Autumn Greetings to all our Family of Friends,
We are once again approaching another harvest. Where has the year gone by! This has been an exciting year at Lions Peak for many reasons. For those of you that have been with us for a while are aware of the transformation that has been in process in the vineyard. For the past two years we have converted our cordon pruning to cane which was a significant project. Forty acres of vines went through extensive pruning. If you can visualize this picture, the cordons have to be sawed off and what remains on the vine is just the trunk and a few inches on each side of the trunk that have canes. This year’s pruning marked the beginning of having our vineyard in full operation with our cane pruning. We now have fruiting canes and spurs. On the web site we have added photographs to show you the vineyard as it is today. We also added a significant amount of new plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon. Operating the vineyard is full time, and it continues throughout the year. From pruning to harvest it is most important that the vines are nurtured so that they continue to produce quality fruit. Actually caring for the vines continues from harvest to harvest. We begin preparing for the next vintage after the current one; therefore, after we harvest the 2016 vintage, we are beginning the ground work for the 2017 vintage before the vines become dormant for the winter.
Although we had rain in the Winter and Spring, the drought continues for the fifth year. We have had exceptionally warm weather this season and are expecting an early harvest. I have been looking at each block of vines, and I see that the crop varies, as a result, of the extensive pruning that the vines experienced the last two years. Last year, with the conversion to cane pruning and the heat, we had exceptionally low yields. The redeeming factor last year was that the fruit was high in quality. The berries were intense and highly concentrated. It appears that this year we shall produce 2 to 3 tons per acre and produce exceptional quality berries. It is difficult to truly access the tonnage that we shall have until harvest begins and the other factor this year is that the vines are starting to produce significantly after the major conversion from cordon to cane pruning.
Our latest release of our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and other 2013 Bordeaux varietals are showing well and have been receiving recognition from judges and our tasters. We have been evaluating the wines that we are producing and have made the determination that we shall be focusing on our reds to a greater extent. I anticipate that we shall continue to produce a few of our white wines that have been popular, such as, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Lulu, and now our new Orange Muscat; however, the jury is still out on the final selection!
Currently we are cellaring our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon which we shall plan to bottle in the winter, as well as, our BFF. Our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot will continue to age another year and a half to two years. We have determined that our major focus will be our Bordeaux varietals and our Meritages with a few exceptions. We welcome your input on your favorite LP wine selections.
WINE COMPETITION GOLD AND SILVER AWARD-WINNING WINES
This summer we bottled two new whites. Our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé and a new 2015 Orange Muscat have been added to our current lineup of wines. The Muscat is off dry and is ever so refreshing for those spicy foods. Muscat is known for its spicy orange-apricot-pear flavors and is ever so wonderful on warm summer days or with Cajun, Thai, or Indian food. The Muscat is also refreshing on its own or with select cheese and other aperitifs.
Our daily chocolate pairing continues to be a success. We have a selection of chocolates to pair with our Ports and our BFF. We have added Seattle chocolates to the wine pairing. We have their standard chocolates, as well as, their gourmet chocolates for purchase. We have an assortment of chocolates for every palate ranging from Expresso, San Juan Sea Salt, Rainer Cherry, Peanut Butter Crackle, and Blueberry Crème, which is amazing with our BFF!
We have provided you with a calendar of scheduled events from Labor Day Weekend to our Taste of Solvang weekend. Since our event page is one in which is ongoing, it is recommended that you view our web site event page or Solvang USA for what is happening weekly. We have scheduled live music for your enjoyment throughout the year. Loren Radis and Catalina Estevez will be performing monthly. What we have listed is a rough outline of the major events; however, as noted, it is recommended that you refer to our web site event calendar for weekly music and specials at: www.lionspeakwine.com and we look forward to having you at the tasting room!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND: (September 3rd, 4th, 5th) Celebrate the end of summer
DANISH DAYS: (September 16-19) Time to experience the history of Solvang with Danish culture & festivities.
CELEBRATION OF HARVEST FESTIVAL/ COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND: ( October 7-10) Open house, live music wine & food pairings
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF OUR WINEMAKER’S BIRTHDAY: (November 12th) Live music & catered event
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Open house to begin our holiday season. Our season begins on Friday and continues with festivities all weekend. Live music on the 26th,
JULES FESTIVAL: (December 3rd weekend) Open house weekend. Holiday festivities, molle wine, live music December 3rd. Begin the weekend with the tree lighting and parade on Saturday.
WINE WALK ABOUT: (December 10-11)11-4PM with live music on Saturday from 5-8PM Case and bottle specials
NEWS YEAR EVE AND DAY: December 31-January 1st
VALENTINE’S DAY AND PRESIDENT’S WEEKEND: A time to celebrate with your sweetheart.
TASTE OF SOLVANG: ( March 17-19) Special tastings and activities all weekend
Our Solvang Tasting Room is opened seven days a week, with occasional exceptions (during harvest, bottling, and lunch), with extended hours on weekends and for special events. Lions Peak Winter Calendar begins the 1st of December with weekday hours, Monday through Friday, to 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Weekend hours may be extended beyond 7PM. You are also welcome to call 805.693.5466 or email us at email@example.com with any of your question.
FALL AND WINTER WINE CLUB SELECTIONS FOR 2016/2017
2012 Mourvedre $38.00
2013 Pinot Noir $38.00
(2) 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00
2012Lionnesse $58.00 2013 Vis a Vis $45.00
2013Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00 2013Merlot $45.00
2013Pinot Noir $38.00 2013 Zinfandel Port $35.00
2012 Mourvedre $38.00 NV BFF $38.00
2012 Lionnesse $58.00 2013 Cabernet Franc $45.00
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon$45.00 2013Pinot Noir $38.00
2014 Lulu $35.00 2014 Sauvignon Gris $28.00
2014Marsanne $28.00 2014 Sisters $35.00
Thank you for your continued wine club membership. Since the beginning of our first commercial release in 1994, it has been our goal to produce exceptional wine that you share with your loved ones, family, and friends. As owner and winemaker, I welcome you to ask me questions pertaining to Lions Peak’s Wines. I have been blessed to have been part of the history of fine wine.
Jennifer Rose Arant
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