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A moving expereince… and I mean a *real* moving for Carica Wines

Moves can be so disruptive, but in the end, they’re always for a better life experience…

And so it’s always fun for me to keep an eye on who’s doing what. I first became aware of Carica Wines, at the first Wine Blogger’s Conference held in Sonoma County. Carica hosted a picnic in their vineyards, just a few miles from where I live, and I met a lot of great people at that event… The most important of whom were the people from both Carica Wines and Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. I came away from the events at the conference with stories to tell and travels to Portugal. These were events that changed me forever… Most especially and most expectedly would be with my trip to Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo in Portugal.

That was all thanks to Delfim and everyone connected with his company at the time… (Luis Ribeiro and Isabel Ramos)

A major change of scenery is just what’s going to be happening for Carica Wines, and the effects will undoubtedly be just as profound, because it will also be a major shift.

This August, Carica is moving all winery production to Berkeley. In true Berkeley style, they’ll be sharing space with a few other East Bay vintners, whom they’ve known and respected for many years. Though they’ll be moving into a new location, they’ll also continue to operate through the 2014 harvest; crafting Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre from the same premiere vineyards. Pre-harvest preparations will get rolling by mid-August, followed by the usual sorting, crushing, and fermenting from September through November.

They have “a lot to look forward to,” they’ve told me.

Their upcoming wine tastings will also be continuing, without any interruptions…

  • Saturday, August 2, the much anticipated “Urban Wine Xperience” is almost here.
    • At Jack London Square in Oakland, you can taste the wines of over 20 East Bay wineries, all in one venue.
    • Find the event outdoors on the Ferry Lawn, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Ticket link and all the info is below.
  • Saturday, September 20, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm, you can taste dozens of wineries’ wines
    • Keep a souvenir wine glass, at the Los Gatos Wine Walk.
    • Discounted tickets ($45) are available until Aug. 15 through the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce.

Carica Wine is looking forward to having free winemaker’s tasting for their Carica wine club members and friends in September. check out their website for full details.

Carica Wines ~ From their Website

Since its founding in 2005, Carica Wines has stayed true to its vision.  Producing small lots of  single-vineyard designated wines, Carica makes Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Sauvignon Blanc. In addition, Carica Wines produces a Rhône-style red blend, combining  Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.  Winemaker Charlie Dollbaum has also added a Rosé to the Carica portfolio.

The name ‘Carica’ means . . .

The name Carica, and the fig leaf on the label, are inspired by the fig trees (botanical name Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of northern California vineyards.  Together, the grapevine and fig tree have traditionally symbolized a life filled with peace and prosperity.


2 Responses to “A moving expereince… and I mean a *real* moving for Carica Wines”

  1. Thanks, Jo, for your kind words, and for sharing with your followers some news about Carica Wines. It makes all the difference when folks have a trusted source. plus the occasional “juicy tale”. Keep it up!

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks, Charlie. Happy to help where I can for someone so deserving.

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