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Robert Parker Wine Advocate Scores for PlumpJack Wineries

The start of 2017 has been incredibly kind to our three wineries with the release of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Northern California scores. We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 vintage turned out to be much better than expected, while the 2015 vintage is on par to be great, too. It is http://cialisfrance24.com quite exciting to be in the midst of a historic succession of spectacular vintages, and we honored to share that a few of our 2014 wines have earned top honors.

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Danielle Cyrot of Cade, Jeff Owens of Odette, Aaron Miller of PlumpJack Winery

Without further ado, please join us in congratulating our very talented Winemaker’s – Aaron Miller of PlumpJack Estate Winery in Oakville, Danielle Cyrot of CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain and Jeff Owens of Odette Estate Winery in Stags Leap District – on their fantastic work. Winemakers Aaron Miller and Jeff Owens each scored 98+ on their 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, scoring in the top 10 of the recently released scores from Robert Parker.

Though we don’t define the success of our wines by the scores they receive, we are proud that they reinforce our commitment to crafting world-class Napa Valley Estate-driven wines.

To learn more about Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rating system and to check out all of our wine reviews, please follow the links below:

2014 PlumpJack Estate Winery Reviews
2014 CADE Estate Winery Reviews
2014 Odette Estate Winery Reviews

For questions regarding the prices, release schedules, or to secure your own allocation of these awarded wines, please contact winerymembership@plumpjack.com or call 707.224.7533.

People of PlumpJack: 20 Questions with Jason Schulz

From the daily management of the wine list to wine trainings and seminars, the responsibilities of PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director, Jason Schulz, are endless. With ski season just around the corner, we sat down with Schulz, at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, and played 20 questions.
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What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be an Architect/Mechanical Engineer. I always loved designing multiple types of houses, something I still enjoy today.

Do you have a personal philosophy?
“Do as you will, but harm none.” It’s an ancient motto that we could all live by today.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled?
Ollantaytambo, Peru!

 

Favorite hotel/restaurant there?
Pescados Capitales in Lima, Peru has THE best grilled octopus I’ve ever had.
ticr_890_370First thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Brew a fresh pot of coffee. It’s an impressive habit that makes me human again.

When not working, what do you love to do?
Ski, Hike, Golf, Kayak, Camp

What’s your current favorite song?
Pets by Deadmou5 right now. Disco Science by Mirwais, as well.

How did you get involved with PlumpJack?
I wanted to work at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn since I first visited Tahoe in 1997. When I moved up to Tahoe from San Francisco in 2011, I pursued it immediately. When the position became available, I interviewed… and here I am!

PlumpJack_Squaw Valley InnTell us about your journey as PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director.
I attained a wealth of knowledge through some of the best Wine Directors and Master Sommeliers (and aspiring M.S.s) in San Francisco, in addition to working for a wine distributor for a few years. Wine has always been a passion of mine. As the need for a Wine Director at the Cafe became apparent, it was a logical choice to have someone with a multitude of experiences from both the buying and the selling sides of the wine business to lead us and to continue the legacy of world class offerings that PlumpJack has become synonymous with.

How did you become interested in wine?
I’ve literally grown up in the restaurant industry where wine was always around. Since I was 13, working in an Italian restaurant that a family-friend owned, wine and food have always gone together for me. Plus, it’s just SO delicious.

What do you think is the most versatile wine?
German Riesling for whites and reds from Piedmont, Italy. Although, I could throw Northern Rhone reds in there, too.

What is the bestselling wine at PlumpJack Cafe?
Chardonnays and Pinot Noir’s still reign supreme, but it is my goal to match wines and foods together as best I can.

Favorite food and wine combination?
There are so many food and wine pairings that I enjoy! Foie Gras and Sauternes. Spicy Thai and German Auslese Riesling. Mushroom Risotto and Barbera d’Alba. I also just had some phenomenal Charcuterie with a new world Grenache that was outstanding.

Favorite food?
Any variety of noodles – Pho noodles, Thai noodles, Seafood Ramen… I love them all.

What do you believe is the most underrated wine?
Two styles of wine that I feel are grossly underrated are Madeira and Champagne, frankly bubbles in general. People think that Madeiras are strictly for dessert, but they’re laden with wonderful acids that pair with a wide variety of foods, especially meats and game dishes.

