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Our March 2015 Cellar Door Club shipment features two Bordeaux varieties: Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon along with two other KVV favorites, Petite Sirah and Verdelho.

March 2015 Shipment

For our March 2015 shipment, we showcase four stellar wines: three wines from our favorite Paso Robles vineyards and one from San Benito County. Our 2011 Malbec hails from Pinnacle Vineyards in San Benito and is the first Malbec bottled under the Kenneth Volk Vineyards label. Our Petite Sirah comes from our traditional source for this variety: French Camp Vineyards of Paso Robles, the Verdelho is from our planting at the Pomar Junction Vineyard of Paso Robles and rounding out Ken's picks is a delicious 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Paso Robles.

Estate Vineyard Update and New Hires

The 2014-2015 rain season has been more generous than last year to date, but we have a long way to go to come out of the drought in California.

Visitors to the Santa Maria Winery may be surprised to see that the vineyard on the winery property has been pulled out and placed in burn piles. Ken made the decision to remove the vineyard based on its declining health and production.

This vineyard had so much Leafroll virus (a viral disease of plants, characterized by upward rolling of leaflets) it was not setting or properly ripening its fruit. In 2014, the vineyard averaged 0.6 tons an acre, making it uneconomical. "This poor vineyard was doomed from the day it was planted,” says Ken. The vines were planted on their own roots with virus-infected Wente clone selection.

In addition to the Leafroll virus, the property also has hot spots of Root-knot nematodes (microscopic plant parasitic worms which feed on the vine's roots), which weaken the plan’s roots, vectoring Leafroll and other viruses. Root-knot nematode is bad pathogen and was brought to the Santa Maria Valley in the 1930's when sugar beets were the primary crop of the Santa Maria Valley for sugar production. Betteravia that translates as "sweet root" is also the name of one of the primary east-west roads of the Santa Maria Valley.

"Unfortunately both Root-knot Nematodes and Leafroll viruses are not easily eliminated from soil. Grubbing up the vine's roots, burning the plant material, continually removing regrowth and tilling under all vegetation for two years is my first strategy for reducing these pathogens. I plan on replanting the property in 2017 on nematode-resistant rootstock at a higher vine density. I will most likely do a split planting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but I'm leaving my options open" Ken says.

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New Hires

KVV is proud to announce two recent hires, Erin Tacey as our Santa Maria tasting room manager and Margaret Neville as the manager for our Paso Robles tasting room.

Please join us in welcoming Erin and Margaret!

New to the Kenneth Volk Vineyards tasting rooms: We are happy to announce that we are now offering a six wine flight paired with exotic cheeses, hand-selected by Ken and Sophie, owner of Fromagerie Sophie of San Luis Obispo. As a Cellar Door Club member, this six wine flight will always be complimentary (you and three guests) and now you can enjoy this gourmet cheese pairing for only $5.00 for you and your guests!

Our wine and cheese pairing will change on a monthly basis to showcase the eclectic options that Ken has to offer. You will always find some of Ken’s flagship wines along with heirloom varietals.

Featured Wines

Brief tasting notes and food pairings follow. If you want to know more about these wines, read on and enjoy. To customize your shipment, please log in to select the combination of wines you wish to receive. If you wish to customize your Cellar Door Club shipment, we encourage you to do so as soon as you read this email.

2013 Verdelho — Pomar Junction Vineyard, Paso Robles

Full Retail $24.00 / CDC $19.20

Our 2013 Verdelho is a complex wine with aromas of white flowers, citrus zest and ripe Casaba melon. On the palate, the wine is full with flavors of citrus, white stone fruits and lemongrass. This wine can complement fish and poultry particularly when seasoned with thyme and lemongrass. It is also great with crustaceans, shellfish and seafood paella.



2011 Malbec — Pinnacle Vineyards, San Benito County

Full Retail $36.00 / CDC $28.80

This purple-tinged wine has aromas of black currant, blackberry, barrel spice and white pepper. On the palate, this wine is juicy with flavors of dark cherry, ripe fig, sarsaparilla, anise and licorice. This medium-bodied wine can complement a variety of cuisines from simple Italian pasta dishes, southwestern food styling or grilled and roasted foods.

