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July 3, 2014 | Jack Galante

Gazette July 2014






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Wine Gang Muster

August will be here before we know it, which means so will our 13th Annual Wine Gang Muster! That’s right, on August 9th we look forward to welcoming our Wine Gang to the ranch for a fabulous luncheon, to sample select Galante Wines, and mingle with other Gang members. If you have not yet joined the Gang but want to see what all the commotion is about, there is still time to join up! Extra special savings on Galante Wines and exclusive vintage offers will be available the day of the event as well. RSVP required by August 1st to and please provide your guest’s name(s) in addition to your own. Tickets for guests and non-members are $30 (1 complimentary ticket for Wranglers, 2 for Trail Bosses, and 4 for Foremen). See y’all at the ranch!

20-Year Anniversary Gala - A Not to Miss Event

It really doesn’t seem that long ago when I originally got the idea to build a winery at the ranch. It certainly doesn’t feel like 20 years! However, in early 1994 I broke ground on building my dream. The first phase of the winery was completed just in time for our harvest and we were off and running. Dawn and I want to celebrate this anniversary in grand style so we decided to throw a 20-Year Gala Anniversary Party at the winery on October 4 from 1 to 4PM. Not only will we be sampling 15 years of fine vintages, but there will also be food, music and great times. This is a not to miss event. Tickets will be $45/person with advance reservations ($25 for Wine Gang members). So, block out this day on your calendar. For advance reservations call 831-624-3800 or Email us.

Thanks for all your support over the past 20 years!

Wine of the Month - Viognier

Each month we select one wine to highlight with a very special offer. What better wine to select to kick off the summer than our delicious 2013 Viognier? This wonderful Rhone varietal was fermented in stainless tanks and aged in French Oak barrels. This limited production wine has a highly perfumed nose with a hint of violet, and exhibits exotic flavors of mango, peach, and pear. It's a rich wine with a lush, soft character and long finish. This month ONLY, buy 6 or more bottles and receive free shipping! There are only 40 cases left so ORDER NOW!

Upcoming Events

July 12-13: Central Coast Wine Classic, Avila Beach, CA

Join us at this year’s Central Coast Wine Classic where we will be pouring select wines along with 50 California Wineries, with culinary samplings from fine Central Coast restaurants and eclectic, rhythmic music of Soul Sauce, at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. For more information and tickets visit CCWC.





July 17: Celebrity Bartender, La Playa Hotel, Carmel, CA; 5:30-10PM

Come on by the La Playa Hotel to enjoy a special cocktail created by Jack himself along with some great hors d’oevres and lots of laughs. It’s not often that Jack is pouring something other than wine, so take advantage of it! No reservations required. See you there.




July 18: Library Tasting, Galante Vineyards Tasting Room, Carmel, CA; 4-6PM

Join Jack and the team at the Tasting Room for an in-depth tasting of several select library wines. Enjoy extra special pricing on your favorite choices of the evening. What better way to start off a wonderful evening in Carmel, and don’t forget to take advantage of complimentary corkage at many local fine-dining establishments. Tickets are $20 ($10 for Wine Gang Members). RSVP at 831-624-3800 or by E-mail.





Aug. 9: 13th Annual Wine Gang Muster, Galante Vineyards, Carmel Valley, CA;

Getting the Gang together for another great party at the ranch. See the write-up above.






Aug. 13: Sip & Smoke, Galante Vineyards, Carmel Valley, CA; 4-8pm

We are tremendously excited to welcome Payne Mason cigars to our ranch for an evening of hand-rolled cigars, killer wines, and sumptuous food. On site will be a Master Cigar Roller direct from Cuba who will provide guests with a hand-rolled cigar to enjoy for the evening. Pair that with some Galante Wine and great friends and we have a party. Tickets are $75 and are very limited. Reservations are required. Call 831-624-3800 or E-mail.


Aug. 23-24: West End Celebration, Sand City, CA; 11-5:30pm

This wonderful street fair includes over 100 artists, 2 dozen bands, wine, beer and food. We will be on hand to serve Galante wines and support the arts. For tickets and more information visit their Website.


Nov. 15: Annual Blending Bash, Galante Vineyards, Carmel Valley, CA; 11-3pm

Yup, that time for you to try your skills at blending your own wine. We welcome you to the Galante property for an educational and entertaining afternoon. The ticket price includes a fabulous lunch prepared by Chef Jack himself, all the wine you could ever hope to taste, an informative seminar on wine blending, and, after blending your own wine, a fun and friendly blind tasting competition. Included in the cost of the event ($500) is a full case of your own one-of-a-kind blend with your custom label to add to your wine cellar. Additional cases are available for purchase. So, if you would like to be a Master Blender then come on out and try your hand. Guests of the Master Blender who would like to assist or just have a great lunch and enjoy the seminar can purchase tickets for $100 each. These tickets do not include a case of wine but do include the great lunch. Call (831-624-3800) or email Danielle to reserve your spot today! Limited availability so book early!

Jack’s Saddlebag – It’s All in the Approach

A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi all served as Chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University at Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that difficult; a real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another, and they decided to do an experiment.  They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it to their religion..

Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences.

Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches, and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first.  'Well,' he said, 'I went into the woods to find me a bear.  And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism.  Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around.  So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb.  The Bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation.'

Reverend Billy Bob the Baptist spoke next.  He was in a wheelchair, had one arm and both legs in casts, and had an IV drip.  In his best fire-and-brimstone oratory, he exclaimed, 'WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we Baptists don't sprinkle!  I went out and I FOUND me a bear.  And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD!  But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.  So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle.  We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek.  So I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul.  And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb.  We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.  Hallelujah!

The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed.  He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him.  He was in really bad shape.  The Rabbi looked up and said: "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start. 

Jack Galante
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