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Downtown Winters businesses join in the Harvest Festival Celebration
On Friday, October 25, businesses in downtown Winters, California will be taking part in the Harvest Festival celebration. Local producers will be selling fresh produce, eggs, olive oil, honey and more. Resident arts and crafts people will offer handmade candles, soaps, lotions, cards and other unique products that would make ideal gifts this holiday season. The Winters FFA will have their pumpkins for sale in time for Halloween. Live music at the Harvest Festival will be provided by local bluegrass and country favorites, the “Miss Lonely Hearts.”
Visual and performance artist Matthew Harrel will be out in front of RootStock showcasing his art. Matthew is know as the "coffee artist" - he has several amazing paintings all created using liquid coffee, made from a variety of coffee bean types to vary the brown-black tones. In September, Matthew participated in the Winters celebration of Tempranillo known as "Tempfest" and used the Spanish wine Tempranillo to create his art.
This Friday, October 25 from 5:30-8pm Matt will have a booth in front of Rootstock demonstrating his art techniques and offering the public a chance to participate in the process of creating coffee art. TAPAS member Berryessa Gap Vineyards hosts its final Sunset Summer Series street food event to coincide with the Harvest Festival. Anderson Family Catering will be cooking on the street in front of Berryessa Gap Vineyard’s downtown location. Anderson Family Catering will be cooking up Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip, Saucy Pinquito Beans and Grilled Garlic Bread. Sunset Summer Series, held on the last Friday of the month from July to October, was organized in cooperation with The Buckhorn’s last Friday “Street Meat” and RootStock’s music series. While this will be the final street side series of events for 2013, all of the participants are looking forward to continuing and extending the popular events in 2014.
For more information on any of these events, call 530-795.3201 or visit www.berryessagap.com.
Bokisch Vineyards will have about ten tons each of Tempranillo and Garnacha fruit for TAPAS members if they are interested. Contact:
P.O. Box 335
Victor, CA 95253
Check out this article on four TAPAS members from Arizona (plus a nod to one of my favorite restaurants, FnB in Scottsdale)! Jon Bonne, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, goes from Sonoita to Jerome, noting Arizona's affinity for Tempranillo and Malvasia Blanca.
Photos: Jon Bonne, The Chronicle
Six TAPAS members were featured in Ellen Landis’ “21 Wines to Watch” article in the Fall 2013 issue of the American Wine Society's Wine Journal. She also provided food pairings for each wine!
Pick up some of these treats, and Enjoy!
Ellen Landis, CS, CSW, a published wine writer, certified sommelier and wine consultant, is involved with many aspects throughout the world of wine. As wine director and sommelier at Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn (Half Moon Bay, CA), which she co-owns with husband and chef Ken Landis, she coordinates and hosts wine events to help further educate wine aficionados. She was also a sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton for four years. Ellen has traveled extensively to many wine regions throughout North America and overseas. Visit her blog at www.ellenonwine.com.
Congratulations to TAPAS member Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, from Cornville in Northern Arizona, for winning prestigious awards at the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition!
Cynthia Snapp, owner and winemaker at Javelina Leap, has brought home the gold from the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition held in Sonoma California this past month. 36 top professional and international judges in the wine industry came together for a blind tasting of international wines made by women winemakers.
Javelina Leap’s 2012 100% Arizona Merlot won a gold and took Best Of Class. Only 37 wines out of the 900 wines entered in the competition received a Best In Class Award. In addition, the Javelina Leap 100% Arizona 2011 Zinfandel, Javelina Leap 100% Arizona 2012 Tempranillo, and the Javelina Leap 2011 Syrah, all took silver medals, followed by the Javelina Leap 2011 Prospectors Blend taking bronze.
Cynthia’s wines ousted wines from top wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, New York, British Columbia, France, Argentina, and Italy to name a few.
Cynthia says “I am so passionate about making wine and work very hard at it. I love my wines and the judges did too, that’s thrilling! I’m delighted and honored to say the least that my wines showed so well amongst the wines made by so many outstanding winemakers. A big heartfelt thank you to my husband, mentor founder, owner and director of Javelina Leap, Rod Snapp, whose inspiration and support allowed my inner winemaker to come shining through.”
About the Competition
The women Winemakers Competition is put on by Women for WineSense and Vineyard & Winery Management. Women for WineSense is in its 25th year of operation. Its mission is to educate and empower women in their careers and purchasing decisions. Memberships range from wine enthusiasts to those actively employed in or seeking to enter the wine industry, and boasts some of the most famous and soon-to-be-famous names in the wine world.
According to a recent article 4/12/13 from Nielsen, women have tremendous spending power in America today. Markets estimate anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually... compelling insight for those curious about who's keeping the economy going these days.
For more information, please contact General Manager Christina Hemingson, (714) 642-5391.
Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is located at 1565 Page Springs Road, Cornville, Arizona 86325
They are open daily 11am - 5pm, Saturdays 11am - 6pm.
Thanks to Richard Jennings of RJonWine.com for his article "American Tempranillo: Strong Continuing Improvement." It includes tasting notes from 71 Tempranillos and Tempranillo blends from 46 American producers!