As part of the Drink In Life Book Club each month Chef Jill and I strive to not only to create recipes that compliment our current book title but to also find a winery (or distillery) that is perfectly matched with the book, providing members a delightful tasting to enjoy as they read the month’s selection. The September title, The Vintner’s Daughter is set in both the Loire Valley and Napa Valley, specifically Carneros in the late 1800’s. For this reason it was only fitting to highlight a winery from Carneros and I was thrilled when Cuvaison Winery wanted to collaborate as the book club wine sponsor for this book title.
Napa Valley’s history is shaped by dreamers who pursued their passions in the landscape that would become one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Inspired by the artistry taking place in the valley, Cuviason set down roots in 1969 and set about making their inaugural vintage of Chardonnay. The chosen location was ideal for cool climate wines like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and ten years later in 1979 Cuvaison took ownership of 400 acres of highly sought after land in the Los Carneros district of Napa Valley. This prized land was ideal for growing a multitude of varieties and it also became the site of Cuvaison’s winery. By the late ’90s, Cuvaison expanded their grape growing to two estate vineyards located in the Carneros and Mount Veeder winegrowing regions.
Being early trailblazers of the Los Carneros region, Cuvaison is an advocate of cool climate vineyard driven wines that are an expression of the region. Their vineyards, which are sustainably farmed, take full advantage of slope, soil composition, and exposure to the sun to produce the best quality fruit. In addition to the sustainable farming practices initiated by Cuvaison they are also working to restore natural habitat to the area as well as enhancing their local watershed. Controlling each level of farming allows Cuvaison to produce wonderfully balanced and dynamic wines that showcase each unique estate grape characteristic.
“As part of our multigenerational approach to winegrowing and winemaking, at Cuvaison we strive to be a leader in the area of sustainability. From going solar to achieving our Napa Green Winery, Napa Green Land, Bay Area Green Business and Fish Friendly Farming certifications, we are dedicated to reducing Cuvaison’s impact on our environment, while continuing to look for new ways to create positive change for the environment, and in our community.” -Cuvaison Winery
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Situated in the heart of Los Carneros Cuvaison Winery is nestled amongst more than 200 acres of picturesque vineyards.
Set within this stunning wine region, Cuvaison’s gorgeous property has sweeping views of the valley.
Cuvaison is located at 1221 Duhig Rd in Napa, CA.
To book a tasting you can make an appointment on their website, call them at 707-942-2455 or send an email to email@example.com
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Estate Tasting are $45 Per person and feature five of Cuvaison’s captivating wines. The seated tasting highlights the distinguishing characteristics of these Los Carneros and Mount Veeder estate wines.
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At Cuvaison’s Carneros location you can take a unique hike through their vineyards followed by an Estate Tasting and a boxed lunch as part of their Vineyard Hike and Tasting with Boxed Lunch (Per person – Retail: $80 | Club: $75) This special package is offered Friday – Sunday at 10:00 AM, by appointment only.
Rendering of Cuvaison’s New Tasting Room (Provided by Cuvaison Winery)
Cuvaison Winery is excited to announce a new construction project to enhance the visitor experience at Cuvaison’s beautiful estate vineyard and winery in Napa Valley’s Los Carneros AVA.
“Constructed in two phases, the first part of the project will focus on the Cuvaison Tasting Room, where a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass wall will be added, along with an expanded terrace. The second phase of the project will include the installation of beautiful open-air pavilions for VIP tastings and special events, which will be cantilevered above the south shore of the property’s scenic pond, and will offer idyllic views of the lower vineyard, as well as local flora and fauna surrounding the pond. To support the pavilions, Cuvaison will also be building an outdoor service area, additional restrooms and expanded wheelchair-accessible
parking. During construction, Cuvaison will remain open for tastings, and will be hosting guests
outside on a dedicated portion of the crush pad, and indoors in the winery’s beautiful barrel room, which will serve as Cuvaison’s interim tasting room.” -Cuvaison Winery
While they make enhancements to their estate tasting room, Cuvaison’s in-person tasting experiences are currently offered daily by appointment only in their barrel room and winery patio.
The estate grown wines from Cuvaison were the perfect wines to pair with the Drink In Life Book Club’s September title, The Vintner’s Daughter because they encompass the elegant and unique terroir, as well as the history of the Los Carneros region.
Bright red fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry along with hints of black cherry dominate the aromas of the 2019 Pinot Noir from Cuvaison. With every additional swirl and sniff you get inviting scents of wild flowers and herbs. On the palate an exciting freshness grabs hold of the fruit and warm spice elements and delivers a beautifully vibrant long finish. A real attention grabbing down to earth Carneros Pinot Noir.
Complex is a good word for describing the 2019 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay. This Chardonnay has an inviting and intensely pronounced aroma of citrus, stone fruit and baked apples. Just the right amount of buttery vanilla flavors on the palate with some pleasant oak note joining in the background. A lovely example of a Napa Valley Chardonnay.
The 2019 Estate Cuvaison Sauvignon Blanc pairs a lively acidity with a collection of bright and intense aromas and flavors, like a spiced tropical fruit salad. Clean and crisp, with a delightful rich texture and a sleek finish. I can see enjoying this Carneros gem year round, sipped alone or paired with some takeout Thai.
For the Drink In Life Book Club, Cuvaison has a put together a special offer for members who would like to enjoy their 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Estate Chardonnay and 2019 Estate Pinot Noir while reading The Vintner’s Daughter. This wines are also used and paired in Chef Jill’s recipes available on the Drink In Life Book Club-The Vintner’s Daughter blog post.
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