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April 25, 2014 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Jacques Pepin at Meteor Vineyard this Sunday

Meteor Vineyard is proud to be one of the sponsors of this incredible event in support of San Francisco's Family House.

This Sunday, April 27, eight guests will become culinary insiders as they join Jaques, Claudine and 10 Bay Area Michelin starred chefs to cook and party at Meteor Vineyard. Chefs include Michael Tusk from Quince, Dominique Crenn from Atelier Crenn, Roland Passot from La Folie, Michael Sandoval from Bouchon, Mourad Lahlou from Aziza, Catherine & Joe Bartholomei and Steve Litke from the Farmhouse Inn, Stuart Brioza from State Bird Provisions, James Syhabout from Commis, Ken Frank from La Toque, Robert Curry from Auberge du Soleil, Teague Moriarty and Duncan Holmes from Sons & Daughters, and Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone from Ame and Terra.

Guests will throw pizzas with 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani as he makes his renowned pizza at the wood-fired oven; Thaddeus Vogler from Bar Agricole will be on hand to blend up specialty cocktails; and Meteor Vineyard owners Barry and Tracy Schuler and 55 Degrees owners Neil and Karen Aldoroty are raiding their private cellars to pour you some of their favorite wines.

Follow along for Non-Stop Cooking, Eating, and Drinking

Time Posted: Apr 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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January 2, 2014 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Latkes, The French Laundry and ruminations on another year

While 2013 will long be remembered for the absolute perfection of the growing season, the year also provided some benchmark moments here at Meteor Vineyard.

* Latkes.  That’s right – latkes.  The unusual confluence of Thanksgiving and Hannukah gave us the first “Thanksgivukkah” in, well, a VERY long time.  Barry’s always spectacular holiday menu went a step further, fusing the traditions (and riffs on traditions) from both celebrations.  In Barry’s words, “Producing epic Latkes is an exact analog. Technique is essential and the recipe is only a guideline to be adjusted by feel and experience. If you are willing and patient you will be rewarded with a divine experience that will be celebrated by those you prepare them for.” Get the recipe here.

*  James Beard award winner Stuart Brioza cooked one of the most memorable meals of the year in the Meteor Vineyard kitchen.  The day started with a butchering class at Hudson Farm with a spring lamb raised on the property and proceeded with a harvest of fresh ingredients from Lee Hudson’s incredible farm. In the kitchen Stuart improvised utilizing every part from the lamb.  Perfect pairings for our wines!

* The last decade has seen an explosion of incredible restaurants in nearly every city across the country.  While we don’t have a lot of wine to spread around we felt it important to expand our national distribution in Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Colorado. 



* (Piggybacking on the above) We are proud to find the wines of Meteor Vineyard in many of the top restaurant cellars across the country including The French Laundry, Daniel, BlackBerry Farm and Manresa.  The best meal of 2013?  Hands down The French Laundry on October 19. Check out the full list of restaurants that feature Meteor Vineyard wines.

* Once again, the second week of August provided one of the greatest meteor showers of the lunar calendar.  Our bi-annual Perseid Meteor Shower Party was in full swing celebrating both the shooting “stars” and the release of our 2010 Perseid Cabernet Sauvignon. Save the date for our next fete in August 2015!

* Ok, we said it at the top, but the 2013 harvest was one of the best in memory, with near perfect growing conditions from bud break to harvest. Absolutely perfect berries! While we are a long way off from completing the blends, the raw materials for the wine is absolutely ethereal. Of course, 2012 is still in barrel as well which is equally exciting!



* One of the great joys of Meteor Vineyard has always been working with and selling fruit to a number of top winemakers from the valley (we keep about 25% for the Meteor Vineyard wines).  The list has been a who’s who over the years with Andy Erickson, Phillipe Melka, Tony Soter and, of course, Bill and Dawnine Dyer working with the fruit.  In a nod to the uniqueness and quality of the site, Bart and Daphne Araujo, whose stewardship of the legendary Eisele Vineyard produced some of California greatest wines, became our newest vineyard clients!  We can’t wait to see what they do with the fruit.

