Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – August

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – August

As Summer drifts toward the Harvest months, Spring Mountain enters a bustling time of activity. This is the perfect time of year to visit Sherwin Family Vineyards, meeting the vintners and experiencing our fine wines while watching harvest take place. For those who are new to our little corner of Napa Valley, a short guide to our wines of summer can be an enlightening experience.

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The flagship wine of Sherwin Family Vineyards, our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is produced entirely from fruit grown on the Sherwin Family estate. The 2015 vintage is one of our most notable harvests, and this wine is excellent for today or cellaring for special occasions. Very limited production as 2015 was a low yielding year.

2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Hand-selected from the cream of the crop Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, our 2015 Reserve Cabernet is barrel aged for 30 months on 100% new French oak to integrate the full bodied tannin and bring out the full flavor profiles that our mountain fruit has to offer. Production of this fine wine is limited, so order yours while supplies last. Only 150 cases produced.

Cellar Scraps #13

Created from 2015 and 2016 vintings of several wines, this 70% Cabernet Sauvignon includes a hint of Petite Syrah, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Perfect for formal gatherings and informal events as well, we are sure your family and friends will love the balanced flavor and distinctive aroma.

2018 Carneros Chardonnay

Made with fruit from a Carneros vineyard originally planted in 1965, this fine wine has roots that trace back to Chardonnay clones grown at Wente vineyards. The fruit driven flavor profile is balanced with just a hint of the oak barrels it is stored in.

2018 Rosé of Cabernet

A great summer wine for outdoor gatherings and quiet evenings alike, our 2018 vintning carries a clean flavor that brings out the flavor of foods it is paired with. Popular at local venues, a magnum of this excellent wine is the perfect addition to any connoisseur's wine cellar.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc

One of Sherwin Family Vineyard’s popular white wines, Sauvignon Blanc goes well with fruits and cheeses, making it an excellent wine to serve at wine tastings or romantic dinners. Be sure to ask about our Sauvignon Blanc while visiting the estate.

We are thrilled to make our estate part of your visit to St. Helena, but veraison is a crucial time and the vineyards keep us busy from August through October. Sherwin Family Vineyards is a working estate, and visitors are encouraged to make reservations before visiting so that you will receive the attention you deserve. To allow you to fully enjoy the experience, we suggest arranging for transportation ahead of your visit, such as our area’s unique My Napa Valley Driver.

 

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – July

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – July

As Summer drifts toward the Harvest months, Spring Mountain enters a bustling time of activity. This is the perfect time of year to visit Sherwin Family Vineyards, meeting the vintners and experiencing our fine wines while watching harvest take place. For those who are new to our little corner of Napa Valley, a short guide to our wines of summer can be an enlightening experience.

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The flagship wine of Sherwin Family Vineyards, our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is produced entirely from fruit grown on the Sherwin Family estate. The 2015 vintage is one of our most notable harvests, and this wine is excellent for today or cellaring for special occasions. Very limited production as 2015 was a low yielding year.

2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Hand-selected from the cream of the crop Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, our 2015 Reserve Cabernet is barrel aged for 30 months on 100% new French oak to integrate the full bodied tannin and bring out the full flavor profiles that our mountain fruit has to offer. Production of this fine wine is limited, so order yours while supplies last. Only 150 cases produced.

Cellar Scraps #13

Created from 2015 and 2016 vintings of several wines, this 70% Cabernet Sauvignon includes a hint of Petite Syrah, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Perfect for formal gatherings and informal events as well, we are sure your family and friends will love the balanced flavor and distinctive aroma.

2018 Carneros Chardonnay

Made with fruit from a Carneros vineyard originally planted in 1965, this fine wine has roots that trace back to Chardonnay clones grown at Wente vineyards. The fruit driven flavor profile is balanced with just a hint of the oak barrels it is stored in.

