Winter Wine Club Pickup Party

8th May 2018 @ 15:20 by Crystalyn


We did it! Wine Wine Club Pick-Up Pairing Party was a blast, and worth all the long hours and hard work our team put into packing boxes, developing recipes and pairings, spending time with our AMAZING Club Members, and of course, making silly videos.

The pickup days were great, with lots of friends and family making it in to taste some wines, have snacks, including Miss Rita’s Moroccan Meatballs, and venture into the Barrel Room with Doug to see some works in progress in the making. (Did somebody say, “Grappa?”)

Featured Wines

The Spicy Spring offering was our 2014 Rhett’s Revenge Grenache, 2014 Dragon’s Kiss Syrah, and 2013 Edge, our Rhone style blend. The wines all come from the Kick Ranch, a hillside vineyard, in Sonoma County’s Rincon Valley, which we are happy and grateful to report, made it through the 2017 wildfires without damage.

The 2014 Rhett’s Revenge Grenache is that vintage’s answer to the 2013 Scarlett’s Flirtation, for all of you playing at home and trying to keep track. The 2014 Rhett’s Revenge is 93% Grenache and 7% Syrah. Rhett’s flavors area reminiscent of dried strawberries and cranberries, with blackberries, cocoa, and white pepper on the finish, with gentle oak rounding things out. Rhett’s is versatile and food friendly, pairing well with light red sauces, salmon, burgers, oyster po’ boys, and cranberry duck.

The 2014 Dragon’s Kiss Syrah is 91% Syrah and 9% Grenache. Dark berries dominate the palette and the mouthfeel is velvety with a subtle, creamy oak finish. Dragon’s Kiss pairs well with lamb, beef, red sauces, and hearty stews.

The 2013 Edge, named as such for the free-spirited notion that if you’re not living on The Edge, you’re taking up too much space, is 35% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, and 2 % Counoise. It’s full of black cherry and blackberry with spiced oak on the finish, and pairs well with bleu cheeses, brie, game meats, and bratwurst.

But, the real hit pairing for all these wines, especially the Dragon’s Kiss Syrah, was Miss Rita’s Moroccan Meatballs.

Miss Rita’s Kitchen

We’d like to tell you that the wines were the stars of the Club Pick-up party, but based on your emails, we need to admit that Miss Rita, Crystalyn’s incredible mom, and her Spicy Moroccan Meatballs stole the show.

We had a wonderful weekend. Things were so fantastic we’re already planning our Spring Pick-up Party Weekend, May 12th and 13th, and have Miss Rita in the kitchen developing more recipes.

Thank you to all those who were able to make it out and contribute to the success of the weekend, and the continued support of our wine club.

See you all soon!