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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.
With Al Fresco season upon us, I thought I’d share a few entertaining tips for hosting your own outdoor wine tasting. I feel that culinary pleasure and entertaining with friends and family refreshes the soul, revives the spirit, and creates new memories!
This is a perfect time of year to lean toward lighter wines. I recommend our 2014 Notre Vue Estate White Wine, a beautiful blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. Perfect with Brie cheese, this wine is also an excellent accompaniment to sautéed sole and seared scallops. I would also suggest our 2017 Balverne Rosé of Pinot Noir Reserve, which is fabulous with a fresh goat cheese salad, as well as shrimp, crab or lobster.
Now the fun part begins – setting the table! I start with a fresh, white tablecloth, with a burlap runner. Staging your buffet table, roll crisp white napkins, tied with raffia or twine, with a sprig of lavender tucked into the tie. For nibbles, create different heights with 2 or 3-tiered serving platters. For a simple, outdoorsy feel, mason jars are a nice alternative to use for your floral arrangements.
Setting the ambiance with white bulb string lights and various heights of white (unscented) votives along with your favorite play list will get your guests glowing and relaxed.
Have your all-purpose wine glasses staged and ready to go. You’ll also want to have chilled water nearby, and plain water crackers to cleanse the palate. When pouring tastes of wine for guests, a good rule of thumb is a 2 -ounce pour for each tasting, but feel free to indulge with a bit more.
Feel free to share photos of YOUR Al Fresco Wine Tasting Party on our social media channels. We’d love to see your ideas too!
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Winemaker Michael Westrick along with Phenix Wine Distributors held a wonderful winemaker dinner reception for the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Ca. Our premium award winning estate Balverne wines were served including: the 2016 Balverne Rose of Pinot, 2013 Balverne Pinot Noir, 2016 Balverne Savignon Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, and the 2012 Chalk Hill Cabernet all deliciously paired with a four course meal. The menu consisted of delectable dishes such as chanterele mushrooms, diver scallops, Maine lobster rissoto, and New York beef pavé. Michael poured and educated guests about Balverne's history and our committment to sustainability as the sun set over the Marina. Here are some photos of this fabulous event.
Photos from our Harvest Celebration Dinner at Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards. We were fortunate to have such ideal weather as we dined lakeside enjoying Chef Brian Anderson’s deliciously prepared four course meal paired perfectly with our estate wines. Beautiful, serene melodies by musical duo Steel & Ivory played in the background. All in all it was a wonderful evening amongst friends and we thank all of you for attending this year's Harvest Dinner! Click on image to view the photo gallery of the event.
Photos from our "Forever Wild" Tour de Cru event in August. Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyard opened its gates for guests to hike and bike along private trails that wind through its vineyards and “Forever Wild” Open Space. During the morning, guests were able to explore the diversity of the terroir that creates a rich tapestry of land and an array of grape varieties rarely found in such proximity to each other. At the Summit, hikers and bicyclists were rewarded with sweeping views of mount St. Helena to the east and to the west as far as the Pacific Ocean. Could not have asked for a more beautiful day! Thank you all for attending this year's Tour de Cru, we cannot wait until next year's TDC event! Click on image to view our photo gallery of the event.
BREATHTAKING. There are only a handful of experiences in life that can be described as such — A moment so awe inspiring that you take pause. In 1992, we were captivated by just such a moment, as we stood atop a ridge overlooking 710 acres of breathtaking, rolling hills of Sonoma countryside.
This incredible landscape forged over eons would one day become the Notre Vue Estate. Over the years, through foresight and determination, the vineyards of the estate have been planted and tenderly cared for and now include 18 varietals that are the foundaRon for our exceptional wines. The estate spans two world-‐class viticultural areas: the Chalk Hill appellation, with its ashy volcanic soils suited perfectly for Bordeaux varietals, and the ancient river bed of the Russian River appellation, ideal for Burgundian varietals. Preserving the natural beauty of the land has always been at the heart of our vision. For this reason our undulating vineyards weave through a much larger tapestry that now includes 350 acres of our estate that we have protected in perpetuity as open space land, preserving the beauty of Notre Vue for generations to come.
This synergy between vine and ecosystem creates a harmony that feeds our vines and supports the abundant wildlife as well as the natural flora and fauna. Today, standing here on that same ridge, Notre Vue Estate is a prominent winery and vineyard destination known for our authentic guest experiences sought after by loyal customers and wine enthusiasts worldwide. Our estate is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of vineyards or gardens, relish the natural environment and the beautiful vistas, appreciate the architecture and the overall rustic elegance along with the welcoming charm that are all a part of the essence that is Notre Vue Estate.
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