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Trinitas Cellars Blog

Welcome to the Trinitas Cellars Blog! We hope you join us for frequent updates on our vineyards, production, tasting room and wine education.

Brianna Pickens, Wine Society Assistant

HalloWine Pairings

Halloween. Ghosts and goblins, witches and costumes, candy and …. wine? Yes, wine! Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. Whether you are looking to give a new twist to your frightful adult bash or want to liven up your tasting group meeting, try wine and Halloween candy pairings. The options are endless but we’ve included a a short list of what we are pairing with our current wines.

Pairings with Trinitas Cellars Wines

2011 Apprentice Chardonnay with milk chocolate with orange

2010 Proprietor’s Reserve or 2011 Carneros Chardonnay with Butterfinger or buttered popcorn

2012 Rose’ary with Skittles (the red ones) or strawberry poprocks

2010 Mysterium with KitKat Bars

2010 Pinot Noir with a Milky Way (beware of this one as you may become addicted!)

2009 Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel or 2008 RatZinger with Red Vines

2007 Cabernet Sauvigon with Dark Chocolate with Chili (it may sound weird, but the chili in the chocolate is enhanced by the tannis and makes the Cabernet taste sweeter).

2010 Petite Sirah with Dark chocolate with black currant (talk about opulent).

2010 Moscato with traditional Candy Corn

Time Posted: Oct 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Ashley Younger, Tasting Room
October 23, 2013 | Ashley Younger, Tasting Room

Pick of the Week: 2009 Mendocino Old Vine Zinfandel

I picked the 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel Mendocino for the soft sweet characteristics within our Zinfandel collection. The powerful Bing cherry, raspberry and sweet plum entice my palate with these delightful fruit forward sensations. 

Time Posted: Oct 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Betsy Busch, Proprietor
October 22, 2013 | Betsy Busch, Proprietor

For the Love of Blends!

I am no wine expert, but I have come to know what I enjoy to drink and what I do not! One of my favorite current releases at Trinitas is the 2010 Mysterium, which is a red blend of 6 different varieties. While pouring at various wine events and in the tasting room, I have come to learn that there is a large misunderstanding around the word “blend” with wine consumers today. I often find that there is a negative connotation with the word “blend”, as if the wine is not as good if it has been blended. Would the winemaker blend the wine if it were not going to result in a better wine? While there are many amazing and coveted single vineyard, single varietal wines, there are also some lesser-known, under-appreciated blends and I am here to share my love for them!

According to, one definition of blending is “to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality”. When we think about blending wine, this definition is extremely relevant, as the main purpose for blending is to obtain a particular flavor or improve the quality of the wine. The winemaker is entrusted with the difficult task of determining which blend will enhance the quality of the wine and bring all of the best flavors, aromas and palates together. Too much of a certain variety and you might overpower the wine with that variety, but in the right ratio, the various varieties can truly complement each other to create a quality blend!

Among red blends, Mysterium is my favorite Trinitas blend, as I find it pairs well with almost anything, including itself! I also find that it is a fun wine to introduce to friends and family just because of the unique blend and smooth, fruity flavors. Each year, Mysterium, the Latin word for “mystery”, is truly a mystery to all, until the final blending is done about a month before bottling. Each grape variety is fermented and aged separately and based on the complexity and flavors, Kevin, our winemaker, will try several different blends of these varieties before deciding on the final magical “recipe”. This blending gives the ability to create a consistent Mysterium wine year after year even with a different blend because of the ability to choose those particular varieties in a certain year that are giving the desired flavors and characteristics and leave out others.

What I find most fascinating about blending is that each variety can bring something different to the blend, and sometimes even the slightest addition of one particular variety will make the difference for that wine. Sometimes we add a wine to a blend for the beautiful floral aromas, or fruity palate or even for the rich color. At the end of the day, I trust the expertise of the winemaker and look forward to the next mysterious vintage of Trinitas Mysterium! 

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Garrett Busch, Proprietor
October 1, 2013 | Garrett Busch, Proprietor

Harvesting our Estate Vineyard

With great excitement, I share the news that today we have begun harvesting our Estate Vineyard.

This is a very exciting event for everyone because this particular vineyard covers the 7 acres that are above our Estate Cave that many of you have visited! 

In this vineyard, we grow all five Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Today we began picking the Malbec and the Merlot and tomorrow we will pick the remaining grapes. 

We use these grapes to make our Estate Meritage blend. We could not grow, harvest and make this wine without help! Thank you to everyone who helped care for and pick these grapes! 

And don't worry, our assistant winemaker, Steve, is up in the vineyard supervising!

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Trinitas Tasting Room
October 1, 2013 | Trinitas Tasting Room

Pick of the Week: 2010 Petite Sirah

Brianna’s pick of the week is the 2010 Petite Sirah. A full bodied wine of spice, dark fruit, and the deepest of carmine hues, she feels this is the perfect wine for Autumn.

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM