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October 10, 2013 | Jack Galante

Gazette October 2013

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IT IS FINALLY HERE! Our 2007 Blackjack Pasture Cabernet Sauvignon – and let me tell you, it was worth the wait. We all know that the 2007 vintage was one of the finest in the last 15 years, and our 2007 Blackjack really stands up to all the hype. These cabernet grapes were picked at a perfect 24.5 degrees brix on a beautiful late fall day (October 25, 2007). The crop load was only about 2 tons per acre, which led to intensely rich flavors. As usual, we barrel aged our Blackjack in all new French Oak for 12 months and then let time do its thing for 5 years in the bottle (some things just get way better with age)! Now for the bad news – we only made 260 cases of this robust wine and have pre-subscribed about 100 of them (of course we have reserved a bunch for our Wine Gang members). This will be the last Blackjack Pasture available until our 2012 vintage is released so we encourage you to stock up your cellars. To introduce this stellar vintage we are offering free shipping on 6 bottles or more of Blackjack through our website for a very limited time. So enjoy and remember to Always Drink Upstream From The Herd!!
Holiday Stay and Play
What better time to visit Carmel than around the holidays. We are here to help make your stay even more enjoyable. You all know that we have a wonderful studio apartment above our tasting room. We are offering a very special package for our Gazette subscribers. Book 3 nights at our studio for only $333 (plus a one-time $33 cleaning fee). And, you can add on nights for only $100/night. This offer is valid only from November 1 through December 31, 2013, based on availability. So come enjoy Carmel at its finest, and get your holiday shopping in while you are at it. Our Wine Gang members will enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine with their stay as well. For reservations please contact Lisa.
Upcoming Events
Oct. 26: Harvest Open House at Galante Vineyards 1-5PM
Yes, it is that time of year again for our Annual Harvest Open House. This is such a beautiful and exciting time at the vineyards and winery. We hope you will join us for this complimentary Open House where you will enjoy tasting fabulous wines paired with tasty bites as well as live music by Bill Spencer’s Jazz Trio. So come on out and experience the sounds, flavors and smells of harvest and enjoy a relaxing day at the winery. RSVP to Danielle so we make sure and have you on the list.
Nov. 3: Wine Gang Pickup Party at The Tasting Room 4-7PM
This Fall’s Wine Gang shipments will be going out the week of November 4th. For our “pick-up” members we will be hosting a fun and casual Pick-Up Party at the Tasting Room on November 3rd from 4-7PM. Do to the volume of Wine Gang members who pick up their wines we ask that you RSVP to this event to Danielle by November 1st. So, come on by, grab your loot, and enjoy a taste of some of our newest releases. For you early birds, we can also have your wine ready for you at the Harvest Open House on October 26th at the winery, but once again, please let Danielle know so your wines can be packaged and ready for you. If neither of these options work for you, your wines will be available for you to pick-up at the Tasting Room until December 1st. If you cannot get them by then please let us know and we will make other arrangements. We really appreciate your assistance in making this go smoothly. If you haven’t joined the Wine Gang yet but would like to be a part of this and other great, exclusive events, feel free to come by and join up. You too can stand out from the herd!!
Nov. 9: Annual Blending Bash at Galante Vineyards 11-3PM
Have you ever wanted to produce your own wine? Well, now is your chance. Your day will begin at the winery with a fabulous lunch followed by a fun and informative presentation on how to create a wine blend. We will then set you loose to create your own special wine from an array of varietals including Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. After your blend is selected, we will bottle the wines with a custom label for you to enjoy and boast about. The cost for this winemaking experience is $500, which includes the lunch, seminar and ONE CASE of your unique wine. Additional cases can be yours for $400 per case. If you would like to bring a spouse or friend to enjoy the experience, but only make one blend, then the cost is only $100 more for the lunch and seminar. If you are interested in attending this very popular event or would like more information please contact Danielle. Advance reservations are required and will be on a first come basis. We look forward to seeing you “budding” winemakers!
Jack’s Saddlebag – Man’s Best Friend
A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: “Talking Dog For Sale.”
He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
'You talk?' he asks.
'Yep,' the Lab replies.
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I joined the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running, but the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'
He continued, 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'
The guy is amazed with this incredible dog and he goes back in and asks the owner how much he wants for the animal.
'Ten bucks,' the owner says.
'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?' replies the man.
'Because he's a bull-shitter. He's never been out of the yard!'

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Time Posted: Oct 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM