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. 

Lamar Engel, Tasting Room Manager
 

The Trinitas Library?!

Betsy Busch, Project Manager
 
February 3, 2014 | Betsy Busch, Project Manager

What was all that commotion at Trinitas Cellars?

Last week we hosted a great event for our local industry friends and neighbors in the Napa Valley. We themed this night around the popular board game from our childhood, Clue! 

Remember this game? 

You have to use clues to find out who killed Mr. Boddy, what weapon they used and what room they did it in. 

Well, since it can sometimes be awkward to network with a bunch of strangers, we decided asking people if they killed a man could not do anything but help break the ice... and as such, we created the night of Trinitas Clue!

Nestled under our vineyard in our Estate Cave, our butler (AKA Lamar) welcomed people into our "home" for their celebrity glam shots. We had all the usual suspects, Mrs. White, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet, etc... Everyone looked fabulous!

Our guests wandering our "home", exploring the variety of rooms...

The Dining Room:

The Kitchen:

The Ballroom:

As guests, were getting their wine and exploring our home, someone tripped the lights and next thing we knew, poor Mr. Boddy was lying dead, right in the middle of the party!

Our guests quickly jumped to the occassion, looked for clues and interrogated some of the more suspicious guests:




With the help of our guests, the local detective was able to quickly realize that something did not add up and solve the crime. Mr. Green was clearly guilty and had used a candlestick to kill Mr. Boddy in the wine cellar. All so obvious by him being a little too cheerful to be a witness to such grievous acts:

Thank you to everyone who helped putting this evil Mr. Green behind bars!

We hope that we can have you all over for a dinner party again soon, next time without so much drama! We hope that this night serves as a reminder of why the Napa Valley hospitality industry is one of a kind and an industry full of amazing people. 

For anyone who is interested in hosting a Trinitas Clue night or needs help planning a party, please let us know! Lamar is always ready to party plan: lamar@trinitascellars.com or 707.251.3032

To view the rest of our pictures from the evening, click here or search #TrinitasClue on social media!

Or for anyone who wants to be invited to future Napa Industry parties, please send your email to Brianna at brianna@trinitascellars.com

 

Garrett Busch, Proprietor
 
February 1, 2014 | Garrett Busch, Proprietor

Trinitas Crusaders' Weekend 2014

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!

To see more pictures from the weekend of festivities, visit our Facebook page!

Betsy Busch, Project Manager
 
December 31, 2013 | Betsy Busch, Project Manager

Happy New Year! Our Resolutions Shared With You!

Happy New Year from the Trinitas team to you and your family!
June Busch, Trinitas Wine Dog
 

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Merry Christmas Trinitas Family! Welcome to my first blog post… it’s taken me a while to learn how to type with my paws! My name is June Busch and I am a Goldendoodle from Southern California. My family started Trinitas Cellars and I am their official Trinitas wine dog, woof! What a life it is to be a wine dog, fellow pups you may want to look into it. I am 4 years old in dog years, which makes me 28 years old in human years so don’t worry I’m of age, cheers to that!

Check out our Christmas Tree!

Tis the season for Christmas traditions; just last night we took a trip down to the tree lot to pick out my first ever REAL Christmas tree. Now that I know what a real Christmas tree smells like, I just don't think I can go back to those plastic imposters! Mom put colored lights on the tree this year, which I am a huge fan of since they really bring out my shimmering gold colored coat. I especially love this time of year because every night Mom lights up the fireplace and the whole family will snuggle up on the couch with a glass of wine while we watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. By the way, my favorite movie is the one where the dog saves Christmas! This year, our favorite wine to drink while we cuddle up by the fire is the Old Vine Petite Sirah, yum yum. Red wine is the best during the holidays for the following reasons. One, it’s red, which of course is the color of Christmas and the color of Santa Paws’s coat. And two, it warms you up, which makes it like an adult version of hot chocolate!

I'm ready to celebrate!

Trinitas family and friends, I hope you all enjoy this holiday season! Continue the wonderful Christmas traditions of decorating the tree, enjoying the fireplace, watching Christmas movies and of course enjoying a bottle of Trinitas wine! Yum yum!

