The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance organized a fantastic trip down the Rhone River, France. I was fortunate to represent Keller Estate; my husband and I shared some great memories with some of our great club members! If you have never cruised, I would highly recommend it. You arrive, unpack once, and specially in a small river boat, with about 130 passangers, you have a feeling that you've found a new home. Every morning we rose to a new adventure, perfectly oerganized and made to suit many different levels of activity!
From a winemaking perspective, this was a fantastic route, since we make our Keller Estate "Rotie". This wine was inspired by the wines made in the town of Vienne, where, a small region is called the Cote de Rotie. Syrah here is cof-fermented with Viognier to produce some of the most elegant wines I've ever tasted. Our homage to these wines tries to arrive to that same elegant wine. Nvertheless, the conditions in the Petaluma Gap are very different. Where as the French hills are some odf the warmest in the region. The windy Petaluma Gap is one of the coldest areas of Sonoma.
As we glided down France we had a chance to take in the temperatures, talk to new friends, visit many vineyards from Beaujolais, Saint Joseph, Chateauneuf du Pape and my did we get a chance to enjoy some beautiful wines. I came to see the same passion and joy that I feel as I present my wines to fellow wine lovers that our French hosts enjoyed as they shared their creations with us. Our friennds from the Petaluma Gap, Fogline Vineyards, Trombetta Family wines made the days extra sepcial as we shared new adventures together.
I hope we get a chance to share many more with our members!
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of hosting Reka Haros from Sfriso Winery in the Veneto. I met Reka back in February through a mutual connection. John Corcoran, the ever matchmaker thought we'd enjoy sharing our stories! As I met Reka, I realized that her vision of selling wine was not only fascinating but that wanted to think outside the box. After 16 years at the helm of Keller Estate, sometimes, it's hard to keep that fresh perspective, so meeting her was truly an inspiration.
I am so honored to be part if this fundraising trip for the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. Join me as we cruise down the Rhone. If you have never been on a cruise, trust me, you'll enjoy the hazzle free trip. No packing and unpacking, not changing hotels, no getting lost. Here's a preview of what our vacation will look like! I really hope you'll decide to join me: for those of you who already have booked, we'll continue to update on fun facts and planning tips here on our blog!
Begin your wine vacation in Lyon, France’s gastronomical capital. From there, cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais, Burgundy and Côte du Rhône.
Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Our itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life.
Every evening, Join Four Winemakers and Taste Wine from great Petaluma Gap Wineries, Savor Four Food and Wine Pairing Dinners, Enjoy Wine Tasting Events featuring great wines from the Petaluma Gap. Interact with your Wine Hosts throughout the week, Experience Rhone Valley wines alongside your Petaluma Gap favorites.
We are gearing up for our Second Annual Mother's Day brunch and we are excited about the hum and pace at the winery. We bottled our Rose of Syrah about 6 weeks ago and just had a small tasting to craft our first tasting notes. This is always a fun time for all of us a the winery. Here are some of our first comments on the Rose! I think we were having way to much fun!
1. “spicy watermelon flavors rides the aromas of red roses and pink cotton candy. We set aside a part of our vineyard for this wine each year, picking just a little early in order to preserve delicate fruit and clean minerals. in fact, the flavor is so good that we challenge our members to enjoy it warm or cold! REALLY! We’re not kidding.
2. the earliest red block of our vineyard to be picked, it’s balanced, dry and yet fruity. Get ready for a combo of rose petals and spicy watermelon. this is the delicate sister to our rich Rotie, both made from syrah.
3. think of watermelon. now add a little subtle hint of cinnamon and all-spice. Our rose’ is a sassy southern belle of syrah, decked in soft salmon silk, made possible by a perfect block of our vineyard that we pick amongst the first grapes each season.