The French Laundry by Thomas Keller is known for surpassing expectations with their excellent and amazing food, impeccable service. Everything is done to perfection including their stunning gardens across the street. The organic gardens are an inspiration and attracting visitors to see the beautifully manicured herbs, vegetables and fruit.
Up the hill and further up the Napa Valley sits Caspar Estate. We are blessed with syrpentine soil and the ability to abundantly grow heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, carrots, beets, peppers, kale, brocolini, onions, cucumbers, lemon verbena, persimmons, pomegranates, melons and many herbs. The raspberries, blackberries, table grapes and figs are so delicious straight off the vine.There are some vegetables that require more coaxing and attention. While our organically grown vegetables are modeled after the French Laundry gardens we more casual and relaxed.
We are proud to announce that our 2019 Caspar Estate Sauvignon Blanc is now being served at The French Laundry. Be sure to order it the next time you enjoy a meal there! Cheers!
Golf Classic to Benefit The Culinary Institute of America
Thomas Keller’s culinary career is an inspiration to all culinary students. Thomas's passion for food and mentorship is matched only by his enthusiasm for golf. The CIA created the Thomas Keller Golf Classic to Benefit The Culinary Institute of America, a fun-filled event in the Napa Valley to raise scholarship funds for CIA students.
The one-day event kicks off on Monday morning with the golf outing at Silverado Resort and Spa, in a scramble format with a shotgun start, followed by dinner reservations at The Grove at The CIA at Copia. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Festive and fun—with a healthy dose of friendly competition thrown in—the two days raised over $500,000 in student scholarships!
This year the tournament was moved to November 9th due to Covid. It was a beautiful fall day, sunny and warm. When we caught up with the golfers everyone was in great spirits, lots of laughs all around.
Chef Thomas Keller with Caspar Estate's new gift box and Deborah Evans. Inside our Caspar Estate gift box is our Caspar Estate 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Olive Oil and Honey, a perfect gift for all occasions. Want to see inside this Caspar Estate gift box?
This is the 3rd year that Caspar Estate has partnered with Thomas Keller and Silverado Resort. We are proud to give this gift to the golf players as they are raising money and supporting the students at the CIA.
Deborah, Gingy and Dr. Ryan from the Culinary Institute of America, Austin. Richard Phoenix and Byron of Cultivar Wine and Caspar Estate were among the players.
Dianne Jones and Deborah Evans went out on the course after the golfers came in. Clearly a good time was had by all!
We are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving this year. As we think about this year we are reflecting on years past and how we can make it special.
We like to serve our Thanksgiving meal around 3pm especially when we celebrate as a big family in the Napa Valley at Caspar Estate. We seem to skip lunch and just nibble on our cheese and charcuterie board. Katie of @CatchingRadiance made this cheese and charcuterie board - including drizzling Caspar Estate wildflower honey on the burrata. We walk the dogs through the vineyard once the turkey is in the oven.
To keep the meal slightly healthy we make a salad with pomegranate and persimmon - both of which we grow at Caspar Estate. We love this recipe from Half Baked Harvest and it has avacodo and candied walnuts. This salad just look amazing with all the flavors of the season.
With all that is going on this year, many of us are having to rethink our travel plans and then of course our Thanksgiving menu as well. More than ever, comfort food is what we're looking for, whether it comes from traditional family recipes or a modern twist on an old favorite.
Nothing is more traditional than a turkey dinner. Our family method was to put garlic, basil, lemon zest and other fresh herbs under the skin of the turkey. We used to use butter, but then with food allergies, we switched to using Caspar Olive Oil in the blender instead. Years ago, I read the Anthony Blue cookbook about Thanksgiving and I love cooking the bird upside down for the 1st 2/3 of cooking so the moisture stays in the breast. Turning over the hot bird is a challenge when you cook a big turkey and requires 2 people. Need to defrost a turkey - this is the fastest way to do it.
Thinking of going smaller? You can just get a turkey breast - and still prepare it the same way. The advantage is that you get all the flavor and less time cooking! My other tried and true trick is to put chicken broth and Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay in the base of the pan. I use it to baste the bird and it keeps the meat very moist. Serve that Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc or Oak Knoll Chardonnay you used to baste your turkey, but don't be afraid to pair red wines with this rich bird, such as our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.
Another option is to roast a chicken. You can use the same rub (or brine, if you like that method) and then place a cut lemon inside the chicken to keep it moist.