2018 Rosé of Cabernet

A great summer wine for outdoor gatherings and quiet evenings alike, our 2018 vintning carries a clean flavor that brings out the flavor of foods it is paired with. Popular at local venues, a magnum of this excellent wine is the perfect addition to any connoisseur's wine cellar.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc

One of Sherwin Family Vineyard’s popular white wines, Sauvignon Blanc goes well with fruits and cheeses, making it an excellent wine to serve at wine tastings or romantic dinners. Be sure to ask about our Sauvignon Blanc while visiting the estate.

We are thrilled to make our estate part of your visit to St. Helena, but veraison is a crucial time and the vineyards keep us busy from August through October. Sherwin Family Vineyards is a working estate, and visitors are encouraged to make reservations before visiting so that you will receive the attention you deserve. To allow you to fully enjoy the experience, we suggest arranging for transportation ahead of your visit, such as our area’s unique My Napa Valley Driver.

 

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – June

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Guide – June

July sees summer get underway on Spring Mountain. Small family wineries like Sherwin Family Vineyards are bustling with activity as Independence Day approaches. This may be one of the best times of year to schedule your Spring Mountain wine tasting tour, and St. Helena provides plenty of lodging and dining. There is a lot to see and do in the area, so plan for a minimum of 2 or 3 days to get the full experience.

Plan Ahead

Summer wine tasting excursions to Spring Mountain are perfect weekend getaway ideas but should be booked in advance. You should also make reservations for any events you plan to attend. Estates such as Sherwin Family Vineyards at the top of Spring Mountain offer magnificent views and opportunities for tasting the area’s finest wines, but they are small wineries and need to schedule tours in order to provide the best experience.

Dress for the Part

It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes because winery tours will include a fair amount of walking around. A typical tour includes the entire experience from the vines to bottling. Days are warm but visitors should pack warmer attire for the evenings. Keep an eye on weather forecasts and dress accordingly, both for temperature and for rain.

Attend an Event

Some wineries will be holding special events all summer long, like the Festa Italiana, an event taking place July 27 in St. Helena. The Wine Train Independence Day tour offers fun, food, wine, and fireworks as your ride this vintage Napa Valley train.

Visit the CIA

The Culinary Institute of America has a campus in St. Helena where visitors can learn the intricacies of fine food, great wine, and more. The Greystone facility is listed on the list of National Historic Places, and you’ll find a wide variety of eating and food-related shopping options.

Get a Safe Ride

Wine tasting is an exciting way to spend a day or two, but we encourage you to please be responsible. If you are going to be drinking, the best thing to do is schedule a ride with one of the area's local services, Uber, Lyft, etc. The road down the mountain can be treacherous and we want our visitors to carry home happy memories.

St. Helena and Spring Mountain have everything you need for a weekend break, vacation escape, or just a getaway for mom and dad. Visit us and you’ll taste some of the best wines Sherwin Family Vineyards has to offer while experiencing the best of our corner of the Napa Valley.

 

Auction Napa Valley 2019

Auction Napa Valley 2019

Late spring and early summer are great months for wine tasting on Spring Mountain. Wineries are in full swing, there’s a lull in major events, and you can get up close and personal with local wineries like Sherwin Family Vineyards.

Winery Tours and Tastings

Book reservations ahead of time for the period you will be in Spring Mountain and the Napa area. Many of the area’s best vineyards are family operated and in order to provide you with the best visitor experience, it needs to be scheduled. Similarly, small groups are able to enjoy tours and tastings in a more relaxed atmosphere and there is no doubt that touring our winery is an experience which should be savored, just like the merlot and cabernet sauvignon we produce.

The Wine Train

Another way to experience high quality Napa Valley wines is to take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Visitors enjoy magnificent vistas, beautiful vineyards, fine dining, and some of the best wines available. The Wine Train is a wine lover’s tour through California’s premiere wine country, and a popular attraction for area visitors.

Saturday Night Beats

After your wine tour, enjoy lively top 40 music as the DJ spins your favorite tunes on request. Sip drinks with your friends and move your feet on the dance floor. Saturday nights in June beginning at 9:30pm at the NapaSport Steakhouse and Sports Lounge.

Firework Show

Head over to St. Helena’s Crane Park after your wine tasting on July 4th to enjoy the 5th Annual Fireworks Show. This family friendly event starts with live music from local musicians and the firework spectacular begins at 9:30pm. There will be food vendors on hand and a beer & wine garden.

Sherwin Family Vineyards hopes you will visit us enjoy a tour of our location and the surrounding region. The Spring Mountain portion of Napa Valley has a lot to offer, and we tend to be less congested than the southern end of the valley at this time of year. St. Helena offers a wealth of fine dining, entertainment for couples or families, and of course daily opportunities to taste some of our area’s best wines.

 

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Kick-off Guide

Spring Mountain Summer Wine Kick-off Guide

We truly appreciate the continued support from our friends and customers that help us support our community. We have been participating in Auction Napa Valley since 1998 and are excited to see what our supporters can do to help us raise funds in 2019. The Napa Valley Vintners distributes proceeds from Auction Napa annually to a core group of 25 local nonprofits and strategic initiatives that emphasize prevention and early intervention in the areas of community health and children’s education.

    >> CLICK HERE to view and bid on our E-Lot # 503!
Six couples will join Steve and Linda Sherwin at their mountaintop estate to enjoy a VIP tour and tasting of Sherwin Family Vineyards' current releases. Then you will adjourn to the patio for a friendly bocce match under the pines, followed by an al-fresco lobster feast overlooking the estate vineyards and picturesque lake below.

As a memento of your experience, you will take home a collection of 2016 commemorative etched American flag bottles - one six-liter, one three-liter, one magnum gift pack with four etched Riedel wine glasses, and one 750 ml gift pack with two etched Riedel wine glasses.

This will be a patriotic evening never to be forgotten.
A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting on Spring Mountain

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting on Spring Mountain

May is the month Spring Mountain and the rest of Napa Valley come alive. Winter is past, the vineyards have sprouted, and a sense of celebration is blooming all over the area. The hillsides are full of activity, and local vineyards will be releasing new vintages for your appreciation.

Attend a Wine Tasting Event

Sherwin Family Vineyards offers tours and tastings for small groups. They produce an assortment of fine wines and appointments by reservation only. If you want to get the feel of a family vineyard in operation, this stop is a must-see event. It may be best to schedule this as a day-trip from your St. Helena base of exploration.

Sip and Swirl Saturdays

Saturday, May 25 you can attend the Sip and Swirl Event at the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce. Wine tasting and mingling with the area movers and shakers are both excellent reasons to attend this annual community event. Different local wineries are featured each Saturday, so be prepared to sample some of the best Spring Mountain has to offer.

Bottlerock Festival

The Bottlerock Festival is a regional music festival known for large crowds and several days of music and other entertainments. In addition to the scheduled performances, attendees can look forward to after shows, a nightly silent disco, spa, and more. Tickets can be purchased online using Apple Pay or your credit card.

Picasso in Napa Valley

From April through July, the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville is featuring an exhibit which looks at modern printmaking through examinations of Pablo Picasso’s work. Picasso & The Masters of 20th Century Printmaking is a wonderful addition to a day of wine tasting at local vineyards, and provides something to interest everyone.

See Clara Blijl

May 24th will see the world-class humor of Clara Blijl. She’s built a reputation as a festival and event performer, and her European twang is not to be missed. Online ticket reservations are preferred, and the doors to an evening of laughter opens at 6:30 at The Laugh Cellar.

There will be festival and activities for the rest of the year, celebrating the season of wine all the way up until the harvest. Plan to visit for a few days to get a great impression of everything Napa Valley has to offer. Don’t miss your opportunity for some fine wine celebration at Sherwin Family Vineyards, and explore all of Spring Mountain.

