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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!
Holiday Shopping Gift Guide
Gift Idea #1:
- Chardonnay Trio
- Extra long Scarf - $40
- Wine bottle candle - $25
TOTAL: $157 (Wine Society price: $125.60)
Gift Idea #2:
- 2011 Sauvignon Blanc - $25
- 2009 Meritage - $55
- 2011 Rose'ary - $20
- Risotto Cookbook - $24.95
- Annette's Fiery Beer Brittle -$10
- Olive Oil Pourer - $17
- Garlic Parmesan Olive Oil - $18.50
TOTAL: $170.45 (Wine Society price: $136.36)
Gift Idea #3:
- 2006 Amarone - $100
- 2009 Meritage Magnum (1.5 L) - $140
- 2010 Pinot Noir - $45
- Wood Logo cylinder holiday box - $14
- Logo corkscrew and deocorative box - $30
TOTAL: $329 (Wine Society price: $283.20)
Need help finding the perfect gift? Call or email me for help with your holiday shopping: 707.251.3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!
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!
I love baking for Trinitas accounts in San Diego and look forward to the holidays when I can venture out of my normal chocolate chip cookie routine and get more festive for the holiday season. This morning I was in a bit of a rush but wanted to make sure to bring my accounts a little holiday cheer before Thanksgiving. I decided to make Acorn cookies which are easy and delicious and are a great idea to bring to a holiday party, especially because they pair so well with Trinitas wine!
- Miniature Nutter Butter Cookies
- Hersheys Chocolate Kisses
- Chocolate Chips
- Directions: First microwave the Hershey's kisses for thirty seconds and then place the kisses on top of the miniature nutter butters. Wait for the Hershey kisses to melt onto the nutter butter and then microwave the chocolate chips for thirty seconds and place them on the other side of the nutter butter. Once the chocolate chips and Hershey kisses have melted onto the nutter butter then you are ready to enjoy the acorn cookies!
The acorn cookies pair well with Trinitas Petite Sirah and Mendocino Zinfandel. The Petite Sirah flavors of holiday spice and cinnamon taste delicious with the Hershey kiss, especially if it is dark chocolate. The flavors of lush Mendocino fruit and chocolate reduction sauce in the Zinfandel compliments the salty peanut butter in the nutter butter.
From all of us at Trinitas, we hope that you have a happy and healthy holiday season and get the chance to bring acorn cookies to a holiday party!
Our winemaker, Kevin Mills, spends countless hours perfecting the wine that we all enjoy to drink. Last week, I caught up with Kevin's wife, Brandy, to get her perspective on the life of a winemaker and what it's like to be married to one!
Q: What is your favorite part of having a husband who is a winemaker?
A: Drinking the wine, and learning about the winemaking process. There are so many steps!
Q: What is your least favorite part of having a husband who is a winemaker?
A: The harvest beard!
Q: We’ve seen Kevin’s “harvest beard” that he grows from the first day of harvest to the last day of harvest. When did this tradition originate and how do you feel about it?
A: I’m not sure when it began but he has grown one for the past 9 harvests that I have known him. I made him shave it early one year for a wedding (for Jen Heim, our Director of National Sales) and he swears it affected the wine! I do not believe in the superstition, but he does, so the beard must grow.
Q: What is your involvement in the wine industry?
A: I am the Auctions Manager for the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV). The NVV is the nonprofit trade association that promotes and protects the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region.
Q: What’s your favorite wine that your husband has made?
A: Everything! But I have a soft spot for Pinot.
Q: Any requests for a wine that Kevin should make but hasn’t yet?
A: No, just continue to make high quality wine and save a few bottles of each for me.
Let's hope he saves more than a few bottles for you, Brandy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and especially for sharing your husband with us! Cheers!
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