Events

Join us on Saturday, March 14th when Borjon Winery will send one of their folks to be our guest Wine Bartender from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. Reservations are recommended!

Summer is winding down, and Harvest is in the air!  Most of our great winemaker friends are full swing into the 2016 grape harvest (or they will be soon!)  It’s always exciting to anticipate the wine that will be crafted from this vintage.  We just have to sit back & wait for the grapes and the winemakers to do their thing.

square-banner-1-300x250You may want to spend the weekend of October 1st & 2nd enjoying Amador County’s “Big Crush Harvest Festival“.  Log onto amadorwine.com for a full listing of participating wineries.  Then be sure to have a lovely dinner at the Gold Vine Grill later that evening.

Coming next month, Saluti Cellars will be utilizing their venue for a fundraiser for the Pioneer Firefighters.  We will bring you more information as the time gets closer to the event.  But, you will want to put the date of October 29th on your calendar for this one!

We will not be hosting a “12 @ 6” Wine Paired dinner in September, but we will be at it again in October, so stay tuned.

wine and chocolate cruise

One of the fun & exciting things coming up is a Caribbean Cruise being hosted by our good friend, Shari Fitzpatrick.  She, along with MV (Miller Vineyards) and Nello Olivo Winery are putting together a Wine & Chocolate Cruise!  This cruise will leave Miami for a 7-Day Cruise on March 18th 2017.  We are trying to get in on the fun, and book some cabins with Gold Vine Grill. There are also more details on our Events Link.

 

Remember:

Wednesday Nights:  Burger Night

Thursday Nights:  Fish & Chips (except this Thursday, when we’ll have Fish Tacos!)

Friday & Saturday Nights:  Steak & Lobster

Sundays all Day & Night:  Corkage Free!

Call us for take out food day or night.

Check out our Facebook Page for the Cheesecake flavor of the week!

Contact us regarding your catering needs for your special events!

Make your reservations soon for our fabulous wine paired New Year’s Eve Gala dinner!  First seating is at 5 PM and second seating is at 8 PM.  First seating is $75.00 per person, second seating is $85.00  per person and includes a sparkling wine party after dinner.  All costs include food, wine, tax & gratuity.

1st Course:  Crab & Shrimp Crepes w/ a Silky Seafood Veloute

Wine:  Saluti Cellars 2012 Viognier

2nd Course:  Grilled Asian Pear, Arrugula and Pancetta Salad lightly tossed in a champagne vinaigrette

Wine:  2012 Lavender Ridge Grenache Rose

3rd Course: Sweet Potato Gnocci w/ Walnut Pesto

Wine:  c.g. di Arie Primativo

4th Course: Classic Whole Roasted Filet Mignon topped w/ Sauce Bernaise Wine:  Cedarville Cabernet Sauvignon

5th Course:  Chocolate Genache Cake

Wine:  Mellowood Syrah  

Guest Wine Bartender at our restaurant for the month is Ted Bechard w/ Bechard Vineyards on March 29th from 5:30 – 9:00 PM.

image of Ted & Andrea BechardWelcome to the History. . . . . . .             It all began hiking on the dusty road to St. Baume while volunteering at La Sabranenque in Southern France. La Sabranenque a non-profit organization based in Saint Victor la Coste, near Avignon in Provence, has been working for the preservation of the rural Mediterranean habitat, its heritage, architecture  and techniques. As we went off to work each day we passed through the famous wine regions of the Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac and Tavel(known for their Rosé wines). Many of the restoration projects were in small intimate Chapels located in the remote countryside which we learned were used as a refuge for pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela.  A few years later after extensive research and planning we began our pilgrimage to Santiago by bicycle from St Jean Pied de Port on the border of Spain and France in the Pyrenees covering 500 miles through northern Spain. The plan continued to develop bicycling on the road to Compostella through the rolling hills of the Rioja wine region.  An idea, a dream, a midlife crisis became a desire to fully involve ourselves in the world of food and wine.

    Our adventure to the land of food and wine commenced with a 3500-mile journey from Bar Harbor, Maine to Northern California. Calistoga the northernmost town in the Napa Valley became our home and we remained there for the next four years.  Ted began working for Vincent Arroyo Winery in Calistoga and Andrea for Eleanor and Francis Coppola, owners of the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in Rutherford.  These two family owned businesses showed us the diversity of wineries in the Napa Valley, ranging from an intimate tasting room in the wine cellar to a mutli-million dollar showplace. From our experiences we learned that the familiarity of our establishment could offer our customers a friendly and educational wine experience.

     Our winemaking experiences began with picking second crop grapes, stomping in the picking bin, fermenting in plastic barrels and pressing in a small basket press. After three years of training in the winery and classes in general viticulture, wine chemisty, microbiology, vineyard soils, plant nutrition, sensory evaluation and analysis of must and wines we were on our way to begin planning our own label.

     Realizing that the Napa Valley was unrealistic in terms of land acquisition, we began widening our search for vineyard property in Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Sonoma and finally came across the Fairplay viticulture region in El Dorado County located in the Sierra Foothills.  On our first trip we found a 20 acre parcel off the Grizzly Flat Road with a stunning view of the Cosumnes river valley.  We continued our search but we kept coming back to the beautiful parcel we first saw and eventually purchased the property in May of 2001.            

    Development of the vineyard began in 2002 with the first planting in the summer of 2003.  Our emphasis being small batch premium handcrafted wines with an importance placed on blending to achieve wine style with more complexity.  Following the traditional styles from the Rhone Valley in France and the Rioja region in Spain, the vineyard was planted with Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah.     After making wine at several locations over the past few years we broke ground in the summer/fall of 2005 for the new winery building and contruction began after harvest was completed. We welcome you to visit the vineyard and celebrate in the continuing progress of our new home. 

     A Santé,

Andrea & Ted Bechard

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