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Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Cellar Door Club
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 September Shipment
 Pick Up Party
 Featured Wines
 Upcoming Events
 Special Update
 

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Our September shipment features well known varietals from France and two unique favorites from the Iberian Peninsula, Torrontes and Mourvèdre.


September 2012 Shipment

The 2012 KVV Growing Season at Midsummer

The growing season of 2012 has been, through the start of August, the best growing season since 2009, particularly for vineyards north of the Cuesta Grade. The crop load looks good with lots of clusters but the size of the crop will not be large for the number of berries per clusters is below normal. South of the Cuesta Grade, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande and the Santa Maria Valley have experienced—like most of coastal Southern California—a very mild June and July. We’ve had a heavy marine layer creating overcast conditions late into the morning and highs in the 70s while Colorado burns and the Midwest suffers from record high temperatures.

Most of our vineyards saw only 60-70% of their average annual rainfall this winter which, even for our dry land properties, is still adequate for carrying a decent crop. This year appears to mark a transition from the end of a strong La Niña climate cycle to that of a more typical weather pattern. For now at least, it is “hasta la vista” to La Niña. It has been considerably warmer and drier than 2010 and 2011. During the last three years, the Central Coast has experienced below average temperatures. For the most part, this has been due to cold ocean temperatures and sustained periods of strong low pressure systems immediately adjacent to the coastline.

Hurricane Fabio

July 16, 2012 view of Hurricane Emila being chased by Hurricane Fabio (photo image captured by NOAA Goes satellite-15). View larger image.

In the middle of July 2012, two Eastern Pacific hurricanes off the coast of Mexico brought high humidity and beautiful cloud formations to southern California and the Central Coast. This satellite photo shows the remnants of Hurricane Emilia to the north being chased by Hurricane Fabio to the south.

Hurricane Fabio—not to be confused with the romantic blonde haired “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter" spokes-model—was packing a punch of 100-mile per hour winds which, if the ocean waters were warmer, could have brought rain to Central Coast vineyards. Let’s hope that Fabio-like hurricanes stay out to sea until harvest is complete.

Featured Wines

For those who prefer to get straight to the point, brief tasting notes and food pairings follow. Please log in to our Preference Page 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 Torrontes — Silvaspoons Vineyards, Alta Mesa

Full Retail $24.00 / Club $18.00 ~ A 25% discount!

Double Gold and Best White Wine of Show, 2012 California State Fair

The bottled wine displays delicate fragrances of jasmine, sweet grapes, and ripe peach. The floral and fruity aromas of this wine are balanced by flavors of white nectarine, citrus fruits and honeydew melon. This wine is a delicious aperitif or can complement seafood dishes, herbed, white-sauced pastas and chicken dishes.

Recipe:
Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa

 

2009 Mourvèdre — Enz Vineyard, Lime Kiln Valley

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This wine has aromas of mulberry, blackberry, anise, humus and spice. On the palate, it presents flavors of bramble fruits, thyme, black licorice and white pepper. This medium-bodied wine’s spicy edge makes it a perfect match for rustic, savory cuisine.

Recipe:
Savory Herb Meatballs with Spaghetti

 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon — Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This medium-bodied, Bordeaux-style blend is a ruby colored wine with aromas of ripe plum, Mission fig, cedar and Paso Robles dust. On the palate, this wine is soft with flavors of blueberry, cocoa and plum; it finishes with a creamy, lactic quality from the cool vintage. This wine pairs well with slow-roasted meats and vegetables, spice-rubbed, grilled cuts of pork and beef, or rustic herbed Italian pastas.

Recipe:
Spring Lamb Chops Stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms & Sun-dried Tomatoes

 

2009 Petite Sirah — French Camp Vineyards, Paso Robles

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This young wine has aromas of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate with spicy nuances of black pepper, nutmeg and vanilla bean. On the palate this wine has flavors of raspberry, plum, mocha and licorice with a dusty, fine-grained tannin finish.

Recipe:
Smothered Filet Mignon

 

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

$104.40 for
Cellar Door Club members

 

 

Remember, as a Cellar Door Club member you get the opportunity to choose any wines from Kenneth Volk Vineyards for your wine club selections. If these 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 August 22, 2012. Estimated shipping date: September 10, 2012.

Take it from us: these wines rock. In every shipment, “Ken’s picks” demonstrate his decades of winemaking experience. You can count on these wines to meet your gastronomic and intellectual needs. 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 pick and choose your own custom shipment from the KVV portfolio, you are more than welcome to do so. Simply log into your account by August 22nd to let us know what you want. Please help us keep costs down by recording your preferences online 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 if you’d like to change your delivery/pick up option or pick up location.

