What time is it?
Life is busy and we don’t have time for clocks! We tell time by the beverages we drink. . . or does the clock tells us what beverage to drink?. . . Either way our days are jam packed with things to do, errands to run, people to meet, kids to take care of, and places to go. While we are doing all these things we need something fun in our cup to keep us going. In the morning we need a good pick me up of caffeine to sky rocket us through the day. After all the chores are done we get to enjoy a well deserved glass of wine in celebration of jobs completed and items checked off our list.
Heringer Estates has made it super easy to keep your cup full with the Coffee in the a.m. Wine in the p.m. Gift Box!
Coffee in the a.m.
For your morning, the box includes an exclusive Heringer Estates “Coffee in the a.m. Wine in the p.m.” light teal ceramic mug with a pound of The Mill’s beautiful Bouquet Blend, a medium roast of whole beans to treat your french press and your taste buds with deep, balanced flavors of toasted almond, sweet cream, and cocoa.
Heringer Estates is so excited to be partnered with The Mill, a specialty coffee shop and roaster in Midtown Sacramento.
Wine in the p.m.
For your afternoon, the box includes a Heringer Estates branded wine glass and a bottle of the 2013 Cuvée. The 2013 Cuvée makes a perfect end of your day reward with a wonderful silky blend of Heringer Estates Bordeaux grape varieties. The bold body in this wine checks all the boxes, with sweet and spicy aromas of blueberries, vanilla, chai spice, and soft tannin in the finish. Savor each sip and look forward to tomorrow where you get to fill your cup again!
The Coffee in the a.m. Wine in the p.m. box is available for a limited time and while supplies last.
Bring the Best to the BBQ
Are you are invited to a BBQ this summer? Don’t know what to bring? This recipe for Artichoke and Shrimp Pasta Salad is a fun, light summer dish. Pair this salad with the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc or the 2013 Nebbiolo and you will be the bell of the barbecue!
Preparation: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
1 package (16 oz) bowtie pasta
2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
2 cans (7 ½ oz each) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 cans (2 ¼ oz each) sliced ripe olives, drained
2 cups (8 oz) crumbled feta cheese
2 cups summer tomatoes
1 clove garlic
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tsp dijon mustard
Fresh ground pepper
Directions for Pasta
- Cook shrimp on medium heat with olive oil and garlic. Set aside to cool.
- Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and drain well.
- In a large bowl combine pasta, shrimp, artichokes, olives, cheese, tomatoes, and basil.
Add the Dressing
- In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, oil, lemon juice, basil, mustard, and pepper.
- Pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss to coat.
- Refrigerate, covered for 2 hours before serving.
Pair with a glass of 2017 Sauvignon Blanc or 2013 Nebbiolo and enjoy!
Brought to you by Heringer Estates Food and Beverage Director, Kathleen Updegraff
Try the 2018 August Wine of the Month Gift Box
Gift Box includes:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
16oz bag La Molisana Falafel (bow-tie) Pasta
Pasta and Wine All the Time screen printed tea towel
Recipe card for Backyard BBQ Artichoke and Shrimp Pasta Salad
Do you smell smokey goodness? It’s BBQ season! Let’s savor these long days and beautiful cooler evenings to cook in the wild outdoors and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Which wines are best for these type of days? We recommend the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2013 Nebbiolo. Both wines will complement your BBQ meals and light summer taste buds.
Sauvy Summer Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is not a Chardonnay and it’s not a sweet wine. This sophisticated green grape is a balance of crisp fruit and herbaceous flavors. A traditional and classic light bodied white wine, the Sauvignon Blanc has a rich history starting in Bordeaux, France and traveling to New Zealand and California. With each region Sauvignon Blanc has adopted new flavor and aroma characteristics. In France the Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus flavors. In New Zealand a Sauv Blanc may lean more towards grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. Heringer Estates Sauvignon Blanc grown in Clarksburg, Ca has flavors and aromas of peach, pear, and green tea. Like a cool breeze this wine is a classic crowd pleaser on hot summer days. Enjoy this wine with a heavy fatty cheese appetizer (such as brie) or a pasta salad.
Nebbiolo from Yolo
They say you only live once. If you want to live the good life try a Nebbiolo on a warm summer afternoon. This traditionally heavy red varietal has many aromatic characteristics of a lighter red wine and will not over power your taste buds on high temperature days. The Nebbiolo also has high tannin and can stand on its own with heavy BBQ and smoked meats and burgers. It is one of Italy’s most prized wines and one of Clarksburg’s new favorites for it’s beautiful rustic characteristics of leather, cherry, cranberry, and rhubarb pie. Enjoy the Nebbiolo with your main backyard BBQ crew. It is known to bring out some great stories and fun times.