 

Wine Appreciation 101

Wine Appreciation 101

We truly appreciate the continued support from our friends and customers that help us support our community. We have been participating in Auction Napa Valley since 1998 and are excited to see what our supporters can do to help us raise funds in 2019. The Napa Valley Vintners distributes proceeds from Auction Napa annually to a core group of 25 local nonprofits and strategic initiatives that emphasize prevention and early intervention in the areas of community health and children’s education.

    >> CLICK HERE to view and bid on our E-Lot # 503!
Six couples will join Steve and Linda Sherwin at their mountaintop estate to enjoy a VIP tour and tasting of Sherwin Family Vineyards' current releases. Then you will adjourn to the patio for a friendly bocce match under the pines, followed by an al-fresco lobster feast overlooking the estate vineyards and picturesque lake below.

As a memento of your experience, you will take home a collection of 2016 commemorative etched American flag bottles - one six-liter, one three-liter, one magnum gift pack with four etched Riedel wine glasses, and one 750 ml gift pack with two etched Riedel wine glasses.

This will be a patriotic evening never to be forgotten.
Reds of Spring Mountain

Reds of Spring Mountain

Just beyond Saint Helena is a wet and cool appellation that is known for producing premium wine. Spring Mountain AVA produces varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Franc, along with other Bordeaux varietals. If you are a wine aficionado or would just like to learn more how to appreciate wine, read our tips below.

Wine Appreciation 101

Appearance

You can tell the color of wine by angling your glass against a white background. The amount of opacity for reds gives clues to the grape variety and aging process used; wood cask aged wines have a deeper hue. Other characteristics that affect the color of different wine varieties include vintage, acidity, and balance. Appearance and aromatics are the first wine assessing determiners before you take a sip since a red can be deep or intense while white and sweet wines tend to be dense.

Aromatics

The essential components of wine are its bouquet. The bouquet reveals information such as faults by oxidation due to age, overexposure to oxygen, cork taint or the lack of preservatives. Does it smell okay? Does it smell metallic? Does it smell like caramel and crème? Does it smell funky?

Taste

Tasting means getting all the four steps of wine appreciation down through appearance, wine in glass aroma, wine in mouth sensations and the finish or aftertaste. When you sip, the wine reacts with the heat of your mouth, and the flavors are nasally transported to the olfactory nerve receptor. This complex characteristic of wine begins here, at the base of the nose where you determine its clarity, expressiveness, complexity, varietal character, connectedness, and integration.

Does it seem balanced? Is it acidic? Is it sweet? Can you pick out any distinct fruits or other flavors?

Finish or Aftertaste

Expressiveness means that its aromas are clearly projected and well defined which depends on how the flavor multiplies on your palate.

Try swirling your wine glass, doing so gently exposes it to more oxygen, releasing the overall bouquet. Now how does it taste? Are you able to pick up additional flavors?

Every wine bottle holds an aromatic tale and tells a story of passionate labor and deep love for the vine.  There is no right or wrong way to appreciate wine as each palate is different.  If you don’t like a particular taste or bottle, pour it out and try again.

Visit us on Spring Mountain and taste our Sherwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our Cellar Scraps. Our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied with a beautiful bouquet; an excellent example of what Spring Mountain reds have to offer. Our Cellar Scraps is a fun blend of our Cabernets across different vintages, which makes for a unique experience every year.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

Winter Wine Pairings

Winter Wine Pairings

The Reds of Spring Mountain AVA

Red wine when taken in moderation can be healthy and useful for your heart. The antioxidants and alcohol present in red wine may help prevent coronary artery disease. While, the relationship is not well understood we know that antioxidants may cause an increase in our 'good' cholesterol which plays a huge role in protecting against cholesterol buildup.

