Emily Martin
July 12, 2016 | Emily Martin

Smoky Chipotle Shrimp Dip with Shrimp Cucumber Salad courtesy of Fake Food Free

Rose is one of those wines that makes it official, summer is here! Lori of Fake Food Free agrees, and recently shared a delicious recipe on her blog for a yummy Smoky Chipotle Shrimp Dip with Shrimp Cucumber Salad. To see the entire post please visit Fake Food Free, however we're sharing a sneak peak below to wet your appetite. Don't forget to check your wine cellar in case you've already finished your Rose. We have a bit more Napa Valley Rose, but hurry and stock up soon as this summer wine always sells out quickly!! 

See a sneak peak from Lori below and remember to visit Fake Food Free for the entire recipe and post. 

"Shrimp is a summer food to me. I rarely have it in the kitchen until hot days begin to bring about thoughts of the beach and ocean.  My shrimp recipes are pretty standard — tossed with pasta, stirred into sweet corn risotto or wrapped into Asian-inspired spring rolls. When I found a bag of sustainably harvested small shrimp (often called salad shrimp) at the market last week, though, I was too excited to use it in one of my regular recipes.  I’d been having trouble finding shrimp from a good source so when that find lined up with my shrimp season, I needed to celebrate a little!"

First came the wine I wanted to pair with it. Cultivar Wine sent me their 2015 Cultivar Napa Valley Rose.

Make this yourself at home just visit Fake Food Free for the entire recipe and more cooking tips from Lori! Thanks Lori for including Cultivar Wine in your delicious summer receipe. 

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Emily Martin
June 27, 2016 | Emily Martin

Boozy Peach Sangria Popsicles made with Cultivar Wine Courtesy of A Side of Sweet

It's officially Summer and with Summer comes amazing fresh fruit, hot days, BBQ fun and the perfect time for some home made popsicles! Lucky for us, one of our Cultivar Blogger Wine Club Members, Kelly of A Side Of Sweet made a delicious Peach Sangria Popsicle recipe using our Sauvignon Blanc. Our Napa Sauvignon Blanc was so popular that we've sold out, but don't worry, our Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is just as tasty and still available to purchase on the website here

To see the entire blog post and learn more about the recipe, ingredients and how Kelly made these gorgeous summer popsicles visit her blog at A Side of Sweet.  A huge thank you Kelly for sharing this yummy recipe with us and including Cultivar Wine in your fun!! 

Pretty easy recipe prep. Grab your Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc here if you're trying this at home

How happy does she look? What a delicious pairing, popsicles and a glass of wine

Watch Kelly of A Side of Sweet as she shows how to make these incredible Peach Popsicles on her You Tube Channel

Time Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Emily Martin
June 17, 2016 | Emily Martin

Pairing A Charcuterie Platter With Cultivar Wine Courtesy of KatWalkSF

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


Time Posted: Jun 17, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Emily Martin
June 7, 2016 | Emily Martin

Saturday Sippin & Picnicking in Alta Vista Park courtesy of The Ohio Transplant

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


Time Posted: Jun 7, 2016 at 5:00 AM
Emily Martin
May 30, 2016 | Emily Martin

Friday Night Favorites Including Cultivar Wine Courtesy of Pretty & Fun

Friday Night Favorites by Cait of Pretty & Fun

We are so thrilled that Cait of Pretty & Fun has included Cultivar Wines as part of her Friday Night Favorites. See exerpts from her blog post below and read the entire post on Pretty & Fun here.

"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!! 

Time Posted: May 30, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Emily Martin
May 16, 2016 | Emily Martin

Stuffed Chicken Breasts In A Lemon Garlic Wine Sauce Courtesy of Food Embrace

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

Time Posted: May 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Emily Martin
May 6, 2016 | Emily Martin

Cultivar Wine Supports The Friends of James Beard Foundation Dinner

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 

Time Posted: May 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Emily Martin
April 12, 2016 | Emily Martin

My Favorite Cheeses Paired with Cultivar Wine Courtesy of The Kittchen

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

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Emily Martin
April 7, 2016 | Emily Martin

Cultivar Wine Tasting at Causwells San Francisco

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.

2014 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc $29

2013 Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc $52

2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $29 

2013 Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon $72

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.


Time Posted: Apr 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM
Emily Martin
March 25, 2016 | Emily Martin

Grass Fed Sirloin Steaks with Spinach Horseradish Pesto Courtesy of Fake Food Free

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

Time Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM