We are thrilled to share a post from one of our newest Cultivar Wine Bloggers, Kat of KatWalkSF. Kat is a Lifestyle Blogger with a ton of gorgeous Fashion on her site and recently she added food (lucky for her readers). Below she shares a great Charcuterie picnic she enjoyed pairing with some Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc. We are sharing a snippet of her post below. To see the entire post visit KatWalkSF.
"Well, this week is different! I teamed up with Columbus Craft Meats and their (killer) Charcuterie Sampler to host a rooftop happy hour (on my friend’s gorgeous rooftop deck) in San Francisco. The Columbus team made this oh-so-easy for me by making user-friendly packaging for the anti-chef. The charcuterie plated beautifully and paired easily with the local selections of cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives and wine I snagged at my neighborhood market."
Cultivar's 2014 Sauvignon Blanc paired perfectly with the charcuterie board and instantly impressed my guests.
"Now, the team over at Columbus made the charcuterie sampler for people like me. And by people like me, I mean people who love to eat and socialize but just don’t know how to do it!
The Castelvetrano olives in the white bowl were a major hit. Sometimes referred to as the “rich man’s black olive,” they are easily recognized by their distinctive bright green hue and meaty, buttery flesh. They paired perfectly with the charcuterie and instantly impressed my guests.
Next, I added some fresh basil to the board for a pop of color. I didn’t intend for any of my friends to EAT the basil…but I happened to turn around and catch one of my buddies shoveling it into his mouth…so much for a green garnish!
And of course, there was cheese! For this, I really had to trust my local cheesemonger. He steered me towards a couple different Spanish manchego cheeses and an aged parmesan. The parmesan had peppery notes to it, adding a bit of spice to the board."
Photos by Garry Alexander photography
You know summer is near when you begin to hear talk about picnicking. Well, for those of us in California we picnic year round but for most of the country it's truly a fun seasonal activity. We were thrilled when one of our Bloggers Aimee of The Ohio Transplant included Cultivar Wine in her most recent picnic fun in San Franicsco's Alta Plaza Park.
Hopefully with her delicious spread of food, adorable picnic basket and Cultivar Wine you'll be inspired to pack your own picnic basket and experience something similar for yourself. See Amy's full post on her blog, The Ohio Transplant.
Photos by Lisha Wang Photography
Friday Night Favorites by Cait of Pretty & Fun
"Friday nights are officially my favorite part of the week, but for very different reasons than life in my early twenties. Gone are the days of bar hopping after work or shaking off the workweek with a few too many drinks – you see, Friday nights are now my favorite because they’re my one night to do nothing.
My quiet Friday evenings have become the perfect way to unwind from work and soak in some quiet time before the hustle of the weekend kicks in. In celebration of my favorite part of the week rolling around once again, I wanted to share a peek into my Friday night favorites (aka what you’re likely to find me doing after work tonight!)"
"Workweek Wine-d Down: I swear, wine tastes its absolute best on Friday night! There’s nothing better than opening up a bottle of your favorite wine to enjoy a glass while you relax. I’m obsessed with Cultivar’s Cabernet Franc – it’s a really great full bodied red that has just the right blend of sweet and spicy."
"Read Something Besides Email: I stopped for a second earlier this week and realized Monday-Friday, my life basically revolves around my email inbox. Between work and the blog it’s non-stop which also means that I’m unlikely to read much besides what’s flowing through my inbox throughout the week – depressing! I like to play catch up on life outside of the email world on Friday nights – whether it’s finally flipping through my neglected pile of magazines, starting a new book on my Kindle or taking a trip down memory lane amongst my beloved book collection, it always feels so good to take some time to disconnect."
Thanks to Cait of Pretty & Fun for sharing her enjoyment of wine with her readers. Be sure to visit her site for the entire blog post and to read some of her fabulous content!!
As Spring is coming to an end and it's almost Summer we are getting very excited for BBQ & Picnic time. One of our Cultivar Wine Club Bloggers, Andrea of Food Embrace created a delicious recipe pairing lovely with the Cultivar Napa Sauvignon Blanc. Below is the finished product, see the entire recipe and her cooking tips on her blog, Food Embrace.