Fortunately, there are many varietals of red to choose from in Spring Mountain. With Valentine's day coming up consider visiting Spring Mountain and experience one of the many reds in our district. Before you head, be sure to check on availability as many vineyards on Spring Mountain require reservations and if you plan to make a whole day of it, consider ordering take out from Dean and Delucca.

Spring Mountain Red Wines You Need to Try

Pride Mountain Vineyards – Syrah. Pride Mountain Vineyards graces the summit of Spring Mountain. The Syrah is considered an insider favorite that is lush with a flavor profile that includes blackberry coulis, cardamom and bacon fat.

Schweiger Vineyards  - Merlot.  Schweiger Vineyards is the family-owned winery notable for its red wines. Their merlot is intense and brings forth layers of complex flavors on the palate.

Barnett Vineyards – Spring Mountain District Merlot. Barnett is our neighbor down the road who focuses on Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In addition, they produce small amounts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Their Merlot Spring Mountain District is a rich purple with hints of blueberries and chocolate.

Keenan Winery – Mernet. The Mernet is Keenan’s proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. A highly awarded wine, their 2015 was rated 93+, this blend is robust, balanced and full-bodied.

Vineyard 7&8 – Estate Chardonnay. Perched 2,020 feet above the Napa Valley floor, Vineyard 7&8 produces Estate Chardonnay and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The most recent, the 2016 Estate Chardonnay is bright with aromatic notes of fruit and crème brûlée.

Before you head back down Spring Mountain, visit us and taste our Sherwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our Cellar Scraps. Our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is lush and dark presenting a beautiful example of what Spring Mountain reds have to offer. Our Cellar Scraps is a fun blend of our Cabernets across different vintages, which makes for a unique experience every year.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

4 Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

4 Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Just beyond Saint Helena is a wet and cool appellation that is known for producing premium wine. Spring Mountain AVA produces varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Franc, along with other Bordeaux varietals. If you are a wine aficionado or would just like to learn more how to appreciate wine, read our tips below.

Wine Appreciation 101

Appearance

You can tell the color of wine by angling your glass against a white background. The amount of opacity for reds gives clues to the grape variety and aging process used; wood cask aged wines have a deeper hue. Other characteristics that affect the color of different wine varieties include vintage, acidity, and balance. Appearance and aromatics are the first wine assessing determiners before you take a sip since a red can be deep or intense while white and sweet wines tend to be dense.

Aromatics

The essential components of wine are its bouquet. The bouquet reveals information such as faults by oxidation due to age, overexposure to oxygen, cork taint or the lack of preservatives. Does it smell okay? Does it smell metallic? Does it smell like caramel and crème? Does it smell funky?

Taste

Tasting means getting all the four steps of wine appreciation down through appearance, wine in glass aroma, wine in mouth sensations and the finish or aftertaste. When you sip, the wine reacts with the heat of your mouth, and the flavors are nasally transported to the olfactory nerve receptor. This complex characteristic of wine begins here, at the base of the nose where you determine its clarity, expressiveness, complexity, varietal character, connectedness, and integration.

Does it seem balanced? Is it acidic? Is it sweet? Can you pick out any distinct fruits or other flavors?

Finish or Aftertaste

Expressiveness means that its aromas are clearly projected and well defined which depends on how the flavor multiplies on your palate.

Try swirling your wine glass, doing so gently exposes it to more oxygen, releasing the overall bouquet. Now how does it taste? Are you able to pick up additional flavors?

Every wine bottle holds an aromatic tale and tells a story of passionate labor and deep love for the vine.  There is no right or wrong way to appreciate wine as each palate is different.  If you don’t like a particular taste or bottle, pour it out and try again.

Visit us on Spring Mountain and taste our Sherwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and our Cellar Scraps. Our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied with a beautiful bouquet; an excellent example of what Spring Mountain reds have to offer. Our Cellar Scraps is a fun blend of our Cabernets across different vintages, which makes for a unique experience every year.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

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