What’s so ‘Super’ about that Tuscan?

It is a matter of much debate who was the first to coin the now trendy moniker, although their origins are mostly attributed to the hallmark wines Tignanello and Sassicaia beginning in 1974, both marketed by Antinori. What is more clear about the history of these lovely wines is that Super Tuscans originated in Italy as wine estates aimed to make higher quality wines that didn’t necessarily fit the strict legal regulations in place for wine production as set out by the DOC.

It is hard to imagine in the relaxed landscape of California where we have some general laws about labeling appellation or varietal but otherwise are relatively free to experiment, blend, and proprietarily name to our delight. In Italy the DOC regulations mandated everything from which varietals could be grown in which regions including the strict percentages in which they must be blended (like the inclusion of white grapes in Tuscan red wine!), to precise accepted levels of alcohol, acidity, and extract as well as establishing viticultural regulations such as restrictions on yield and specific winemaking practices. These laws preserved the practices of low quality and high quantity. Wine estates that dared step outside the box were relegated to the lowest generic label of Vino da Tavola (or table wine) that had been historically the mark of bulk swill. These quality wines changed the ideology by wearing Vino da Tavola as a badge of honor, which began a revolution in Tuscan estates. With the goal of creating wines of more depth, intensity and body, estates began the previously unthinkable use of French oak barrels and blending with international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Regale Winery Super TuscanOur Regale Super Tuscan calls to mind that focus on quality that is present in all Regale Wines, and pays homage to the producers who dared to step outside the expected boundaries of the time. In classic Tignanello style, our Super Tuscan is a blend of predominantly Sangiovese with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. While we didn’t trek to Italy, our Super Tuscan grapes were sourced from the Napa Valley on the lower end of the Silverado Trail. With a smoky, earthy nose, ripe cherry and currant on the palate and a rich tannic finish, this wine definitely represents what you would expect from a classic Super Tuscan.

Now that you know a little more about the history of Super Tuscans, come taste at Regale to see just how super a Super Tuscan can be!

Weddings at Regale Winery

Here at Regale, we love weddings. Maybe it is just that our events team is made up of a bunch of romantics, but we would be lying if we said that we didn’t tear up during many of the ceremonies, heartfelt toasts, and quiet moments that make up a beautiful wedding day.  One of our favorite photographers, Ben Wild,  just sent us these dreamy photos and we thought it would be a perfect chance to highlight our amazing spaces at Regale. Hope you enjoy!

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Regale is a truly unique, exclusive venue designed to reflect old world wineries in Italy & France.  Our lovely Italian fountains, ornate gardens, olive orchard & vineyard offer an unforgettable setting for your event.

Regale Facade      Fountain

Formal Gardens

Lush gardens with fountains, an olive orchard, open lawn space and a bocce ball court complete with a view of the mountains is a beautiful outdoor ceremony location.  For your reception following the ceremony, utilize the gardens in conjunction with our outdoor bar and courtyard which includes a covered portico with large granite tasting bar and a neighboring wood-fire pizza oven.

Ceremony Seating: 150+ maximum – Standing Reception: 130+ with limited iron tables seating

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Bocce Bride

Ceremony Set Pano

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Executive Dining Room/Bride’s Dressing Room

This second-story room in the villa has a working fireplace and an Italian fresco mural as well as its own private bathrooms and bar.  A beautiful space for a pre-dinner reception or a palatial bride’s room.

    Dinner & Meeting Seating: 50 maximum – Standing Reception 100 maximum 

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Bride Behind Bar

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Veranda

This second-story enclosed veranda overlooks our formal gardens and is accessible via an exterior staircase and elevator or through the executive dining room.  This beautiful space, protected from the elements, is perfect for a reception, small seated dinner, or covered ceremony.

Dinner & Meeting Seating: 70 maximum – Standing Reception: 100 maximum – Ceremony Seating: 100 maximum

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Barrel Room

Our barrel room is complete with cocktail seating and opens into the adjoining tasting room creating the perfect space for dancing after dinner, or can be utilized as a cozy interior space for meetings or dining in case of inclement weather.

Standing Reception/Dancing: 140+ maximum – Dinner Seating: 130 maximum

Barrel Room Corner   Barrel Room Head Table

Barrel Room Pano

Vineyard Patio

Our outdoor patio is surrounded by Chardonnay vines and complete with market lights, private bathrooms and a fountain. The vineyard patio is a romantic setting for an outdoor dining experience.

Dinner Seating: 140 maximum – Standing Reception: 140+ maximum – Ceremony Seating: 100 maximum

Vineyard Bride

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Vineyard Patio Sweetheart

    Mrs. Chair Vineyard Patio  Bridal Rose Arch

Photos by B. Wild Photography
Rentals by Williams Party Rentals

 

Past, Present, & Future Pinot Noir

 

The winery celebrated our 5th Anniversary this month, with a tasting of different vintages of our Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to showcase the past, present and future of Regale.  It was definitely a time to reflect on how much the winery has changed over the years, and how far we have come since we began pouring tastings in the “gardens” back when it was less garden and really just more… dirt.

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From a wine standpoint, it was great to see the progression of our Estate Pinot Noir vineyard as we tasted the 2008 Estate Pinot Noir which was the first real production vintage, the 2012 which is our current vintage, and the 2014 straight from the barrel which will be bottled later this year.  The 2008 vintage, of which we were lucky enough to have a few cases left, has aged beautifully and is definitely coming into its own – a rare treat for anyone who was able to keep from drinking it over the last five years since its release. As with people, we often see when wines age they become more of what they have always been.  A mediocre wine will only stand to disappoint, while a wine with structure, complexity, and pedigree stands to become so much more.

As a few people noticed in the tasting notes, only 188 cases were produced in the 2008 vintage, while in the 2012 current vintage, there were 433 cases produced.  When talking about our Estate vineyard this is one of the most common questions that comes up – how much wine does our vineyard produce? While this should seem like an easy formula, it is in fact anything but. On average a vineyard can produce between 1 and 4+ tons of grapes per acre under vine.  Many things affect this production level including the age of the vineyard, growing conditions, pruning style, and winemaking choices.

Our Estate Pinot Noir vineyard is all hillside with 3.5 acres densely planted – about 4,000 Pinot vines in total, which are a mix of Dijon clones 115 and 777, and Pommard clone 5.  The vineyard was originally planted back in 2006 from 2 year old rootstocks which were grafted and grown in a nursery. When a vineyard is first planted, the production is limited and will increase each year until the 4th or 5th harvest when the vines reach their full potential. For example in 2007 we only harvested 1 ton for the “test” vintage, while in 2008 we were up to 4 tons and since 2010 we have been at full capacity with around 12 tons per year from the 3.5 acres under vine.  As we ponder the wines in progress, the 2013 and 2014 vintages were both stellar in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the wines are showcasing those great growing years.

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Looking at where the winery has come from and where we are headed, we could not be more excited to see what the next 5 years hold for the winery and for the wines still to come. The past 5 years have brought dozens of amazing wines, an Estate vineyard at full production, a gorgeous winery building with manicured gardens, and myriad celebrations of all kinds. The fond memories are not only ours, but shared with our guests and extended Regale family who have, over the past five years, celebrated birthdays, marriage proposals, weddings, babies, and new friends while sipping a glass of Regale wine or relaxing in our gardens.  So here’s to our guests- for giving us a reason to make wine, and a reason to celebrate!

April News from Regale Winery

 

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Mother’s Day MarketSunday, May 03, 2015
Complimentary for Club Members

• Would you like to find the perfect gift for Mom or a special treat for yourself? Join us to sip wine and browse some beautiful one-of-a-kind items from our boutique vendors, the Sunday before Mother’s Day! A few of the vendors that will be showcasing their wares are:

  • Snake & Butterfly selling Artisan Chocolates & Confections
  • Miche Handbag selling Handbags, Albums & Crochet
  • Lauratas selling Sterling Silver & 18k Gold Designed Jewelry
  • Silpada Designs selling Sterling Silver & Brass Jewelry
  • Brix Chocolate selling Wine Pairing Chocolates
  • reWINEd Designs selling Oak Barrel Furniture & Gifts

Regale 5th Anniversary CelebrationSunday, May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day)

1RESERVATIONS REQUIRED 

CLICK HERE to reserve tickets.

Complimentary for wine club members and their guests.  Must “purchase” (reserve) free ticket to attend.

  • Join us in celebrating an amazing 5 years! Taste wines from past vintages and barrel samples of upcoming releases to see where we have come from over the past five years and as we look toward the future.  Club member may reserve up to four tickets. Please note, you MUST “purchase” free tickets on line to attend.
  • If you have to cancel, please let us know as this will be a sold out event. All attendees must be over the age of 21.

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SAVE THE DATE:

Blind Tasting Class

June 7, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$20 per person, Club Members Only
Purchase Tickets

  • Challenge your senses and test your knowledge of different varietals and growing regions through blind tasting of mystery wines.  Guess the varietal, region, and vintage in this fun and interactive tasting.

Father’s Day Jeopardy Game

June 21, 2015 • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Complimentary for wine club members and their guests.  Must “purchase” free ticket to play. CLICK HERE to reserve tickets.

  • Think you know everything about wine, or just more than the next guy?  Join up with some friends to create a winning brain trust! Regale takes on America’s Favorite Quiz Show with a focus on wine and winemaking, challenging you with a range of questions in a fun team format. Rack up the points with your wine knowledge and then play it safe, or risk it all in Final Jeopardy. All attendees must be over the age of 21.

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PRIVATE EVENTS: 

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  • Try your hand as a winemaker for a day. Work in teams to develop the winning Bordeaux style blend from traditional varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Use beakers and graduated cylinders to measure the components of your concoction, tasting the myriad options as you work. Learn more about the imaginative Private Event and Team Building options we offer on our website at www.regalewine.com

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Are you Ready to Rendezvous?

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• Rendezvous “Sipping Poolside” Happy Hour flight paired with our smoked salmon bruschetta. The wine flight consists of an Italian Pinot Grigio, a Riesling from Washington, and Mount Eden Vineyard’s Chardonnay from Edna Valley, CA. Come in and try this beautiful combo!

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• Learn about our new Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir Blend and the cloning process in our recent blog: Clones, Clones, Everywhere “While many plants are grown via seed, wine vines are propagated via a cutting – that is taking a healthy “mother” vine and cutting a piece off.  This cutting is then planted and grows into a new vine with identical genetic material, therefore a clone of the mother vine.” 

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Back to our Rootstock: March

Our grape vines have settled in, confident tEstate Chardonnay Vineshat Spring is fully upon us, as they began the process of flowering.  I am sure their roots are thankful for any errant rain storms blowing through the mountains, as their leaves have truly fleshed out, soaking up the sunny days that have been far too ever-present in this multiple year drought.

After budbreak (which was quite early this year itself), the second main stage in a grape vine’s life cycle is flowering, which typically occurs after about a month of vegetative growth.  In this oddly early year, flowering began in our Estate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay vineyards in March.

Flowering VinesDuring flowering, vines develop tight bunches of tiny flowers, with each flower having the potential to form a single grape, together making up a cluster. During the flowering stage, there are a number of things that can damage the tender young shoots of our grape vines, from parasites to weather concerns of frost, wind, or excessive rain.

As the season progresses, the grape flowers will grow, and open allowing for pollination and fertilization to follow, after which the flower transforms into a grape.  Despite the early budbreak and all the concerns that come along with it, this year is still shaping up beautifully!

March News From Regale Winery

 

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APRIL EVENTS AT REGALE:

Spring Open House 

Saturday, April 04, 2015 – Open to the Public, Tastings are $10 for non-Club Members

• Do you have some friends who wish they could visit Regale as our members do? Our Open House day is the perfect event for them. No appointment necessary, open to non-members, and to top it off The Pizza Gypsy will be serving their amazing pizzas. Tell your friends, bring your family; it’s a perfect way to start the spring season.

(Above Photo Courtesy JJ Chen Photography)

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April 18 & 19, 2015

Complimentary for Club Members

• We offer a relief from the pain of handing your hard-earned money over to the IRS, or an excuse to spend a hearty refund!  We pay the tax on any wine purchases, with additional wine specials and treats.

(Photo at Left Courtesy Dave Lepori)

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Hood ChathamMusic by the Glass Sundays

As the warm weather has arrived, we have begun hosting some talented musicians on most Sundays and will continue for the spring/summer season.