If you want to make this recipe at home paired with our Napa Valley Sauvignon, you can buy the wine here.
We are thrilled to share a recent donation Cultivar Wine made to The Friends of James Beard Foundation Dinner held March 14th, 2016 at San Francisco's Lazy Bear Restaurant. This was an extremely intimate Fundraiser held benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Throughout the evening guests enjoyed various wine pairings with each course. See more of the fun and incredible food the various Chefs created at this amazing event.
Thanks again to the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and Lazy Bear Restaurant for organizing the event and including Cultivar Wine as a supporter. We are so happy to see it was a huge success and the guests loved the incredible food and wine pairings.
Gwyneth Borden, Jen Palka & Layla Azimi
Lazy Bear Chef David Barzelay
The guests enjoying the Cultivar Wine Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wine
Cheers to an incredible evening!
Photos courtesy of Kassie Borreson Photography
With Spring here and summer entertaining just around the corner we wanted to share this great blog post from Kit of The Kittchen sharing her favorite Cheese pairings with Cultivar Wine. For any Cultivar Wine Club members, this will be great inspiration guiding you on what recent wine club releases to pair best with which cheese. Lifestyle blog.
See the entire blog post on The Kittchen. Happy pairing, we hope you enjoy this delicious entertaining inspiration and fun!
Photos courtesy of Kit of The Kittchen
We had a blast this week pouring Cultivar Wine to Causwells guests and Cultivar friends & Wine Club members. For those that joined, thanks for coming out and sipping with us. Below are the wines we poured at the tasting which paired lovely with the light bites provided by Causwells. If you liked the wines, you can purchase them online at Cultivar Wine.
A huge thanks to Causwells for inviting us to their monthly Winemaker Series. We love being a part of your incredible San Francisco Wine list and partnering with you! Cheers.
With how busy we find ourselves these days it's hard to plan a night to stay in and cook for friends and family. We love how Lori of Fake Food Free incorporated an flavorful Grass Fed Sirloin Steak recipe with her most recent Cultivar Wine Club allocation. See more below on Lori's delicious dinner including sustainably farmed Sirloin Steak served with fresh Asparagus and Cultivar Wine.
To read more about this complete pairing and her recipe (shown below) please visit Fake Food Free.
Quoting Lori's Fake Food Free post she says "This one (wine) is unique to me because you really get the flavors of the smoky mocha, vanilla and oak. The deep fruit is there, but takes a bit of a back seat. The tannins are balanced making it smooth and easy to pair with a meal".
The incredible Grass-Fed Steak Lori used in her recipe.
Photos courtesy of Lori of Fake Food Free
With Valentine's Day just around the corner it's always fun to see how people celebrate the holiday. One of our favorite celebration/party ideas came from one of our amazing Wine Club Bloggers, Cait of Pretty & Fun. She threw a "Galentine's Day Bash" with manicures, ice cream, sweets, Cultivar Wine, and some other goodies with her very best girlfriends. What a fun way to celebrate the Holiday and all the amazing fabulous women in your life!!
Read more about this Galentine's Day Bash on Pretty & Fun.
We had a blast at the recent Jonathan Adler Sip & Shop event held at their San Francisco Fillmore Street Boutique. Guests enjoyed 20% off Jonathan Adler shopping (what a deal, right!) while sipping on Cultivar Wine. We served our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Napa Valley Rose which were a huge hit!
Thanks to Jonathan Adler & The JetSetting Fashionista for including us in this fun event.
For those Cultivar Wine Club members that made it, we loved seeing you as always! For those that did not make it we hope to see you next time.
The Event Co-Host Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista
Emily Martin, John Gable & Gingy Harris Gable
The event giveaway, a set of JetSetter Jonathan Adler coasters
Emily Martin, Jody Harris & Gingy Harris Gable
Jonathan Adler Store Manager Tyler Fuentes & Emily Martin
Jody Harris & Gingy Harris Gable