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Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Cellar Door Club
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Introduction
 Pickup Party
 Featured Wines
 Upcoming Events
 

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Our June 2015 shipment features a classic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Steiner Creek Vineyard of San Luis Obispo County, a perfect summer white wine, our Malvasia Bianca and the new release of a KVV club favorite, our 2012 Tannat.


The Winter that Wasn't

The Winter That Wasn't

On a 100 year historical basis, the 2014-2015 rain season is likely to be over. Despite the half inch of rainfall in Santa Ynez and San Luis Obispo on April 25th, the chance of receiving any more significant rain is highly unlikely. Temperature-wise, 2015 has a solid chance of breaking 2014’s record of the hottest year in California history, with the continuation of drought conditions.

Why have the conditions on the West Coast been so dry but the Northeast buried in snow, and the northern Midwest besieged by several polar vortex winters?

Climate and weather prediction, despite the advent of technology, is still subject to error. We have more data than ever, but it is how this data is interpreted and modeled.

One of the likely causes of the extreme drought in California, Midwest polar vortex and extreme northeastern snowfall is what has been dubbed by meteorologists as the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” (R.R.R.)

This persistent high-pressure ridge has existed for most of the past three winters. The R.R.R. has kept most storm tracks north of California, greatly reducing rainfall in the state. Nearly all of the significant storms of 2013, 2014 and 2015 in California have originated in the western Pacific, rather than the Gulf of Alaska.

Pineapple Express storms have at times brought dramatic rainfall to California. Typically, Pineapple Express storms are associated with El Niño cycles.

Last year at this time, a moderate El Niño formation was detected in the western Pacific. Climate monitors were predicting a 60% chance for these conditions to persist and strengthen during winter 2014-2015. However, this did not occur and California had below-average rainfall again. Just as weather forecasting ENSO (El Niño, La Niña) climate patterns are extremely difficult to accurately predict.

In late summer and fall of 2014, the continued warming of mid-Pacific surface water temperatures stopped. Much of this warm water came back to the Baja and California coasts.

Often, personal observations by farmers, fishermen and those tuned to the subtle indicators of the environment can make as accurate of a forecast on pending conditions than all the technology of N.O.A.A. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

N.O.A.A.’s most recent report on ENSO conditions is again indicating a moderate El Niño is building.

Some of the natural environmental indicators that El Niño conditions are building are the higher mortality of marine iguanas on The Galápagos Islands, due to warm water reducing the amount of shallow water seaweed around the islands (The primary food source of iguanas). In California, a large number of sea lion pups are being abandoned by their mothers due to scarcity of cold water food sources to sustain the mothers, let alone to allow for milk production for their pups. Squid and sardines are a primary food source and the warming waters have driven both to cooler waters.

The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center has never been busier in trying to tend to abandoned pups and emaciated mothers. In the first three months of 2015, the center has rescued 45 animals from Santa Barbara beaches.

In January, Newport Beach and many other southern California beaches had waves wash ashore large numbers of Pelagic Red Crabs (Tuna crabs).These small, lobster-like creatures are associated with the much warmer southern coastal waters of Baja. Quite recently, Sailor jellyfish have been coming onshore in numbers on the Central Coast that are associated with warmer ocean waters.

The next key indicator species for El Niño will be large numbers of Humboldt squid to start appearing offshore in California, which will then attract the apex marine mammals who love to dine on Humboldt squid.

It is most likely to be a hot summer, so it’s time to order refreshing summer whites and barbeque reds for your summer enjoyment!

Special Discount for KVV’s Fans

We appreciate your membership and, as a token of our appreciation, we would like to offer our members a special 30% discount* when they increase their June shipment to a case or more! For a limited time (discount to end June 22nd), Cellar Door Club members can take advantage of 30% off of their order when purchasing 12 bottles or more! (*not valid on already discounted wines)

It’s time to load the quiver for Moms, Dads and Grads as well as for your friends who feed your furry “kids” while you’re away enjoying the mountains or the coast. Now is the time to stock up on your summertime libations whether they’re refreshing whites or delicious reds. As always, Cellar Door Club members receive complimentary shipping on case purchases shipped within California, and out of state members receive a $12.00 shipping credit on case purchases.

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.

2014 Malvasia Bianca — San Bernabe Vineyard, Monterey

Full Retail $24.00 / CDC $19.20

Our Malvasia Bianca can display some of the attributes of Alsatian Gewürztraminer. Its aromas give the impression of sweetness but it is refreshingly dry and slightly spicy. The ethereal aromas of citrus blossom, white flowers and ripe tropical fruits continue to flavors of pineapple, lychee, ginger and white peach. Balanced acidity and astringency make this a daring food wine.

Recipe:
Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil

 

2013 Chardonnay — Steiner Creek Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County

Full Retail $36.00 / CDC $28.80

Our Steiner Creek Chardonnay has lovely aromatics of white peach, Granny Smith apple and toasted cereal grains. Balanced acidity keeps the wine lively on the palate without being too buttery.

Recipe:
Fettuccini with Scallops and Peas

 

2012 Pinot Noir — Steiner Creek Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County

Full Retail $60.00 / CDC $48.00

Very different from our Santa Maria Pinot Noir vineyards, our Steiner Creek Pinot Noir has very intense fruit aromas of raspberry and boysenberry that continues onto the palate. This is a substantial Pinot Noir with apparent tannins and extract. Delicious now, this wine will improve over the next several years.

Recipe:
Barbequed/Grilled Baby Back Ribs

 

2012 Tannat — Bella Collina Vineyards, Paso Robles

Full Retail $48.00 / CDC $38.40

Our 2012 Tannat is a big wine with jammy black fruit flavors and considerable structure.

Recipe:
Lamb Chops with Curried Rice

 

With the summer season approaching and all of the fresh vegetables that will be at your local Farmer’s markets, we are including a vegetarian recipe to pair with the June Ken’s Picks. Try your wines with this delicious recipe for Baked Eggplant and Zucchini.

 

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

$134.40 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 May 27, 2015. Estimated shipping date: June 8, 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 May 27th 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 megan@volkwines.com.

Special Requests

Contact Megan Maretti at (805) 938-7896 or via email at megan@volkwines.com 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 June 6, 2015 — Cellar Door Club Pickup Party – Farmer’s Market

12pm – 3pm at our
Santa Maria Tasting Room

This complimentary event will showcase local vendors within the Central Coast, including Kenneth Volk wines. We invite you and your guests to come and experience many local products, including olive oil, cheeses, local produce, handmade jewelry, succulents and much more! Complimentary cold, small bites will be provided and a local food vendor will be on hand with items for purchase. The amazing Jill Knight will be serenading you as you enjoy Ken’s June picks and many more.

Reservations are not required, but greatly appreciated. Please email megan@volkwines.com if you usually have your wine shipped, but would like to pick up your June shipment at the party.



Upcoming Events

May 9, 2015 — Roar and Pour

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, CA 5pm – 8pm
We are excited to be participating in the first annual Roar & Pour, a new wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests can stroll and sip. General admission is $60.00 and includes unlimited wine tastings from 20+ wineries and one Riedel commemorative glass. There will be tasty eats available for purchase from local food trucks. Don’t miss out on this unique and beautiful event venue! The zoo animals will be out late! To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://www.sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour/.

May 9, 2015 — Painting in the Vineyard

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room, Santa Maria, CA 10:30am — 1pm
Join us at the Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room for another chance to paint in the vineyard! Enjoy a KVV wine tasting 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! $55.00 per painter – includes wine tasting flight and all supplies necessary to create your masterpiece. For tickets, please visit www.gypsystudiosart.com or call Gypsy Studios at 805.245.8528

May 12, 2015 — Rhone Rangers Varietal Nights, Mourvèdre pouring at Brecon Estate in Paso Robles

Brecon Estate, Paso Robles, CA 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Varietal Night series continues with a Mourvèdre tasting at Brecon Estate on Tuesday, May 12th. Enjoy Mourvèdre from 21 participating wineries (KVV included!) paired with small bites and artisan cheese from Vivant Fine Cheese, an educational table and live music from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 per person and $15 for designated drivers.

For tickets, please visit http://mourvedre.brownpapertickets.com

May 15 – 17, 2015 — Paso Robles Wine Country 33rd Annual Wine Festival

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Paso Robles Tasting Room, Paso Robles, CA 10:30am – 5pm

Friday: Enjoy our diverse portfolio of wine exquisitely paired with artisanal cheese from Fromagerie Sophie in San Luis Obispo.

