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Renee Brown-Stein
 
March 26, 2019 | Renee Brown-Stein

Notre Vue Spring Newsletter


Spring is here! 

With the stormy weather behind us and the sun awakening, we are excited about your next visits. The Block 23 Terrace and Lakeside Pavilions are ready for you, your family and friends to enjoy; Music is in the air and wine is flowing!

Pete has updated the Cultivar food and wine program, and we have to say, it is fantastic!  You will have to swing by and give it a try.

Jen has been busy making sure every detail is covered, and every experience is engaging and fun! We are really looking forward to Summer Sundays; you can see the details on the events page.

You may have met Jared, our son. He has been busy working in the background with us. He has committed to the family business and we couldn't be happier!

Last but not least, we have new additions to our hospitality team. Our wine family is growing, as well as new wine members! We can't wait for everyone to meet.

As always, we look forward to your next visit!

-Bob and Renee Stein

It's Springtime at Notre Vue Estate! From a winemaking perspective, this past winter has been a blessing. We've received an abundance of rain, cool weather without any serious freezes and plenty of breaks in the rain to give the soil time to absorb and store the water between storms. We are set. Bring on Spring!

As the change in weather and season brightens our days, the vineyard crew is actively pruning the vines making sure we are ready for budbreak. If you've never pruned a grapevine, you should make an effort to come out and watch our team at work. Pruning certainly has a scientific, botanical basis but it is also an art form. It's easy to whack away at a vine and cut off last year's growth. It is a whole other ballgame to do it correctly, in order to maximize quality and production for each individual plant. Watching pruners at work is like watching a ballet. Each move is graceful and with purpose, each plant an individual with individual needs, all addressed one by one as the artists move steadily down the rows.

While the vineyard team has been hard at work pruning as weather permits, the winemaking team was finishing up Harvest 2018. Our first wines of the vintage are stabilizing in the bottle and will soon be ready for you to taste! Balverne's 2018 Sauvignon Blanc will be hitting your local wine shops shortly, while the Balverne Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Rose will be available for tasting here at the winery soon. As always, the two reserves offerings sell out fast so mark your calendars and visit us to pick up your allocation. Remember, just before harvest, I suggested 2018 might be the perfect vintage...you be the judge.

Balverne 2016 Reserve Malbec

When I came on board here as the winemaker, I was immediately struck by the quality of the fruit on the property in general and of the Malbec in particular. In fact, so much so, that I lobbied to produce a Malbec to offer our Club Members and winery guests. That dream has come to fruition and I am very proud to announce the release of the Balverne 2016 Reserve Malbec!

A blend of Malbec with hints of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, one is first struck by the intense color of the wine followed immediately by the lush perfume of dark cherries, lingonberry, and spice. Notes of the finest French oak waft seductively in and out, complementing the incredible fruit. Those same characteristics permeate the palate and linger long into the already silky finish.
A perfect complement to grilled duck breast, I can only imagine how wonderful this wine would pair, too, with Lingonberry Sauce served over Swedish Meatballs.

From all of us at Notre Vue Estate Vineyards and Winery, let's welcome spring together with a glass of your favorite Notre Vue and Balverne wines. We look forward to hosting you here in the very near future. A votre santé!

 -Michael Westrick, Winemaker

2016 Balverne Reserve Malbec $45.00 /750ml

We are incredibly proud to be releasing the first Malbec ever produced by Notre Vue. While your mind might first go to Argentina when you think about this varietal, our Chalk Hill Reserve is
certain to shatter your belief that great Malbec only comes from South of the equator. Showing a deep, inky purple, the fruit was brought in right at the end of our 5-year drought, resulting in small, concentrated berries. After spending 2 years in 50% new French oak barrels and another 6 months in the bottle, the wine is beginning to express its true identity. Deep fruit, subtle florals, and perfect structure rests under every cork.

 

2015 Balverne Reserve Chardonnay $33.00 /750ml

Crafting a great bottle of Chardonnay requires artistry, patience, and skill. With a fairly neutral profile, the grape responds well to various winemaking techniques. The Balverne Reserve Chardonnay has been carefully crafted, employing methods such as a secondary,
malolactic fermentation and batonnage to give the wine a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. 12 months in the highest quality French oak
barrels has enhanced the profile, affording the Chardonnay notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Finally, it is impossible to create great wine without quality fruit. Our vineyards have been carefully tended, resulting in beautiful grape clusters and expressive wine. 

 

2015 Notre Vue Rhone $49.00 / 750ml

The Syrah grown on the Estate thrives at one of the highest reaching blocks on the property. Extensive sunshine coupled with
mountaintop breezes allows the grapes to ripen beautifully, delivering a concentrated, dark fruited wine. Aged for two years in 100% new
French oak barrels, the 2015 Rhone blend picks up delicate hints of vanilla bean, espresso, and dark chocolate. The wine is the perfect companion to filet mignon and bacon blue cheese burgers alike.

Hello... Jen here! We have officially released our 2019 Event Calendar and couldn't be more excited. We have been lucky enough to have hosted a handful of great events already this year; there is literally something for everyone, and we are looking forward to seeing you all here this year ... although most of these events are aimed at our locals, we hope to see you here on a future visit. We have something fun going on several times a month, so please check out our website or visit the tasting room for details! We have also updated the tasting experiences on the property, so please grab a friend and come taste the delicious new releases inside our salon, lakeside or overlooking the estate on our Block 23 Terrace. Please visit our events page or contact:
Jennifer Hanshew
707.433.4050 x126
jennifer@notrevueestate.com

Here is a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming events:

  • Barrel Making Seminar: April 12, 2pm-5pm
  • Movie Night: April 26, 6pm-8pm
  • Wine Club Party: May 4, 1 pm-4pm
  • Spring Floral Workshop: May 5, 11am-2pm
  • Spring Celebration Luncheon: May 18, 12pm-3pm
  • Painted Cellars Paint Night: May 30, 6pm-8pm

 

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce

Ingredients:
3 pieces white bread, with the crust removed, torn and soaked in whole milk
1 lb. ground beef, 1 lb. pork, and 1 lb. veal
4 Tbl. of butter
1 small minced onion
2 egg yolks
1/2 c. of heavy cream
2 Tbl. of salt
Cracked black pepper
2 tsp. of allspice
1 bowl cold water
 

Sauce:
2 Tbs. of butter
2 Tbs. of all-purpose flour
3 c. of chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground
black pepper
112 c. of heavy cream
1 to 2 Tbs. of black
currant jam
1/4 c. of chopped
parsley leaves
Lingonberry jam, for serving
 

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Move the onion to a plate to cool. Wipe the pan with
a paper towel.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground meats, egg yolks, heavy cream, and onion. Add salt, pepper, and allspice.
Squeeze excess milk from the bread and add it to the bowl. Mix gently.

4. With a bowl of cold water standing by, form meatballs 1-inch across. Dip your fingers in cold water to keep the
meat from sticking.

5. Melt the remaining butter in the saute pan and add a layer of meatballs as the foam mellows. Do not over-crowd the pan and shake it occasionally to round out the meatballs. Brown all of the meatballs, in batches, moving them to a large oven safe dish when cooked. Put the dish in the oven for about 20 minutes.

6. Sauce: Pour off most of the fat from the skillet and return it to the heat. Add 2 tbs of butter and swirl it around to coat the pan. Sprinkle in the flour, and stir with a whisk to dissolve the flour into the fat. Pour in the chicken stock and stir to loosen the bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer, stirring, until liquid is reduced and mixture thickens to a sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Lower the heat and stir in the cream and black currant jam. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and the meatballs are heated through 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

 

 


Time Posted: Mar 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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
Renee Brown-Stein
 
October 20, 2018 | Renee Brown-Stein

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 barbecuing, 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, ageable, 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 linger 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 new wine. After waiting an entire growing season, two years as the wine developed in the 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, 11am - 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 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 are 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 fillets in the 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 fillets.

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
Renee Brown-Stein
 
May 30, 2018 | Renee Brown-Stein

Tips to Host Your Outdoor Wine Tasting

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!

-Renee Brown
Executive Vice President, Notre Vue Estate

 

Time Posted: May 30, 2018 at 4:52 PM
Renee Brown-Stein
 
November 3, 2017 | Renee Brown-Stein

Balverne Wines Winemaker Dinner California Yacht Club

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 Noir2016 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. 

Balverne Wines Winemaker Dinner Marina del Rey
Click to view California Yacht Club event photos

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 3, 2017 at 3:05 PM
Renee Brown-Stein
 
October 22, 2017 | Renee Brown-Stein

Harvest Celebration Dinner 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.


Click to view Tour de Cru event photos

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2017 at 3:51 PM
Renee Brown-Stein
 
September 13, 2017 | Renee Brown-Stein

Tour de Cru Event Photos

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.

Tour de Cru Photo Gallery
Click to view Tour de Cru event photos

 

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Renee Brown-Stein
 
April 21, 2017 | Renee Brown-Stein

Welcome to Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards!

Notre Vue EstateBREATHTAKING. 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.

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2017 at 12:15 AM

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