July 1st (Public and Wine Club): 2018 Oak Knoll Chardonnay; 2017 Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc
Give Your Father His Favorite Wine
Is your dad a fan of hearty reds or delicate whites? Dry & robust or fruit-forward and balanced? Whether your dad loves his chardonnay cold or his cabernet bold, Cultivar and Caspar Estate have the perfect wine for his palette. If you can’t decide which – or your dad has ever-changing tastes – why not get him a Cultivar Wine Gift Card? Not only does it give your dad the choice of wine he wants, but the gift card can be hand-delivered or sent via email. To purchase yours, please email John at email@example.com.
Is you dad a wine hobbyist? Then consider gifting him a Wine Club Membership with Cultivar Wine. With 4-bottle, 6-bottle and 12-bottle options available, you'll find the perfect choice for your wine-loving dad.
Regardless of how you celebrate Father's Day, we hope you have a safe, happy and beautiful day! If you're looking to stock up on wine for Father's Day weekend, remember to click here and order ASAP.