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We are sweetening things up around here at Lasseter Family Winery, and we have the honeybees to thank for that!

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Youngest Lasseter son looking after several colonies of honeybees

At the Lasseter Family Winery estate we continue to lovingly restore the natural eco-system habitat and land to good health. Our exclusively maintained organic farming and sustainable growing practices have led us to the honeybees. The youngest Lasseter son has contributed to the family’s sustainable growing practices by looking after several colonies of honeybees, right on the edge of the Creekside Syrah Block. The family has pulled out invasive plants and reintroduced native species, bringing the estate together as a functioning and beautiful, and productive whole.

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Lasseter Family Winery Estate Bees

It cannot be denied that the honeybee is the greatest pollinating mechanism when it comes to agriculture and beyond. By keeping flowers pollinated, bees perpetuate floral growth and insectaries and provide attractive habitats for beneficial insects, birds and predators.

Bees are easily amongst the most important insects to the human race. These humble, humming bugs provide us with our favorite fruits and vegetables, delicious honey and flowery gardens. Without the help of the honeybees pollination, plants would not be able to reproduce and crop bearing plants would not be fertilized enough for necessary food yields.

There seems to be a lot of buzz about these honeybees and the decline of the honeybee colonies, yet there is a continued demand for pollination services, such as with beehives (bee boxes). According to The Nature Conservancy, the number of honeybee colonies has dropped to about 2.5 million from more than 4 million in the 1970s. There are several reasons as to why this may be happening: loss of habitat, pesticide use, unspecified fungal diseases or mite infestations.

LFW Flow Hive Install_Photo May 25, 12 58 36 PMAt Lasseter Family Winery, we want to assist these very important insects and help the honeybee population thrive by utilizing our pesticide-free 95-acre estate of organic and sustainable farming and growing practices. The property flourishes with colorful floral growth and beneficial insectaries, so the honeybees keep our estate blooming with flowers, and our fruit and vegetable gardens thriving, thus increasing the honeybee colonies…it’s a win-win!

With the installation of several more colonies of honeybees we have two types of beehive systems on the Lasseter Family Winery estate. The Langstroth beehive, which we have been using on the estate since 2005, is a commercial grade beehive patented in October 1852, it is the standard beehive used in many parts of the world for beekeeping. In a good honey-producing year, the Langstroth beehive can produce up to 60 pounds of honey per year. With regard to our newly installed Langstroth beehive, which is closer to the winery, our Beekeeper, Mike Turner of the Marin Coastal Bee Co. advised us that the bees are replacing the current queen with a new queen bee. In a beehive when the queen bee begins to age or in the process of dying, the worker bees begin a process of building queen-size cells in the hive. Inside these larger, vertically oriented cells, the workers know to feed these potential queens a special food called “royal jelly.” Ultimately, the developing queens raised in these cells might fight to the death to determine which one will become queen.

The second type we recently added is a revolutionary new beehive that became available in 2016, known as the Flow Hive system. The recently added Flow Hive claims to make the extraction process of honey far less stressful for the bees and so much easier for the Beekeeper. The extraction process is so gentle, the bees barely notice at all, as fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into a jar. Since this is new installation it will take us some time to determine its successfulness for the honeybees, and the quality and quantity of honey produced, but it is estimated that this beehive can produce up to 40 pounds of honey per year, which is less pounds than the Langstroth due to the smaller size of the Flow Hive bee box.

Since almost mid-June of this year when the Langstroth and the Flow Hive beehives were installed near the winery, the bees were in the process of increasing theirpopulation to support growing life for a successful and thriving hive. Currently, since the population is at an

Langstroth (right) and Flow Hive (left) beehives

Langstroth (right) and Flow Hive (left) beehives

advantageous size, the bees in both of these hives are storing as much honey and pollen as possible in the anticipation of having enough food for the bees to survive in the winter months. Then during the winter months the bees have one job, taking care of the queen bee and keeping her warm and safe. More on bees winter survival skills in a separate blog post ….. so shelving this subject for now.

With these two beehive systems we are conducting a comparison to evaluate how each beehive system works between the Langstroth and the Flow Hive system so we can better understand and assist in the honeybees survival, after all there is a direct connection between the bees pollinating the crops and our ability to provide food for our families. Essentially it is all about bees, and the survival of the human race.

In addition to assisting in the honeybee’s survival, we will be producing honey from our estate beehives that will be available around the summer of 2017 through our Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms on the winery estate, and evaluating how each beehive system is better for the honeybees and their production of creating high quality honey.

Check out our video as our Beekeeper Mike Turner of the Marin Coastal Bee Co. provides a brief explanation of the Flow Hive and evaluates the queen bee and her workers and their honey making progress. Don’t get stung:  https://youtu.be/VabV7ONLUpM

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Beekeeper Mike Turner of the Marin Coastal Bee Co.

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Langstroth System (right)

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Flow Hive System

Finally, we will not claim to be experts on honeybees; we will leave that to the honeybee experts. So, if you would like to learn more about honeybees and their life in the hive, and why they are so important to our planet, and how you can keep the honeybee population thriving, then we encourage you to visit the informative and sweet websites we buzzed upon:

Honeybee Centre: http://goo.gl/tAs6kd

One Green Planet: http://goo.gl/0Qp1OB

The Nature Conservancy: http://goo.gl/oB7lXJ

 

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Here is more information regarding our Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms, these products can be purchased directly from the winery by calling (707) 933-2814 or reach out via e-mail at info@lfwinery.com.

