Unique Rehearsal & Engagement Dinner Ideas

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.

  • wine stompingGrape stomping competition: For a little friendly competition, match up the bridal party against the groomsmen in a grape stomping game. Regale offers this unique competition, which allows the bride and groom to compete in stomping grapes— a unique look into the history of winemaking, and a wonderful photo op!
  • Engaging wine and cuisine stations: Truly an interactive approach to the wining and dining of your guests, try creating themed stations with entertaining activities. Ideas like learning to saber a bottle of Champagne paired with oysters or a meat carving station perfectly paired with Merlot are sure to delight your guests.
  • Pinot Pong tournament and sushi rolling: New at Regale, the exciting game of Pinot Pong combines the competitive edge of Beer Pong with the elegance of fine wine. For a lively crowd, delight your guests with this exciting game combined with in-person sushi rolling provided by our local catering partners.
  • Wine blending competition: To make the “I Dos” even more memorable, hold a wine blending competition to create the bride and groom’s custom wine blend to be served on the wedding day. Regale even offers custom wine labels with the couple’s names and wedding date to commemorate their special day.
  • Wood-fired pizza and blind tasting: An instant hit with most any group, our wood-fired pizza oven offers a unique dining experience in the gorgeous gardens at Regale. Guests can test their knowledge of wine with a guided blind taste test and enjoy rustic, Tuscan-inspired pizza on the patio.
  • Wine and couples trivia: Create trivia questions with wine topics and split into teams. For each question answered correctly, reveal a funny, interesting or romantic fact about the bride and groom!
  • Sports and appetizers in the gardens: Looking for an idea with a little more action for an upbeat crowd? Regale’s sports package offers a variety of game options, including an in-house bocce ball court, badminton, Ping-Pong, cornhole, horseshoe and Giant Jenga, to name a few. Combine that with tray-passed and stationed appetizers, and your guests will be both highly entertained and well fed.

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  • Wine Bingo and picnic in garden: An ever-classic game, we’ve given Bingo an update with a fresh new twist. Guests learn the meaning behind wine descriptors like fruit expression, texture and minerality while playing along and enjoying a lovely picnic in Regale’s verdant gardens.

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For more information about events at Regale, or to request a proposal, click here. You can also contact events@regalewine.com or call (408) 353-2500.

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Benefits of Joining a Wine Club

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.

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  • Great discounts. Members of wine clubs typically receive a discounted rate for bottle purchases. Here at Regale, we offer substantial discounts of 15 -20% off bottles, depending upon membership level.
  • Tastings and private space. Visit the winery to taste and take advantage of onsite benefits. Regale wine club members receive complimentary tastings and access to an exclusive, members-only tasting lounge.
  • Attend member-only events. Depending on the size of the winery, club members often have the opportunity to attend exclusive, member-only events like private release parties or live music. Regale members also receive priority booking for Regale-hosted events, like our popular summer Paella Dinners.
  • Get first access to special releases and member-only wines. Do you want to be the first to try new wine releases? Or have the ability to buy those limited production wines? Having a membership is the first step you should take to get access to such limited bottles.
  • Receive a regular supply of wine. Enjoy a variety of wines throughout the year. 27868088_10155772939322702_4486641456774762655_nMost wine clubs provide the option to pick up wine releases in person and enjoy a tasting, or have it shipped directly to you for convenience.
  • Learn more about wine. You can visit your wine club’s tasting room and sample the wines featured on their current menu (complimentary for you and up to four guests if you’re a member at Regale). You’ll have a chance to speak with the pourer or winemaker to learn about the varietals and what went into making the wines.
  • Expand your palate. A wine club membership will often open up your palate, introducing you to new varietals that you may not have tried on your own. Both seasonal and new releases are featured by wineries and allow you to expand your taste for different regions and grapes.

Regale Winery and Vineyards offers a number of educational, fun and cost-saving benefits for wine club members, including:

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  • Discounted wine purchases (15-20%)
  • 30% off additional bottle purchases of the varietal types included in shipments during pick-up on release weekends
  • Access to limited production, member-only wines
  • Complimentary tasting for up to four guests
  • Discounted spa services at The Spa ~ Los Gatos
  • Priority booking for events hosted by Regale
  • Access to members-only wine tasting lounge
  • Priority access to bocce court, patios and terrace areas

To learn more about Regale Winery and Vineyard’s wine club benefits and membership options, click here.

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! 

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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Outdoor Wood Pizza Oven and Wines

Outdoor Wood Pizza Oven
Outdoor wood pizza oven creations and wine are a match made in heaven

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as sinking your teeth into a warm, doughy, meat-and-vegetable topped piece of pizza. Combine this sensational, mouth-watering morsel with distinctive wines you can’t find anywhere else in the Bay Area and you’ve pretty much died and gone to heaven.

Thankfully you don’t have to visit the afterlife to enjoy a slice fresh out of an outdoor wood pizza oven. Regale Winery not only has pizzas to make any full-blooded Italian smile with satisfaction, but also we possess the wines and the location to make your next event a special one.

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