It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and we have certainly felt that to be true over the past 18 months. Though the pandemic brought hospitality hurdles we never could have imagined, it has been an exciting opportunity to think differently about the wine country experience and offer creative ways for friends new and old to enjoy Seghesio wines and connect with our winery family.
Our Classic Tasting flight that was traditionally held at our indoor tasting bar has become a fully seated experience, taking advantage of our spacious outdoor grove and new indoor seating areas. Members have raved about this enhanced experience and our team has been delighted to be able to spend more time with each guest as a result. For this and our popular Tour & Tasting, we intend to continue the seated tasting format indefinitely and anticipate continuing with a reservation model at least for the duration of 2021. For our more spontaneous member guests, our walk-in Wine Garden is open daily for bottle service and picnicking. We are also excited to unveil our newest tasting experience this September, the Italian Garden Picnic. Reserved exclusively for parties of 10+, guests will enjoy a luxury picnic complete with wine, cheese and charcuterie boxes, and a beautiful tablescape – perfect for celebrating a special occasion with loved ones. Finally, Virtual Tastings have become a member-exclusive offering. Simply contact our wine club team to book and enjoy this special experience for you as part of your member benefits.
If you have not had a chance to visit with us this year, we hope you will do so soon as fall is the most beautiful and bustling time in wine country. Or if a trip is on your calendar for 2022, we hope you will relish in the excitement of more offerings to come next year!
Andy Robinson | Winemaker
“You say Goodbye, and I say Hello” – Words written by Lennon and McCartney come to my mind at this time of year, as the summer following harvest brings about the bottling season. We have been busy for 11 months ushering the 2020 vintage wines to become the best version of themselves, deciding on racking times, aging vessels, and final blends, and we’re excited to prepare the winery for what 2021 has to offer. Much as an artist may never feel as though a painting is done if it remains on the easel, it’s fulfilling to “put a cork in it” and declare a wine complete.
The 2021 growing season has provided a new, yet familiar, set of challenges as promised in any industry reliant on Mother Nature. The weather in Sonoma County has been pleasant, with some brief, tolerable stretches of heat tempered by the ever-present marine layer in the evenings. The biggest wrinkle has been the lack of winter rainfall, which has led to unprecedented water restrictions for irrigation. We managed to convert a large percentage of our vineyards to utilize reclaimed water and implemented systems to ensure that we do not suffer any long-term effects of drought on the health of the vines. At the winery, we have converted our landscaping to reclaimed water to further our efforts.
As we are bottling our 2020 Sonoma Zinfandel, we are simultaneously preparing the cellar for the upcoming harvest, which we anticipate will arrive slightly earlier than normal and will once again be a very compact period. As we approach September, our team is excited to say “Goodbye” to the 2020 vintage and “Hello” to 2021!
Save the Dates
2021 Centennial Club Release Tastings
September 19 | November 13 10:30am, 1pm, or 3pm seatings Two complimentary seats per membership, $25 per additional guest up to four (six total at table).
Join us for an exclusive members-only tasting event to celebrate our seasonal wine releases and enjoy the chance to taste them in advance of opening your own bottles at home. Seated at your own private outdoor table, you’ll enjoy a flight of our new club releases, plus a bonus wine or two. Feel free to bring a picnic – the table is yours for up to 90 minutes to relax, sip and savor.
Join us for an exclusive members-only tasting event. Seated at your own private table, you’ll enjoy a flight of the newest releases included in your September wine club allocation (and a bonus wine or two).
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