Winery Spotlight Series: Nov. 18th Michael David Winery

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Virtual Wine Tasting Event on Zoom and Facebook LIVE

Michael David Winery

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Please join us for a virtual wine tasting event with David Phillips, Co-Owner and President of Michael David Winery. During our virtual event, David will be guiding us through a tasting of the following 7 wines:

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  • Michael David Sauvignon Blanc
  • Michael David Chardonnay
  • Lodi Red Blend
  • Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Inkblot Cabernet Franc
  • Inkblot Petit Verdot
  • Earthquake Zinfandel

Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or on Eventbrite.  Pre-order your wines in advance at your local participating WineStyles location and taste alongside David with a front seat on Zoom!  Or watch on our Facebook LIVE event.Michael David Winery Wines

Michael David Winery Wine Tasting

About Michael David Winery:

The Phillips family and Lodi, California go way back. They have been farming this soil since the 1860’s and cultivating wine grapes since the early 20th century. Founders and brothers, Michael and David Phillips, are 5th generation grape growers who have raised their families in the vineyard; and now the 6th generation has joined the team, Mike’s son, Kevin, and daughter, Melissa. They embrace the importance of “leaving it better than you found it” for future generations. The Phillip’s family legacy and love of Lodi drive their focus on sustainability. Plus, they are pretty fun too.

David Phillips – Co-Owner and President
David Phillips

David Phillips

Early adopter of farmer’s markets, underage winemaker, long distance runner, UC Davis alum, champion of Lodi Wines, cork dork, brother, husband, father, and outdoor enthusiast. Working the family farm and vineyards from a young age, Dave returned to Lodi in 1989 after graduation, obtaining a job in the wine cork industry, and backpacking the world. Since then, he’s combined his love of Michael David Winery wines with his love of traveling by overseeing distribution from just one state to all 50, then onto 32 countries!

Michael Phillips – Co-Owner and Founder
Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Lifetime tractor driver, UC Davis grad, 5th generation Lodi grape grower, brother, husband, father, grandfather, jet-setter, un-traditionalist. Raised in Lodi, Mike worked harvests from a young age. After college, he wanted to show the wine world what Lodi was capable of and started planting unexpected varietals. In 1984, he opened a small tasting room at his parents’ farmstand. Today, you know that farmstand as Michael David Winery, and it’s helped put Lodi on the map as one of the finest wine regions in the world. Learn more about Dave, Mike, and their team here.

Lodi Rules:

“Some people like to say “rules were made to be broken.” We like to say “when rules are created to support and protect farmers, vintners, the land, your neighbors, and amazing wine… maybe you should stick with them.” – Michael David Winery

With over 100 “rules,” or practices geared towards environmental, social, and economic sustainability, the Lodi Rules certification helps both wineries and consumers to make better choices when it comes to making and drinking wine; the Phillips Family lives by these rules. These rules have been vetted by scientists, academics, and environmental groups worldwide, and are the most thorough set of sustainable viticultural standards in the entire state of California. Every year, Michael David Winery strives to make 100% of their wines Lodi Rules Certified. Learn more about Lodi Rules here.

Brothers Mike and Dave

Brothers: Mike and Dave

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together! 

Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.

Michael David Winery
Lodi, California

Cheers!

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Winery Spotlight Series: Oct 7th Two Mountain Winery

Virtual Wine Tasting Event on Zoom and Facebook LIVE

Two Mountain Winery

Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Zoom Facebook LivePlease join us for a virtual wine tasting event, featuring the winemaker of our October Wine Club, Matthew Rawn from Two Mountain Winery, Washington. 

Matthew will be guiding us through a tasting of 7 different wines from Two Mountain Winery; starting with their Riesling, then moving into their Sauvignon Blanc, Hidden Horse Red Blend, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Franc.  Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or on Eventbrite.  Pre-order your wines in advance at your local participating WineStyles location and taste alongside Matthew with a front seat on Zoom!  Or watch on our Facebook LIVE event.Two Mountain Wines

Two Mountain Winery Wine Tasting

ABOUT TWO MOUNTAIN WINERY:

Two Mountain Winery is a family affair – owned and operated by brothers Matthew and Patrick Rawn, their family has been farming the rich soil of the Rattlesnake Hills area of Washington State for more than half a century. In 1951, Phil Schmidt established Schmidt Orchards with 40 acres of peaches, apricots, prunes, and apples. Today, the Rawn brothers continue that legacy through Two Mountain Winery and the estate farming operation. The small family winery produces a modest 10,000 cases annually, but is poised for growth under the leadership of the Rawn Brothers who believe great wine is the result of the perfect blend of elegance and fun. After purchasing Two Mountain Winery and Estate Vineyard from their late uncle Ron Schmidt’s estate in 2006, the brothers set out to put their own fingerprint on the family business by launching a new look for their classic, hand-crafted varietal wines.

Two Mountain Winery continues to produce approachable, handcrafted wines that are worth saving for that special occasion, but are accessibly priced for a casual dinner with family and friends. This family-owned operation draws on the experience of three generations who have farmed the rich soil of the Yakima Valley. The Rawn brothers oversee every aspect of the winemaking process from the grapes to the glass. Inspired by majestic Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams that form the breathtaking backdrop of the Estate Copeland Vineyard, their award-winning wines are a reflection of the perfect climate in which they were grown.

Matthew Rawn – Winemaker, Director of Sales and Marketing
Matt Rawn

Matthew Rawn

Matthew Rawn has been winemaker for Two Mountain Winery since its inception. He helped plant the estate vineyard with his uncle Ron Schmidt in 2000 and has produced Two Mountain’s wines since the first vintage in 2002. While the vineyard was growing, Matt honed his winemaking skills by working alongside neighboring Yakima Valley wine producers and learning their craft. A passionate advocate for the Washington wine industry, Matt manages sales and marketing for the winery and enjoys talking with wine retailers and restaurateurs about the state’s world-class wines. Matt also shares vineyard duties with his brother, Patrick. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. and completed enology and viticulture courses at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Patrick Rawn – General Manager, Vineyard Operations
Patrick Rawn

Patrick Rawn

Patrick Rawn manages finances and daily operations for Two Mountain Winery and estate vineyard and shares vineyard management duties with his brother, Matt. After college, Patrick traveled the globe and spent extensive time in Europe. Patrick returned to the U.S. with plans to enter law school, but a six-month stint working for the family wine business took his career path in a new direction. Patrick’s passion for wine blossomed at Two Mountain Winery, and quickly grew into a full-fledged love affair. Patrick lives and works in the Yakima Valley, where he is a Yakima County Planning Commissioner and serves on the Yakima County Wine Tourism Consortium. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in economics/international finance from the University of Washington in Seattle. Learn more about Matt, Patrick, and their team here.

ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:

Today Two Mountain Winery operates 300 acres of vineyards and 100% of their wines come from their estate acreage. Warm days and cool nights provide the Yakima Valley with near-perfect growing conditions, allowing both white and red grape varietals to fully express their classic characteristics. The Cascade Mountain Range provides a wonderful rain-shadow effect on the vineyard. Two Mountain Winery has warm sites averaging to 2980-degree days with an ideal 190-day growing season and annual precipitation between six to seven inches total. Learn more about their vineyards here.

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together! 

Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.

Two Mountain Winery
Yakima Valley, Washington

Cheers!

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Winery Spotlight Series: October 13, 2020

Greg and Morgan

Virtual Wine Tasting Event on Zoom and Facebook LIVE

Greg Norman Estates

Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Zoom Facebook LivePlease join us for our October Winery Spotlight tasting event on Zoom, featuring Greg Norman Estates, an internationally recognized collection of 10 varietals from Australia, California and New Zealand. Our special guest will be Morgan-Leigh Norman, daughter of Greg Norman. 

Morgan will be guiding us through a tasting of 7 different wines from Greg Norman Estates; starting with their New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, leading into their California Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernets, ending with their South Australian Shiraz Cabernet and Shiraz.  Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or on Eventbrite.  Pre-order your wines in advance at your local participating WineStyles location and taste alongside Morgan with a front seat on Zoom!  Or watch on our Facebook LIVE event.Greg Norman Wines

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ABOUT GREG NORMAN ESTATES:

Greg Norman Estates, founded in 1996, is a collection of fine wines sourced from stunning wine regions in California, New Zealand, and Greg’s homeland of Australia. With fourteen 90+ point scores to its record, Greg Norman Estates rivals top brands having earned countless accolades from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. A staple on the “Top 100 Wines in the World” list, the 1999 Reserve Shiraz received the distinction of “No. 8 Wine in the World.” While his well-documented wins on the golf course have assured his place in golf history, off the course, founder Greg Norman’s enthusiasm for wine and zest for living well have combined to create a stunning collection of high-quality, accessible wines from some of his favorite places in the world.