Woof, 

Garrett Busch, Proprietor
 
November 28, 2013 | Garrett Busch, Proprietor

Happy Thanksgiving from the Trinitas team!

 

Betsy Busch, Project Manager
 
November 6, 2013 | Betsy Busch, Project Manager

A Closer Look: GrapeFull Reds

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank a fun wine tasting group (with quite a few loyal Trinitas Wine Society members) called "GrapeFull Reds". Last month, Trinitas Cellars' owner, Tim Busch, hosted the GrapeFull Reds at his home in Laguna Hills, California. This was an extra special evening as GrapeFull Reds is a group that gets together to blind taste and score wines once a month. The group met in Tim's wine cellar and included some of Trinitas's wines (red only of course!) in the mix for the October tasting; including the 2009 Mendocino Old Vine Zinfandel, 2010 Mysterium, 2010 Pinot Noir, 2010 Petite Sirah, 2009 Meritage and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 Petite Sirah was the favorite among the group and received an average ranking of 91 points among the 15 group members present. Here are some pictures from the event and below is a brief history of the group and how they got started! 

GrapeFull Reds

A brief history of the GrapeFull Reds Wine Society

By Steve Severy, co-founder of GrapeFull Reds

(Yes GrapeFull is one word with two capital letters)

The GrapeFill Reds Wine Society was officially born, in Coto de Caza, CA. over 15 years ago on my next door neighbor, Bill Arman’s deck. For several years before this day, friends would arrive at my home or Bill’s with a bottle of wine closeted in a paper bag. These gathering were almost never scheduled, but somehow the word would just get out. Now what better thing to do on a weekend afternoon than get together, taste, drink and share wine. Most would arrive with a bottle of wine, tightly wrapped in a paper bag, that they were very familiar with, but were amazed that once they were blind tasting 4-9 different wines, they could not identify the wine they brought with them.

On one sunny afternoon Bill announced that we were not going to leave the deck until we came up with a name for the group. Fortunately I have a large wine cellar next door and we were not in danger of running out of wine before finding a name. As the day wore on our name the GrapeFull Reds (GFR) was born and then we fancied up the name by adding Wine Society to balance the tongue-in-cheek reference to the “Grateful Dead” music group.

For some 15 years we have been meeting on the third Thursday of each month except December when we meet earlier in the month. We blind taste three flights of three wines (9 total) that have been decanted. After each flight we score the wines and then go around the table to reveal our comments / scores. This is the true educational part of the evening. Then the three wines are revealed as to grape, winery and price. At the end of the tasting the total scores are averaged. There are two winners every time. The wine with the highest average score and the “best value” of the night, comparing price to score. Sometimes one wine takes both honors. When that happens there is usually a rush out to purchase a lot of that wine. (That is exactly what happened at our recent Trinitas tasting at Tim’s house.)  And yes we only taste red wines.

Each member gets a chance to host a tasting. That member has a budget of $300 to purchase the wine for the tasting and chooses the wines. That member also has a $100 food budget for the evening. There is usually an attendance of 10-12 members. Our members purchase a lot of wine, so often a winery or wine distributor supplies some or all of our wines for the tasting.

Once we start tasting we try to keep the conversation restricted to food and wine as much as possible. We are a men only group. We have nothing against the ladies but insert a lady or two into a men’s group and all the guys start showing off a little. Again our main goal is to increase our knowledge of wines and by not having the ladies there it helps us concentrate a little better.   So once or twice a year we like to take our significant others out to a fine dinner to say thank you for letting us out to taste wine once a month.

Bill Arman and Steve Severy are the co-founders of the group. Our goal is to find the good wines, buy them at the best prices we can, then share them and have fun doing it. And sort-of by accident we learn a lot about defining what a really good wine is and what makes it so. Refining our palates. 


Thank you GrapeFull Red for a fun evening and for being loyal fans and customers! We look forward to tasting again with you all again soon! Cheers!