Brussel Sprouts are another favorite. We typically roast them in the oven but if the turkey is taking up too much space, we quickly sautee them using our Caspar Estate olive oil and Malden salt. The briney quality of Brussel Sprouts (especially with bacon!) pairs perfectly with our Cabernet Franc. Give it a try!
A classic comfort food that is perfect for Thanksgiving is mac & cheese. We like to start with a roux using the 4/4/2 method: 4 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons flour and two cups milk. Then just go crazy with the cheese. Gruyere and Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel are family favorites, but this is where you bring the "comfort" to your comfort food. Regardless of how you make it, we think that nothing cuts through the rich gooeyness of cheese quite like our 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
No matter where you celebrate, what you eat or who you celebrate with, we hope you're able to give thanks for the love, peace and happiness in your life. At Cultivar Wine, we are certainly thankful for the trust you've put in us, and for the honor of including our wine at your family table!
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.
We are thrilled to announce that we won many gold medals at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition! The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is currently the largest wine competition in North America. Professional wine judges are sourced throughout the major wine regions in North America to offer diversity of expertise to each judging panel. There were nearly 6,700 entries.
2017 Cultivar Wine Cabernet Franc Oak Knoll District Double Gold
2016 Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Gold - in our February Wine Club shipment
2017 Cultivar Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Barrel Aged Gold - in our February Wine Club shipment
2018 Cultivar Wine Chardonnay Oak Knoll District Barrel Aged Gold
2018 Caspar Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Gold - in our February Wine Club shipment
These wines are available for purchase on our website and at Cultivar San Francisco - 2379 Chestnut Street in San Francisco's marina district, just a few blocks from the Presidio and the Palace of Fine Arts, minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. At Cultivar SF you can book a wine tasting, have weekend brunch, lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, weekday happy hours and dinner. We offer a Cultivar Wine Club and a mix of Caspar Estate and Cultivar Club as well. Join the club now for these wonderful wines delivered to your door!
Cultivar San Francisco offers a unique ambiance in an upscale Marina District venue. Our back patio has a fireplace, overhead heaters and festive lighting, perfect setting for a private dinner or a celebration. The patio can be rented out on its own or with the interior as well. In the 2 years since opening Cultivar SF there have been many fabulous private events.
Photo by Nick Vides
From wine release parties to sit down dinners, to standing receptions, wedding showers, baby showers and wine tastings, birthday parties and family reunions. Please see the photos for some table set up options, from all the tables set for meals to a buffet and bar set up to removing all of the tables. We have flexibility depending on your needs.
Our capacity is 30 for a seated lunch or dinner or more for standing receptions. As you can see there is a lot of variety it how we can make the space fit your specific needs.
Seated winemaker dinner with Julian Fayard.
We offer a selection of Cultivar Wines on tap – see the decanters on ice as well as our Cultivar Wines, Caspar Estate wines, along with locally produced sparkling California wines. Additionally we have large format bottles that you can have your guests sign so that you will have a memento!
As thank you presents for your guests we offer several gift options. We have Cultivar bottles of wine, olive oil, vinegar or Caspar Estate olive oil or honey or gift boxes or a gift certificate to Cultivar SF.
Our cheese and charcutier boards are always popular, offering a selection of local cheeses and fruit and Caspar Estate honey. All pair nicely with our wines.
Should you wish to take over both the interior and patio, our long brass bar makes an excellent place for a buffet. Our cheese and charcuterie on olive wood platters are always a hit. The hummus and fresh vegetables is also very popular.
Whether you are planning a corporate party, intimate private dinner or lively celebration, Cultivar San Francisco offers a unique ambiance in an upscale Marina District venue. Our events manager will work with you to ensure all of your needs are met. We look forward to your event!
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
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
3rd Annual Thomas Keller Golf Classic
Caspar Estate is proud to be aligned with Chef Thomas Keller and Silverado Resort to sponsor the CIA Culinary Institute of America. The Thomas Keller Golf Classic to Benefit The Culinary Institute of America is made possible in partnership with world-renowned Chef Thomas Keller, whose passion for golf, food, and mentorship of future chefs is legendary.
Chef Thomas Keller
We are making a difference in the Napa Valley and students at the CIA by raising essential funds for CIA student scholarships, helping CIA students to achieve their dreams and preparing them for leadership positions in the industry.Food and wine make a perfect pairing.
Steve Garvey thanking Dianne Jones for the Caspar Estate Gift Box
Thank you to Silverado Resort & Spa, Chef Thomas Keller and all of the golfer who participated! We loved being a part of this very special event.
2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Release Day
Saturday, June 8th
National Rosé Day
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.
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.
San Francisco Business Times
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