Saturday, July 21, 2012

When Living in the Country Sucks

In the past 24 hours, a leak has ruined half our newly laid hardwood floors (which we now get to rip up and redo), and a burst pipe has put one of our wells on life support and it may not recover this season. The fact that we can't just flip a switch and city water comes out of the tap makes this one of those times that living in the middle of nowhere is more than frustrating. The DIY mentality can be highly overrated, especially when we got about 5-6 hours of sleep last night because we had to keep restarting the well pump so our guest house renter would have water. (BIG sigh) We'll see what the next 24 hours has in store for us.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Food & Wine Pairing Time!

Scallops, check! Strawberries, check! Lots of wine, check! Tomorrow is our first day of Summer Food & Wine Pairings at our Boonville Tasting Room and we're double-checking our list today. Every summer we try and do something fun and different (besides great new wine releases, of course), and this year we had Mendocino Coast Chef Dory Kwan put together a fantastic pairing menu for us to offer in the tasting room.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 (this weekend!), July 28-29 and August 4-5 we'll be serving up four of our wines with four bites that show how amazing food and wine can be together. There's also a plus that not much is open in the Valley on Sunday after 3 p.m., so if you're looking for a bite before heading out, we've got it!

Join us at the Foursight tasting room, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for some food and wine fun! Pairings are $20 per person and free for Foursight wine club members.

Foursight Summer 2012 Pairing Menu:

2011 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Charles Vineyard 
Ripe Organic Strawberry with Cream on a Pine Nut Olive Oil Cookie

2010 Charles Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Grilled Sea Scallop with a Mild Chermoula Sauce, served with a Meyer Lemon Salsa Cruda
2009 Zero New Oak Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pistachio Liverwurst Crostini with Pickled Onions and Sweet Pickles
2009 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir
A Savory "Cherry Cheesecake" of Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam Cheese with a Fresh Bing Cherry Compote

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Where To Find Our Wines

Several days ago I received a call from a customer who was headed to a birthday party. She wanted to bring a bottle of Foursight but had none in her cellar. Fortunately, this year we've been working to provide easier access to our wines, which were formerly only available at the winery and on the Mendocino Coast. Because of this, I was able to steer our dedicated customer to a retail shop nearby that carried our Pinot. Problem solved! Then it occurred to me that this information may be helpful to all our customers and winery friends. So, below are the places you can taste or buy or wines in NorCal. It's a small, selective list  (expanding all the time), but should you have a birthday emergency, at least you won't have to drive to Boonville!

JV Cellars, Napa: Semillon
K&L Store, San Carlos: Pinot Noir
K&L Store, Redwood City: Pinot Noir
Prima Wine Bar, Santa Cruz: Pinot Noir
Bacchus & Venus, Sausalito: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
PlumpJack Cafe, Squaw Valley: Pinot Noir
SIP Mendocino, Hopland: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir
Caprice Restaurant, Tiburon: Sauvignon Blanc
Que Syrah, San Francisco: Pinot Noir
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley: Semillon
Wine on Piedmont, Oakland: Semillon

And in the valley/on the Mendocino Coast:
Lauren's Restaurant, Boonville: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
Harvest Market, Ft. Bragg: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir
The Mendocino Wine Shop, Mendocino: Semillon, Pinot Noir
Albion River Inn, Albion: Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir
Raven's Restaurant, Mendocino: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir
Surf Super, Gualala: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
The Ledford House, Albion: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
Glendeven Inn, Little River: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
Arena Organics, Pt. Arena: Pinot Noir
MacCallum House, Mendocino: Sauvigon Blanc, Pinot Noir

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wheelin' The Rubicon Trail, Tahoe Side

It had been four years since we let our white trash hang out a little, so it was a lot of fun to get together with the family and do the Rubicon Trail again.

For those who don't know, the Rubicon is an old road that goes from Lake Tahoe to the highway 50 area (there are several ways in). It's now primarily used as an OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) route but winds through some gorgeous high country, with several lakes and great camping and hiking sites along the way. In fact, the Sierra Crest trail passes right over the Rubicon trail.

More info about the trail:

Below are images and video clips of our travels. We have a few mishaps, which are very obvious in the photos, but we got everything fixed and off the trail in three days. Woohoo!