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 September 15, 2012
from 5:30–7:30pm

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 September shipment. Space is limited: only 60 spots available. Reservations required by September 10, 2012.

$20.00 Cellar Door Club members

$25.00 non-members

Please email your RSVP to megan@volkwines.com or call (805) 938-7896.



September 2012 Shipment

9th Annual Taste of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County

Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 3-6:30pm
The Trilogy Monarch Club in Nipomo, California. Join us at this exquisite opportunity to savor fine food and wine from more than thirty top savory and pastry chefs and acclaimed local wineries. Enjoy live music and breathtaking scenery. Live and silent auctions will include amazing items such as wine donations of magnums and verticals, unique services, exciting getaways, and once in a lifetime experiences. All of the proceeds earned directly benefit the foster and high-need children, youth and families served by the Family Care Network, Inc. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.fcni.org. We hope to see you there supporting our local families.

31st Annual Taste of the Town

Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 12-3pm
Riviera Park & Gardens, Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara's original food and wine tasting event! Each year, we come together to celebrate our area's unique offerings and help the Arthritis Foundation raise money for their much-needed programs and services. For tickets and information, please visit www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.com.

KVV Cellar Door Club Pickup Party

Saturday, September 15 from 5:30-7:30pm
Our Santa Maria tasting room. Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres catered by one of our local chefs and paired with Ken’s picks for the September 2012 Cellar Door Club shipment.
$20.00 Cellar Door Club members
$25.00 Non-members
Please RSVP to megan@volkwines.com or call 805/938-7896 by September 10, 2012.

3rd Annual SAVOR the Central Coast

Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Grand Tastings take place Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30, 2012 from 10-4pm at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California. Sunset Magazine and San Luis Obispo Visitors and Conference Bureau bring you a four day wine and food experience. Please visit: www.savorcentralcoast.com.

25th Annual Taste of the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County

Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 3-6:30pm
The Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. Join us at this exquisite opportunity to savor fine food and wine from more than thirty top savory and pastry chefs and acclaimed local wineries. Enjoy live music and breathtaking scenery. Live and silent auctions will include amazing items such as wine donations of magnums and verticals, unique services, exciting getaways, and once in a lifetime experiences. All of the proceeds earned directly benefit the foster and high-need children, youth and families served by the Family Care Network, Inc. For tickets and more information, please contact: www.fcni.org. We hope to see you there supporting our local families.

Santa Barbara County Celebration of Harvest 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 1-4pm
Rancho Sisquoc Winery. The highlight of the weekend is the festival itself where 100+ wineries get together to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies and gourmet food creators. During the weekend, wineries also have their own events ranging from winemaker dinners, barrel tastings and sales of new releases. For more information, please visit http://www.sbcountywines.com/events/COH.html.

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance: Harvest Wine Weekend at KVV

Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
We will be hosting an Open House Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to celebrate Harvest Wine Weekend! We invite you to join us for an afternoon enjoying everything the beautiful Kenneth Volk Vineyards/Lone Madrone property has to offer. From 12-3pm on both Saturday & Sunday, have a refreshing glass of wine or cider with a gourmet beef or Portobello burger prepared by Chef Jeffrey Scott. Relax on the lawn or amongst the gardens and listen to live music. For just $10 you get a beef or Portobello burger with all the gourmet accoutrements. Prices vary for wine or cider by the glass or bottle. We will also have wine specials and tasting of pre-releases. Please call our Paso Robles Tasting Room for more details ~ 805-237-7896.

Avila Beach Sea Life Center’s 13th Annual Sea Fare

Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5:30-9pm
Avila Beach Golf Resort, Avila Beach, California. Sea Fare is an evening of fine California wines and local gourmet seafood. Proceeds from Sea Fare 2012 will benefit the Avila Beach Sea Life Center, a San Luis Obispo County 501(c)3 non-profit educational support organization which offers a variety of unique hands-on marine science educational opportunities to students of all ages. We hope to see you there! For tickets and more information, please contact Jess Ferrentino at jesss@sealifecenter.org.


Special Update

Ronald Reagan National Coastline, in Profile?

by Ken Volk

Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to admit that much of Santa Barbara County’s coastline, when viewed from space, bears a remarkable similarity to the profile of California governor and former President Reagan. If you keep an open mind, consider Point Conception to be his chin, Point Arguello his nose, Point Sal his pompadour, and Vandenberg Air Force Base his eyes.

Reagan National Coastline