Enjoy the August Wine of the Month Gift Box
Each box includes
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Pasta and Wine All the Time Tea Towel
1 lb La Molisana Farafel (Bow Tie) Pasta
Recipe for Backyard BBQ Artichoke and Shrimp Pasta Salad
Available only in the month of August 2018!
It’s summertime in the vineyards!
July’s warm weather is a time for long summer days and ripening grape clusters. Little green berries start to turn with the summer sun. By mid July, pops of purple are showing up everywhere in eager varieties. The first wine grape variety to start showing off its purple hues is our Tempranillo. Named after the Spanish word “temprano”, meaning “early,” Tempranillo kicks off veraison for our red grape varieties.
…but what is veraison anyway?
Varaison is the stage in the berry growth process where the color changes from green to purple. It is the second to last stage before the grapes are fully matured and ready for harvest. Here is a break down of all the grape growing stages and what our beautiful tasty wine grapes do in the vineyard before they are crushed and fermented.
After the berries are fully formed at the end of the Fruit Set stage, they start to ripen. Veraison is characterized by the berries softening and accumulating sugar. The darker the berry ripens, the more sugar it has been able to hold on to. We love sugar for our wine making!
However, we wouldn’t advise tasting grapes before the clusters are evenly purple. This stage of purple and green still visible is just the first signal that sugar is around the corner. If you took one off now the acidity and tartness would knock your taste buds off.
Overall, we’re right on target with when we expect to see veraison in Clarksburg. Once the grapes are completely purple and the clusters are softening we’ll start weekly lab (and taste!) testing to determine when the grapes are at their peak ripeness. The warm, long days of summer will soon turn to fall and we’ll be ready for harvest! For now we’re keeping busy with our fruit thinning, canopy management, and drip line irrigation during our heatwaves.
We were so excited and honored to participate in the 42nd Annual OC Fair Commierical Wine Competition this year! Our results are in!
2014 Purple Thread
Each vintage of the Purple Thread is unique from the vintage before and composed of the best performing wine grape varieties of the year. The 2014 blend includes Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Primitivo to create a velvety dry blend of ripe blackberries, hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove. The 2014 Purple Thread is a bold, red wine that is rich and sophisticated as a night at the opera, yet smooth enough to enjoy while snuggling in front of a warm fire.
2016 Sparkling Chardonnay
At Heringer Estates we believe your wine should sparkle as much as you do! The 2016 Heringer Estates Sparkling Chardonnay is the second vintage of sparkling wine produced by Heringer and is a burst of bubbles, summer, and happiness. This lovely wine will delight your senses with a burst of green apple, ripe honeydew melon, and bright, crisp citrus fruit.
Heringer Estates 2016 Chardonnay is a refreshing tropical breeze of green apple, sweet vanilla, and tart pineapple reflecting the beauty and diversity of the Clarksburg region. This delicious new vintage is estate grown and was cold fermented for 6 months in oak barrels then moved into stainless tanks to finish.
2016 Hope’s Thread Rosé
The 2016 Heringer Estates Hope’s Thread Rosé is a wonderfully crisp, dry rosé, with aromas of fresh berry, vanilla, and flowers. This vintage is made with 100% Malbec grapes and has a strong ruby pink color. Hope’s Thread was created for the women in our lives that inspire strength in us all and is a delightful treat any time of year.
This California Malbec has many of the traditional Bordeaux characteristics, but unlike his brothers on different continents, the Heringer Estates Malbec has a velvety finish that softens instead of bites. Enjoy this wines beautiful aroma of wild blackberries and chocolate.
The 2013 Cuveé is a wonderful silky blend of Heringer Estates Bordeaux grape varieties. The bold body in this wine checks all the boxes, with sweet and spicy aromas of blueberries, vanilla, chai tea spice, and soft tannin in the finish.
2014 Petite Sirah
The Petite Sirah is the true King of California. with some amazing flavor characteristics of plum preserves, ripe blackberry, toasted brown sugar, caramel, and spice.
This wine has aromas of rich dark summer berries and dried fruit, with the color of freshly harvested red beets. The body is bold with heavy tannin like plum skins that are grown in the California Delta. The flavor has rich combinations of wood, earth, oak, and blackberries, making it an unforgettable wine.
