On Saturday, June 23rd the Oakland Zoo held its 26th Annual “Walk in the Wild” gala fundraising event. Cultivar was thrilled to support this self-described “Epicurean Escapade” as a beer sponsor for the second year in a row. This unique event allows guests to sample cuisine from the Bay Area’s top chefs and restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries while getting an extra special peek at the animals out past their normal bedtimes. It’s all in the name of animal stewardship with funds from event supporting the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education, and animal care programs.This year also included an exclusive sneak peek for VIP ticket holders of the new California Trail exhibit before it opens to the public on July 12th.
We were located right next to the zebras and our friends from Firestone Walker Brewery. The zebras enjoyed munching on special grasses and plants strategically placed so that visitors to our booth could catch a glimpse. Before the main event the team got a chance to see tigers chewing on large meaty bones, alligators slowly floating through the water, otters frolicking, gibbons swinging from trees, and giraffes peacefully strolling through their habitat.
During the main event we poured our signature California IPA and our new Summer Hefe Weizen with fresh slices of lemon. It’s always fun to meet new people at events and share our story while trying new treats from other vendors. The hot pastrami sandwich prepared on site by Oakland’s Wood Tavern was definitely a highlight. It tasted great with both of our beers!
After the sun went down, and the booth was closed, we capped off the night with desserts and dancing to live music from high-energy cover band Apple Z from Sacramento. A wonderful time was had by all, and we hope to return next year!
Growing up we would celebrate holidays at our grandparents house in the Napa Valley with all of our cousins.
We would help our grandparents with all sorts of projects; starting with watering the garden. There was a very specific method we were taught and all these years later, I have heard my mother and my uncles explaining it to my son and his cousins the exact same way. It always makes me smile.
For Mother's Day we would make a point to stop at a special little place in North Beach to bring Vee the ravioli and cannelloni she loved. Once at our house we would help Vee in the garden, clipping fresh herbs, then we'd follow her to the kitchen, she would let us make the vinaigrette and toss the salad. Even though we would try to wait on her; she still would not sit down for long, even on Mother's Day. Father's Day was similar except that our grandfather, Caspar, "Pops" to us would wear a "King For A Day" button. At lunch he would do fun and quick magic tricks for us or tell us stories of growing up!
In honor of them we bring you some ideas for celebrating and gifts!
Have a fun and relaxing Mother's Day at Cultivar San Francisco. Mom will sip on her favorite wine while the children order off the kids menu. We serve lunch and sharable plates starting at 12 noon. All Moms joining us for lunch or dinner will receive a gift of Tuscan Olive Oil. Cultivar Wine Club members can make reservations.
Need a gift for your Mother? You will be her favorite when you give her a bottle of Cultivar wine or choose from our wine wall of champagnes and wines to go.
Also ever popular Caspar Estate Olive Oil & Honey Gift Box or the Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Olive Oil & Honey Gift Box, or a case of our newly released 2017 Cultivar Rosé!
Or an online Gift Certificate from Cultivar and let her choose what she would like! Gift Certificate can be used toward wine purchases on line or at Cultivar San Francisco, an intimate restaurant & wine bar spotlighting locally-sourced seasonal cuisine that pairs perfectly with our hand-selected wine list inspiried by the bounty of Napa Valley. Celebrate Mother's Day or Father's Day together and eat lunch or dinner at Cultivar SF or book a tasting experience and sip through our Cultivar Appellation wines and learn about the regions of the Napa Valley.
Father's Day ideas...a year subscription to our Cultivar Wine Club or a mixed case of wine or a Caspar Estate Cabernet Franc Honey & Olive Oil Gift Box.
Or make a statement with a large format bottle, like this 2012 Howell Mountain.
Making your life simple! Our team is ready to help you with your Spring and Summer gifting needs from Mother's Day to Father's Day to the hostess gifts you want to have ready to go!
Happy Mother's Day and Father's Day from our family to you!
Traveling to Napa or San Francisco?
We would love to meet you and have you visit us at one of our two locations.
Napa Private Chef Club
We will greet you in the courtyard and you will experience an introductory wine and food pairing. You will then be escorted through the private culinary club kitchen. You will partake in a series of custom food and wine pairings. These pairings are artfully crafted by our private club chef to complement a selection of our current wines.
