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After 19 vintages of beautiful, high scoring artisan wines, I am excited about Tuesday’s Library Release. Club Members get first shot and their 15% Club Discount applies. There is still time to join.

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With the warm weather; 80 degrees on Friday, 2012 bud break isn’t far off.  The vineyard is pre-pruned with detailed purning planned for next month.  Nitrogen fixing legumes are bright green and lush between the rows; soon to be disked into the soil.  The reservoir is almost full and the bird houses are cleaned and ready for their Spring residents.  Who knows what stories the 2012 season will tell.

In the winery, our master winemakers, Jean Hoefliger and Fred Delivert, have completed the first round of 2010 Cab blends while monitoring the beautiful 2011 baby vintage.  For all the concern; both the 2k10 and 2k11 vintages will be all about location, location, location.  Again, our terrior and viticultural practices made such a positive difference.

Fred and Jean are thinking the CC Traditional Cab and Eternity Reserve Cab are both hitting all the right notes.  Everyone who tasted CC at Premiere Napa Valley agreed.  I can’t wait to be in on the next blending session!  From season to season so many possibilities.

 

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Our CC Wine Club is growing!  Members are not only receiving a guaranteed allocation, but also special pricing on all wine orders, unique invitations and little perks along the way. 

I love to share special places in the Napa Valley.  Consequently, each club member recently received a gift from the Napa Soap Company, one of my favorite shops in St. Helena.  Using just the right combimation of essential oils and natural ingrediants, owner Sheila Rockwood’s most important ingrediant is cold pressed grape seed oil.  Her products are luxurious and very limited!  For example, only 50 hand made bars of soap are produced each day.  Not surprising, Cabernet is my favorite!

You can plan to stop by Napa Soap Company the next time you are in St. Helena or visit them at; www.napasoap.com.… Read more

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This recipe by Chef Stephen Barber; Fish Story, Lark Creek Group in Napa, defies the general belief that only white wine or light reds should be paired with fish.  In fact, Chef Barber created this recipe specifically to pair with our Estate Cabernet.  I expected him to come up with a meat dish, but not only does this work, it is spectacular! 

I have summarized the recipe below.  The detailed recipe can be found in, Decanting Napa Valley; the Cookbook.

Clark-Claudon Cabernet
Grilled Crispy Skin Wild Salmon with Creamed Corn, Baby Bok Choy & Beurre Rouge Sauce

Ingredients:                                          Beurre Rouge:
Salmon fillets; wild, skin on                1/2 C Clark-Claudon Estate Cab
4 heads baby bok choy                       1/4 C minced Shallots
4 ears sweet corn                                1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
3/4 C cream                                         8T unsalted butter
lemon
olive oil                                                 Garnish:
salt & pepper                                        Pea shoots on top, with a squeeze of lemon & drizzle of olive oil

To Make Beurre Rouge:
Bring wine, shallots, & vinegar to boil
Reduce heat & simmer until liquid is reduced to 2 T
Add 8 T of butter; one at a time wisking continually until thick.
Season with salt & butter.  Hold in warm kitchen spot… Read more

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Anyone who knows us knows that we like to support charitable causes.  My background includes teaching high school students who could not suceed and working with children and teens as a psychotherapist.  Given that, helping our young get the best tools for life is high on my priority list.  That is where Cabermet for Care comes in.

The program was started as a tool to support our customers’ efforts to raise funds for their causes.  Over time we have also supported causes that are meaningful to our family. Yet, the best use of Cabernet for Care has been grass root efforts to raise funds for schools and small community projects.

The program is very simple, 50% of the retail sale price goes to the selected charity in our customers name.  This can be one of our selected charities or one of yours.  That is a $4680 donation for every 10 cases.  The current Cabernet for Care wine is our exceptional 94 pt. 2005 Estate Cabernet. 

Cabernet for Care can be used by a group of friends,  a public or private school, a non-profit or the charitable giving department of your company.  Large or small, together we can make a difference.… Read more

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