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Dave's Club Newsletter & Tasting Notes
By Catalina Perez & Jesse Malvesti

April, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

Here in Dry Creek Valley, bud break is in full swing & pruning is finally complete. Spring is definitely upon us. The vineyards all around us are bursting with beautiful cover crops, the mustard flowers are endless. Although we are thankful for the copious amounts of rain we received in 2016 and early 2017, we’re really thankful that it’s over!
Events Calendar

Passport to Dry Creek Valley
April 29th - 30th 2017

Dave’s Club Pick-up Party
Saturday, May 6th 2017

Futures Release Weekend
August 19th – 20th 2017

Featured Recipe
Flank Steak with Gorgonzola & Blueberry-Block 4 Sauce

1 flank steak – approx 2lbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
cup Worcestershire sauce
cup Block 4 (or balsamic vinegar)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
Salt & pepper
Gorgonzola cheese (or crumbled blue cheese)

Blueberry-Block 4 Sauce
6 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries (add 1 tablespoon honey)
teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Block 4 + 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar


Mix all marinade ingredients together in a re-sealable plastic bag & add the meat. Cover and chill overnight. Allow the meat to rest at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before cooking.

For the blueberry B4 sauce, pour the berries into a small sauce pan with the honey and salt over medium high heat until bubbly, about 3-5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to the sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until thickened and reduced, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce simmers, preheat grill to medium-high and grill for 5 minutes on each side (for medium rare to medium). Remove from grill, and let the meat rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve the flank steak with the blueberry Block4 sauce, topped with the gorgonzola cheese.

Screw Caps & Aging

Do you want to know more?

When it comes to aging wine the amount of oxygen that slowly interacts with the wine is the catalyst for the way a wine ages. The low OTR (Oxygen Transmission Rate) of Stelvin closures (which we have happily been using here since 2003) means wines that took 5 years to reach maturity under cork are now taking 10 or more years to develop a similar aged maturity.

What other factors are there?

Wine must have some tannin to age

Wine must have a good acidity to keep it fresh & vibrant

Wine must be made from quality grapes- fruit gives the wine its flavor 



Just in time for the warmer days ahead, we are announcing our annual white wine offering, a  Sauvignon Blanc blend with a new name and a new label - Luminaire. This wine is a blend of all estate grown fruit consisting of 71% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Muscat, 11% Chardonnay and 7% Gerwurtztraminer. It replaces the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc which we had planned to produce, but we made and bottled this new "Luminaire" instead.

$25 Retail / $15 Club
Special 12-PK Club Price: $165
Order here
(scroll to the bottom of the "Bottled Wines" section)

April 2017 Featured Wines

2013 My Zin Retail: $30 – Club: $18
DATA: 77% Zinfandel/ 15% Petite Sirah / 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
A perennial fan favorite, this Coffaro classic Zin blend is showing its age well, with some bright fruit flavors up front and a long, lingering finish.
Pairs with: A classic Reuben

2014 RaiZin Retail: $32 – Club: $19.20
DATA: 77% Zinfandel / 13% Petite Sirah / 5% Lagrein / 5% Grenache 
Close your eyes & breathe deeply when pouring this wine to enjoy the raisiny and sweet black fruit aromas. The RaiZin, pronounced: (Raisin) has lots of extract. It is powerful and complex with great mouthfeel. Can you say chocolate covered cherries?
Pairs with: Aged parmesan cheese drizzled with honey & balsamic

2014 Carignan Retail: $30 – Club: $18
DATA: 100% Carignan 
This wine has a spry acidity with mild tannins, tons of dried cranberry and a lush, crisp taste. It has a medium body which is red-fruit forward making it the perfect food wine. Pronounced: (care-in-yahn)
Pairs with: Grilled pork –or- Pasta pomodoro

2015 Block 4  Retail: $35 – Club: $21
DATA: 50% Zinfandel / 25% Petite Sirah / 5% Carignan / 5% Peloursin / 5% Syrah / 10% Other
Catalina and Jesse call it “Legs for Days”. With unique spice complexities and beautiful viscosity, this truly iconic old vine field blend does not disappoint.  It's supple & rich with tannins that mingle with dark cherry & blackberry flavors. The finish is long, pure and mouthwatering.
Pairs with: Flank steak covered in gorgonzola & blueberry-Block 4 sauce (see Recipe above)

2014 Aglianico (16 month) Retail: $35 – Club: $21
DATA: 100% Aglianico
Pronounced (Al-ee-Anico), this oh-so-drinkable Italian varietal has delicate violet aromas. Its integrated tannins, full body, and slight chalkiness show pleasant acidity while maintaining the big fruit that we are known for.
Pairs with: A ham sandwich slathered in stone ground mustard with arugula and tomato

2013 or 2014 Lagrein (16 month) Retail: $35 – Club: $21
DATA: 100% Lagrein
Enjoy the plumy, opaque color of our most dense & dark wine. Pronounced: (la-GRINE), it comes off as rustic with some leathery qualities and hints of sweet licorice. The big, bold fruit & grippy finish will make it your new favorite!
Pairs with: grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto