This past weekend, we had the pleasure of providing wine for two supper club events with Chef Peter and the team behind Culinary Hedonism. The setting was gorgeous, the food spectacular, and the guests entertaining. Record family member and talented photographer, Sara, was on hand to capture the dining experience.
The menu: Head Chef Peter and Sous Chef Stephanie created a special menu made up of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to pair with a line up of Record Family Wines.
Grilled Sourdough + Fresh Ricotta + Preserved Lemon + Mint Chutney + Pickled Watermelon Gherkin + Flowers
Paired with: 2016 Viognier
Whey-Brined Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin + Broccoli Greens + Sea Island Red Peas + Roasted Apricot + Verjus
Paired wtih: 2016 Viognier
Roasted Beet and Feta Agnolotti + Applewood Smoked Grapes + Tarragon and Hazelnut Pistou
Paired with: 2013 Randy's Red
Strawberry and Tomato Gazpacho + Basil Gremolata + California Olive Oil + Peppered Cracker
Paired with: 2013 Genesis
Pan Seared Duck Breast + Heirloom Polenta + Pickled Green Strawberries + Watermelon Radish + Green and Red Mojo Sauce
Paired with: 2013 Reserve Syrah
"Bumbleberry" Almond Clafoutis + Nasturtium Flower and Sweet Corn Ice Cream + Local Wildflower Honey + Tajin
Paired with: 2015 Grenache Rosé
We enjoyed dining with 14 guests each night, al fresco, in an intimate setting. The conversation was an added bonus to an evening filled with amazing food and wine!
Our first blending seminar was a wild success! We would like to thank the 39 participants that competed to create the best belnd of our 2016 Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Spring is usually a gorgeous time in the vineyard, and the weekend of the Blending Seminar was no exception!
Guests arrived at 3:00pm to start with the serious part of the event - creating the ultimate GSM blend! We separated the attendees into smaller groups, about six people per table, and let them take it from there. First we had the participants come up with a team name and get familiar with the individual wines they would be working with. After names were selected and they knew what they were working with, the teams got down to blending.
Once each team had come up with their favorite blend, we had our Vineyard Manager, Mindy, Assistant Winemaker, Vince, and neighbor and fellow Winemaker, Leon Tackitt, taste through the six blends to narrow it down to three finalists.
While we were working on narrowing the field down, guests were able to take a short vineyard tour ending at our VIP tasting area where they sampled our 2016 Viognier and enjoyed a selection of cheese and other bites from Le Vigne.
Gathered back at the shop, the event concluded with dinner provided by Hurricane Kitchen, dessert by Clementine's Cupcakes, and entertainment by Chris Beland. Throughout the evening, guests were able to taste the three final blends and vote on which was their favorite. We tabulated the votes and finally declared a winner!
The winning blend was from the team The BabyMakers and consisited of 55% Mourvedre, 33% Syrah, and 12% Grenache. We are anxious to bottle this wine and release it next year!
In an attempt to make Record Family Wines a truely family friendly experience, we secured two babysitters to take care of children of attendees throughout the blending portion of the event. When it was over, kids were welcome to join the group for vineyard tours, dinner, and entertainment! We sure are glad we added this option because the winning team had seven young children between them!
Thanks again to everyone that joined us for a beautiful weekend at the vineyard. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
Photos courtesy of Sara Record!
Each year, we get together to create two different blends: Randy's Red and Genesis. This year, we are inviting our loyal supporters to get involved! That is where our Blending Seminar comes in. We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 29th to contribute to the process! Curious about what to expect... read on!
We know that the word "seminar" can have an intimidating connotation. Imagine this as more of a blending party! You will be lead by our Vineyard Manager, Mindy, and Brand Manager, Tricia, through the entire process. First, the group will be divided into teams. It just wouldn't be a Record event without a little competition...
After teams are formed, we will cover the equipment to be used during the blending process and give an overview of the wines we will be using for the blend. Then it gets really fun! Using trial and error, each group will come up with thier ideal blend using our 2015 Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. When each group has acheived the perfect combination of the three wines, the blending process has been completed!
Tricia and Mindy will narrow down the blend to three finalists while attedees are taking a break. Before dinner is served, vineyard tours will be available and cheese platters served along with our 2016 Viognier to refresh guests palates. The group will reconvene for dinner, and taste the final blends. Attendees will vote on their favorite blend and a winner will be announced!
We will be bottling the winning blend at the end of May for a Fall release. Participants of the blending seminar will have the first opportunity to purchase the unique blend. The wine will be officially released in the Fall and is sure to be a fan favorite! Limited seats still available, purchase tickets today!
We might turn to our consulting winemaker, Eric, for the bulk of our winemaking processes, but when it comes to blending, we like to take over! Eric does a fantastic job every year, getting each varietal to reach it's full potential in barrel. That's the hard part. When the time comes to finalize the blends to create the finished product, whether it be Randy's Red or Genesis, we give him a break and take it from there.
2009 barrel samples, our first vintage!
Blending is truely a family affair. We schedule a time to all be together (not as easy as it sounds!), pick up some barrel samples, and get to work. It is a challenge we like to take on as a team, a delicate balance between fruit and tannins, personalities and palates, to find the perfect blend.
Randy working on the 2014 Genesis
We started with our first vintage, the 2009 Randy's Red, and have refined our process from there. We pull out tons of glasses, measuring cups, gratuated cylinders, calculators, pens and paper and get down to business. The 2012 vintage was a turning point for us when we dismissed traditional blends and decided to take a risk with our inagural release of Genesis. We decided to go back to where it all started when we purchased the vineyard in 2007 and blend the three varietals that were planted when we took over, Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache. The resulting wine is fun, unique, and most importantly, delicious!
Finalizing the 2010 Randy's Red
We took it a step further and shared the blend with the entire Record family during a Thanksgiving gathering before it was bottled, to come up with a name. It was such a special moment to share the future of Record Family Wines with close family and get their input and ideas. Aunt Nanci gets credit for naming our Genesis blend and we couldn't be happier with everything about it!
Record Family Thanksgiving 2014
We enjoy this part of the process so much, we want to share it with you! Join us at the vineyard on Saturday, April 29th to try your hand at creating the perfect belnd. We will have a barrel each of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre to experiment with. We will create teams of winemakers to come up with a blend and the favorite wine will be bottled for release next year! This is your chance to get behind the scenes of what goes on in the cellar and make your mark on the 2015 vintage, one that will, no doubt, have a speical place in the history of Record Family Wines!
Seats are limited, so purchase tickets through our website today!
Date: Saturday, April 29th
Time: 3pm - 8pm
Price: $100 / person
$75 / wine club members
Location: Paso de Record Vineyard
Blending seminar will start at 3pm, followed by a catered dinner and music by Chris Beland.
Attendees must be 21 years old.