Pork Roast with Pistachio Filling


2012 Petite Sirah — French Camp Vineyards, Paso Robles

Full Retail $48.00 / CDC $38.40

Our French Camp Petite Sirah is a dark, deeply-pigmented wine with aromas of spice and ripe red and black fruits. On the palate, this wine is rich and full with medium tannins and flavors of black raspberry (Chambord), blueberry, black Damson plum and mocha. This wine can be enjoyed with simply prepared grilled and roasted foods.

Chopped Lamb Steak au Poivre


2010 Cabernet Sauvignon — Paso Robles

Full Retail $42.00 / CDC $33.60

This dark wine has aromas of black and red fruits along with tobacco and barrel spice. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has flavors of cherry, blackberry and coca. This approachable Cabernet Sauvignon can be paired with Ratatouille, grilled portabella, rich pasta dishes and barbequed or roasted foods.

Rigatoni alla Carbonara


Ken’s Picks Subtotal
(Before tax, shipping where applicable):

$120.00 for
Cellar Door Club members



Remember, as a Cellar Door Club member you get the opportunity to choose any wines from the Kenneth Volk Vineyards portfolio for your wine club selection. If you would prefer something different than the wines described above, you may select instead from other wines in the KVV portfolio, a perk of membership in our club. Please make your selection now: visit our preference page. Please update any changes to your billing and delivery address information.


Shipping Preferences

Whether you have your wines shipped or pick them up at our Santa Maria winery or Paso Robles tasting room, all preference changes must be completed by February 26, 2015. Estimated shipping date: March 9, 2015.

In every shipment, “Ken’s picks” demonstrate his decades of winemaking experience. If you know you always want to receive our featured wines—Ken’s picks—simply do nothing: you will receive Ken’s picks as the default shipment. If you prefer to select your own custom shipment from the KVV portfolio, you are more than welcome to do so. Simply log into your account by February 26th to let us know what you want.

Please help us keep costs down by recording your preference before the deadline.

Customize Your Wine Preference

If you are having trouble changing your preferences, contact Megan Maretti at (805) 938-7896 or via email at

Special Requests

Contact Megan Maretti at (805) 938-7896 or via email at if you have a special request or prefer to have this shipment sent to you.

Shipments that are not picked up within 60 days will be sent to the address on file and billed accordingly. Please help us by picking up your wine in a timely manner or by making arrangements to have your wines sent to you.

Pick Up Party
Pick Up Party

Saturday March 14, 2015 — Cellar Door Club Pickup Party

5:30–7:30pm at our
Santa Maria Tasting Room

Join us for a night of hors d'oeuvres at our Santa Maria tasting room! This event will be catered by one of our local chefs. Come by and pick up your shipment and taste great appetizers paired with Ken's Picks for the March shipment. Space is limited: only 60 spots available. Reservations required by March 9, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

$20.00 Cellar Door Club members

$25.00 non—members

Please email your RSVP to or call (805) 938-7896.

Upcoming Events

February 14, 2015 — San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting

San Francisco, CA 1:30pm-5pm
Public tasting held at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. Come taste Ken’s gold medal wines! For tickets and information, contact

February 14, 2015 — Valentine's Day Painting in the Vineyard

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room 11:00am-2pm
Join us at the Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room for our Valentine's Day Cheese and Wine pairing event. Enjoy KVV wines paired with cheese and a sweet finish before we head out to the canvases to paint the gorgeous view.

The vineyard provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you. Don't consider yourself an artist just yet? Don't worry! Our trained artist will walk you through the entire painting process step-by-step. No previous painting experience necessary! $45.00 per painter – includes wine and cheese tasting flight and all supplies necessary to create your masterpiece. For tickets, please visit or call Gypsy Studios at 805.245.8528

February 28, 2015 — KVV Cellar Door Club Barrel Tasting

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria Tasting Room 11am-2pm
Join Ken and our Associate winemaker, Cynthia Nixon, on February 28th for the rare opportunity to sample KVV wines straight out of the barrel! Begin your visit with a tour of the Barrel Room and sampling of wines in barrels followed by a visit to the tasting room/cellar to taste the finished wines. Appetizers will be provided.

