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Tricia Swartz
 
April 20, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Food and Fun on the Menu for the Blending Seminar

When the blending portion of the upcoming event concludes, we have an evening of delicious food and amazing entertainment lined up! We are excited about partnering with local vendors providing artisan goods for this event.

We will start with vineyard tours ending at the VIP area under the oaks where cheese will be provided by one of our winery neighbors, Le Vigne.


Cheese selection at Le Vigne

After enjoying a selection of cheese, nuts, crackers, and more, attendees will gather back at the shop where tables will be re-set for dinner service by Hurricane Kitchen. On the menu: Pepper smoked tri-tip sandwich or portobello mushroom burger, and organic greens and veggie salad.


Hurricane Kitchen: Food that's a Force of Nature

After dinner, guests will enjoy a selection of desserts provided by Clementine's Cupcakes including cookies, cupcakes, vanilla ice cream, milk, and coffee.


Clementine's Cupckae Trailer

Local singer / songwriter Chris Beland will be performing throughout the evening, completing the ultimate vineyard experience we hope to provide for our guests.


Local artisit, Chris Beland

With just a few tickets left, you don't want to miss out on this unique event! Purchase tickets today and join us next weekend!

Time Posted: Apr 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
April 18, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Blending Seminar: What to Expect

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!

 


 

Time Posted: Apr 18, 2017 at 8:17 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
April 6, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Blend with us!

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.

 

Time Posted: Apr 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM