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Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Cellar Door Club
 Harvest Report
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 Featured Wines
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Our June 2014 Cellar Door Club shipment highlights two of Ken Volk’s winemaking passions: Burgundian varietals Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as heirloom varietals Negrette and Touriga Nacional.

November 2013 Shipment

Ken Volk’s 2014 Harvest Report

The 2014 growing season is underway in California and the Pacific high-pressure ridge is well established, likely bringing an end to our rainy season and the start of daily northwesterly winds coming off the Pacific. Unfortunately, meteorologists anticipate that farmers and growers in 2014 will continue to experience the drought conditions of 2013.

New Year’s Day was preceded by one of the driest Decembers in California recorded history. January and most of February 2014 were exceptionally dry. Fortunately, at the end of February and the beginning of March, the jet stream moved south which allowed several significant storm fronts to bring rain to the Central Coast and Southern California.

From February 28 to March 3, Southern California saw the start of winter storm Titan which generated high surf conditions from Santa Cruz to San Diego. Santa Barbara’s KEYT reported on this much needed but aggressive weather. This storm front brought 5.7 inches of rainfall to the city of Santa Barbara and 14.7 inches to Matilija Canyon in Ventura County. View some dramatic video of the storm’s effects: a large wave crashing through a window of Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. This powerful, fast-moving storm literally crossed the entire United States bringing rain and much snowfall to the Midwest and East Coast. Despite this significant rain, however, winegrowers continue to prepare for a severe drought season in 2014.

Our Cellar Door Club featured wines (aka “Ken’s picks”) include our estate Chardonnay, a Negrette from Calleri Vineyard, a Touriga Nacional from Pomar Junction Vineyard, and a Garey Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir. In addition to these wines, for your consideration we have several other wine suggestions.

For Your Consideration: More New KVV Releases

The following wines were not produced in large enough quantities to be used as featured wines in our Cellar Door program but we wanted to make club members aware of their recent release if you would like to select them as part of your shipment or in addition to your shipment for June. In order to opt in for these wines, you must visit the preference page to make your selection.

2013 Melon de Bourgogne — Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Melon de Bourgogne is an ancient variety that originated in Burgundy, France. Melon de Bourgogne is also known as Muscadet and is grown extensively in the northern Loire Valley appellation of Muscadet. Melon de Bourgogne is a natural hybrid of Pinot and Gouais Blanc, which makes it a relative of Chardonnay and many other well-known grape varieties.

This wine was produced from fruit grown at Bien Nacido Vineyard, 2 miles west of KVV. Following hand harvesting and field sorting, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice cold-settled for 48 hours prior to racking to French and Hungarian cooperage for fermentation. The wine was aged sur lie through its cellar life until preparation for bottling.

Melon de Bourgogne was mistaken for Pinot Blanc when it was first brought to California by the famous Napa wine grower Georges Latour. For years, California winemakers and viticulture professors at University of California—Davis thought they were cultivating Pinot Blanc. It was not until the 1980s that the vine misidentification was discovered. Most of the fine Pinot Blancs bottled in California including those from Chalone, Chateau St. Jean, and Wild Horse were actually produced from Melon de Bourgogne grapes. “Call it what you like, I still think it makes a delicious wine when barrel fermented,” says Ken.

This vibrant wine has aromas of toasted cereal grains, citrus fruit, and sliced pear. On the palate, this wine is supple with balanced acidity and flavors of white peach and pear fruits.

2010 Syrah — Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

The Nielson Vineyard is our fence-line neighbor and home to Byron Winery. Originally planted in 1964, it was the first commercial winegrape vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Over the decades, the vineyard has had a number of owners and several major re-plantings.

Our 2010 Syrah was hand harvested and the fruit de-stemmed without crushing into 1.3-ton open-top bin fermenters that were layered with dry ice to encourage several days of cold soaking prior to fermentation. The bins were hand punched down several times a day and cool fermentation was conducted. Following fermentation, the bins were drained and the skins basket-pressed. Free run and press wine were combined and allowed to settle prior to barreling down to French and American oak cooperage. Primary and malolactic fermentation were completed in barrel. The wine aged for 22 months until preparation for bottling.

This cool-climate Syrah has aromas of blue and black fruits as well as vanilla and pie spices. This savory wine has flavors of bramble fruits, cherries, and blueberries which are followed by supple, firm tannins.


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.

2011 Touriga Nacional — Pomar Junction Vineyard, Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This floral wine is light purple in color and has aromas of violets, red plum, and ripe berries. On the palate, this wine has flavors of cherry, plum, and Earl Grey tea and finishes with firm fine-grain tannins. This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of cuisines and shows well with grilled meats and light pasta dishes as well as soft ripened cheeses.

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Ground Turkey Picada


2011 Chardonnay — Kenneth Volk Vineyards Estate, Santa Maria Valley

Full Retail $30.00 / Club $24.00

After nearly two years of bottle aging, this Chardonnay has aromas of Babcock peach, Comice pear, caramel, and barrel spice. With flavors of apple, vanilla, and mace, this wine is rich without being flabby. Enjoy the supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity of this Chardonnay. Attractive now, this wine will reward further cellaring. The acidity and opulent fruit of this wine allows it to be enjoyed with a range of cuisine.

Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw


2011 Negrette — Calleri Vineyard, San Benito County

Full Retail $28.00 / Club $22.40

Negrette produces deeply pigmented rustic wines that are floral with warm vintages and more earth tone with cool vintages. Our 2011 Negrette has aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and rhubarb with spice notes of anise and licorice.This medium-bodied wine can complement foods from grilled and barbecued meats to tomato and herbed pasta dishes.

Spring Lamb Chops Stuffed with Porcini and Sun-dried Tomatoes


2011 Pinot Noir — Garey Ranch Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Full Retail $48.00 / Club $38.40

This wine has wonderful aromas of blue and black fruits and nuances of sandalwood and Asian spice. On the palate, this wine presents flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and cherry that are supported by bright acidity and moderate tannins. A versatile food wine, our Garey Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with salmon, beef tenderloin, and duck particularly when accompanied by root vegetables and mushrooms.

Grilled Salmon with Leeks and Pinot Noir Butter


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

$113.60 for
Cellar Door Club members



Remember, as a Cellar Door Club member you have the opportunity to choose any wines from the Kenneth Volk Vineyards portfolio for your wine club selection. If the above options don’t tickle your fancy, 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 May 28, 2014. Estimated shipping date: June 9, 2014.

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 May 28th 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

June 7, 2014 — Cellar Door Club Pickup Party

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

Calling all Cellar Door Club members! Stop by the Santa Maria tasting room any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm to pick up and taste the wines in your June shipment.

Appetizers will be catered by one of our local chefs. Stay tuned for details!

Reservations required— Only 60 spots available! Please RSVP by June 2.

Cellar Door Club members — $20

Non-members — $25

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

Upcoming Events

May 17, 2014 — 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium

1 - 4pm at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach, California
Join us for a celebration of America's favorite varietal at the event named one of the top ten wine events in California by LA Weekly. Enjoy Chardonnay-inspired food pairings, vendor demonstrations, and wine tasting. For tickets and more information, please visit The Chardonnay Symposium.

June 1, 2014 — 27th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights

11:30am - 3:30pm at Chapman House by the Sea, Pismo Beach, California
Kenneth Volk Vineyard wines were voted "Best Beverage" at last year's event! Come by our table and taste for yourself. Community Action Partnership will host the 27th anniversary Afternoon of Epicurean Delights at the beautiful Chapman Estate in Shell Beach to benefit the work of its health and prevention division. Guests will enjoy a variety of live music at two different venues and can participate in a silent auction with items featuring local art and photography, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines, get-away weekends, gift baskets and more. Tickets for Afternoon of Epicurean Delights are $100 and may be purchased by credit card directly from the Community Action Partnership Health & Prevention office at (805) 544-2498. A shuttle will be available from the Shell Beach Elementary School lot.

June 21, 2014 — 11th Annual Knights, Wine and Roses

1 - 4pm at St. Joseph High School, Santa Maria, California
Hosted by the St. Joseph High School Alumni Association, this event helps to raise money for students needing financial aid. There will be wine and beer tasting, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a silent auction. For tickets and information, please visit here.

June 28, 2014 — Santa Barbara Wine Festival

2 - 5pm at the Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
The 2013 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ was a sold out event and a huge success! This year, tantalizing wines from Central Coast premier wineries will once again be complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restauranteurs. Guests can escape for an afternoon in the refreshing ambiance surrounded by nature while enjoying delicious tastes of food and wine. For tickets and information, please visit here and mention Kenneth Volk Vineyards to save $25 off your ticket price.

June 28, 2014 — 19th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival

4 - 8pm at Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero, California
This signature event brings together more than 80 wineries and a dozen chefs offering their renowned wines and food for tasting and sampling. Guests will experience an amazing culinary and wine tasting affair sure to please everyone's palate from the beginner to the well seasoned foodie expert. Enjoy beer tasting and live music, too. For tickets and information, please visit here.

July 27, 2014 — 11th Annual Taste of the Central Coast

3 - 6:30pm at The Madonna Inn Secret Garden, San Luis Obispo, California
The Family Care Network once again hosts this event to benefit children and families affected by trauma in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. In addition to wine tasting, enjoy fine food from top savory and pastry chefs, live music, and a live and silent auction offering unique services, exciting getaways, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For tickets and information, please visit here.

July 27, 2014 9th Annual Wally's Wine Central Coast Wine and Food

Celebration @ Wally's Wine & Spirits, Los Angeles, CA 12pm - 4pm
Wally's annual celebration benefits the Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment at Allan Hancock College. The 8th annual event drew over 500 paid attendees, raising an impressive $35,000 for the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund. The Fund now stands at nearly a half a million dollars, 50% of which has been contributed from the Wally's Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration! We will be there pouring our wines along with over 50 Central Coast wineries. Enjoy several fantastic Central Coast and Los Angeles-based restaurants sampling their most popular menu items. For tickets and information, please visit here.

September 20, 2014 — 8th Annual Rancho Vino

1 - 4pm at Monarch Club ~ Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo, California
CoastHills Community Foundation hosts this annual event which has raised and donated more than $200,000 to Mission Hope Cancer Center to date. We will be there pouring our wines along with other premier Central Coast wineries. The event also features local restaurants offering savory and sweet samples, two silent auction tables, an exciting live auction, and entertainment provided by two local bands! For tickets and information, please visit here.