Space is limited so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Groups of 20 guests will begin their tour at the top of the hour. Tours will begin at 11am and run until 2pm. Tasting fee is $15 per member, $20 per non-member. Please select your tour time and RSVP to Megan Maretti-Smith by February 23rd. Due to limited tour times and limited space per tour, we ask that you please call us directly at 805.938.7896 to discuss your reservation and confirm availability.

March 6-7, 2015 — 15th Annual World of Pinot Noir

The Bacara Resort, Goleta, CA 2:30-6pm
Get ready for the World of Pinot's Crystal Anniversary — fifteen years! The World of Pinot Noir brings together Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world along with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend celebration and educational experience at the edge of California's Central Coast. We will be pouring on March 6th so come say hello and taste KVV's eclectic Pinot Noirs! For tickets and information, please visit

March 20-22, 2015 — Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Vintage Paso Weekend: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Paso Robles Tasting Room
During Vintage Paso, producers and enthusiasts come together in celebration of everything that Zinfandel and the Other Wild Wines of Paso Robles add to your palate and your experience. Enjoy a zin-filled weekend with activities including winemaker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and so much more!

Friday: Begin your Vintage Paso weekend celebrating with Kenneth Volk Vineyards and 4 Lanterns Winery. We will be pouring our Zinfandel along with our Paso Robles heirloom varietals while we listen to the amazing singer/songwriter Jill Knight! Delicious sandwiches and slaw served by Next Door Bistro of Paso Robles will be available for purchase. Great wine, great music and great food!

Saturday: Small bites by Next Door Bistro paired with our Zinfandel and other amazing varietals. Come by and enjoy exquisite wines produced by our “Vintage Paso” winemaker, Kenneth Volk. Wine discounts offered all weekend.

Sunday: Your weekend won’t be complete if you have not tried our incredible wine and cheese pairing! Artisanal cheese from Fromagerie Sophie of San Luis Obispo paired with our beautiful heirloom varietals hand-selected by Sophie and Ken.

April 23-26, 2015 — Santa Barbara County Vintners' Spring Weekend

The highlight of the weekend is the Vintners' Festival Grand Tasting at River View Park in Buellton. The Festival showcases over 120 different Santa Barbara County wineries and presents some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies, and gourmet food creators in addition to music, art and related wine country vendors. Ken will be there pouring so make sure to stop by the KVV table to say hi! For tickets and more information about the weekend, please visit

April 25-26, 2015 — 7th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Paso Robles Tasting Room
Join us on this special weekend as we raise funds for the animals at Woods Humane Society. Visit ANY of the participating wineries during the weekend of April 25 & 26 when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Woods! No advance tickets needed. Your free map and passport will be available starting in April or grab one at any participating winery during the event. Get your passport stamped when you help generate a donation and you'll be entered in our raffle! Please visit

April 26, 2015 — TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting

Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, San Francisco, California
The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is hosting their 8th annual Grand Wine Tasting of domestically-produced Tempranillos, Albariños, Garnachas, Verdelhos and many more, from the wine regions of the western United States. From 2pm until 5pm, consumers will have an opportunity to taste wines produced by TAPAS members from grape varieties indigenous to Spain and Portugal that are now cultivated in America, in a casual walk-around setting where they may chat with the growers and producers. For tickets, please visit

July 3-5, 2015 — Grateful Dead Reunion, Chicago, Illinois

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Join Ken in what will be a bittersweet announcement for Deadheads, the four surviving and original members of the Grateful Dead revealed that they will reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary with three gigs at Chicago's Soldier Field July 3rd to 5th. However, for percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, these three shows will mark the final Dead shows ever. For tickets and more information, please visit

Another infamous German expresses his frustration with only three shows.
Join Ken at the 50 yard line for a final farewell!