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Harvest Is Happening, Celebrate with Muscardini Cellars! 

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2019 BARBERA RELEASE + CHEESE PAIRING
Special cheese pairing offered Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd – 5th 

BARREL TO BOTTLE TASTING EXPERIENCE
Saturday, September 10th ~ 11:00am – 1:00pm

FALL RELEASE WEEKEND
Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th

PALATE TO PALETTE
A Wine Pairing & Painting Experience
Sunday, October 30th ~ 11:00am – 12:30pm

Kenwood, CA (August 31, 2022) – Harvest season has officially begun in Sonoma Valley! Muscardini Cellars invites everyone to join them during the most wonderful time of the year in wine county – enjoy music from local artists at one of their final few music events of the summer, reserve tickets to one of their upcoming harvest season events, or relax amongst the serenely beautiful backyard greenery by taking a “pausa pranzo” with their Pairable Picnic basket while nestled into one their Adirondacks beneath the trees.

2019 BARBERA RELEASE + CHEESE PAIRING

Special cheese pairing offered Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd – 5th 

Join Muscardini Cellars Labor Day Weekend for the release of their new 2019 Barbera with a curated pairing from Food + Wine Specialist and Wine Club Director, Karen Hannah; featuring sheep’s milk Manchego with truffle salt and honey topped with chopped pistachios. Visit the tasting room to purchase and taste the new 2019 Barbera complete with a complimentary cheese pairing from September 2nd-5th.

This dynamic new wine captures the distinctive character of the legendary red grape Barbera and the radiant personality of its vines grown at Pauli Ranch. On the nose, scents of berry cobbler are interlaced with hints of roasted fig, crushed violets, licorice, leather, tobacco, and allspice. On the palate, this wine holds generous notes of briary blackberry, raspberry, huckleberry, and plum preserve layered with nuances of dried cranberry, dark chocolate truffle, cardamom, and blood orange peel. As richer flavors expand, the profile is balanced with a silky texture, fine-grained tannins and a bright burst of acidity.

BARREL TO BOTTLE TASTING EXPERIENCE

Saturday, September 10th ~ 11:00am – 1:00pm

$45 for General Public, $35 for Wine Club Members

Curious about the structural stages of a wine once it goes into barrel, how it’s blended or even how our wine is oaked? Barrel to Bottle Tasting Experience is an interactive and immersive experience where guests will be guided by maverick winemaker, Michael Muscardini and will taste one of Muscardini’s coveted Brunello-style wines, the 2021 Sangiovese from Alice Vineyards in conjunction with the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon from Cassata Vineyards while still in the barrel.

In addition to the comparative barrel tasting, guests will also receive a blending demonstration to learn about a future Chianti-style release that Michael Muscardini was inspired to create during his recent travels into the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany along with the opportunity to experience blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon! Thereafter, guests will be able to enjoy a vintage comparison of Muscardini Cellars wines in the bottle from current release and library years while they explore pairing them with local artisan cheeses and wine-infused salume.

FALL RELEASE WEEKEND

Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th

$40 for General Public, $15 for Wine Club Members

The 2022 Fall Release Weekend features live music, seasonally selected pizzas made on site by baker Mike Zakowski of The Bejkr paired with the new release wine, and a special raffle. This special Fall event will be hosted in the backyard under the trees with acoustic music from local musicians “JDub and Dino” from 12-2pm, and the “Don Trotta Duo” from 2:30pm-4:30pm both days. A complete list of wines and pizza pairings can be found below.

2021 PINOT GRIGIO, Hartz Vineyard, Napa Valley

Welcome Wine

2019 BARBERA, Pauli Ranch Vineyards, Redwood Valley
Paired with Classic Margherita Pizza

2019 ZINFANDEL, Los Chamizal Vineyards, Moon Mountain District
Paired with Fingerling Potato & Caramelized Onion Pizza

2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Cassata Vineyards, Sonoma Valley
Paired with Green Tomato & Corno di Toro Pepper Pizza

PALATE TO PALETTE

A Wine Pairing & Painting Experience

Sunday, October 30th ~ 11:00am – 12:30pm

$45 for General Public, $35 for Wine Club Members (canvas and paint provided)

Live your senses out loud and learn how Expressionist painting is similar to the experience of tasting wine. Journey through a flight-walk of our 2019 Sangiovese from Alpicella Vineyards, 2019 Barbera from Pauli Ranch Vineyards, 2017 Fortuna from B Wise Vineyards, and our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Madrone Ridge Vineyards which have been thoughtfully paired with select expressionist-style paintings and engage in lively discussion while enjoying light artisanal charcuterie. After the flight-walk, you will be offered to select a single Muscardini glass of wine to enjoy as you engage in an Expressionist collaborative painting session through which you may select a single collaborative painting to take home.

About Muscardini Cellars

Proprietor Michael Muscardini has been a maverick winemaker in Sonoma Valley for over 15 years – he is one of the winemakers that has been leading the way in the revival of Sangiovese and Barbera wines in Sonoma since 2005.  With a focus on tradition and family, relationships are at the heart of Muscardini Cellars, and Michael’s deep community ties and warm relationships with local growers enables him to source some of the best fruit for his wines from some of the most unique vineyards in Sonoma County and beyond.  Located in Sonoma Valley, Muscardini Cellars produces just 5,000 cases a year of mostly classic Italian reds as well as robust blends and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is open daily and is located at 9380 Sonoma Highway. Visit the Muscardini Cellars website or call (707) 933-9305 to reserve a tasting experience, purchase wine, and join the wine club.

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