Villa Vallecito Vineyards
 
July 3, 2013 | Villa Vallecito Vineyards

Summer Wine Club Event

This past weekend, we enjoyed a fun and warm evening with our wine club members and their guests.  A lot of hard work went into putting on the event, and the result was a lot of celebration and partying. 

The event began early in the day as our amazing Tapas on the Terraza chiefs fired up the wood stove and began to prep the pizzas.  Meanwhile, also in the kitchen, the ladies were preparing hors d'oeuvres and making sangria.  A big thank you must be mentioned to the help in the tasting room during this time.  Without those ladies, none of this would be possible.

5:30 quickly rolled around and the guests began piling into the vans at the Murphys Suites.  Although it was 102 degrees, everyone was looking forward to the breeze that would come from standing above beautiful Lake Melones.  As the guests were chartered to the vineyard, gasps of astonishment could be heard from the passengers who had never been to our location.  The view of the green vineyard below the Mexican style home was breathtaking.  Once atop the hill, and at the patio, I'm not sure what there was more of, sangrias being passed out, or pictures being taken!

Guests were able to quench their thirst with Ghee's secret sangria recipe as they sat by the pool and took in the beautiful scenery.  Their sangrias were complimented with spiced cucumbers (cucumbers drizzled with fresh lime juice and sprinkled with Tajin Clasico Seasoning) and spinach-artichoke dip. 

After the guests were able to settle, the wine tasting began! Everyone enjoyed a nice sample of our 2012 Viognier, 2012 Sabor A Mi, 2011 Grenache, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Payaso and 2010 Syrah.  Although these were all a hit, the real pleaser of the night was getting to take a vertical flight among our signature Barbera.  Guests got to start with our first wine ever bottled, the 2008 Barbera, from there they moved onto the 2010, 2011, and were even served some 2012 which was just pulled from the barrel that afternoon.  With this flight, tasters were able to compare the different years and complexities side by side for a very interesting taste.

As the wine was being poured, the smell of fresh pizza could be sensed in the air.  Our chiefs began pulling gourmet pizzas out of the wood stove as the guests served themselves some caesar salad. 

Once bellies were full, the guests began getting glasses of their favorite wines and sitting with their feet in the pool enjoying the sunset and good company.  Powdered sugar covered brownies and fresh strawberries were served for dessert as the music was turned up and the dancing began.  After a long, hot evening of fun and festivities, the vans loaded up the delighted guests and took them home to talk about this event for days to come.

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