Any wines that are misunderstood?
Champagne and bubbly wines are typically held for festive occasions only, but their global diversity is unmatched, and they can pair with everything from cheese and charcuterie to heartier seafood dishes. Plus, who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly any time?

What advice would you give to someone getting started in the wine industry?
My advice would be to work in the environment and to engross themselves in the wine world. Work in a restaurant that has a Sommelier or Wine Director and learn from them. Attend wine seminars and tastings when possible. Visit wineries and meet the winemakers; one can learn an infinite amount from these passionate, talented people.

Who do you admire most in the wine and hospitality industry?
We genuinely care about the experience that our guests receive and want to make sure that, when they are in our restaurant, they have the best care possible. From a wine point of view, it’s the people and http://www.cialispharmaciefr24.com/achat-cialis-en-ligne/ effort that go into making wine. The winemakers are the epitome of devotion to their craft, but no one can do it alone. The workers in the fields that pick and sort the grapes are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet, and their passion for what they do is admirable.

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What has been the most significant project or accomplishment of your career?

Starting a beverage consulting business (Mountain Beverage Solutions) with my partner, Jake Spero, has been exceedingly significant and rewarding for me. Maintaining and managing a “Best of” Award of Excellence winning wine list that features some 725 selections at PlumpJack Cafe has been one of my greatest accomplishments. I was also Lead Captain at Saison Restaurant in San Francisco when we received our Michelin Star, which was awesome.

Bucket of wine and champagne If you were not working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
If I was not in the wine industry, I’d probably be involved with the ski and golf industries on some level. I have been skiing since I was three, and I used to work in that world for a while and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve also been, at one point, a low, single digit handicap golfer and could see myself being a teaching pro.
PlumpJack Cafe is now taking reservations for the Holidays and it’s busy winter season. Don’t wait to book, especially if you have a larger group.

A Journey Through Mexico Pop-Up at BCMV

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Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (aka BCMV) is debuting a “Journey through Mexico” Pop-Up, highlighting regional flavors of Mexico that includes the Yucatan, Baja, Mexico City, and more. Forgery will be taking over the bar featuring bar stars Jacques Bezuidenhout, Ken Luciano  and Elizabeth Montana. Expect some Tequila and Mezcal flights, plus signature cocktails to pair with Howard’s Mexican-inspired menu.
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The restaurant will feature the pop-up menu exclusively on August 28th for dinner service from 5-10pm. To make a reservation, call 415.381.7321 or book online through OpenTable.

 


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JulyNewsletter_BonAppetiteAbout Howard Ko, Executive Chef Balboa Cafe Mill Valley
A renowned chef with a passion for innovative cuisine, Howard Ko is ideally suited to lead the culinary program at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley.  In his career to date, Ko has already worked at some of the industry’s most well-respected establishments – The Restaurant at Meadowood with Christopher Kostow, The French Laundry with Thomas Keller and in the kitchens of Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Melisse in Los Angeles, Hanilkwan in Osaka, and DB Bistro Moderne, Picholine and Daniel in New York.

Ko was raised in Koreatown in Los Angeles and fell in love with cooking at a very young age. After spending time in Los Angeles mastering the art of pastry making and baking, Ko traveled to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America. As a student at the CIA, Ko assisted at Daniel on weekends to gain experience in the kitchen doing everything from peeling potatoes to cleaning mushrooms.

Making cialis generique the move to Wine Country as Chef de Partie at The French Laundry in Yountville, Ko worked the line and focused on creating new dishes for the daily changing menu. From there he joined acclaimed chef Christopher Kostow at three-Michelin starred The Restaurant at Meadowood as Chef de Partie where he assisted at all stations and mentored the commis.

Ko accepted a position as chef de cuisine at his third Wine Country restaurant Goose & Gander off Main Street in St. Helena. As his final position before joining Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, Ko ran the kitchen and was responsible for putting a dramatic spin on the neighborhood eatery. Ko also introduced a shared plates concept, new flavors, and new techniques with the goal of bringing people together to taste different flavors.

As Executive Chef at Balboa Café Mill Valley, Ko will serve a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients taking advantage of all Northern California has to offer. The menu will consist of market driven bistro classics with modern twists. Howard Ko lives in Napa with his fiancée, Wendy, and dog, Whiskey, and when he’s not in

the kitchen, enjoys CrossFit and growing his eclectic collection of cookbooks.

 

Carmel Tastemaker: Davika Weston of Weston Gallery


Davi is at the heart of the arts community in Carmel working for one of the oldest and most prominent art and photo galleries. She is a trusted tastemaker when it comes to the arts in Carmel and for family-friendly outings, as she has a young son.

What are your favorite kid-friendly activities to do in Carmel and the surrounding areas?

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the entire world! When my son was very young, we would go on weekday mornings and virtually have the place to ourselves (so long as it wasn’t a holiday).
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley is a great place to hike and ride bikes, and is literally our front yard so we are here often.
  • Soberanes Park for hiking and beach combing on the west side of Highway One has some of the best views of the Pacific I’ve ever seen.
  • Rent paddle boards and have lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
  • Carmel Beach is a favorite destination which is kid and dog friendly!
  • We also have so many kid-friendly restaurants which specialize in local, organic fare including Carmel Belle, La Balena, Luca, La Bicyclette, and L’Auberge.
  • Cottage Sweets on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea – it is like stepping back in time to sweet shops our parents used to frequent.

Where do you go for a really great cocktail?

  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands – can’t beat the view;
  • 1833 in Monterey has really fun signature cocktails;
  • Step back in time and go to Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch grab a lounge chair, and enjoy the view out to sea.
  • Mudaka is really fun late night as they often have a DJ or live music- ask for a clara con limón cocktail.
  • The Cypress Inn (co-owned by Doris Day) you can grab a drink or high-tea with your four legged friend!
  • Vesuvio rooftop bar is a popular spot for locals and they have heat lamps for when the fog rolls in.

For travelers who are enthusiastic about the arts, where would you tell them to go/do?

  • The Monterey Museum of Art is fantastic and offers two locations (La Mirada). They feature California artists and have a wonderful collection.
  • Simply walking around the streets of Carmel can be interesting as there are many galleries specializing in different genres and mediums.
  • The Center for Photographic Art puts on some great exhibitions.
  • The Sunset Center (Carmel) and Golden State Theater (Monterey) have wonderful acts from all over the globe.
  • The Pacific Repertory Theatre has some impressive local productions. For artists, the landscape is incomparable and whether you’re a Plein Air painter, author, poet, photographer, the landscape is the most beautiful and inspiring aspect of the Carmel art scene – it is a living, breathing canvas in itself! It brought my husband’s grandfather, Edward Weston, here in 1929 and Ansel Adams, who was a dear friend of our family, in 1962, and has been a mecca for photographers worldwide.

For all of those Instagram photo enthusiasts out there, what are the best photo worthy spots to take advantage of in Carmel and surrounding areas?

What do you love most about Carmel?
I love the small town vibe and that the end of our “Main Street”, Ocean Avenue, is the beginning of Carmel-Bach-Orchestrathe Pacific Ocean. Raising my child where such natural, wild beauty is his playground, is why we love living here. And while Carmel and the surrounding towns are small, the feel can be quite International with travelers from all over the world and wonderful events going on year-round like the AT&T Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Carmel Bach Festival, Big Sur Marathon, Concours d’Elegance, McCall’s Motorworks and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Easiest Spring Styles

Sometimes it feels like the seasons change over one weekend. We finally received some much needed rain over the past few weeks and this past week finally feels like spring has arrived (hello sunshine!).

With a new season, means a new wardrobe.
Which means finding time to scope out new pieces to add to your closet. Personally, I often don’t have time to take time and go out shopping. So I prefer getting some easy pieces that I know will last me a long time, will go with my existing pieces in rotation and easy enough to throw on for work or weekend.

