Springtime in the Vineyard

Saturday, May 28 11:30a to 3:30p

at Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Winters, CA

This year, I got an invite to this delicious event, and knew this was one Saturday that I wanted to get away from my computer… Instead of writing about “the life,” I could be living it.

It just sounds like too much fun, and I’m in!

Besides, Berryessa Gap is a member of PS I Love You (the advocacy group for #PetiteSirah that I founded and continue to direct), and I’ve never been to their winery. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.

You, too, can join them for this picnic in the vineyards to kick off the summer months. They’re preparing shrimp, carnitas, and fresh fruit skewers. Doc Holler will be providing bluegrass tunes. New releases of Berryessa Gap’s wines will include their wine club exclusive 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Sunset Rose of Primitivo, and their 2008 Petite Sirah!

Tickets ($40.00/each, with a $!0.00 discount for wine club members) are available for purchase through their online store. (BE SURE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE – THIS EVENT SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR!)

About Berryessa Gap, from their Website:

Over 30 years ago Ernest (Ernie) Peninou founded a root stock nursery in Winters. Ernie, who lived in San Francisco, partnered with local grower Dan Martinez to grow and sell root stock to wineries in neighboring Napa and Sonoma County.

In 2000, Daniel R. Martinez, son of Dan Martinez Sr., and Santiago Moreno, long-time foreman for Martinez Orchards partnered to plant vines and form Berryessa Gap Vineyards. They were joined by winemaker Mike Anderson, nephew of Ernie Peninou. Dan, Santiago and Mike Anderson have been friends since the early 1970’s. They were all involved in the nursery business founded by Ernie who deserves indirect credit for the birth of our winery.

Today the nursery is operated as Martinez Orchards. The nursery allowed Dan, Mike and Santiago to experiment and make home wines from many grape varieties. What Berryessa Gap serves and sells now is their favorites. Experiments continue and as time goes on there might be more grape varietals grown and more wines to try!

I’ve been working with Mike Anderson and Dr. James Wolpert of the UC Davis Extension program, mostly when Patty Bogle was still alive and chair of the PSILY’s Heritage Clone Vineyard at UC Davis. I’m in the process of having that vineyard become the Patty Bogle Heritage Clone Vineyard, in her honor, and Mike Anderson is going to be helping with this project. It will be a good time for us to catch up and refine our proposal to the PSILY board of directors. Did I say I wouldn’t be working? I guess I never stop working, when it’s involving wine.

Come join us. I promise to not talk business with you!



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