Featuring live music by Albert Kass on 12/20 & current Voice contestant Will Breman on 1/17
Presqu’ile, the contemporary-styled minimalist estate winery poised high in the hills of Santa Maria with stunning ocean and vineyard views, continues 3RD FRIDAYS, on December 20, 2019, featuring indie artist Albert Kass for the December holiday edition; and on January 17, 2020, The Santa Barbara resident and Voice contestant Will Breman to kick off the series for the new year. Presqu’ile 3RD FRIDAYS features live music in the tasting room every 3rd Friday of the month, along with distinctive food and wine pairings. The Presqu’ile tasting room stays open later on these nights – serving guests until 7:00 p.m.
Entry to these events is reserved for guests patronizing the tasting room and is open to the public. For further information, contact Estates Manager Cameron Porter at (805) 937-8110 ext. 103 or [email protected].
3RD FRIDAYS from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Tasting Room and continues on every 3rd Friday of each ensuing month.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Featured Pairing: Gamay Nouveau
Albert Kass – Young Old Man
Indie/alternative/folk artist Albert Kass is from Los Angeles. Kass has returned to writing and performing after two careers and two decades: “Call me a late bloomer. All the perceptions were there. But I didn’t feel I was called to music until now.” His new album, Young Old Man, is a coming-of-age tale – a culmination of years of original songwriting and a coalescing of sound, style and aesthetic. The young old man: broken-in yet modern, vintage vibes that echo of tomorrow. Raw with an edge but softened with bittersweet nostalgia, like the worn leather of a favorite jacket.
Tightly edited with 10 songs, Young Old Man remembers the purity and clarity of youth, and how the joys and miseries of growing up take on energies of angst, abstraction, and the sarcasm of adulthood. “I wanted to feel that in song,” he says. The sound production is minimal, to enhance intimacy and his easy, deep melodies. “Stripped down is what my life sounds like now. Like ‘Shallow Sea,’ putting my soul, inside-out, on display.” Kass utilizes only voice, acoustic guitar, upright bass—featuring soulful bowing on tracks like ‘The Void’ and ‘Awake’—and simple percussion. The result is less extreme, with easy, haunting hooks, arpeggios, as well as a subtly visceral quality, like on ‘Hurricane.’ His next project features a combination of intensely personal ballads like ‘Our Place’ and ‘The Fair,’ twangy protest songs like ‘The Living Man,’ and an acoustic cover of Grizzly Bear’s ‘Two Weeks.’
Presqu’ile Winery looks forward to showcasing him during the holiday season 3RD FRIDAYS.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Will learned to sing when he was just three years old. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, and his parents believed music would be helpful in his development. No matter what he was going through, he could always turn to music for comfort. Will went on to attend college in Santa Barbara and stayed in town after graduation to pursue music. Will is currently a one-man-band soul musician and looper who creates various beats and loops them together to sound like multiple musicians.
Presqu’ile 3RD FRIDAYS features live music in the tasting room every 3rd Friday of the month, along with distinctive food and wine pairings.
For further information, contact Estates Manager Cameron Porter at (805) 937-8110 ext. 103 or [email protected].
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.
PRESQU’ILE WINERY, 5391 Presqu’ile Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, Phone 805.937.8110, www.presquilewine.com