Saturday: Experience the best of the Central Coast! Listen to local favorite singer-songwriter Jill Knight while you sample wine from another Central Coast favorite, Kenneth Volk Vineyards. Enjoy music, wine and food in a beautiful picnic setting shared with Four Lanterns Winery. Food available for purchase.

Sunday: Don't miss our amazing wine and cheese pairing. Cheese from Fromagerie Sophie in San Luis Obispo hand-picked by Sophie and Ken.
Wine discounts offered all weekend!

May 17, 2015 — Pasadena Grand PinotFest

South Pasadena, CA 1pm – 5pm
This year’s event will be held outdoors at a fabulous private estate in South Pasadena and we are expecting in excess of 300 wine aficionados. Small plates will be provided, catered by one of the area’s finest and soft music to enhance the mood. 30% of all sales will be donated to support local charities. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pasadena-grand-pinotfest-tickets-15921986089?aff=es2

May 23, 2015 — Pinot and Paella Fiesta

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room, Santa Maria, CA 12pm – 4pm
Come and enjoy live music with Different Strings, an assortment of gourmet, imported cheeses paired with a variety of white wines followed by four unique paella dishes created specifically for Ken’s signature Pinot Noirs.

Don’t miss this Memorial Day Weekend celebration, May 23, 2015 from 12pm – 4pm.

$20.00/ Cellar Door Club member (limit 6)
$25.00/ Non-club member

Ticket includes complimentary small bites and wine tasting. Limited space available and reservations are required. For reservations, please call Erin Tacey at 805.938.7896 or email erin@volkwines.com. *This event will be outside with limited shade.

June 6, 2015 — Cellar Door Club Pickup Party – Farmer’s Market

Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria tasting room, Santa Maria, CA 12pm – 3pm
This complimentary event will showcase local vendors within the Central Coast, including Kenneth Volk wines. We invite you and your guests to come and experience many local products, including olive oil, cheeses, local produce, handmade jewelry, succulents and much more! Complimentary cold, small bites will be provided and a local food vendor will be on hand with items for purchase. The amazing Jill Knight, will be serenading you as you enjoy Ken’s June picks and many more.

Reservations are not required, but greatly appreciated. Please email megan@volkwines.com if you usually have your wine shipped, but would like to pick up your June shipment at the party.

June 13, 2015 — Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Event

Enjoy food trucks and special wine tastings throughout the Foxen Canyon wine trail. Stay tuned for details!

June 14, 2015 — Ojai Wine Festival

Lake Casitas, Ojai, CA 12pm – 4pm
From its humble beginning in 1987, the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting about 5,000 people from throughout the Central Coast and southern California. General admission includes unlimited tastes of wine and beer and an elegant crystal keepsake wine glass. As you enter the event, an exceptional collection of wineries awaits you. There will be local restaurants selling delicious culinary delights, a silent wine auction, live music, arts and crafts vendors and a lakeside dance floor. This is an event you don’t want to miss! For tickets and more information, please visit http://ojaiwinefestival.com/about-the-festival/.

June 27, 2015 — Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA 2pm – 5pm
The 2015 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ will take place along the banks of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Join us on June 27, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mingle with winemakers, bakers, and chefs in the sunshine, under the oak trees. Guests enjoy the best of Central Coast Wines and try their luck in the “Every Cork Wins” raffle.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Wine Festival support science education for adults and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.sbnature.org/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=163.

June 27, 2015 — Atascadero Wine Festival

Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero, CA 4pm – 8pm
“Cheers to 20 years”. Enjoy live music, olive oil tastings, culinary pairings, local breweries, artist showcases and great wines! To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://www.atascaderochamber.org/wine-festival/index.php.

July 23, 2015 — Cattlemen and Farmer’s Day at Mid-State Fair

California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles, CA 4pm – 5:30pm
Kenneth Volk Vineyards will be pouring during the social hour of the Cattlemen and Farmer’s Day dinner. Swing by and say hi!

September 26, 2015 — San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA 6pm – Midnight
Help support the san Diego Zoo institute for Conservation Research as you enjoy more than 150 food and beverage vendors, listen to live music, meet animal ambassadors and bid on your favorite items in the silent auction. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/celebration/2014/faqs.