To be notified as to who is entertaining for a specific weekend, please follow us on Facebook.

 (Photo at Right: Hood Chatham and his Jazz Guitar)

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PRIVATE EVENTS: 

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Along with our other varied and unique corporate event add-ons, we will now be offering Champagne Sabering!  Learn a new party trick from Regale’s seasoned wine professionals – how to extravagantly open a bottle of sparkling wine using a Champagne Saber.

Sabrage is a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a saber, in our case a blunt designer version specially crafted for popping corks in style. The saber is slid along the body of the bottle to break the entire neck away from the bottle, leaving only the base of the bottle open and ready to enjoy.  Your guests can watch and learn, or join in on the fun as they don safety goggles, gloves, and a brave face!

Learn more about the imaginative Private Event options we offer on our website at www.regalewine.com  

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:lone_glass

• Updated Hours and Non-Member Tasting 

Our hours have changed! We are now open to members Saturdays 11-4 and Sundays 11-5. Non-members can enjoy tastings by appointment only, make appointments online at vinovisit.com or by calling us at (408) 353-2500.

• Picking Up Wine for Others

If you are a club member and would like someone else to pick up your wine shipment, we need advance notice (by 3pm Friday) through the office. To notify us, you can call (408) 353-2500 or email wineclub@regalewine.com.

• Children and Pets at Regale

Regale is an adult-only property and no children are allowed during tasting room hours. Dogs are allowed at Regale, but please be courteous to others and keep your dog leashed.

(Photo at Right: Image Courtesy of Kelsea Holder Photography )

A Feast Fit for a Wedding

During private events at the winery, we often get questions from our clients about the gorgeous Italian inspired mural in the upstairs executive dining room. The painting clearly depicts a feast, appropriately in line with the Regale definition ‘to entertain lavishly with food and wine’ and, of course, featured front and center is a distinguished gentlemen tasting wine. While it definitely sets the mood of the space, many people are not aware of the full story- that this painting is actually a truncated version of the famed Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese.

The original painting which inspired our fresco is nearly 500 years old, and the original feast that was depicted, as well as the painting itself, are of note. The Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese is a depiction of the dinner in Cana, Galilee in which Christ preforms his first (and our favorite) of seven miracles, turning water into wine.  As the story goes, towards the end of the banquet the wine was running low so Christ asked the servants to fill the stone jars with water and offer them to the master of the house, who found that the water had been turned to wine.  Veronese depicts over 130 attendees in his painting of the feast including Jesus and his disciples, not to mention a number of musicians and animals that round out the lively nature of the painting.

The Benedictine monks of the San Giorgio Maggiore monastery in Venice commissioned the Wedding Feast at Cana from Paolo Veronese in 1562 to decorate their new refectory, with the requirement that Veronese work with the most precious (and costly) pigments and that the work of art be immense (to the tune of 750 sq ft) in order to fill the end wall of the refectory.  The painting hung in the refectory for over two centuries, until 1797 when Napoleon plundered the painting and shipped it back to Paris, not letting the massive size stop him- true to his reputation.  Veronese’s painting currently hangs in the Louvre where its massive size is dwarfed by a lovely lady named Lisa who hangs directly across the room.  While all eyes are on her, she is taking in the beauty of Veronese’s masterpiece.

While our version isn’t a 16th century masterpiece, it is impressive in its depth and brings an appropriate air of historical ambiance to the room.  A gentleman by the name of Willy Baet painted this beauty freehand over the span of more than 20 months, while only referencing an 8 ½ x 11” image he had created.  This truncated version brings together either end of Veronese’s painting, becoming a beautifully lively representation of 16th century regaling. It also seems rather apropos that the painting depicts a lavish wedding as, in addition to using the upstairs of the villa as our executive dining room for holiday parties, corporate functions and social events, it is also our bride’s room for weddings hosted at the winery.  If you are looking for a little art with your wine, a unique meeting space with friends or colleagues or a great private event space for your next social event come take a peek at Regale’s nod to Veronese.

Mural in Executive Dining Room at Regale Winery and Vineyards

Mural in Executive Dining Room at Regale Winery and Vineyards


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Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese