Winemaker Dinner at RN74 Seattle

RN74
Seattle, WA
~7/26/17~

En route to this year’s IPNC Festival in Oregon, I’m making a quick stop at a restaurant I helped open with the Michael Mina Group. RN74’s first outpost away from San Francisco is hosting me to pour the wines from our sister winery, Evening Land. If you’re in the Seattle area, I hope you can join us. I’d love to meet you and, if you’re not already familiar, introduce you to the wines of our historic estate vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.

The five course menu is paired with our Evening Land wines for $145 per person. Reserve today by emailing Ashley Keeney directly at akeeney@rn74.com.

SANDHI SEMINAR with BOULDER WINE MERCHANTS

St. Julien Hotel
Boulder, CO
~ 6/13/17 ~
$45/person

Very excited to return to Colorado and partner with a top-notch retail shop, Boulder Wine Merchant, for an in-depth seminar and Sandhi retrospective. Hosted at the gorgeous St. Julien Hotel and Spa, we’ll dive deep on the following wines and proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit There with The Care charity.

The Line-Up

2014 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
2014 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
2014 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

2011 Rita’s Crown Chardonnay
2014 Rita’s Crown Chardonnay

2011 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
2013 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
2014 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

Call 303.443.6761 to reserve your space. Only 40 seats available.

Pre-IPNC Party!!!

Ambonnay Wine Bar
107 SE Washington Street
Portland, OR
~ 7/27/17 ~

This year’s IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) is right around the corner. Sashi and I are excited to host our second annual Pre-IPNC dinner at Ambonnay in Portland. Last year we brought together Pinot Noir vignerons from Burgundy, Chile, and California. This year, we’re upping the ante with a stellar roster of winemakers from Burdundy, Alsace, Italy, California, New Zealand, and Ontario.

We will of course be pouring wines from Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, and Evening Land. I can assure you that you will NEVER again have the chance to be in the same room with all of these talented winemakers, drinking their wines -direct from their cellars- and learning about their Domaines.

Our Guests of Honor

Chisa Bize – Domaine Simon Bize
Mathilde Grivot – Domaine Jean Grivot
Etienne deMontille – Domaine de Montille
Albert Mann – Domaine Albert Mann
Martin Foradori – J. Hoffstätter
Jim Clendenen – Au Bon Climat
Ross Cobb – Cobb Wines
Jim Prosser – J.K. Carriere
Norman Hardie – Norman Hardie Wines
Paul Pujol – Prophet’s Rock

 

Tickets are selling quickly. Call our Evening Land Tasting Room at 503.538.4110 to reserve your seats. You can also email info@elvwines.com. Hope to see you there!!! If you’re attending IPNC and can’t make our party, please be sure to ping me on twitter or instagram. We’d love to see you at any of the other IPNC events.

Our Best Winemaker Dinner of 2017!!!

1738 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
~ 6/19/17 ~

I am so excited about our dinner at Frasca on Monday, June 19th. My good friends Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson have created a food & wine destination and a hospitality institution in a very short amount of time. So after the Aspen Food & Wine festivities wind down, I’m headed to Boulder for a special evening at Frasca.

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I’ll be pouring our 2014 vintage wines from Sandhi alongside the incredible cuisine of fellow James Beard award-winner Alon Shaya. Proceeds from our evening will benefit the New Orleans’ Shaya Barnett Initiative.

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Reserve your seats for this special evening by calling 303.442.6966. Hope to see you there!

Apen Food & Wine

~ 6/16 & 6/17 ~

The Aspen Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner. I’m happy to be sitting on 3 panels that will repeat on Friday and Saturday. At 2 of those panels, I’ll be pouring wines we make here in Lompoc.

“Around the World with Bubbles”

Our esteemed moderator, Momofuku Wine Director and founder of Bellus Wines, Jordan Salcito, has selected our 2012 Sandhi Brut Rosé (2nd Disgorgement) as part of a killer line-up of sparkling wines. I can’t think of a better panel to sit on at 10am!

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“New California” &
“What the Heck is Natural Wine?”

I always love drinking and talking with my good friend Patrick Cappiello. We’ll do plenty of both as I’m joining him for 2 afternoon panels. The first, ‘What the Heck is Natural Wine Anyway?’ is a subject near and dear to my heart. The second panel, ‘New California: Wines from the Next Generation’ will feature our 2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (97pts Decanter).

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To top it all off, I’m joining my friends Carlton McCoy and Luca Currado for an evening of Vietti and Sandhi at The Little Nell. Unquestionably one of the best places to drink wine in America, I love returning to the Nell every summer. See you there!

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

I always love visiting Nantucket every spring. This year, I’m putting on my ‘Oregon’ cap to pour wines from our sister estate in the Eola-Amity Hills, Evening Land.

I’ll be pouring at all 3 Grand Tastings, leading the Oregon Panel, and tasting through our full range of wines from the 2014 vintage. If you’re headed to Nantucket, please say hello!

2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation Awards have played a big part in my life. It was a special honor this year to be inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who.

To be inducted alongside a great California chef like Suzanne Goin, whose restaurants have played a huge part in supporting our wines, makes this moment all the more rewarding.

I’m most humbled to join my two greatest mentors, Larry Stone and Jim Clendenen, in receiving this honor. Larry set my palate and my work ethic on the course to become who I am today and Jim showed me the incredible terroir of Santa Barbara County and the Sta. Rita Hills. His wines played a huge part in the decision to start Sandhi.  I am inspired to continue being of service to others in our industry.

 

 

Tenzing Portfolio Show

401 N. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL
~ 4/24/17 ~

I’ll be pouring our wines at the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio tasting next Monday the 24th. If you’re a wine buyer in Chicago, please stop by the Sandhi table and say hello. It’ll be a great tasting.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

~ 4/20/2017 ~

The 2017 Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner! I’ll be pouring our wines at the opening night reception at The Inn at Spanish Bay, so please come by and say hello.

This year marks the 20th year I’ve participated in this event, dating back to when it was called the Masters Food & Wine and in addition to being a great festival, it provides a nice venue for sommeliers from all over the country to get together, service tons of panels, luncheons, and dinners, and then let loose late into the night. Hope to see you there.

The perfect Santa Barbara Day

I recently had a classic Santa Barbara day with an old protégé and friend, Brian McClintic. He captured it all on his blog and in an inaugural Viticole Podcast episode. Check out the Podcast episode HERE.

As I wrap up the research portion of my upcoming book, The Atlas of Taste, and get ready to write, the topic of rocks and vineyard geology is top of mind. Brian gave me a chance to dive deep on that and much more, especially as it relates to our soils here in the Sta. Rita Hills. I hope you’ll enjoy and subscribe to his podcast.