Tag Archives | Merlot

Getting Ready for the 2014 Grape Harvest at Villa del Monte Winery

We spent the weekend getting the winery organized for our upcoming bottling extravaganza.  If all goes as planned, we will bottle 1200 cases of Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot next weekend.  A big thank you in advance to our winery helpers!  After we finish bottling, we will be ready to receive this year’s harvest. The …

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Villa del Monte Wine and Food Pairings

Villa del Monte Wine Club members recently received the April shipment. The shipment included four bottles of Villa del Monte wine, a seasoning salt sample from True Olive Connection, and recipes from Blue Sage that pair nicely with our wines. Enjoy! Cedar Planked Salmon with Smoked Alderwood Sea Salt—serve with Villa del Monte 2008 or …

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Villa del Monte Wine Futures

Last weekend, Villa del Monte Wine Club members had the opportunity to buy wine futures, by the case, at a 40% discount.  Buying wine futures refers to buying wine after it is made, but before it is bottled and labeled.  The wine will be held in the barrel at the winery for another year and …

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Our Favorite American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)

An American Viticultural Area, or appellation, is a defined grape growing region in the U.S. with geographic features (such as soil and climate) that set it apart from surrounding areas.  At Villa del Monte Winery, we include the American Viticultural Area (AVA)  on our labels since we believe that the terroir of the AVA (local …

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Open for Wine Tasting on March 29 and 30

Villa del Monte Winery will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on both March 29 and 30.  We hope that you will come and celebrate Spring with us!  You will be able to taste wine, hear about vineyard progress, and see our new tasting board (hint: it is a wonderful upcycling project made …

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Taste Villa del Monte wines at Vinocruz

Villa del Monte winemakers, John and Neil, will be pouring a selection of Villa del Monte wines at Vinocruz in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, February 8.  Wine will be for sale by the glass or by the bottle. The tasting fee will be waived with a bottle purchase so this will be a great …

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Open for wine tasting on January 25 and 26

We will be open for wine tasting from noon to 5 pm on both January 25 and 26.  We hope that you will come and celebrate a new year of wine tasting with us!  You will be able to taste a selection of our wines, including Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet, Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay, Carneros …

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Wine tasting in downtown Santa Cruz

Villa del Monte winemakers, John and Neil, will be pouring a selection of our wines at Vinocruz in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, December 14.  Wine will be for sale by the glass or by the bottle. The tasting fee will be waived with a bottle purchase so this will be a great time to …

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Find our wines at Vinocruz in Santa Cruz

Vinocruz, right in the middle of downtown Santa Cruz, is a local wine bar that specializes in Santa Cruz Mountains AVA wines.  We are thrilled that they now carry several Villa del Monte wines: 2011 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 Pinot Santa Cruz Mountains 2006 Merlot Reserve Carneros 2010 Cabernet Santa Cruz Mountains So, if …

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Bottling Day!

It’s here–bottling day. Well, actually it’s bottling weekend.  This is an exciting time at Villa del Monte Winery. We are planning to bottle several new releases this weekend, including: 2012 Pinot Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 Syrah Santa Clara Valley 2011 Merlot Reserve Carneros 2011 Cabernet Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 Late Harvest Zinfandel Santa Clara …

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