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Swirl it! is partnering with SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom to give back and to give you a chance to win some seriously cool prizes at our upcoming launch party. If you live in SF and want to be the first to check out the new app Register here for the launch event happening this Thursday April 4th from 6:30-10!
Adrian Grenier made a name for himself playing Vince on HBO’s Entourage, but he’s just as interested in sustainability, design, and food as he is in acting. He started a company called SHFT with producer Peter Glatzer to promote “a more sustainable approach to the way we live,” according to their mission statement, and enlisted the help of Cerise Mayo, an expert on food education, to help come up with the SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom – a teaching kitchen on wheels to bring lessons on cooking, gardening, and sustainable food to students all around New York City. You can see more information on the project (and support it!) at the SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom’s RocketHub page, and read on to see what they’ve got planned once the trucks are up and running.
SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom is a new nonprofit organization that seeks to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in experiential lessons around food, health, and sustainability. The mission of the SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom is to teach essential life skills and encourage participants to consider how their food choices relate to broader issues of personal, social, and environmental health.
Astrale e Terra was founded in 1997 by a group of wine loving friends to do just this for the region known as Atlas Peak – a viticultural area 1,250 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Both the present and future of Astrale e Terra are intimately connected to its vineyards and the unique elements of heaven and earth that make the Atlas Peak AVA one of California’s most exciting wine growing regions.
A one-man winery focusing on vibrant wines with deep roots and unlikely origins.
Rory Williams - Rory grew up in a wine family in the Napa Valley, and held the post of official forklift rider at Frog’s Leap and Tres Sabores wineries (founded and still owned by his father and mother, respectively) for much of his childhood. After attending St. John’s College (MD) and Cornell University, he worked in Barolo, Burgundy, Provence, Napa, and Argentina’s Mendoza region before starting Calder Wine Company as an attempt to begin his own creative evolution, using grapes that have a long history in the place where I was born, were planted and vinified by my winemaking idols, and, he believes, tell their own unique version of what makes Napa, Napa.
SIMPLE • COMPLEX • FUN - Locations is a simple concept made complicated that ultimately became a great deal of fun.
• The Simple: Make the best possible wine from a given country or location.
• The Complex: Going out and tracking down the vineyards which are capable of delivering the quality of wine needed.
• The Fun: Travelling the world to visit incredible sites and meet amazing people that challenge each other to make the best wine possible.
Jared Clevenger and Tom Traverso - Jared is in charge of direct Sales and managing the tasting room for for Orin Swift (the parent brand of Locations wine) and has done the development and design for the Locations wine. He moved from Arizona to Wine Country to work with the brightest team in the business. Tom is the National Sales Manager for Orin Swift and functions as the Brand Manager for Locations Wine. He is Sonoma County born and was raised in the business working with friends dedicated to making great wine.
Founded high in the Mayacamas Mountainside in the 1870’s by E.J. Church, Long Meadow Ranch set out to prove that they could produce world class wine using sustainable, organic farming methods. Achieving that goal with award-winning, highly rated wines, they expanded their philosophy from the top of the mountain down to the valley floor. Farmstead Restaurant and their historic Logan-Ives House tasting room on Main Street are focused on showcasing and bringing together all the uniqueness of their many properties. We invite you to join us and discover for yourself why Long Meadow Ranch, much like it’s Founder, is a pioneer in Napa Valley.
Rebecca Abbey - After realizing she needed to explore her love of wine further, Rebecca traded in her corporate roots and headed north to Napa. Following her passion for organic foods and incredible wine, Rebecca has found a home in the Long Meadow Ranch family.
AmizettaWinery is a boutique producer of fine red wines from Napa Valley. It was founded in 1979 by Spencer and Amizetta Clark. It is now run by the second generation of the Clark family. Amizetta Winery currently makes 3,000 cases of hand crafted Cabernets and Merlots from their terraced hillside vineyards just outside of Saint Helena.
Perry & Christine Clark – Perry Clark is one of Spencer and Amizetta’s three sons that now run the family-owned winery. Perry spent his summers during college working at Amizetta Winery, Sterling Vineyards, and Louis Martini Winery and is currently the President of Amizetta Winery. Christine joined the Clark clan as Perry’s wife a few years ago and is now the head of sales and marketing for the Winery. She also has a baby on the way!
Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley wine estate, consistently producing world-class wines. Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family-owned-and-operated winery in 1977. Committed to natural wine growing and sustainability, Grgich farms their five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use their passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.
Peju is a small, family owned and operated winery located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Farming organically and sustainably, their estate-grown fruit develops into wines that exhibit a graceful pairing of power and elegance.
Lisa Peju – Lisa is the oldest daughter of winery’s co-founders Tony and Herta (H.B.) Peju. Lisa grew up on the Rutherford property, helping tend to the vineyard in the evenings and on weekends. Today Lisa works alongside their parents in the daily operation of the winery.
Tasting rooms are considered some of the most intimidating and pretentious places on earth. But worry no more! Our trusted friend and winery owner, Ben Flajnik, will show you everything you need to know about not making an ass out of yourself when you go wine tasting. Stay tuned for more blog posts about the best tasting trips!
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Whether you’re drinking alone, with friends or with your sweetheart, Valentines Day is a great time to try some flirty pink wines and sparking bubbly. The good news is that they pair well with sweet treats and luscious desserts sure to satisfy cupid himself.
1) With your single gal pals cursing the names of your dreaded ex.
2) To cure the first date jitters
3) Candlelit dinner for two
4) The kids are in bed, let’s drink!
What will you be drinking this Valentines Day? Leave a comment below to share your finds!
During the holidays there’s a fine line between festive and far-gone. We all know too well the perfect glass of wine can keep any activity from becoming too much this holiday season. Checkout our perfect pairings for even the most extreme holiday activity!
- 1. For when the in-laws leave – Francis Ford Coppola Winery Sofia Blanc de Blancs
- 2. Wrapping presents after the kids go to bed – Mommy’s Time Out
- 3. After you battle the crowds at the mall - Smokin Mendocino Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel
- 4. Watching Love Actually, Again. - Pleasure Party Pink Moscato Rose
- 5. When you get caught snacking on the gingerbread house - Bliss Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
- 6. For wearing an ugly Christmas sweater - Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County
It’s the holiday season and the perfect time to get the wine lover in your life a fun and memorable gift. We are searching the web to find the quirkiest, most beautiful and useful gifts to give that special someone who loves to swirl.
With Turkey Day just a few days away many of you will be finalizing your Thanksgiving menu. Or if you’re like me you’ll be relying on your mom to do that part while you make the wine selections for the day. It’s a tough job, but we’re about to make it a little easier.
What pairs well with Turkey? Well you’re in luck because the answer is red AND white wines. If reds are your thing, try a Pinot Noir. It’s light enough to not overwhelm the meal which is the most important part of this glutenous day. If white is more your style try a nice oaky Chardonnay which will also pair nicely with stuffing. Stay clear of sweeter wines for the Turkey. If you’re dying to try that Riesling you loved over the summer, it will pair nicely with buttery mashed potatoes. And if you’ve managed to save a sliver of room in your belly for pumpkin pie it will taste even sweeter with a dessert wine such as a Moscato.
- Turkey pairs well with Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes go down smooth with Castle Rock Riesling
- Get Stuffed with Acacia Chardonnay
- Finish off that Pumpkin Pie with M & R Moscato Di Asti
Don’t forget about the little ones and add some Sparkling Apple Cider to the kids table. Everyone loves a special treat and reason to toast! Happy Thanksgiving!
We know that wine tasting can seem intimidating when you are put on the spot. Our favorite Bachelor and winemaker, Ben Flajnik, shows the 5 simple steps to Swirling success. It’s just as easy as 1) Look 2) Swirl 3) Smell 4) Taste 5) Finish. Viola!
What do you find to be the most confusing part of drinking wine?
Whether you will be trick-or-treating this Halloween, or just browsing the candy jar at work, this time of year makes those classic treats more readily available. Here are some great pairings to make your candy cravings more flavorful and grown-up:
- 1. M&M’s + Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2. Pop Rocks + Chandon Extra Dry Riche
- 3. Starburst + Swanson Red House Wine
- 4. Candy Corn + Whitehall Lane Belmuscato
What are some of your favorite Halloween treats?