* The Hearts Delight Wine Auction in Washington DC has long been a bastion of the great properties of Bordeaux.  When they looked to incorporate 2 properties from California into the French heavy tasting, Meteor Vineyard was the first property they tapped.  A nod to our style which bridges Napa Valley and Bordeaux?  We are excited to return next year!

* Professional wine critics have continued to wax eloquent about the Meteor Vineyard wines crafted by winemaker/partners Bill and Dawnine Dyer.  Check out the latest words from Steven Tanzer and Antonio Galloni.

We wish you and your loved ones all the best in the new year and look forward to 2014!

The Meteor Vineyard Team

Time Posted: Jan 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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August 5, 2013 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Perseid meteor shower time lapse

We get super excited early August for multiple reasons; verasion in the vineyard, sunny Napa Valley days and perfectly clear nights to view the Perseid meteor showers.

Here is an excellent time lapse shot of last years showers from Sierra Sky Watcher:

 

Time Posted: Aug 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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February 27, 2013 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Coombsville Vintners and Growers Tasting

Take a look at this fun video of clips from the evening:

Time Posted: Feb 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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September 12, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer Vineyard Update Sept 12, 2012

   

With the 2012 harvest just weeks away, we caught up with Meteor Vineyard winemaker and partner Dawnine Dyer to discuss the vintage.

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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August 24, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer in the Vineyard

Dawnine gives us an update from the vineyard.

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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August 2, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Winemaker Dawnine Dyer on the status of the 2012 Vintage

 

With a near perfect summer the 2012 growing season is promising to be a great one. Dawnine Dyer talking about the vintage thus far.

 

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM
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March 12, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

“Pedigree and Class” Define Our 2008 Special Family Reserve

Hand selected by the row, by the cluster and by the barrel–this wine represents the absolute finest Meteor Vineyard offers. With just 95 cases, rave reviews and a restaurant list that reads like a who’s who, what leaves our cellar is going to disappear in a flash.

“If Coombsville had an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…This may, in fact, be Coombsville’s cru.” Patrick Comiskey Wine & Spirits Magazine

“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a gorgeous wine layered with mocha, black cherries, and menthol. Warm spiced notes continue to develop in the glass as this extroverted, deeply expressive wine shows off its pedigree and class. This finish is simply striking. ” Antonio Galloni The Wine Advocate

To make these wines a part of your cellar CLICK HERE. Or if you prefer a more personal touch, contact us b y phone at 707.258.2900 or via email at Jason@meteorvineyard.com. We anticipate shipping these wines early April 2012.

From the Vineyard: “The 2008 vintage looked tenuous at the outset, beginning with an extremely dry winter and culminating in frosts that “naturally thinned” nearly 30% of the crop. Erratic weather at bloom led to uneven fruit development, requiring multiple trips through the vineyard and careful thinning throughout the remaining months to ensure even ripeness. When the fruit reached perfect ripeness the first week of October we harvested under near perfect conditions. The results are exceptional.” Mike Wolf, Vineyard Manager

From the Winemaker: “Aromas of pure cassis and sun warmed black berries meld seamlessly with notes of mocha, fennel, sweet tobacco and filberts. The rich, plush mouth feel explodes with flavor and intensity, bolstered by supple tannins and lovely oak integration. Though this wine will benefit from time in the cellar, it is absolutely gorgeous.” Dawnine Dyer, Winemaker

From the Sommelier: “While the press remained enamored with the 2007 vintage, an unsung classic aged gracefully in the cellar. 2008 is proving to be one among a number of legendary vintages in Napa Valley, displaying incredible purity of fruit coupled with supple texture and bold but refined tannins. A classic example of a “shadow vintage” as journalists and wine critics have returned to their early notes where clarity of view was “shadowed” by the tremendous praise for the 2007 vintage. Can there be two incredible vintages back to back? The proof is in the bottle.” Jason Alexander, Sommelier and General Manager

Be one of the few to enjoy our finest.

Time Posted: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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January 10, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Meteor Vineyard Top 12 of 2011

We despise all of the “top ten” lists that are the year end ritual so we always wait for the new year and it is never 10. This year we are at an even dozen. If the Mayan’s got it right this will be our last list of anything.

Meteor Vineyard Top Twelve of 2011

  1. Coombsville Received AVA Status to become the 16th American Viticultural Area in Napa Valley. Finally! Recognition of what winemakers and vineyard managers have know for years.
  2. So a turkey met a pig in a bar… Stranger things have happened, particularly with copious amounts of alcohol involved, but in this case a delicious meal was in the works and inspired the mini release (all 15 cases) of our previously unreleased 2004 vintage.
  3. Wine and Spirit’s Patrick Comiskey printed our favorite quote of all time. “If Combsville has an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…” Read the full article here.
  4. Vinography’s Alder Yarrow took a peek at Meteor Vineyard’s 2007 Perseid and liked what he saw. This wine is really starting to sing.
  5. Meteor Vineyard rocked Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles with an All-Star cast of chefs in the kitchen for the inaugural Los Angeles Food and Wine.
  6. Meteor Vineyard’s favorite chef Stuart Brioza put together an exquisite fall recipe to pair with the 2008 Perseid. Yes, do try this at home.
  7. New Wine Advocate Napa Valley critic Antonio Galloni got his first taste of our wines.
  8. 2011 harvest was cool and arduous, but difficult vintages always separate the best from the middling. The juice in barrel is vibrant, aromatic and intensely colored. We can’t wait for the blending.
  9. Geologist Jonathan Swinchatt’s article in the World of Fine Wine delved deep into the unique geologic conditions that created Coombsville and, more importantly, Meteor Vineyard.
  10. The full moon made meteor sightings difficult, but our inaugural Perseid Party, in celebration of the Perseid meteor showers (and the 2008 Meteor Vineyard Perseid), was a blast. Don’t miss it next year.
  11. Barry headed to offices of VinTank to engage in “kung foo” with CEO Paul Mabray. No bodily harm ensued, but the video footage was worth the threat.
  12. Coombsville if Coolsville. Marcy Gordon claimed the phrase after her first trip to Meteor Vineyard in 2010 and her Return to Coolsville only solidified her sentiment.

2012 promises to be even better, with Cabernet for Connoisseurs, Sun Valley, Napa Valley and Jackson Hole Wine Auction’s as well as Pebble Beach Food and Wine already in the works.

We wish you all the best in 2012.

P.S. 2008 Special Family Reserve will be released late March 2012. Mark your calendars!

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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December 27, 2011 | Meteor Vineyard Team

So a Turkey met a Pig in a Bar…

Thank you for all of your comments on our recent Thanksgiving note.  We hope you enjoyed Stuart Brioza’s recipe -  (perfect for a cool fall evening and a bottle of Meteor).  This year’s menu coupled Meteor classics with a new twist.

While preparing the dish I simply called “So a Turkey Met a Pig at a Bar” (which early evening looked something like this)…

What? This isn’t unusual, it happens all the time. A turkey and a pig walk into a bar, and the pig tells the turkey…  Though, this being a kitchen in the midst of preparing Thanksgiving, by the end of the evening they looked like this.

My mind immediately started running through the list of perfect wines we could pull from the cellar…

While aged Bordeaux, Brunello, Burgundy and Napa classics made sense (and were ultimately consumed), the PERFECT bottle jumped to mind – a wine that has aged gracefully in the cellar since 2004…

You thought 05 was our first vintage? It was our first OFFICIAL vintage, but we made 2 barrels of wine in 04 that has never left our personal cellar. Re-tasting the wine was a revelation in the aging ability of the vineyard; pure cabernet characters of blackcurrant, chocolate and darjeeling tea with supple tannins, incredible length and the distinct minerality that could only come from here…

With two barrels, we don’t have a lot of wine in the cellar, but the time has come to share this beauty.

$195 per 2 pack. Click here to order online. You can also reach us by phone at 707.258.2900.  If your state is not available for shipping on our website, please contact us directly.

Enjoy!

Barry Schuler and the Meteors

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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