This season was hard to narrow down my favorites, but a few that stood out can be versatile for most California weather well through fall and easy to become staples within a solid spring/summer wardrobe

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  1. This shoe has recently become a Tory Burch favorite. The Lexington wedge is an easy style that you will live in almost year round – and is honestly comfortable. (Tory Burch)
  2. Sweater tank. I know what you’re thinking, a sweater for a warm weather season? But it’s a tank. And it’s a breathable woven. So it works  – really well. A great top to pair with cutoff denim shorts or tucked into some amazing joggers (as pictured).(360 Sweater)
  3. A perfect in season wash, and a relaxed fit are ideal for the coming months. This denim is your go-to-throw-on-with-any-top kind of pant that keeps it’s fit day to day. (Fidelity Denim).
  4. I’ll start by saying the picture does not do this one justice. This jumpsuit is hardly, a jumpsuit. On, it looks like a dress – flowy and ridiculously comfortable. So it’s absolutely perfect for bike rides and windy days. You’re welcome. (Tysa Designs)
  5. 5.   I’m happy that joggers are still on trend. (Okay, maybe I’m a little bias, since they typically are offered in shorter inseams and are ideal for my 5’3 self). Anyways, there are a great alternative to a denim since they’re a lighter pant and ultimately become your best friend when you bring on all your spring/summer vacations. (Velvet)

Happy Spring shopping!

Gifts for Your: Best Friend

As someone who loves buying gifts for people rather than myself, I especially enjoy getting gifts for my best friends. Having been scouring the internet for the past month, I’ve come across quite a few piece that I know they would love.air max 1

  1. This blanket literally feels like, if a cloud and a hug had a baby. Need I say more?
  2. Raw cut druzy stone earrings offer the right amount of sparkle and dimension. P.S. This collection is all handmade in the Bay Area.
  3. I’ll be sipping my CADE Sauvingon Blanc this season in this ultra chic stemless wineglass.
  4. The perfect pair of slippers to step into after work. And totally wearable to go out and get your latte on a Sunday morning.
  5. An ideal everday tote bag with a smooth finish and optional monogram detail.
  6. Dress up simple tea lights with these pretty tea light holders.
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Redefining Your Winter Wardrobe

This winter season here in Napa, we are yet again hoping for a season of true cold weather conditions and an abundance of rain. And while we’ll most likely at least get cooler temperatures, that’s a good enough reason for us to wear our winter coats and scarves. However, whether you’re here on the west or east coast, we all have become accustomed to reaching for the same neutral winter color palette and often fail to incorporate other colors that are often available but we tend to overlook.air jordan xvi

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Behind The Threads: Road Twenty-Two

We have long been a fan of locally made products, especially clothing. So when we discovered this gem of a company based in San Francisco, that creates perfect fitting tees while carrying out their mission in which the brand was built upon: employing women who have faced challenges in their life, including previously incarcerated women in the Bay Area, we knew had to place an order right away. We especially love Road Twenty Two’s enormous philanthropic effort in creating jobs for women within the brand and love all the super soft fabrics they use that make you feel the need to buy the same tee in five colors (not that that is necessarily a bad thing…).

We spoke more about the line with Road Twenty Two CEO, Fif Ghobadian for this month’s, ‘Behind The Threads’.
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1.       What has been your biggest accomplishment with Road Twenty Two?
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The biggest accomplishment is when we see customer and store feedback that is equally as passionate about our mission and product as we are. When we see people on the streets wearing our Tees and when we hear people talking about our brand with pure love. Also, it is beyond gratifying to employ amazing women who deserve every opportunity but are unfortunately are black balled by the system.
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2.       Besides the fantastic foundation in which the line is built upon, how do your shirts set themselves apart from other t-shirt brands?

Our shirts are created from luxurious US fabrics which have been washed in enzymes for ultra softness.  Road 22 shirts fit to perfection the skim the body, cling in all the right places and fit most body types.  The shirts are casual yet polished, fashionable not trendy and can be take you from day into evening.

3.       How do you see the line evolving within five years?

Our vision is to expand our line beyond Tees for women to all knits, button down shirts and cashmeres. We will continue to expand our men’s line next and then eventually we will have a kid’s line. We are going to be a national brand known for our high quality products and for creating a social movement of giving people a second chance and putting them back into society.
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4.       We love that Road Twenty Two is produced entirely in San Francisco. What do you find most special about this aspect within the brand
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We are supporting a local community and its wonderful to bring back garment manufacturing to San Francisco.We can just walk over to see our  shirts being produced and we have our pulse on every step of the production.

5.       Do you see the line spanning beyond knit tees and basics in the future?  
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Yes, we are definitely going to be much more than Knit tees. We will have wovens and a full Men’s and Kid’s line.
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Find out more about and shop the line here and check out PlumpJackSport at The Carneros Inn for Road Twenty Two clothing!

