Presqu’ile Winery, the estate winery poised high in the hills of Santa Maria with stunning ocean and vineyard views, presents a full calendar of events for August & September including Presqu’ile’s Supper Club on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Presqu’ile’s celebrated 2019 Supper Club continues with Chef Julie Simon, presenting guests with the opportunity to taste some of Presqu’ile’s fine wines paired with Chef Simon’s four-course dinner inspired by the Santa Maria Valley.
ABOUT CHEF JULIE SIMON
Julie Simon is a San Luis Obispo based chef and farmer. Ten years ago, Simon was enrolled in university in her native France, ready to follow that path to a law career. Her restlessness and uncanny ability in the kitchen compelled her to move to Paso Robles where her aunt and uncle farmed an olive grove and pressed olive oil. Soon after, Simon landed kitchen jobs in some of the Central Coast’s finest restaurants and eventually became executive chef at the renowned Thomas Hill Organics Bistro when she was 23 years old. Julie served as opening chef at Foremost restaurant in San Luis Obispo; she is now focused on farming and pop-up dinners where she can be in complete creative control with her farm-to-table philosophy.
Julie has put together a delicious family-style menu highlighting the best the Central Coast has to offer. Tickets are $150/guest, inclusive of menu, beverages, tax and gratuity.
Although Presqu’ile’s primary focus is to create some of the finest cool-climate wines in California, the combination of the winery’s ambiance, good wine and its backdrop of spectacular Pacific Ocean views and golden sunsets is also ideal for experiencing musical artists in an intimate setting. With an unparalleled lineup of concert events in its magnificent outdoor amphitheater, Presqu’ile sets the standard for Santa Maria Valley wine country.
The Summer Concert Series continues in August & September 2019 with Jeff Bridges with Derek Senn – Friday, August 16; The English Beat – Saturday, August 17; Madison Murphy Presents: MADFest – a Celebration of Southern Music – Friday, August 23; A Concert for Hope Featuring Drew Baldridge – Saturday, September 7; Ozomatli – Saturday, September 14; The Molly Ringwald Project – Friday, September 20; Pryor Baird Benefiting Operation WEBS – Saturday, September 28.
Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the concerts for seating on the grass. Presqu’ile offers a variety of wines for sale by the glass or bottle in addition to fresh sandwiches. Expect other specialties sold by local food trucks, including First and Oak, BBQ in the Stix and Cubanissimo. All ages are welcome; kids 10 and under are free. No dogs allowed for this series.
ABOUT PRESQU’ILE WINERY:
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Presqu’ile is a multigenerational collaboration between Madison and Suzanne Murphy, their three adult children, Matt, Anna and Jonathan, and their daughters-in-law, Amanda and Lindsey. No strangers to agriculture, four generations of the wine-loving Murphy family have been farming land in Louisiana for almost a century. Led by eldest son Matt Murphy, the family founded Presqu’ile—the Creole word for “almost an island”—both as a tribute to a beloved Gulf Coast family gathering place that was lost in Hurricane Katrina, and because they envisioned Presqu’ile as an island-like haven amid the vines. Also on the team is rising star winemaker Dieter Cronje.
The Santa Maria Valley is one of the most distinctive winegrowing appellations in the world, with one of the longest growing seasons in all of California. The Santa Maria Valley is a true cool-climate wine growing region, yielding wines of extraordinary elegance and purity—qualities that define the world’s best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. To preserve the complexity of these grapes, the Murphys worked with acclaimed San Francisco-based Taylor Lombardo Architects to create a gravity-flow winery designed to Matt and Dieter’s specifications. And to ensure that each wine reflects its vineyard, Dieter practices a naturally minimalist approach to winemaking, with a focus on whole clusters, native yeasts and modest new oak. As a result, Presqu’ile’s wines are pure and purposeful, conveying the authentic charm, complexity and signature Santa Maria spice that have made the wines of the Santa Maria Valley famous among enthusiasts of elegant and balanced wines.