To: Lions Peak’s Family of Friends,
HARVEST AND FERMENTATION
Our Estate’s harvest of our 2017 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon was one of high quality with unique fruit flavors. The harvest was once again one of low yields. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of this vintage have exceptionally unique flavors. In August we had extreme heat, although the clusters were solid and there was limited shatter. The grapes were harvested in mid-October when the brix were 25 degrees. The handpicked grapes were taken to the winery and then hand sorted and the MOG (Materials other than grapes) were removed prior to crush and fermentation. I have heard that this vintage is to be one of the best five vintages in the last forty three years. The colors of the Bordeaux Reds are exceptional and are now barrel aging in new French oak cooperage. The taste of the 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé which were aged in stainless steel were bottled in December. From the taste of these two wines, I have to agree that this is an exceptional vintage.
AFTER THE FIRES AND MUDSLIDE
During the many years of Lions Peak I have experienced many changes; however, the ending 2017 and the beginning of 2018 has been a period that has caused much tragedy in the wine business and for individuals, communities, and businesses. Even though Lions Peak Estate Vineyard did not sustain a loss in property, the little community of Solvang where our tasting room and hospitality center is located suffered greatly. The economic impact from the fires and the two week closure of the 101 Highway effected many businesses and employees. We were closed on many days in December due to air quality and the nature of the fires, and then in January due to closure of the 101.We questioned if these catastrophes were going end.
The good news is that the fires have ended and the 101 Highway has opened after the Mudslide that destroyed so much of Montecito. We are still financially feeling the impact. I have reduced my operations at the vineyard to lessen the economic impact of these happenings; however, the after effects unfortunately are still continuing to be far reaching. In closing I want to express all the kindness that people have shown us and we want to state our gratitude to the men and women who have worked so diligently to keep us safe.
We are optimistic about having Solvang return to the little Danish Village that so many enjoy and love bringing their family, friends, and children to visit.
PREPARATION FOR THE 2018 SPRING NEW PLANTINGS AND EVENTS
We are happy to present our Spring and Summer Club selections along with an additional package that has wines that are perfect for any occasion. We continue moving along and are now back on track and in the process of planting our new Bordeaux varietals in March.
We have joined the Paso Wine Association and the Santa Barbara Vintners Association this year and will participating in major tasting events. Refer to our calendar that we have attached for details. We shall also be emailing you additional information as the dates are closer. However, one event that is not to be missed is our Winemaker Dinner and the Lions Peak Estate. This is our first dinner for club members to be held at the estate vineyard. Seating is limited and we already have commitments from club members. The event is on Paso Robles Wine Festival Weekend after the Grand Tasting on Saturday the 20th of May.
WINE CLUB NEW RELEASE PARTY: February 10th Lions Peak opens the doors for our club members and their guest to taste our newly released wines. We shall begin celebrating the debut of our new wines on February 10th! Our club members and their guests have the privilege of tasting the new wines that were bottled in December and have special case and bottle pricing during the event.
Our pouring menu will include our new Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Lionnesse, Chardonnay, and our Cabernet Sauvignon Rose. A catered menu has been selected to pair with the newly released wines. Catalina Estevez will be our guest artist for the weekend release party. We welcome you to be our guests for great wine, music, and welcome you to share this time with your friends.
VALENTINE’S DAY AND PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND: Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day Weekend a fantastic weekend to celebrate and share this weekend with your special someone. We want to continue to express our gratitude to all of our club members. It is always a joy to have you and your friends at the tasting room. On Valentine’s Day we welcome you for a day of old love songs, roses, champagne, chocolates and the tasting of our latest releases. We shall be offering a three bottle Valentine’s Day Special of our Vis a Vis, Rose, and Sauvignon Gris that is regularly $101.00for $58.00, a savings of $43.00. The weekend will be a continuance of the Valentine Day and President Day Weekend. Loren Radis will join us on Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30.
PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL and Z PARTY: Lions Peak celebrates our historical roots in Paso Robles at the Zinfandel Symposium Friday March 16th and the Z Party on March 17th. On Sunday afternoon, wine club members are invited to visit the Historical Cabernet Sauvignon Estate and taste our newly released Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port, Zinfandel blend BFF, Petite Sirah, and new releases. Chocolate and cheese pairings will be served with tasting notes. Sit on the veranda and overlook the Santa Lucia Mountains. And share the history of the vineyard with Jenn. 12:00pm-4:00 pm. By appointment. Call for Reservation 805-423-1134 or 805-550-4900. Stop by our tasting room in Solvang either coming or returning home for some terrific specials. Check us out at: www.Pasowine.com
SANTA BARBARA VINTERS FESTIVAL: April 21st Vintners Festival 1-4PM at Silver Lake Park in Lompoc. We shall be pouring our Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnays. Stop by the tasting room for a full flight of tastings, live music, appetizers, and case and bottle specials for the festivities. Live music after the event!