Fall Florals

Floral prints aren’t just for spring.shoes stephen curry wears

Elegant versions of this feminine classic print can be found on silks, chiffon and accessories for fall and we’re loving them all (we love them so much it makes us rhyme…). Floral prints for fall offer a sophisticated feel, so any piece will make a great addition to your closet.air jordan 5 retro

A few pieces we’re currently loving:all white air max 90

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Park It: Our Favorite Screw Cap Wines

In 1997, PlumpJack made the bold decision to bottle its finest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under the screw cap closure in an effort to maintain only the highest quality wine. PlumpJack made the decision to bottle half in cork finish and half in screw cap. It was the first luxury brand that took the risk and chance at this form of bottling.

“With screw cap wines you are getting something that is very consistent, no influence of TCA, and bottle uniformity throughout the entire lot. When PlumpJack went out on this quest to use screw caps, there was resistance and supporters.”
– Jeff Owens, Winemaker at Odette Estate 

Once thought of as the enclosure for only cheap wines, screw caps are becoming a viable alternative to corks for wines at every level and price point. The beauty behind the screw cap is the best way to ensure that every single bottle that you open as a consumer is exactly as the winemaker intended. PlumpJack took the leap and now screw caps are sweeping the industry. Whether you are enjoying an afternoon in the park with friends or a nice dinner with a loved one, the following are a few of our favorite screw cap wines.
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CADE Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2014
Our 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has a nose that is filled with aromas of green apple, lemon, lime, honeydew melon, white peaches, white flowers, grapefruit, lemon meringue, and canteloupe. There is great viscosity and weight in the palate followed by a vibrant acidity on the finish that gives the wine a juicy mouth-watering presence. The wine has flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, kiwi, toasted almonds and a mineral/flinty edge.
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Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Most people associate New Zealand with sauvignon blanc but the region is proving it is more the just a one trick pony by producing great wines from other grape varieties as well, including pinot noir. The Sacred Hill Pinot Noir pours a radiant color of pale garnet with aromas of wild strawberry and cranberry mixing with savory notes of fresh mushroom and dried herbs. The palate reflects the aroma with ripe red fruits, an underlying earthy complexity, and a refreshing finish.
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Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2014
New Zealand was the first to adopt the screw cap en masse and today almost every single wine from that country uses screw cap enclosures, including the Fire Road sauvignon blanc. Light bodied, dry and crisp, this wine is full of the typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, and melon with a pleasing thread of herbaceous goodness. Best enjoyed with seafood, pasta, white meats and summer salads.

Studert Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012
German winemakers have been among the first in Europe to embrace the screw cap revolution and it is now common to see a Riesling from Germany with a screw cap enclosure. The Studert Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012 is among our favorite screw cap Riesling in store at the moment. The nose on this wine presents intense tart stone fruits, green apple, a hint of orange rind, and plenty of slate. The palate is bright with powerful acidity balanced by just enough sweetness with a green apple and mineral finish.
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Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2009
Randall Grahm has been doing things differently since he began Bonny Doon Vineyards in 1983, putting screw caps on his wine is no exception. Bonny Doon was among the first in the US to adopt the screw cap for premium wines. The dark color Le Cigare Volant is reflected in dark aromas of char, tobacco, dried herbs and subtle notes of earthy-mushrooms. Tart red berry notes, particularly cherry and cranberry, balance the dark aromas making this a deeply complex wine. The savory and tart combination continues on the palate with the addition of dark currant and spice tones leading to a medium finish. 
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PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay 2014
A list of our favorite screw caps wines would not be complete without mentioning one of our own. In 2000 PlumpJack bottle half the 1997 Reserve Cab in screw cap and the other half in natural cork. We’ve continued bottling a number of our wines with screw caps in a commitment to maintain only the highest quality of wine, including our reserve chardonnay. This wine opens with fresh green apple and Bartlett pear on the nose, with some tropical notes as well. The palate has a beautiful, bright, lively acidity, which is balanced by the creamy, rich texture. A touch of oak gives the wine traces of vanilla, flint, and spice. Check out Robert Parker’s reviews on this wine and other PlumpJack Wines.
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All these wines are available at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, Noe Valley.

PlumpJack made the bold decision to bottle its finest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under the screw cap closure in an effort to maintain only the highest quality wine. Watch the video and learn more behind this innovative journey. WATCH HERE