2013 Row Series Petite Sirah
From vineyard row #36, hand harvested, and aged in new oak barrels, the 2013 Row Series Petite Sirah is a premium varietal wine with flavors and aromas of dark chocolate, plum, ripe blueberry, and a tease of black pepper.
2013 Row Series Tempranillo
From vineyard row #262, hand harvested, and aged in new oak barrels, the 2013 Row Series Tempranillo is a premium varietal wine of zesty proportions. Enjoy this medium bodied and high acid wine with flavors and aromas of cranberry, leather, cardamon, and dried currant.
Each varietal and vintage has it’s own special award winning character. Try these wines before they are gone!
Winemaker Mike Heringer had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the judging for the the Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition. It was a wonderful insight into the commercial wine competition world.
Both days were filled with blind tasting of a variety of wines including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. With over 2800 wines submitted and 300 wineries participating, and 90 judges, this California only wine participation, the event was bustling both days with wine experts. This competition, unlike many others, is completely judged by winemakers and winery owners, so the state’s most discerning palates determine the winners!
Hope’s Thread Rosé is the July Wine of the Month!
It’s summer! Summer is a time for sunshine, beach balls, friends, bbqs, your feet in the sand, and popsicles in hand! For the July Wine of The Month let’s chill with rosé!
2 cups of Hopes Thread Rosé
1 cup simple syrup (or to taste)
2 cups mixed summer berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or raspberries)
Prep the Night Before
- Fill popsicle molds with an assortment of mixed summer berries. Can be fresh or frozen.
- Mix rosé and simple syrup in a mixing bowl.
- Pour over fruit in popsicle molds.
- Add the popsicle stick in the center of the mold.
- Let freeze overnight.
- Pull pops from their molds and enjoy!
- Stay cool and rosé all day!
Enjoy the July Wine of the Month Gift Box!
Each box includes:
- 2016 Hope’s Thread Rosé
- 1 very fun beach ball
- Recipe card for Rosé All Day Berry Pops to make at home
Another great competition among our neighbors in the wine industry. We were honored to participate!
The Heringer Estates Malbec has flourished in the climate of the California Delta, with a beautiful aroma of wild blackberries and chocolate. This California Malbec has many of the traditional Bordeaux characteristics, but unlike his brothers on different continents, the Heringer Estates Malbec has a velvety finish that softens instead of bites.
Best of Class of Varietal – 2015 Pinot Noir
Who does not love a sustainably grown Pinot Noir? The Heringer Estates 2015 Pinot Noir is always a favorite for its fascinating complexities and smooth texture. This irrestiable varietal wine has beautiful aromas of cherry, raspberry, vanilla spice, and violet. Each sip rounds out over the tongue and finishes soft as silk.
Best of Class of Varietal – 2014 Primitivo
Primitivo is the Italian Zinfandel and the Clarksburg appellation makes a fantastic representation. The Heringer Estates 2014 Primitivo is a lighter bodied red wine with enticing aromas of cranberry, cherry, tobacco, and pepper. A fantastic food wine, the Primitivo often explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spicy tobacco-like smoky finish. This lovely vintage is excellent to enjoy now or can be aged another 10 years.
Best of Class of Varietal – 2013 Insieme
The word “insieme” in Italian means “togetherness”. Insieme is the perfect expression of combining Teroldego, Barbera, and Primitivo in a blend that boasts flavors of dark berry, cherry, caramel and a hint of chocolate and tobacco.
Best of Class of Varietal – 2014 Purple Thread
Each vintage of the Purple Thread is unique from the vintage before and composed of the best performing wine grape varieties of the year. Heringer Estates 2014 Purple Thread is composed of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Primitivo. A bold, red wine that is rich and sophisticated. Every sip is a velvety dry blend of ripe blackberries, hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove.
Best of Class of Varietal – 2015 Cabernet Franc
The Cabernet Franc is always one of the most sought after wines from Heringer Estates. This rich full bodied wine is a fantastic balance of soft tannin and flavor that makes the perfect addition to any party or meal. The 2015 vintage has aromas of rich berry, herbs, and caramel. The delectable soft finish on this full bodied red wine will leave you wanting more.
2016 Sparkling Chardonnay
At Heringer Estates we believe your wine should sparkle as much as you do! The 2016 Heringer Estates Sparkling Chardonnay is the second vintage of sparkling wine produced by Heringer and is a burst of bubbles, summer, and happiness. This lovely wine will delight your senses with a burst of green apple, ripe honeydew melon, and bright, crisp citrus fruit. Take this wine to an event to share with friends, brunch, or moonlit summer nights.