16 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc paired with a Salmon Crudo Bite
’13 Carneros Merlot paired with a Chicken with Mole Bites
’13 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Curry Squash Soup Shooter
’14 Leaky Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Short Rib Bites
$42 per person for up to 8 guests. Allow 90 minutes.
Looking for more? Create your own custom kitchen experience, learn hands on techniques while cooking with the chef in the professional kitchen. Or coordinate with the chef to create a custom meal paired with wines that is presented to you while you relax. Contact Dianne to create a memorable day, pricing varies.
Cultivar San Francisco
An intimate experience featuring a menu inspired by locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The menu compliments the hand crafted wines and food pairing from the Napa Valley. You will partake in a series of custom food and wine pairings. These pairings are artfully crafted by our chef to complement a selection of our current wines.
Terroirs of the Napa Valley
Savor the unique regions of the Napa Valley that inspired a selection of Cultivar current release wines and the Rutherford hills Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a bite of artisan cheese drizzled with our estate honey.
$40 per person
Caspar Estate Tasting
This is a library tasting of our estate grown wines from the hills of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. Savor the history of Caspar Estate and its family while sipping the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from different vintages. The rich, full bodied estate wines will be paired with specific artisan cheese and charcuterie platter and Caspar Estate honey and olive oil.
$90 per person
Lunch & Tasting
Enjoy your wine tasting paired with a meal of your choosing. Savor local seasonal salads, or sandwiches, local seasonal plates or two or three course meal.
Ask us for details & pricing.
All bookings are facilitated by advance reservations only. To reserve your Cultivar Experience, please do so through the link below or call directly 707-400-9280.
Dianne 707-400-9280 or email@example.com.
Spring Wines for your sipping pleasure...
As it turns warmer here in the Napa Valley we are enjoying these small lot production wines. The Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon calls for a bison burger or thinly sliced flank steak cut on the grain, coated with Crushed Garlic olive oil, salt and pepper, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and asparagus finished with Alderwood smoked salt.
Photo of 2018 Bud Break of 2018 Leaky Lake Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The Leaky Lake vineyard of clay and loam soils lead to a rich seductive fruit forward wine. The 2014 Leaky Lake in the glass is dark with brilliant red and blue hues. The nose has notes of cherry, raspberry and sweet vanilla with notes of cola and spice. On the palate the wine follows the red fruit aromas with cherry, raspberry with black currants. The finish is a minute long, with sweet tannins from both the French oak and beautifully structured fruit of the Mayacamas Mountain. While very tempting to drink now cellar for 5-10 years will be well rewarded.
The 2016 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc pairs amazingly with grilled shrimp topped with Cultivar Lime olive oil and roasted or grilled spring vegetables.
201Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is a rich wine all the way from the aromas to the palate with a long finish. The first impression is of tropical fruits that are followed by hues of lemon zest; granny smith apples, and green gage plums. On the palate you feel the richness of fruit with notes of vanilla from the French oak barrel aging. The richness is balanced with brightness from tropical fruits and a hint of minerality on the finish. Like all of the Cultivar wines, the 2016 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is a food wine that perfectly pairs with cheese goat and sheep milk cheeses and will work well with a variety of salads.
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The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot has been a Bay Area institution for over fifty years, and benefits charities for at-risk youth throughout San Francisco and its surrounding areas. This completely volunteer-run lot turns Christmas tree shopping into a festive family event, complete with an indoor lounge and Holiday Boutique section, a children’s bookstore, and play area for your kids!
This winter season, Cultivar is proud to host a wine-tasting bar and Holiday Pop-Up Shop at the Guardsmen Tree Lot’s Holiday Boutique. We have lined up some of our best seasonal wines for this event, including our crisp, citrusy 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and our beautiful 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, distinctive for its balance of berry fruit, cedar notes, and dark chocolate flavors. As a visitor to our Holiday Pop-Up Shop, you also enjoy special pricing and free delivery! Take home wines and gift packages same-day, or ask us to deliver your purchases within San Francisco, free of charge.
This past Friday, we had a wonderful time with The Guardsmen for their Kid’s Day and Craft Beer Night events, where in addition to our wines we also offered our craft Cultivar Beers, including our Chinook Pale Ale and our Cascade Centennial IPA. Surrounded by festive lights, cheerful bustle, and the minty smell of dozens of freshly cut Christmas trees, we felt like Christmas had come early!
In the coming weeks, we can’t wait to meet more families, volunteers, and friends who come to the Tree Lot to shop, mingle, benefit a good cause, and catch up with loved ones over Christmas treats and wine. Come sip a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while doing all (or most) of your holiday shopping at the Boutique, or just sit back and relax in the cozy lounge while your kids browse through books from Little Pickle Stories or exhaust themselves in the jumpy house.
The Christmas season is one of our favorite times of the year, filled with moments around the fireplace or the dinner table, enjoying delicious food and wine while sharing memories and making new ones. Our mission at Cultivar is to enhance these moments, facilitate the spirit of giving, and bring people together both during this holiday season, and year-round. Please join us for a memorable and festive experience at the Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot, where we will be hosting wine tasting events on the following days:
Saturday, December 2nd from 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday, December 3rd from 11 am - 9 pm
Friday, December 8th from 2 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, December 9th from 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday, December 10th from 11 am - 9 pm
Pricing above reflects 20% off case purchases at the Guardsmen Tree Lots.
Last weekend will be hard to beat! We're honored to have helped contribute to the Napa Valley Vintners & Bottle Rock Napa Valley Lot no. 38 at Auction Napa Valley. It raised $150,000 for children's heath services and education in Napa Valley. If you would like to tast the wine we donated to the auction, please head over to our allocation list.
Almost 10 years ago to the date, Riva Cucina hosted their first winemaker dinner at Riva Cucina with our dear friends, Julien and Elan Fayard. It was a special night indeed, as the four of us were just starting our new ventures. We now have the wonderful opportunity to bring this amazing team together again for another first winemaker dinner, this time at the newly-opened Marina wine bar, Cultivar San Francisco. Massi will be guest chef, pairing his cuisine with Julien's award-winning wines.
We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening, as we celebrate the opening of Cultivar SF and the wines of Julien Fayard.
Brunch is the perfect meal on weekends. Brunch means getting up a little later, enjoying time in the kitchen without rushing, and catching up with friends and family away from the hectic pace of weekday life. Lori over at Fake Food Free has come up with a delicious twist on a brunch favorite. Below are some beautiful shots and notes for Lori's version of Eggs Benedict with Crab Cakes. Visit her site Fake Food Free for the full recipe.
This twist on a favorite brunch meals pairs Crab Cakes Benedict with the crisp 2013 Oak Knoll Chardonnay from Cultivar Wine.
Eggs Benedict is a brunch favorite but in all honesty, I wasn't a huge fan of the original. The Canadian bacon on the English muffin didn’t do much for me, nor did the sauce. But Crab Cakes Benedict is a whole different story.
Crab meat and bread are combined into one tasty crab cake. I decided to go a completely different direction with the sauce. I’ve been making a lot of buttermilk based sauces lately and they are delicious when loaded with fresh herbs. So that is what I did here.
I received my wine club shipment from Cultivar Wine a few weeks back and with thoughts of spring brunch on my mind, I knew their 2013 Cultivar Oak Knoll Chardonnay would be a perfect match for this meal. There is something about spring and chardonnay that makes me want brunch and seafood so this brings it all together.
This wine is described with the aromas of baked apples, pears, and melon. It’s balanced on the palate with a bit of richness that isn’t over powering due to its fermentation in neutral oak barrels. This creates an excellent match for the richness of the crab and poached egg.
Feeling extra mellow in your post holiday hibernation? Whip up this recipe by Andrea Ratulowski of Food Embrace for Sweet and Smoky Shishito Peppers for an easy, warming treat. It's sure to get your juices flowing, especially when enjoyed like Andrea did, along side our 2014 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc. Check out this wine as well as other available bottlings in our ONLINE STORE.
Here is a snippet of Andrea's post - visit Food Embrace for the whole recipe and more!
"With all the holiday functions and parties that happen during this time of year, I wanted to create a quick and simple appetizer that would be great for entertaining, parties, or as a way to kick off an intimate date night at home. While out shopping I came across some awesome looking shishito peppers and knew they would be perfect to use. Most times the peppers are paired with a dipping sauce but I wanted to wrap the peppers is a sweet and sticky sauce making them easier to prepare and eat.
These peppers and the 2014 Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc really worked well together. The crisp citrus notes of the wine balances out the smoky sweet sauce while the oaky herby notes compliments the earthy pepper flavor."
Thanks for being a part of our club, Andrea!