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Our Wine Club Manager, Lucy, loves her fiancé Daniel, her puppy Diego and our Trinitas 2011 Carneros Chardonnay. Between the butterscotch and caramel apple notes Lucy can’t resist pouring herself a glass of this Chardonnay. For those that are craving the taste of crème brûlée and have an addiction to caramelized sugar this 2011 Carneros Chardonnay is just for you!
Check out more details on the wine in our wine shop!
Many of our members and patrons have recently been asking if we are vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free friendly. In short, yes, we are! Please read below for the specifics.
To start, let’s give some very basic definitions:
Vegetarian: Someone who does not eat meat. There is really no one type of vegetarian; some are okay with dairy products (lacto), others are okay with eggs (ovo) or consume poultry or fish/shellfish, some are even okay with gelatin (animal byproduct) or rennet (found in cheeses, traditionally an animal byproduct used as a curdling agent) .
Vegan: No animal byproducts at all (ie. honey, leather, silk, wool, gelatin, rennet, white sugar (due to it being filtered with an animal byproduct), etc).
Gluten: Protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and associated grain species, like barley and rye. Wine is fundamentally gluten free, as it is made from grapes. There are two places in winemaking where gluten may be introduced, though neither is usually used in the US of A. The first is the practice of using a flour paste to seal oak barrels. The other is the practice of fining.
Fining: Substances that are usually added at or near the completion of the processing of brewing wine, beer, and various nonalcoholic juice beverages. Their purpose is for removal of organic compounds; to either improve clarity or adjust flavor/aroma. An alternative to using animal products for fining is bentonite, a clay mineral, or gluten.
Isinglass: Substance obtained from fish. It is a form of collagen used primarily for the clarification of wine and beer.
Bentonite: Special type of very fine clay of the aluminum-silicate type used for fining.
Technically speaking all wine contains some degree of contamination of liquefied spiders, bugs, etc, so producing a 100% vegetarian or vegan wine is more or less impossible regardless of the type of fining agents used.
Now that we have covered the technicalities of what means what, let’s see what Trinitas Cellars uses:
White Wines: Isinglass from Sea Sturgeon (for fining)
Red Wine 2005 and before: Gelatin (for fining)
Red Wine after 2005 to present: bentonite (for fining)
Barrels: oak barrels without a gluten sealant
So, over the course of our history, Trinitas Cellar has employed various methods to fine our wine. Please note, that when gelatin and isinglass were used in the fining process, we thoroughly filter the wine and any residue is in the parts per trillion. In other words you consume more animal products (insects, arachnids, what have you) each day in processed foods, than you will drink in a few bottles of wine each week.
In the end, Trinitas Cellars is 100% gluten free. We are vegetarian or vegan depending on your point of view.
Also, most of the cheeses for sale in our tasting room are usually vegetarian (rennet free).
All in all, we hope you enjoy our wine!
Note about the writer: Brianna Pickens has been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 17 years.
I am especially excited to announce the release of our new 2011 Father Mathew Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a very special wine for a variety of reasons. This wine is the first single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that Trinitas Cellars has produced. The vineyard is owned by St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville, right in the heart of the Napa Valley. The vineyard, Fr. Mathew's Vineyard, was named after an influential pastor at the Church. This is an amazing Cabernet vineyard and produces one of our finest wines in flavor and even more so in spirit. Every year 100% of the money that Trinitas pays for the grapes goes to a local charity of the Church's choice. Choosing to drink a delicious Napa Cabernet like Father Mathew’s Cab is choosing to support this amazing Napa Valley community and we thank you for your help!
For more information on the wine, click here.
Each year, Trinitas Cellars hosts an event called "Crusaders' Weekend" in January. Just a few weeks ago, we hosted our annual Crusaders' Weekend and invited our best customers of 2013. Crusaders' weekend is the one event every year that we have a chance to thank our most loyal supporters, get to know all of them on a more personal level, and also have a really great time! We also have the chance to reveal some of the new and exciting things going on at Trinitas.
We have an amazing team at Trinitas and it is a great opportunity to not only get all of us together but also to show off our people to the customers of Trinitas. It is a great way to get to know each other and work closer together but also to showcase the team and support we have at Trinitas for all of our customers.
