Congratulations to TAPAS member Croma Vera Wines, in San Luis Obispo, CA, who announced the opening of their tasting room as of September 8, 2016!
The address is 445 1st St., Avila Beach, CA 93424. Hours are
And of course they'll have a party - scheduled for Friday, September 30. Visit their website for details, or subscribe to their email newsletter to receive an invitation!
Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to announce the final concert of their 2016 Twisted Folk Concert Series – with The Claire Lynch Band.
Where: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Hwy 4, Vallecito, CA
When: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 – 7:30pm. Concertgoers admitted 6:30pm
Tickets $25 advance ($20 Twisted Few wine club members), or $30 at the door, if available.
Children 12 and under: $10. 100% of children’s ticket sales will be directed to supporting music education in local schools.
For more info, or to purchase tickets: 209-736-9080, twistedoak.com/concerts
Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 2013, 2010, and 1997 – an honor for which she has again been nominated in 2016!
"One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." - Dolly Parton.
A yummy dinner will be available for purchase – please visit twistedoak.com for details - along with yummy Twisted Oak wine, brownies, popcorn, and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics and non-alcoholic drinks, but the winery asks that no outside alcoholic beverages be brought in.
Seating at Twisted Folk concerts is outdoor festival style, first-come, first-served – try to bring a low beach-type chair or a blanket. They're on top of a hill and there is always an evening breeze – it can get a little chilly after dark so please plan ahead.
Twisted Oak Winery is located in the foothills of Calaveras County, and specializes in wines made from Mediterranean varieties like Tempranillo, Viognier, and Petite Sirah. They are also known for being the home of the world-famous “Rubber Chicken National Forest.” Our concert venue, located at the winery in Vallecito, sits on a hilltop that commands a sweeping view of the Sierra Nevada and the surrounding foothills, presided over by a 350-year old California Blue Oak that graces the label of every wine they bottle.
Claire Lynch’s Bio:
Blazing her own trail in the mid 70's when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the 80’s and 90’s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond.
Claire grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. There she began her education in country music and got caught up in the bluegrass revival of the 1970's, joining a band called Hickory Wind. Later, the band changed its name to the Front Porch String Band with Claire’s vocals as its centerpiece.
In 1981, after their first nationally-released recording, the group retired from the road, and Claire pursued dual careers in addition to raising a family. As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, The Whites and Stephanie Davis. At the same time, she became a much sought-after session vocalist.
In 1991, the Front Porch String Band was resurrected with the album Lines and Traces, a move that ultimately led to the launching of Claire’s solo career in earnest. Friends for a Lifetime was released in 1993 followed by Moonlighter in 1995 (Claire’s first GRAMMY nomination) and Silver and Gold in 1997 (also nominated for GRAMMY glory). She was named the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. The band wrapped up the 20th century with the album Love Light in 2000. At that time Claire took what she thought would be a full-fledged break from music, stepping away from the grind of daily touring. She wasn't sure when–or if–she would return. “I hadn’t planned to come back. Then one day I opened my catalog of songs and realized that I'd written my life,” she said.
Little by little, the lure of music worked its way back. She sang harmony on The Grass is Blue and Little Sparrow which led to promotional touring as backup vocalist for Dolly Parton. She graced albums by other artists with her background vocals including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley. Today, the impressive list of other guest appearances continues including spots on albums by Donna the Buffalo, Sara Watkins, the Gibson Brothers, Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Winchester.
In 2005, Lynch struck out on her own, forming the Claire Lynch Band and releasing the aptly named New Day CD. It was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year.” In 2007, Rounder Records featured a brilliant catalog of music from her previous five albums on their label and titled the anthology collection, Crowd Favorites. More IBMA nominations followed as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Whatcha Gonna Do, Claire’s next release (2009), was called “a stripped-down production with sumptuous acoustic atmospheres” showcasing…the instrumental brilliance of her four-piece band.“ After a busy touring schedule in 2010, she received three IBMA nominations including “Song of the Year” and “Recorded Event of the Year,” winning the 2010 trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Ms. Lynch’s USA Walker Fellowship Award ($50,000.) was one of 50 salutes given from United States Artists (USA) for 2012. The USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields - including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.
In January 2013, after a long, successful stint with Rounder Records, Claire signed a recording deal with esteemed Nashville roots label Compass Records, called by Billboard Magazine, “...one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.” With their co-founder Garry West producing, she released the ninth solo recording of her career titled Dear Sister. By Summer, the album had reached the #1 position on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Bluegrass Chart seven times and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 2013 IBMA Awards.
The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. The Claire Lynch Band features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation - two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, soulful mandolinist-guitarist Jarrod Walker, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell, who at 18, won an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas National Flatpicking Championship.
Touring behind Dear Sister (2014 IBMA “Song of the Year”) has provided the band the opportunity to present fresh, timeless material, including the title track – a tear-inducing masterpiece co-written by Claire with Southerner Louisa Branscomb. It’s an intimate farewell letter shared between a brother and sister, their lives ravaged by the destruction of the Civil War and delivered with all the tenderness Lynch is known for.
The band's newest release (Sept. 2014) was a seasonal project titled Holiday! on Claire's own label Thrill Hill Records. It was recorded during the interim of her last and next Compass recordings and includes seasonal favorites, a couple originals (Claire Lynch/Steven Sheehan's Heaven's Light and Henry Hipkens' Snow Day) and even a rendition of In the Window, a traditional Chanukah song.
As one observer writes, “Listening to Claire Lynch sing is not something to be undertaken casually. Her songs and stage presence demand the listener’s rapt attention. She’s an intensely soulful singer, whose distinctive voice resonates with power and strength, yet retains an engaging innocence and crystalline purity. She’s also a songwriter of extraordinary ability who can bring listeners to their feet with her buoyant rhythms or to their knees with her sometimes almost unbearably poignant and insightful lyrics.” (Dave Higgs-WPLN Nashville, -WAMU Washington DC)
In 2014, Digital Journal.com listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time”. She shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
Happy International Albariño Day from TAPAS! And greetings to everyone attending the Albariño Wine Festival in Cambados, Spain!
There have been some great photos from the festival on Twitter - search for #albariño, #albarino or #AlbarinoFiesta.
Wine writer Mike Dunne reviews the most enticing Albariños from the 2015 TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting, in this article from the Sacramento Bee:
You won't want to miss the great photo of Markus and Liz Bokisch in the vineyard with their cat!
Also check out Mike's blog, A Year in Wine!
Since the last post, we discovered lots of TAPAS members who received awards from the San Francisco International Wine Competition! Here's a list of all the award-winning Iberian varietal wines from our members.
Again, let us know if we missed anyone - the complete list of winners is at http://sfwinecomp.com/results/browse.
A special Congratulations to Harney Lane Winery whose 2011 Tempranillo won Best in Show - the best Tempranilo among all the entries worldwide!
Abacela Vineyards and Winery, Roseburg, OR:
- 2014 Estate Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley - Gold Medal
- 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley - Silver Medal
Bending Branch Winery, Comfort, TX:
- 2012 Tempranillo, Texas High Plains - Bronze Medal
Bokisch Vineyards, Victor, CA:
- 2014 Albariño, Clements Hills - Silver Medal
Brennan Vineyards, Comanche, TX:
– 2013 Tempranillo, Texas - Double Gold Medal
- 2014 Mourvèdre Dry Rosé, Comanche County - Double Gold Medal
- 2013 Reserve Tempranillo, Texas - Silver Medal
Caduceus Cellars, Jerome, AZ:
- 2012 Sancha Tempranillo, Arizona - Bronze Medal
Castoro Cellars, Templeton, CA:
- 2013 Tempranillo, Paso Robles - Double Gold Medal
Crew Wine Company, Zamora, CA:
- 2011 Matchbook Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills - Bronze Medal
- 2014 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills - Bronze Medal
Dancing Coyote Wines, Rio Vista, CA:
- 2014 Estate Grown Albariño, Clarksburg - Silver Medal
Harney Lane Winery, Lodi, CA:
- 2012 Tempranillo, Lodi - BEST IN SHOW Tempranillo!
- 2014 Albariño, Lodi - Silver Medal
Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore, CA:
- 2012 Estate Tempranillo, Livermore Valley - Silver Medal
Oak Farm Vineyards, Lodi, CA:
- 2014 Albariño, Lodi - Gold Medal
Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall, TX:
- 2013 Tempranillo, Texas - Silver Medal
- 2013 Reserve Tempranillo, Texas - Silver Medal
Thirty-Seven Wines, Sonoma, CA:
- 2013 Albariño, Sonoma Coast - Gold Medal
- 2013 Grenache, Sonoma Coast - Gold Medal
Trenza & Tangent Wineries:
- 2013 Tangent Albariño, Edna Valley - Bronze Medal
Turkovich Family Wines, Winters, CA:
- 2011 Barrel Select Tempranillo, Yolo County - Gold Medal
- 2013 Albariño, Yolo County - Silver Medal
- 2013 Tempranillo, Yolo County - Silver Medal
Weisinger Family Winery, Ashland, OR:
- 2012 Estate Tempranillo, Rogue Valley - Silver Medal