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Kenneth Volk Vineyards - Cellar Door Club
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Our September 2014 Cellar Door Club shipment features wines from our northern-most vineyard sources including three interesting reds—Grenache, Zinfandel, and Mourvèdre—as well as one lovely white, a Malvasia Bianca.

November 2013 Shipment

The harvest of 2014 is rapidly approaching and is likely to be in full stride by the time our September Cellar Door Club is shipped. In this club shipment, we feature four wines from our furthest north vineyard sources. We’ve included a multi-vintage Grenache from the Rio San Benito Vineyard, a 2011 vintage Zinfandel and Mourvèdre from the iconic Enz Vineyard of Lime Kiln Valley, and a 2013 Malvasia Bianca from the San Bernabe Vineyard of Monterey.

The early vintage this year stems directly from the ongoing three-year drought and the historic high temperatures we experienced on the Central Coast this past May. On May 1, the National Weather Service raised the drought status of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties from “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions. What little rain we received in early March turned the hills green but quickly dried out to a golden hue by mid-May. The perigean full moons—also known as “super moons”—of July, August and September will have a profound impact accelerating grape vine maturity as the moon orbit comes closest to earth.

On July 10, 2014, the International Research Institute of Climate Prediction declared a 70% chance of El Niño in the summer of 2014 in the northern hemisphere and 80% chance for the coming winter. For the past three decades, three-year drought periods have been followed by an above-average rainfall year. Not all El Niño weather patterns will result in above average rainfall, but the wettest seasons on the Central Coast in the past 50 years have occurred during El Niño conditions. Let’s pray for rain—just not until the 2014 vintage is complete.


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.

Grenache — Rio San Benito Vineyard, San Benito

Full Retail $28.00 / Club $22.40

The finished wine has aromas of red and black fruits with flavors of cherry and raspberry. The wine has moderate tannins and astringency with bright acidity.

Garam Masala-crusted Chicken with Fig Jus


2011 Zinfandel — Enz Vineyard, Lime Kiln Valley

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This delicious wine was recently awarded a gold medal at the Sunset International Wine Competition. Our 2011 Zinfandel has very ripe, jammy flavors, somewhat atypical of the KVV style of Zinfandel. The wine has aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry and raspberry. On the palate, it has firm tannins and moderate astringency. This wine pairs well with grilled meats and vegetables, duck, lamb, and hearty red-sauced pastas.

Barbecued Skewers


2011 Mourvèdre — Enz Vineyard, Lime Kiln Valley

Full Retail $36.00 / Club $28.80

This wine is very earth toned and has aromas and fruit flavors of marionberry and mulberry. Try it with beef short ribs, pork shoulder, barbecued meat and veggies, or this recipe for Bobby Flay’s lamb chops with jalapeño preserves.

Lamb Chops with Jalapeño Preserves


2013 Malvasia Bianca — San Bernabe Vineyard, Monterey

Full Retail $24.00 / Club $19.20

This wine was awarded a gold medal at this year’s Orange County Fair Wine Competition and Central Coast Wine Competition. Ken has produced Malvasia Bianca in a variety of styles but he has concentrated on producing it in a highly aromatic dry, table-wine style. This wine has aromas of jasmine and citrus blossom and ripe lychee nut. On the palate, the wine has a rich mouthfeel, with tropical fruit flavors supported by clean acidity.

Crab Salad with Ginger and Dried Orange Peel


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

$99.20 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 August 27, 2014. Estimated shipping date: September 8, 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 August 27 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.

Upcoming Events

August 17, 2014 — Family Winemakers of California

1 - 6pm ~ Northern California Tasting, San Mateo, California
California's top wine producers are coming to you! Celebrate California's rich wine history and its many beautiful and diverse wine regions at the Family Winemakers of California's tasting. Your tickets include the following: unlimited access to 300+ wineries from 20+ California appellations pouring over 30 varietals and 750 different wines, a commemorative wine glass, a wide variety of cheeses, and an onsite deli. We look forward to seeing you there! For tickets and information, please visit here.

September 7, 2014 — 33rd Annual Taste of the Town

12 - 3pm ~ Riviera Park Gardens, Santa Barbara, California
The Arthritis Foundation's Taste of the Town stands apart as a special gathering of the finest restaurants and wineries in our area. Now in its 33rd year, this is Santa Barbara's original food and wine tasting event. Each year, participating restaurants and wineries come together to celebrate their unique offerings and help the Arthritis Foundation raise money for their much needed programs and services. Last year, over 80 participants helped raise more than $150,000 for the local office of the Arthritis Foundation. For tickets and information, please visit here

September 9, 2014 – Rhone Rangers Los Angeles Tasting

7 – 9pm ~ Vibiana, Los Angeles, California
Your general admission ticket provides entry to the consumer walk-around tasting from 7 - 9pm. Food prepared by Chef Neal Fraser will be available for purchase to pair with the wines. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. For tickets and more information, please visit here

September 20, 2014 — 8th Annual Rancho Vino

1 - 4pm ~ 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

September 27, 2014 – San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration

6 – 10:30pm ~ San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
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 information, please visit here

October 11, 2014 — Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting

12 - 4pm ~ Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, California
The highlight of the weekend is the Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country at Old Mission Santa Ines. All 100+ winery members gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, caterers, and gourmet food creators. Listen to live music from various bands and musicians. For tickets and information, please visit here