Spring, Rosé, and May
Sonoma County Is Alive and Thriving There is nothing quite like Spring in Wine Country. The vines are awake and covered in bright green new leaves, the mustard is up, and we are well into the cycle of balmy, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. Beautiful, spectacular, and the excitement and promise of a new growing season. We are fortunate and grateful, especially after a winter of our community rebounding after the 2017 fires. Sonoma County is up and running and better than ever!
2017 Rosés Spring is also when we bottle our Rosés. The 2017 rosés are gorgeous. The colors of the Violet Rose Rosé and the Rosé of Syrah are brighter and deeper than the 2016’s, and both wines have incredible floral notes, with lovely strawberry, kiwi, raspberry and guava flavors. They are balanced between the delicate nuances of their flavors and their formidable, complex structures. They are the lovely ladies of the Spicy Vines portfolio, in their bright pink dresses, and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
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Busy May and Mother’s Day Things are happening at our little winery! On May first we release our Spring Wine Club shipment. Crystalyn is starting the labor of love of calling each member to customize shipments. For those able to visit, our Spring Wine Club Pick Up Party will be the weekend of May 12th and 13th. We will have the usual shenanigans and homemade pairings for each wine. We can’t wait to see which will be the favorite. Will it be the Smoked Salmon Bruscetta with the 2016 Violet Rose? Maybe it will be the Lemon Crème Bruleé with the 2015 Joie de Vivre Chardonnay. Or, perhaps, the 2015 Dragon’s Kiss Syrah paired with beef brasato, pappardelle and pecorino? So, bring Mom around for a taste on Mother’s Day weekend, and join us as we celebrate.
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Mother’s Day and Our Spicy Mamas Mother’s Day is a special time for us at Spicy Vines because we get to celebrate the incredible women that have inspired us, our wines, and the spirit of the winery.
Violet Rose Hackett If it wasn’t for Sunday dinners, Manoshevitz and cards with the ladies from church, we wonder if our winemaker, Dough Hackett would ever have made his way to the wine industry.
Doug was raised by his grandmother, Violet Rose Hackett, who adopted him and his brother as young boys. Doug has lots of stories about Violet Rose, including how on Sundays, Violet Rose and the ladies from church would do a potluck dinner and play cards. The group, being the ladies that they were, sipped a little Manoshevitz and to keep Doug and his brother “hush” while playing cards, Violet Rose would give the boys a little of their Manoshevitz cut with water.
Besides possibly inspiring Doug’s winemaking career, Violet Rose, has also inspired the spirit of Spicy Vines through her wisdom and huge heart. Doug affectionately speaks of Violet Rose as a strong, generous woman with wonderful lessons like, “Every breath matters,” and, “Wealth has nothing to do with money.” She never complained, unless, maybe, if something caused her to miss an episode of Sanford and Son or The Lawrance Welk Show. She taught Doug the art of giving without want, as he would watch her endlessly give to others, even if it was her last dime.
It is no wonder the leading lady of our rosé program is a tribute Violet Rose. What else could capture the spirit of a lovely lady raising two boys alone on a summer camp cook’s salary in rural Upstate New York? Fun, bright, strong and spirited in her lovely pink dress. Happy Mother’s Day, Violet Rose.
Miss Rita¬¬¬ Hoffman If you have been to the winery for a pickup party or Wine Road event, you have eaten the cuisine of Crystalyn’s mom, Miss Rita.
As Crystalyn admiringly describes her, Rita is creative, graceful, poised, authentic, and with “no frills,” who always puts family first. You always know where you stand with Rita, but never feel uncomfortable, unless, of course, you were that state trooper that recently pulled her over and gave her that “damn speeding ticket” for going 80 in a 65. But, that’s our Fiery Red Headed Rita.
Rita has had an incredible life. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, she was a pioneer in Women’s Movement and deeply involved Vietnam Era political seen. The Stanford educated, free spirited Rita has traveled and lived all over the world before raising two children, Eric and Crystalyn. Today, we are fortunate to have her with us, contributing to the winery with her catering via Miss Rita’s Kitchen, and jumping in with the energy of someone half her age to pick up and deliver wine, set up photo shoots, and lend her creativity to our themes for parties and special events. Lots of love to you this Mother’s Day, Miss Rita!
“Mama Bear” Toni Andrews Our Spicy Mamas Mother’s Day blog would not be complete without a nod to our partner, Toni Andrews. Toni brings that “Mother Bear” spirit to the winery.
Toni, originally from Georgia, is mother to three great kids and a recent, new grandma. Toni is heavily involved in charitable work in her community in South Orange County, CA, especially St. Joseph’s Mission Hospital, as a Diamond level sponsor.
Toni brings to Spicy Vines, a feisty spirit, balanced with the grace and charm of the Southern Lady that she is. She is bold like the Rosé of Syrah and a lovely, vibrant lady like the Violet Rose Rosé. Happy Mother’ Day, Mama Bear!