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The Notre Vue Blog is a wonderful resource filled with lifestyle and entertaining tips, winemaking ideas, recipes, wine pairings, and adventurous behind-the-scenes stories:


 

Renee Brown-Stein
 
October 29, 2018 | Renee Brown-Stein

Harvest Winemaker's Dinner Photo Gallery


We held our first Winemaker's Dinner on September 15th at our newly completed Block 23 Terrace. We proudly served our award-winning wines, which were perfectly paired with food by The Cook and the Drummer; a good time was had by all!

The view from the Block 23 Terrace is spectacular and is now available for your enjoyment to host your own special occasion, or to be a part of one of our many upcoming events. You can view photos from the evening in our online photo gallery.

 

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2018 at 10:54 AM
Michael Westrick
 
October 20, 2018 | Michael Westrick

Notre Vue Fall Newsletter


Bob and I are excited to share with you,  all of our current news at Notre Vue Estate. It has been a busy year!

We held our first Winemaker's Dinner on September 15th at our newly completed Block 23 Terrace. We proudly served our award-winning wines, which were perfectly paired with food by The Cook and the Drummer; a good time was had by all!

The view from the Block 23 Terrace is spectacular and is now available for your enjoyment to host your own special occasion, or to be a part of one of our many upcoming events. You can view photos of the evening here!

We want to thank you for being part of our journey and commitment to creating many more lifetime memories together.

NOTRE VUE - NOTRE VIE - NOTRE VIN
OUR VIEW - OUR LIFE - OUR WINE

-Bob & Renee Stein

By the time you read this we will be just about done with Harvest 2018 and that means another summer has come and gone. I confirmed that this morning by noting a slight nip in the air. I even had a sweater on! The weather is cooling, the days shorter, leaves are changing color ... what better time than now for one last backyard barbeque party?

And what better wine to welcome your guests with than the 2014 Notre Vue White Blend! This seductive wine will stun and amaze your friends, making you look like a world-class sommelier. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. While neither is an unusual varietal by any means, a blend of the two is not common. But what a wine the two make together! Chardonnay offers the classic ripe pear and baked apple notes with a touch of spice and vanilla from the French oak barrel aging. Add to that a little Viognier offering floral notes, perfume and hints of white nectarine and the result is a very aromatic and complex wine, perfect for an early fall evening in the garden.

And if you are indeed barbequing, then Balverne's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is just the ticket. Rich and concentrated with all the great character that Cabernet Sauvignon has to offer, this wine benefits hugely from the addition of a little Malbec. Malbec does particularly well on our property giving us a big, bold, spicy wine loaded with notes of violets and black cherries.

If the coolness of the evening takes you inside to enjoy roast Muscovy duckling or a well-marbled, perfectly cooked standing rib roast, let's pair that up with a glass of Notre Vue's 2014 Bordeaux blend. This classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, our lush Malbec and a hint of Cabernet Franc was aged in 100% new French oak of the highest caliber all designed to complement the beautiful characters of the best fruit the Estate has to offer. This is a serious wine, one that drinks well today, but will continue to deliver over the next decade. Don't hesitate to tuck a case or two in the cellar.

Lastly, I am incredibly proud to be releasing the 2015 vintage of our Notre Vue Bordeaux blend. Aged for 2 years in 100% new French oak, the blend utilizes all five of Bordeaux's classic varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. In one of the final vintages of the California drought, we were rewarded with small berries yielding concentrated flavors and an impressive tannic structure. With a 90-point score from Robert Parker, the new release of the Notre Vue Bordeaux is certain to be satisfying palates for years to come.

We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you here to the Notre Vue Estate property. See you soon?

Until then ... a votre santé!

 -Michael Westrick, Winemaker

2014 Notre Vue Bordeaux Blend $59.00 / 750ml

Complex, age able, balanced, and delicious; the 2014 Bordeaux style blend has all of the classic hallmarks of an incredible bottle of wine. Dark fruit permeates the blend with notes of blackberry, plum, black cherry and currants radiating from the glass. Two years in French oak deliver a touch of spice and vanilla that linker into the finish. Pairing beautifully with duck breast and short ribs alike, the 2014 Bordeaux Style Blend is the perfect wine to keep you warm this winter. 
 

2014 Notre Vue White Blend $39.00 / 750ml

Chardonnay and Viognier make an unlikely team in this sumptuous blend. Lush aromatics of Bose pear, white lilac, and lemon zest deliver elegance and nuance before the first sip reaches your lips. A balanced touch of buttered toast and spice carry through the mid palate, mingling with Granny Smith apple on the wine's long, subtle finish. The 2014 Notre Vue White Blend is the perfect companion to seared scallops with wild mushrooms. 
 

2014 Balverne Cabernet $33.00 / 750ml

This Cabernet is richly layered with flavors of spice: vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and cardamom, blended with hints of berry, raspberry and cassis flavors from the grapes. The lengthy finish is smooth and well-balanced. This exotic mélange continues to develop during bottle aging. A noteworthy wine will change as you consume it - every swirl and sip will bring forth a new sensory aspect of the wine.
 

2015 Notre Vue Bordeaux Blend $59.00 / 750ml

There are few things more exciting around the winery than the release of a new wine. After waiting an entire growing season, two years as the wine developed in barrel, and another year in bottle, the 2015 Notre Vue Bordeaux blend is definitely worthy of patience. With notes of cassis, black currants, tobacco, and plum, the blend finishes with a perfect balance of tannin and acid.

 

Hi ... Jen here, I am the hospitality and events manager here at Notre Vue Estate! I wanted to let you all know that we have some exciting upcoming events to share. Whether at the winery, or out in the community, please join us and let's have some fun together!

We will be announcing our 2019 Calendar of Events soon. We also have our Block 23 Terrace completed in addition to our Notre Vue Room and pond-side Pavillions; we can't wait to host tastings and events for you and your guests. Please visit our events page Upcoming Events. Contact Jennifer Hanshew at 707.433.4050 x126 or jennifer@notrevueestate.com.

  • Wine and Food Affair: November 3-4, 11 am-4pm
  • Winter Wine Walk: November 15, 5pm-8pm
  • Paint Night with Painted Cellars: Nov. 8, 6pm-8pm
  • Wreath Making with Dragonfly Floral Design: December 2, 11 am-1 :30pm
  • Notre Vue Holiday Party: December 8, 1 pm-4pm

Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon with Port Wine Sauce

An outstanding wine calls for an outstanding dish to match. With a wine as bold as the Notre Vue Bordeaux style blend, nothing compares like a perfect cut of steak. The robust tannic structure is perfect for the richness of the filet, while the blue cheese and port wine sauce provide powerful flavors to compliment the wine.

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

½ cup white onion, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp thyme, fresh chopped

¾ cup beef broth

½ cup port wine

1 tbsp vegetable oil

4 filet mignon steaks, 1 ½ inch thick ¾ cup blue cheese crumbles

¼ cup breadcrumbs

Directions

1. Saute onion, garlic, and thyme in butter until onions is tender.

2. Stir in beef broth and port wine, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce down to ½ cup. Set sauce aside.

3. Preheat oven to 350F

4. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil over high heat and sear both sides of the filets until brown. Place skillet in oven.

5. Roast filets in oven for 15 minutes for medium rare.

6. Remove skillet from the oven and preheat the broiler.

7. Mix blue cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle over filets.

8. Place filets under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbling. Let sit for 10 minutes.

9.Serve with warmed port wine sauce.


 

Time Posted: Oct 20, 2018 at 1:57 PM

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