A Season of Rest…

The Estate vines are hibernating after a busy harvest season last fall, and our organic gardens nestled below the winery are being stripped and re-planted for the coming year. As we prepare our plant beds for the next season’s bounty, it brings up the question – what are you doing to prepare for your seasonal produce? Do you shop local, organic, or farm-grown? We at Regale love the fresh fruits and vegetables grown at our garden at the winery. What are your favorite ingredients to use at this time of year?

 It is very cold outside today, which summons the image of winter. Just last week, it was starting to look like an early spring. The coldness of the last couple of days reminds us that our summer fruits and vegetables are further away than we thought!

Not to worry, though! If you are in a mid-winter slump and are wondering what’s currently in season, then check out our list (below) of the local produce that is currently in season:

Arugula
Asparagus
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Cilantro
Dill
Fennel
Grapefruit
Kale
Lemons
Lettuce
Leeks
Oranges
Onions
Parsnips
Pears
Shallots
Sweet Potatoes
Tangelos
Tangerines
Turnips
Rhubarb

Also for your benefit, we have included a lovely late winter recipe that utilizes a few of our favorites from the list (recipe courtesy of Simply Delicious™). These Spiced Glazed Carrots can be made as a lovely accompaniment to any meal. We recommend pairing this earthy treat with a lighter wine, such as our 2007 O’Neel Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Buon appetito!

Spiced Glazed Carrots with Sherry and Citrus

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of thin carrots (2 lb.), cut into 1″ pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tangerine juice
  • 2 Tbsp Sherry or sweet vermouth
  • 2 pinches ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon leaves
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated tangerine zest

Preparation

  • Bring carrots, butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, peppercorns, bay leaf, and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 7–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer carrots to a medium bowl.
  • Add tangerine juice, 1 Tbsp. Sherry, and ground cloves to skillet and cook until glaze forms, 7–8 minutes. Stir in carrots and remaining 1 Tbsp. Sherry. Season carrots to taste with salt.

Welcome to 2013! Did you make your list of goals?

ImageThis year, rather than focus on the standard resolutions that fizzle out by February, take it upon yourself to try the latest fad in New Year’s resolutions: commit to learning something new!

Diets are fickle and motivation can fade, but the desire to learn something new is a resolution that is not only fun, but can also usher in a new year of hobbies that offer an educational twist. What better way to explore a new hobby and learn more about wine than trying out our new series of Wine Appreciation classes? These are fun and interactive seminars which have been designed with you in mind – from the wine connoisseur to the aspiring connoisseur, these classes hold something for each level of wine mastery.

Kicking off this series on January 26th will be our “Introduction to Wine Tasting” course. This class is a great way for you to dive into learning more about wine and will help you learn the basic fundamentals of wine tasting. You’ll be taught a basic understanding of how to decipher wine terminology, where wine comes from, how to taste it, different wine styles, and other characteristics. Join us for this fun and informative afternoon as we take you on a tour of Regale’s wines, with our beautiful grounds and Italian villa serving as the background for these fun classics in wine tasting knowledge.

In February, we will be featuring our “Wine and Chocolate Pairing” class. This is the perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day plans. Bring a little romance and richness into your life by joining us to learn about pairing wine and chocolate. What a beautiful combination!

Following these courses in early March is our “Wine Appreciation” class, where you will be provided with an overview of wine making, starting with the grapes in the vineyard through the winemaker’s last touch in the wine making process. You’ll learn about the different choices and decisions that are made before bottling and what the last steps are before it’s available for the public to enjoy.

 This is the first time we have ever had the opportunity to host any such wine courses; we are extremely excited to offer these seminars as a supplement to your 2013 events with us. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 

Can Pizza Help You Build a Better Business?

 

Pizza From Regale's Wood Fire Oven

Pizza From Regale's Wood Fire Oven

You can hear the moans from every corner of the office; “I have so much work to do and boss has us going offsite for some useless team building thing today.” The eyes roll, the sighs echo and the employees shuffle off with less than enthusiastic attitudes to whatever awaits them at the dreaded “off site.”

 As a manager it is always a difficult task to find something that will connect a group that has the personality of gregarious salespeople mixed with a withdrawn group of engineers. But the importance of building a team attitude within a business has been proven as a necessity for success. So what to do?

 Enter Pizza. That’s correct, PIZZA. At Regale we have discovered the ultimate team builder is Wood-Fired Pizza Making Competition!

 It takes, creativity, ingenuity, planning and most of all, teamwork to rise to the challenge of cooking the ultimate pizza. And the bragging rights are coveted. Best of all, you get to eat your projects in an amazing outdoor setting complimented with some of the best wine in the area!

 Teams are assembled and set at stations with a variety of proteins, produce, cheeses and sauces to construct what they believe to be the best pizza. A panel of judges will determine the winner and each member of the winning team receives a Pizza Gypsy T-Shirt.

 The staff at Regale Winery and Vineyards admit this is one of the most popular team-building add-ons it has to its corporate event packages. “The participants really enjoy the challenge. When you couple that with the aromas, taste, unique setting and relaxed atmosphere, people really lighten up and have fun with it.”

 Well, everyone does love pizza. And, with Regale’s flair for making an event special, it’s no wonder that pizza can be a company’s best friend! 

Looking Back, Seeing Ahead…

As I look back on 2011, I couldn’t be more pleased with the phenomenal growth that the winery has experienced. I wanted to build the business organically through word-of-mouth referrals and given our 400% growth for the year, this plan is clearly working!
For 2012 we have only one New Year’s Resolution: to continue the growth of our spirited wine club community as we embark on the establishment of our private membership-only winery estate, or should I say, Country Club. Once we reach membership capacity, we will close the membership and start a waiting list for potential future members. The goal is to make weekend wine tasting, picnicking and private winery events available exclusively to our members. Bring your family, guests or even business associates to the winery for the ultimate wine country experience!

Help us build the Regale family. We encourage members to bring like-minded friends up to the winery to show them what we are all about. For the first half of 2012, the member who refers the most new members will receive a private wood fired pizza party next summer for themselves and 25 guests! All on us, including wine! For the second half of the year, the winning member will receive a private wintertime party at Regale with the entire winery to yourselves!!!

Below please find our 2012 schedule of private, members-only events. New for this year is the April Tax Relief Event, our May Culinary Class, Summer Luau, Valentine Celebration and Father’s Day BBQ. In addition, we will have our traditional Harvest Celebration, Oysters and Sparkling Wine, Paella Fiesta and Winter Holiday Party. For all of these parties, we will close the winery to the public for the day. Most of these events are FREE and a few have minimal charges.

I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Cheers!
– Larry

Members-Only Events for 2012

Valentine Celebration • February 12
Join us for complimentary wine tasting, sweet and savory appetizers, chocolate tasting, and live music. Special wine discounts available that day only! This special event is for members and their guests only (four tickets are allowed each member.) Due to the popuparity of our events, we have two parties that day to choose from; 11am to 2pm or 3pm to 6pm. Attendance is limited, so we are “selling” tickets on line. THERE IS NO CHARGE for the event at all, but in order to attend you must “purchase” tickets online. To purchase your tickets go to http://www.regalewine.com.

Tax Relief Day! • April 15
Complimentary wine tasting,light appetizers, live music.

Culinary Class • May 20
First annual spring cooking class, dinner paired with Regale wines.

Father’s Day BBQ • June 17
Complimentary wine tasting, delicious BBQ, live music.

Summer Luau • July 22
Complimentary wine tasting, live music, Luau style BBQ, The “Rubber Chicken” Olympic Games.

Second Annual Oyster and Sparkling Event • August 19
Oysters and Sparkling Wine with music… need we say more!

Second Annual Paella Fiesta! • September 23
An annual tradition not to be missed!

Harvest Celebration • October 21
Complimentary wine tasting, soups and harvest dishes, live music.

Club Holiday Party • December 2
Complimentary wine tasting, live music, special holiday appetizers.

Best Team-Building Games For Adults

Team-Building Games For Adults

"Everybody yell 'Team-Building Games For Adults' on the count of three!"

Sometimes team-building games for adults are all that’s needed to break the ice amongst employees that are new to one another. These activities can also bring preexisting groups closer together to form a bond that continues back at the workplace.

If your company resides in the Bay Area, Regale Winery is just a quick and easy drive on Highway 17. The drive down Summit Road isn’t windy and provides lush scenery before you arrive at our gates. Once inside, it’s time to let the fun begin.

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Bay Area Winery Venues For Private Parties

Venues For Private Parties

Thinking about venues for private parties? Let the Santa Cruz Mountains be your host.

Are you currently searching for Bay Area venues for private parties and special events? If so then you might be reading up on locations in San Francisco and further north in Wine Country.

What you’re going to learn today, however, is that winery venues for private parties are located closer than you might think. Regale Winery sits inside the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountains, and yet it’s only a 10-minute drive from downtown Los Gatos that doesn’t feature windy roads in order to get there. It’s the perfect location for your next big event, including wedding ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate parties, and more.

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Best Things To Do In The Bay Area

Best Things To Do In The Bay Area

What's one of the best things to do in the Bay Area? How about enjoying Barbara Higbie!

One of the best things to do in the Bay Area is wine tasting. The aroma of wines and lush landscapes provide the perfect atmosphere for an enjoyable outing. Did you know, however, that you don’t have to trek all the way to Wine Country to enjoy such an experience? You don’t have to battle the traffic and crowds either. A location providing you with one of the best things to do in the Bay Area is right in your backyard in Los Gatos.

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