On Saturday night of Crusaders' weekend we all experience the culmination of what Trinitas is all about. Our philosophy in winemaking involves the Trinity of elements that go into making great wines: Sun, Soil, and Humanity. This one night every year we have all the elements together, Sun is represented by God and the Holy Spirit who provides us with everything we have, particularly those to make wine. Soil is represented by our Growers who are present this night and without who we could not get the amazing grapes we have to make our wines, and lastly Humanity, representing the growers, our winemaker, and our team that make the wine come to being but also our customers and consumers, without who we would have no purpose to make our wines. This is the best evening of the year because we can get all of the essence of Trinitas in one room and at one time. For anyone who has been, you know how special this evening is. Thank you to all of you who participated this year and we look forward to 2014 and a great year ahead of us! Cheers!
Ahhhhhh…Petite Sirah – LOVE it! And what’s not to love? Deep, lush fruit.. big flavors, but without the bite. Nuthin’ “petite” about it – this big boy will more than handle a steak, game meats, and don’t get me started about lamb and Petite Sirah! It is “Trinitas-ty"!
I've been feeling under the weather and received a package from Mr. and Mrs. Beedle that really brightened my day...
Robert and April Beedle have been Trinity Club Wine Society members of Trinitas Cellars since April 2011. Since the Beedles live in AK, we have happily customized their Wine Society orders to help save on shipping expenses. Mr. Beedle is always a pleasure to speak with on the phone. The last time we spoke he mentioned that he wanted to send me some wild caught smoked salmon that he himself had cured and caught. I was delighted to receive this wonderful gift during such a stressful week. His handwritten card and nice words really made me smile. It is members like the Beedles that remind us of all of the wonderful lives that we touch everyday.
Thank you Beedles! Cheers to you!
2007 Old Vine Cuvee
This past weekend, we dug deep into the cellar and pulled out a bottle of our 2007 Old Vine Cuvee. This was a special treat and provided a special treat to share with family while sitting around the fireplace sharing stories. What is Old Vine Cuvee? It seems a little strange, since you don't see "Old Vine Cuvee" on our labels anymore, but Old Vine Cuvee is actually the old name for our more well-known "Mysterium" red blend. This library wine has a special place in my heart since I particularly love the Mysterium wines, especially the current 2010 vintage.
2007 was a great year of the Old Vine Cuvee, and the blend was similar to the 2009 Mysterium vintage with 48% Zinfandel, 39% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Black Malvasia.
I'm hoping that I can dig out a few more bottles of this in the next few months, and at the same time, stash away a few bottles of the 2010 Mysterium to enjoy a couple years from now.
Cheers and Happy New Year!
I know many of you have been really busy with last minute holiday plans and I wanted to reach out to you all and let you know that we have some great finds in our tasting room, perfect for all of your holiday gifts.
If you are last minute like I am and need something close by, we are the perfect stop for you. Where else can you enjoy a glass of wine to drink while shopping?
I know that I am personally going to be purchasing some really unique gifts from the Trinitas tasting room this year, like the handmade rosewood kaleidoscopes and a funky top hat. And, don't forget that our holiday sale on wines is also available in the tasting room!
For those of you that are done with all your shopping, come treat yourself with a glass of wine or a flight as a reward for being so organized.
We are open 11 am - 7 pm every day through December 23rd, and we would love to see you all and drink some wine with you!
Christmas cookie baking is finally here, woof! Oh how I love the smell of cookies in the oven and Mom spilling goodies all over the floor. This is the one time of year that my Mom lets me clean the floors! ;-) Baking cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions; the family gathers in the kitchen with a bottle of wine and all our ingredients laid out and we share a lot of laughter and stories while making a mess!
We have been preparing for Christmas cookie baking since December 1st. Mom makes all kinds of Christmas cookies from peanut butter cookies - which I get to lick the spoon of, to Christmas wreaths with mini M&M’s on them. The wreath cookies are a family favorite and have been in our family for many years. No one will let me eat them, since they have chocolate, but they sure look good, and I've heard that they pair particularly well with our Mysterium red blend wine!
Cookie baking time, as you all know, is a great occasion to spend time with your family. I wish I could participate in the frosting of the sugar cookies but I just don’t have the will power not to eat the cookie or the frosting container for that matter. I guess that's why mom puts it on such a high counter top. I barely can reach it; my paws almost can make it over the counter. Let's be serious, if that counter was just a tad bit shorter; it would be dangerous!
I think mom is yelling my name... I’m off to go clean the floors.
Happy Holidays everyone, and if you have some extra holiday treats, don't hesitate to send them my way!
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