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This November, we are proud to feature a delicious lineup of wines for your year-end holiday celebrations: featured wines include a Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Aglianico all from Paso Robles and a beautiful Vin Gris of Pinot Noir.

Harvest Report

For our November 2015 Cellar Door Club shipment we are featuring three vineyard-designated red wines from Paso Robles, as well as a delicious Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, all wonderful wines to complement your year-end celebrations and gatherings. From the Bella Collina Vineyard we are releasing the much anticipated 2012 vintage Tempranillo and from the Pomar Junction Vineyard, the 2011 Aglianico and the 2012 Touriga Nacional. These three reds are considered to be the finest red grapes of their traditional European homelands – Tempranillo from Spain, Touriga Nacional from Portugal and Aglianico from Southern Italy.

El Niño and Harvest 2015 Update

This time last year, Ken was calling for above-average rainfall due to what at the time were strong indicators of El Niño conditions. Unfortunately, that petered out when the warm water departed and the ocean rolled in November. NOAA data indicates a 70% chance of a strong continuing El Niño that hopefully will bring much needed rainfall to California.

Ken sees all of indicators that there will be a strong El Niño. Even at this time subtropical pelagic fish species are still in the Santa Barbara Channel. Shortbill spear fish, Yellow and Bluefin Tuna, Striped and Blue Marlin, Dorado and Hammerhead Sharks continue to be seen and caught, all indicators of El Niño.

For many, the jury is still out in regards to the overall quality of the 2015 vintage. Winemaker Ken Volk is not holding his breath. Ken says, “I did not like the conditions or what was coming out of the vineyards so I’m glad I played it lean. Do not get me wrong, there will be some great wines but it was the least generous vintage in quantity and quality I have seen in a long time.”

The early harvest was due to the following:

  1. Most vineyards had a small crop and hot, dry windy conditions during flowering led to a small crop set and small yields.
  2. 2015 was the fourth year after three above-average crops that had depleted much of the carryover nutrient reserves of the vines.
  3. April and June were the two warmest months in recorded history for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Equally influential, during most of the summer these cities had record high/low temperature records in the mornings. This sped up the metabolism of the vines and paved the way for the early harvest.

We were very fortunate to have avoided any significant rain pre-and during harvest though it did come close.

Several Eastern Pacific tropical storms and hurricanes brought substantial rains to southern California, Arizona and Baja California. The high humidity of the storm remints did make it to the Central Coast with miserable humid conditions that triggered bunch rot on some grape varieties.

Kenneth Volk Wine Makes the Pope’s Menu

During Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States, the Kenneth Volk Vineyards Santa Maria Cuveé Chardonnay made the top of wine menu for a flight on Shepherd One!

This was a nice surprise and a tremendous honor for the winery and Santa Barbara wine country. Our Santa Maria Cuveé Chardonnay was previously featured on business class International flights with American Airlines. Ken says, “It is my impression that the sommeliers of American thought a wine that makes reference to the Mother of Christ would be appropriate for the Pope.” Please see the following link to our local news station KCOY/KEYT reporting the story: KEYT - Santa Maria Chardonnay Featured on Pope Francis' In Flight Menu

Special Discount for KVV Fans

We appreciate your membership and, as a token of our appreciation, would like to offer our members a special 30% discount* when you increase the November shipment to a case or more! For a limited time, Cellar Door Club members can take advantage of 30% off their order when purchasing 12 bottles or more. As always, Cellar Door Club members shipping a case within California receive free shipping and members shipping a case out of state receive a $12 shipping credit. (*not valid on already discounted wines). It’s time to start stocking up for the autumn classic, football rivalries and holiday wines for your family and friends!

Also, your shipment makes a great gift for yourself and others! If you’re traveling somewhere for the holidays, we’re happy to send your wines to your destination or we can gift your shipment to a recipient of your choice. Just call or email us to make those arrangements: contact Megan Maretti-Smith at (805)938-7896 or via email at

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 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Central Coast

Full Retail $22.00 / CDC $17.60

Our 2014 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir has aromas and flavors of Alpine strawberry, pear, Mandarin orange and watermelon. This full-bodied Vin Gris has bright acidity and a subtle mouthfeel.

Classic Red Mole with Turkey


2011 Aglianico, Pomar Junction Vineyard, Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / CDC $28.80

Our 2011 Aglianico is deeply pigmented with aromas of black plums, berries, cured tobacco and new leather. This big wine has significant structure with firm tannins and bright acidity that will reward mid to long term cellaring. The depth of fruit and structure of this wine make it a good foil to rich cuts of meat and hearty pastas.

Rosemary Lamb


2012 Tempranillo, Bella Collina Vineyard, Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / CDC $28.80

Another dark wine from 2012 vintage, the Bella Collina Tempranillo has aromas of ripe black and red fruits, wet slate, with nuances of licorice and anise. On the palate, the wine is balanced by a creamy mouthfeel and fine grain tannin with a distinctive mineral finish.

Tenderloin Brochettes


2012 Touriga Nacional, Pomar Junction Vineyard, Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / CDC $28.80

Our 2012 Touriga Nacional is a ripe and structured wine with flavors of mulberry, blueberry and black currant, along with nuances of violets and confectionary spice. This wine has plenty of structure to stand up to rich cuts of roasted or seared meats yet balanced enough to pair with less fatty foods.

Halibut with White Beans


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

$104.00 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.

Like most wineries, it is our goal to sell out our wines. However, we like to give first rights to our Cellar Door Club members before that happens. We have several wines that we would like to bring to your attention as substitutes or additions to your wine club purchase for November.

We have our first Garnacha Blanca from San Benito County that our production volume did not allow us to use as a Cellar Door Club featured wine. This barrel fermented white wine has aromas and flavors of apple, pear and honey. A refreshing alternative, this wine is great with Asian cuisine, sushi, tuna tataki in particular, Manchego cheese, shrimp and shell fish accented with fennel and citrus.

In that same category we have our 2012 barrel fermented Verdelho from the Pomar Junction Vineyard in Paso Robles. This barrel fermented, limited bottling has more weight and mouthfeel texture than our 2012 Verdelho previously featured to the club.

We have several wines that we previously sent to the Cellar Door Club that we are on our last pallet of and we want to let you know they will not be in stock very much longer. Please consider the following for your wine drinking enjoyment:

  • 2012 Petite Sirah, French Camp Vineyard, Paso Robles
  • 2011 Malbec, Pinnacle Vineyard, San Benito County
  • 2012 Tannat, Bella Collina Vineyard, Paso Robles

Like Jerry Garcia, when these wines are gone nothing’s going to bring them back.


Shipping Preferences

Whether you have your wines shipped or pick them up at our Santa Maria winery, all preference changes must be completed by October 29, 2015. Estimated shipping date: November 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 October 29th 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-Smith at (805) 938-7896 or via email at

Special Requests

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

Pick Up Party
Pick Up Party

Cellar Door Club Pickup Party

Saturday November 14, 2015
from 5:30 – 7:30pm

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 November shipment.

Delicious appetizers will be catered by a local chef. Stay tuned for the menu! Space is limited: only 60 spots available!

Cellar Door Club members — $20
Non-members — $25

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

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2015 — Centrally Grown

Cambria, CA 1pm – 4pm

Our California Sales Manager, Tim Gabriel, will be onsite pouring KVV wines from 1 – 4pm. Stop by and say hi!

October 25, 2015 — 4th Annual Harvesting Hope Festival

The Monarch Club/Trilogy Monarch Dunes, Nipomo, CA 12pm – 4pm

Join us to wine taste while you survey a variety of arts and craft booths featuring local artisan wares to help you start your holiday shopping early! Come enjoy delicious hearty soups in handcrafted bowls with bread for a $25 donation. There will be a wine tasting opportunity at this event for an additional $10 donation. All proceeds benefit the 5Cities Homeless Coalition. For more information and tickets, please visit

November 2, 2015 — Luna Red November Harvest Dinner: Kenneth Volk Vineyards and Pepper Creek Farm

San Luis Obispo, CA 6pm

We are excited to be teaming up with Pepper Creek Farm at Luna Red restaurant in San Luis Obispo for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with KVV wines! This event is $88.00/person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets go on sale October 19th and can be purchased at or by calling Luna Red at 805-540-5243. We look forward to seeing you there!

November 7, 2015 — Rhone Rangers “Grenache on the Rise” Seminar

The Reef, Los Angeles, CA 10:30am — noon

This seminar will focus on Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache-dominant blends. Patrick Comiskey from Wine & Spirits Magazine will be the moderator. The Kenneth Volk Vineyards focus wine will be our 2012 Grenache, Rio San Benito Vineyard. Winery participants include Andrew Murray, Bernat, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lightning Wines, Mounts Family Winery, Petrichor, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Terre Rouge and Vines on the Marycrest. For tickets, please visit

November 7, 2015 — Rhone Rangers Los Angeles Grand Tasting

The Reef, Los Angeles, CA 3pm – 6pm

Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets, please visit

November 14, 2015 — Cellar Door Club Pickup Party

KVV Santa Maria Tasting Room 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Stop by the Santa Maria tasting room any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm to pick up and taste the wines in your November shipment! Appetizers will be catered by one of our local chefs! Stay tuned for more details! Space is limited so reservations are required. Please RSVP to
$20.00 Cellar Door Club members
$25.00 Non-club members

December 11, 2015 — The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA 3pm – 5:30pm and 6pm – 9pm

We are thrilled to be the featured “Winery of the Month” at the Ritz Carlton throughout the month of December! We will be on site on December 11th from 3-5:30pm pouring KVV wine at the front desk during check in. From 6-9pm we will be pouring KVV magnums at The Conservatory.