Get the Recipe:
- 1/2 Bottle Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 Bottle 2015 Paso Robles Merlot
- 2 Cups Apple Cider
- 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
- 5 Tbsp Honey
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3 Cloves
- 1 Tsp Nutmeg
- 4 Orange Slices
- 2 Lemon Slices
If you asked for a list of our favorite things, we’re pretty sure we’d include these three every time. Pizza, Paella and Wine—all of which we invite you to join us for this summer at Regale.
Between now and late September, we’ve planned a lineup of exciting events that you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking to enjoy summer like the Italians, spend a Sunday afternoon on the grounds enjoying wine during our Wood-Fired Pizza series. Perhaps a Spanish staycation is more your style? We have you covered with the return of our popular Paella Feast. And last, but certainly not least, if you’re new to wine, or looking to expand your palette and knowledge, sign up for a class in our new Wine Education Series!
We are delighted to continue the tradition of Regale’s Wood-Fired Pizza Series this summer. If you haven’t experienced it firsthand, be sure to put one of these dates on your calendar soon. Held in our gardens, our very own wood-fired pizza oven is fueled with our estate’s oak cuttings to create the perfect wine pairing.
New this Year!
We’re excited to feature Santa Cruz’s Justin Wadstein of Sleight of Hand Pizza. With 13 World Champion Pizza Tosser titles, Justin delights guests with delicious pizza and his impressive pizza tossing tricks.
Sunday, Noon – 4pm
Remaining Dates: July 1st, July 15th, August 5th, August 19th, September 2nd, September 16th
No tickets required. Walk-ins welcome for smaller parties, and reservations are required for groups larger than 9 people.
*See below link for more event information.
In the art of entertaining, there’s very few dishes that can rival the aromatic, colorful presentation of paella. Take a quick Spanish getaway and join us for a savory evening featuring this traditional cuisine native to Spain. As our guest, you’ll get to see every step of the cooking process, from beginning to end. Watch as a team from Hola Paella prepares the meal right in front of you with only the freshest of ingredients.
Sunday, August 26 • 5:30 – 7:30pm
*See below link for more event information.
Interested in learning more about wine? This summer, we are excited to have launched our Wine Education Series! Whether you’re new to wine, or consider yourself a connoisseur, there is something for everyone to gain from this series.
Join us for a class led by Adan Ocegueda, a well-known, local sommelier and wine education professor at San Jose State University. Choose from a class focused on food pairings or an introduction to wine. Each class includes 45 minutes of lecture followed by 30 minutes of tasting and 15 minutes of Q&A.
*See below link for more event information.
Are you planning an engagement or rehearsal dinner, but are looking for a more exciting and unique way to celebrate with family and friends? Between the bridal showers, engagement and rehearsal dinners, and the big day, preparing for these events can be hugely time-consuming. Regale Winery and Vineyards is working to not only make that task easier for you, but to ensure a truly unique experience, allowing you to interact with guests and be entertained without the stress that often accompanies these events.
Designed to reflect the old wineries in Italy and France, Regale’s setting provides an exclusive venue for rehearsal and engagement dinners, weddings and other special events. If you’re looking for an evening that stands out from the customary rehearsal or engagement dinner, we’ve got some fresh and intriguing ideas for you.
Have you considered joining a wine club, but aren’t sure of all the benefits a membership can offer? From winery to winery, benefits vary, but there are some key reasons you may want to join and ideas of what you can expect from most memberships.
Regale Winery and Vineyards offers a number of educational, fun and cost-saving benefits for wine club members, including:
To learn more about Regale Winery and Vineyard’s wine club benefits and membership options, click here.
Creating a cohesive team is often one of the most challenging obstacles companies face. While a large variety of team building experiences are offered today, a memorable experience that fosters engagement, motivation and performance is often hard to find. Along with the fact that employees should feel rewarded for their hard work during a team building event, there are plenty of reasons why it is important to a business, including the bottom line.
Team building fosters collaboration.
It boosts performance.
So, how do you team build successfully?
1. It shouldn’t feel like a regular day at the office. It’s ideal to go offsite for team building, which helps people to get out of the daily routine and interact openly. Select a location that will be memorable and exciting for employees.
2. Schedule during working hours. Employees shouldn’t feel like they need to spend after hours’ time or a weekend attending a mandatory work event.
3. There needs to be an experience that brings people closer together. Activities can help employees collaborate and develop trust. At Regale, we offer a number of out-of-the-box options, like blind tasting, cork engineering and wine trivia (just to name a few).
4. Make it functional for everyone. Not every person on the team wants to do a relay race or scavenger hunt. Having options is a great way to accommodate everyone on the team. Regale provides a number of activities and packages to make sure all employees are engaged and comfortable.
5. Set expectations. The goal of the team building activity needs to be clear for employees. Communicate the intent of the event. Whether it is integrating different teams in the office, increasing communication among employees, or building relationships, results are more likely to be implemented if the team goes into the experience with a goal in mind.
6. Get feedback. Be sure to get a pulse for how receptive employees were to the team building activity (we like using SurveyMonkey, which allows employees to submit feedback anonymously). You should also thank everyone for their participation.
Here at Regale, we provide a team building experience that is one of the most involved and entertaining in the wine industry. All team members feel at ease with our event planning team handling every last detail, from time management to the setup and structure of activities.
With an expanding list of packages to choose from, employees can bond over grape stomping, blind tasting, or our sports package, among other extensive options. We take pride in finding catering partners that provide interactive culinary experiences and elite service.
Have you ever wondered why you might love a particular Pinot Noir from 2013, but may not be as fond of the 2014? If so, you’re not alone.
The answer is complex, just like the winemaking industry. Having an understanding of these variations will give you a greater appreciation of just how much goes into making that 2013 vintage that you love so much.
Why does a wine differ in taste from year to year?
There are an endless number of variables that can have an effect on how a particular year’s yield will taste. However, there are two main factors that winemakers can confidently rely on being ever-changing.
How Weather & Climate Affect Wine
There are countless variables in nature that can have a major impact on the outcome of grapes. There are a few main factors that winemakers must pay close attention to.
How Winemaking Process Affects Wine
To make great wine, it’s crucial to have quality grapes. But, how the grapes are harvested and processed also has a considerable impact on the end product. Among many factors, three of the most important that winemakers must consider include:
These, among many other factors, all contribute to why that 2013 Pinot Noir was so outstanding!
Whether you’re new to loving wine, or someone who has been tasting for years, there’s always more you can learn. However, the seemingly endless pages of fine wine at nice restaurants, hundreds of ways to describe wine, and varietals changing from year to year, can make wine education intimidating.
So, where do you begin?
In order to handle the wine list with confidence, discover what wine qualities you like, or simply expand your taste, we have a few ideas for you.
1. Get a wine-centric group of people to form a tasting group.
Find a group of individuals who have the same interest in wine and plan to get together once or twice a month to taste and discuss preferences. Try to mix up the wines you are tasting to expose your palette to as many wine varietals as possible.
If you live near vineyards, have everyone meet at a winery’s tasting room (visit us at Regale!). The pourers will be able to enhance your depth of knowledge and bring new perspectives to your tasting group. They’ll be able to tell you more about each wine you taste, including where it was grown, how it was barreled, and how long it was aged, among other factors.
2. Find a favorite local wine bar. Get to know the staff. Become a regular.
Stop by the wine bar once or twice a week for a glass of wine. Become acquainted with their menu by trying different wines each time you visit. This will help you to identify characteristics that you like and dislike in wine.
3. Host a dinner party with a themed wine selection.
Pick a wine that you would like to know more about (for example, Pinot Noir). Have everyone bring a bottle of Pinot Noir so you can taste and discuss multiple bottles.
Take it a step further.
To take your themed dinner party to another level, have everyone bring a Pinot Noir from a different region. This will allow you to draw comparisons between wines produced in different types of land and soils (like the Willamette Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains). Take detailed notes to assess your preferences and compare with your guests.
4. Taste frequently.
(Our favorite tip!) Take advantage of the resources you have around you. Find a good local wine shop and get to know the people who work there. Each time you buy wine, ask for one bottle that is full bodied and one that is light bodied.
5. Follow wine experts.
Pay attention to what the experts are doing. This will encourage you to branch out from wines you typically drink and allow you to find new wines you never knew you’d like.
To increase your knowledge of wine, your best bet is to experience as much as possible. Each of these tips will help you to do so, but keep in mind that the very best way you can learn is to taste.
In addition to making these tips part of your wine tasting routine, be sure to have a few good resources to reference. This will keep you on top of wine trends and ongoing education.
Some resources we like:
Take our wine quiz to see if you’re on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur!
The world of wine can be intimidating. With so much information, regions and varietals to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to begin. A beginner wine connoisseur might know key differences between a red and white, but it’s also important to understand the nuances between all wine types and varietals. See how much you know with Regale’s first wine quiz.
Can you answer these 10 questions about wine and the growing process correctly?
How did you do?
2. The Bride’s Dressing Suite
The second-story room in our villa is the perfect spot for a bride and her attendants to get ready. It’s quiet, private, and has its own bathrooms and bar. With a working fireplace and an Italian fresco mural, it’s a lovely backdrop for any pre-wedding photos of the blushing bride and her ensemble, a first look reveal, or a touching mother-daughter moment.
Our expert vintners are dedicated to the fine art of making wine. But they wouldn’t be able to fully devote themselves to their craft if they didn’t have some behind-the-scenes help from two of our most important employees: Rosie and Sangiovese!
Rosie and Sangiovese (who prefers the less formal Sangio) help keep things at Regale running smoothly. Their most important job is patrolling our vineyard and chasing away unwanted pests.
Of course, vermin population control isn’t their only duty. Rosie and Sangio also have many important administration tasks, including napping on keyboards, napping in the middle of the office floor, napping on laps, and some occasional light filing.
Rosie, the more outgoing of the pair, is a pretty little thing. Her white and grey coat is accented with soft, sunset-orange markings. She’s also quite the charmer. You can often find her meowing for pats and attention. In her spare time, Rosie loves “collecting” bugs and lizards (which she wants to share, much to our dismay).
While Sangio is more shy and reserved, he’s still a very handsome boy with a coat of grey and tabby markings. He also has quite the appetite and can sometimes be coaxed over with the promise of food. On his braver days, Sangio will visit us in the office to make sure everyone is doing their work and staying on task.
If you’re interested in meeting Rosie and Sangio (and maybe even tasting some of our delicious wine!), visit our website tasting page for days, times and details.