TASTE OF SOLVANG March 16th, 17th and 18th 11:00am -4:00pm
The annual Taste of Solvang is Lions Peak’s Solvang’s Tasting Room and Hospitality Center’s kickoff for the forthcoming arrival of the spring season. The Friday evening event features a wonderful array of desserts from restaurants, chocolate confectionaries, and other merchants. The desserts are paired with wines from Solvang wine tasting rooms and wine shops. The weekend continues with a number of special events. Lions Peak joins other wineries and wine shops on Saturday and Sunday for wine tasting from 11-4pm for the wine walk. A Special pricing will be offered on all of the 4 wines that will be poured for the event. If you are unable to attend, please call the tasting room (805.693.5466) and we shall see that you will receive the specials. Stop by the tasting room after the event and with purchase receive a complimentary tasting of our new releases. Our tasting room will have complimentary appetizers and live music on Saturday from 4-7pm. Complimentary tasting of our complete line up of wines with bottle purchase. We look forward to you returning and tasting our new released wines! Please check out www.solvangusa.com for details.
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL RESERVE TASTING: May 18th from 4PM to 6:30PM Downtown Paso Robles City Park. Lions Peak has selected two of our 2012 Reserve Wines to pour. We shall be pouring our 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc), and 2012 Lionnesse (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc).
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL GRAND TASTING: May 19th Grand Tasting from Noon to 4:00 PM Paso Robles City Park Lions Peak will be pouring our Bordeaux Wines and Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah.
Members and their guests have the privilege of tasting the new wines. Our new wines that were bottled in December were: Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and some new Bordeaux blends.
PASO ROBLES WINE MAKER DINNER AT THE VINEYARD HOUSE: After the Grand Tasting on May 19th, we are opening the doors of our vineyard house and grounds to our First Winemaker Dinner at the Estate.It will be a joyful evening for club members who will attend. The event is limited to 20 persons. The fee for the event is $75.00 per person for wine club members and will be charged at the time of the reservation, non wine club members dinner fee is $125.00.Details of the menu will be sent out to club members. We already have members that have made reservations. Please contact us at 805.550.4900 to secure your reservation.
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL OPEN HOUSE AT THE VINEYARD: May 20th 12-4pm by appointment. A flight of 6 Bordeaux award winning reds will be paired with artisan cheese. An assortment of tapenades and olive oil will be served. A chocolate and port tasting will be served in addition to our award winning Bordeaux reds and Meritages. Vineyard tours will be available. Sommelier and owner will conduct the pairings and discuss the history of the vineyard. Optional tours of the vineyard will be offered.
MOTHER DAYWEEKEND AND DESTINATION RACES: A weekend of love songs and selections of white and reds for that special lady! Complimentary appetizers and the live music of Catalina Estevez for our tasters! Sparkling wine and roses await you and fun...fun…fun!!!
ANNIVERSARY PARTY- 14 YEARS IN SOLVANG
MEMORIAL WEEKEND: We invite you to join us for our 14th year Anniversary at our Solvang location. A weekend will have an extended tasting menu, live music, and appetizers. We shall be topping the weekend off with gourmet chocolates, artisan cheese, and tapenades.
AUGUST OPEN HOUSE: During the month of August come celebrate the month of Leos at our Solvang location. The entire month will have special tastings and live music. Look for forthcoming details on our web site.
WINE MAKER DINNER: August details to be announced. Location to be determined. Check out our web site for detailed information throughout the season. Lions Peak will have live music and entertainment scheduled most weekends.
Our Solvang Tasting Room is opened seven days a week, with occasional exceptions, with extended hours on weekends and for special events. The tasting room in Solvang is scheduled to have a guest musician for most weekends. Please refer to our events page on our web site. Lions Peak with weekday hours, Spring Hours: Sunday through Friday, to 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday 11AM to 7:00PM
Our Paso Robles Estate Vineyard is opened by appointment for Wine Club Members. We offer tours and tastings. Contact our wine club administer @ 805.550.4900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINE CLUB SELECTIONS FOR THE SPRING & SUMMER 2018
2015 Lionnesse $65.00
2013 Vis a Vis $45.00
2015 Mourvedre $50.00
2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé $28.00
2015 Petite Sirah $45.00
2017 Chardonnay $35.00
2015 Mourvedre $50.00
2015 Lionnesse $65.00
2015 Malbec $50.00
2014 Petite Sirah 50.00
2015 Cabernet Franc $45.00
2013 Vis a Vis $45.00
Roaring Cabernet Club
(1) 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00
(1) 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00
(1)2013 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00
(1)2012 Roaring Lion Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00
(1) 2015 Lionnesse $65.00
(1) 2012 Lionnesse $65.00
White Wine Club
(1) Sisters $35.00
(1) 2014 Lulu $35.00
(1)2014 Sauvignon Gris $28.00
(1) 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé $28.00
(1) Orange Muscat $28.00
(1) 2017 Chardonnay $35.00
WINE SELECTION SPECIAL PACKAGES
We are offering a 3 bottle Special for $58.00 that is regularly $101.00.
We are adding a 6 bottle red that is regularly $273.00 for a special of $180.00 as an additional selection of our wines that will take you through the Summer Holidays!
The 6 bottle Special Selection
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00
2013 Vis a Vis $45.00
2015 Zinfandel $45.00
2015 Mourvedre $50.00
2014 Petite Sirah $50.00
2013 Zinfandel Port $35.00
We shall offer this to all club members as an added club selection. These are set packages and may not have wines substituted. This 6 bottle special may be added as an additional 6 bottles to your Spring Wine Club Selections.
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