Greg Norman, Founder
Greg Norman

Greg Norman, Founder of Greg Norman Estates

Greg Norman has won more than 90 professional golf tournaments worldwide, including two Open Championships, and he holds the distinction of defending his No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history. As one of the most prolific players in the game, his career culminated in 2001 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a higher percentage of votes than any other inductee.

Whether on the course or off, he instinctively sees opportunities others miss. Greg now transcends the game of golf, with over a dozen companies around the world bearing his name. in 2016, Greg Norman partnered with powerhouse brand, entertainment and marketing company, Authentic Brands Group, to promote and further establish him as a world-class entrepreneur.

Guest speaker Morgan-Leigh Norman, Proprietor and Brand Ambassador
Morgan-Leigh Norman

Morgan-Leigh Norman of Greg Norman Estates

After an impressive foray into the culinary world, Morgan-Leigh joined Greg Norman Estates as part of the marketing team. Since then, she has been instrumental in the brand redesign as well as representing her family’s business with both trade and consumers. Morgan-Leigh lives in Palm Beach, Florida, where she works on growing the Greg Norman Estates business. Learn more about the family here.

ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:

The selected growing regions are appreciated for the incredible wines they produce and the personal influence they have had on the Normans over Greg’s many years of professionally touring the world.  A strong believer in the role of wine as part of an active, easygoing lifestyle, Greg’s aim is to produce approachable, yet bold wines to be enjoyed by family, fans and wine enthusiasts alike. Greg’s top priority when it comes to sourcing fruit from some of the world’s finest wine regions is to work with growers who are good land stewards. Fruit is sourced from premium vineyards that have distinctive slower ripening periods as well as favorable elevations, aspects and soil profiles.

Greg Norman Estates Vineyard

Photo by Greg Norman Estates: Vineyard

Greg Norman Estate

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together! 

Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.

Greg Norman Estates
California, New Zealand, and Australia

Cheers!

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Do You and Your Wine Have a Future Together?

Starting a Wine Collection WineStyles classAre you and your wine meant to be? 

You’ve likely never thought of your relationship with the wine bottles you bring home as a long-term one. In fact, most U.S. wine drinkers don’t think beyond Friday night when they are at the store picking out wine. It’s very common for people to head to the store once or twice per week to pick out wines to enjoy with their everyday meals and occasions. And, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! After all, we know firsthand how great that feeling is when you find a surprisingly good bottle for $10-$25; it’s what the WineStyles concept is all about! But let us ask you this – have you ever tried a 10-year aged wine? So good, right? We know you aren’t apt to purchase a 10-year vintage right off the shelf due to the price tag, so what if we told you that wine collecting isn’t just for the high-rolling hoity-toity couple on the corner lot anymore?! There are many great reasons to start a wine collection of your own, and reason #1 is so that you can enjoy better wines! We’re here to break any pretentious thoughts associated with enjoying wine and that includes keeping a wine collection!

Of course, as with any collectible, wine isn’t for everyone. To take the time to “collect” something, especially in numbers greater than, say, 12 – you must have a genuine interest in the subject you are collecting. Wine is no different. If the idea of having “leftover” wine lying around drives you nuts, then wine collecting is definitely not for you! However, if you are patient, and can resist opening those bottles set aside, wine collecting can be a very rewarding hobby! Let’s move on to a few main reasons why you might consider starting a wine collection.

Why start a wine collection?Starting a Wine Collection WineStyles class

#1 – Must love wine: Ok, that one’s obvious… if you intend to drink the wines you collect. Some collectors use wine as a long-term investment and intend to sell their bottles once they’ve appreciated in value. This can be an investment strategy, but it obviously doesn’t allow for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor! It would be a shame if you didn’t enjoy drinking your own wines! Beyond a general love for wine, collecting may appeal to you for several reasons.

Entertaining: Do you often entertain guests in your home? If you find yourself in the hostess seat often, having a go-to wine collection right at home could save you a lot of precious time and money in the long run. The perks of starting a collection for you would be having wine on hand for these get-togethers. No more last-minute running to the wine shop searching for the perfect bottle to go with dinner! Or maybe you just like to have nice wines on hand to open up with friends and family on holidays or special occasions. It will give you peace of mind to know you have wines on hand that will be a hit! As a side note to this – collecting wines from places you have traveled to is also a great way to share your stories and experiences with friends and family. For instance, you could begin by collecting wines from each location you visited in the last few years or searching for wines from your all-time favorite vacation spots! If you don’t want to track down wines from these locations, just remember to seek out a local winery on your next vacation and bring a few bottles home to add to your collection!

Cost-Effectiveness: Do you love a good deal? Who doesn’t?! Developing a strategy for purchasing and storing wines will allow you to drink better wines at better prices; again, this is what WineStyles is all about! We love getting great wines into your hands at reasonable prices. Some of those wines, even the ones priced at $10-$25 per bottle would taste even better if stored a little longer. Purchasing wine that has already been aged will cost you. So, as with many things, why not DIY? And if you love a good sale, most retailers offer at least a 10% discount for buying a full case (12 bottles). Buying “young” wine will end up saving you money, as long as you have the patience to let it age a few more years. All you will need is a little planning and guidance (see information about our upcoming class Starting a Wine Collection at the end of this post).

Research: Wine in every respect is absolutely fascinating! From the soil to the bottle, there are a lot of variables that go into how a wine tastes. Are you fascinated by the way a wine can taste different depending on the temperature it is served at, or from one vintage to the next? Maybe you’ve tasted a California Cabernet Sauvignon from a favorite winery and can’t believe how much different the 10-year-old bottle was compared with this year’s new vintage. If this sounds like you, it might be the scientific factors of ever-evolving wines that intrigue you the most! Collecting would give you the recurring opportunity to taste how your wines have changed over the years, compare different vintages side-by-side, and share the discoveries with your friends and loved ones. Now that sounds like a fun and tasteful experiment!

Starting a Wine Collection WineStyles classOk, but how long do I have to wait??

There’s a reason we haven’t mentioned that some wines can be stored for 20+ years – we don’t want to frighten you! If you are new to collecting wine, know that even just a few years on the shelf can make a world of difference in your wine. Most wines you see at the store were released when they were between 2-3 years old, and that’s still quite young for many types of wine. Holding onto a bottle for just three years can give you a noticeable improvement in taste, specifically red wines. Having said that, it’s a good idea to purchase at least 2 of every bottle you want to store, that way you can open one now and take down tasting notes on it, then add the other to your collection to taste down the road! If you go through a lot of wine, you could up the ante to purchasing a case of each wine you choose to cellar (generally a case is 12 bottles).

Not every wine is meant to be aged – You’ll want to do some further research, or attend the class described below (Starting a Wine Collection), to know exactly which wine varietals will benefit from being aged.

Already a wine collector?

If you’ve already begun your wine collection, how do you like it? Are you now an advocate of keeping a wine stock on hand and aging wines yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know there is a wine collection in the Guinness Book of World Records? This collection called Milestii Mici holds approximately 2 million bottles of wine! It’s located in the country of Moldova, which lies between Romania and the Ukraine. With so much wine to store, it is basically an underground city! #winecellargoals

April Wine and Beer Boot Camp, Starting a Wine Collection:

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Are you new to wine collecting, or have you started, but don’t really know the ins and outs? Attend our April Boot Camp Class and you will learn all about how to start your first wine collection, and how to maintain it for optimum enjoyment for many years to come! If you enjoy wine, starting a wine collection, even a modest one, can be a rewarding hobby!

Please RSVP at your local WineStyles location. Seating space is limited, so make your reservation as soon as possible!

*Please note: Classes and rewards may vary at different WineStyles locations. Offer void where prohibited by state or local alcohol laws. See your local WineStyles Tasting Station for details. Find your local WineStyles store here.

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