Veronica Eicken

 

 

Veronica Eicken is the Research and Development Chef for Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms.

Veronica’s interest in cooking began around 8 years old when a Julia Child cooking show was on instead of her usual cartoons. She never looked back.

Veronica is a Sonoma County native and has been cooking professionally for over 10 years

She has a deep passion for sustainably grown, organic produce and enjoys utilizing the bountiful harvest from both the Estate gardens and her own home garden as well. Her specialties are baking, food preserving and healthy cooking, and she enjoys sous vide cooking as well.

 

 

 

Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms Products

Alpine Strawberry Jam (Pectin-Free)

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Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms Alpine Strawberry Jam

Herb Rubs

Greek Herb Rub

Mexican Herb Rub

Provencal Herb Rub

Tuscan Herb Rub

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Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms Herb Rubs

Herb Blends

Greek Herb Blend

Mexican Herb Blend

Provencal Herb Blend

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Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms Herb Blends

Strawberry Thumbprint Cookie Kits (Gluten-Free)

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Lasseter Family Winery Heirloom Farms Strawberry Thumbprint Cookie Kits

 

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Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

 

 

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In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

 

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We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

 

 

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Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

 One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
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Note: Some honeybee facts and figures were utilized from the credited websites indicated above, as again, we are not experts in honeybees, just experts in wine and farming.

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There’s no place like Rhône!

Posted in: Art & Wine, Harvest, Uncategorized, Video, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

Lasseter Family Winery Winemaker Julia Iantosca shares this morning’s harvest and her brief video history and complexity behind our Rhône varietal, Grenache Clones A and C grapes.  Click to watch video.

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Lasseter Family Winery Winemaker Julia Iantosca

Additional History

The Rhône varietal, Grenache Clones A and C grapes originated from Château de Beaucastel in France and the Tablas Creek Vineyard partnership brought these grafted vines of Grenache to California.

The Grenache Clone A and C are grown on our seven-acre Creekside Block along the east side of the Calabasas Creek on the valley floor and is the lead varietal in our harmonizing and supple Rhône-style blend Chemin de Fer wine.

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Lasseter Family Winery Creekside Block

The History of Beaucastel

Château de Beaucastel is a winery located in the southern part of the Rhône valley in France, which is primarily noted for its Châteauneuf du Pape wines produced in a long-lived style.

In 1321, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Then, the Popes planted new vines and the legend of the papal wine began.

You can find the first evidence of Château de Beaucastel as it exists today in the sixteenth century. In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with a plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet.

In 1909, Pierre Tramier leads the wine estate and then transfers it to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, a scientist that developed Beaucastel. Then Jacques Perrin continued his father efforts until 1978 and gave its noble letters to this wine.

Today, the torch is being carried by Jean-Pierre and François, Jacques Perrin’s sons that continue the beautiful story of Château de Beaucastel. Marc, Pierre, Thomas, Cécile, Charles, Matthieu and César, the 5th generation, work today all together with them. Beaucastel is, first of all, a family story, the story of Famille Perrin. Their main strength is being able to blend the talents of each family member to run the wine estate under common values: absolute respect for land and terroir, biodynamic culture as a philosophy of life, the research of truth, balance and elegance.

The 100 hectares situated around the Château, the historic land of Beaucastel, have the memory of the 13 grapes varieties of Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne.

 

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Partnership

Tablas Creek Vineyard in the Paso Robles area brought in the original Grenache Clones A and C from Château de Beaucastel.

Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community’s leading families, the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and Robert Haas, founder of Vineyard Brands. They had since the 1970s believed the California climate to be ideal for planting Rhône varietal grapes. In 1987, they began the lengthy process of creating a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style vineyard from scratch in the New World. The Tablas Creek Vineyard Partnership was born, with the Perrin and Haas families as majority partners, and French and American wine loving friends as minority partners.

The Site

The partners searched California from the foothills of the Sierras in the north to coastal Ventura County in the south, looking for a close match to the Mediterranean climate and high pH soils of Château de Beaucastel. In 1989, they purchased a 120-acre parcel twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean in west Paso Robles. They named it Tablas Creek Vineyard, after the small creek running through the property.

The property elevation averages 1,500 feet, and the shallow, rocky limestone soils are of the same geologic origin as those at Beaucastel. Summer days are hot and sunny, but the influence of the nearby Pacific cools the nights, and the remarkably Rhône-like Paso Robles climate allows the grapes to mature fully and yet retain crisp acidity.

The Vines

To ensure that the vines at Tablas Creek were of the highest quality and same genetic source of those at Beaucastel, the partners imported vinifera from the French estate. Several clones each of Mourvédre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc were imported. This diversity allows Tablas Creek to replicate the clonal selection of an established French vineyard.

In January 1990, the first vine cuttings were imported from France. Before arriving at Tablas Creek, they underwent a USDA-mandated three-year indexing process that ensured that the vines were virus-free; the first imported vines were available for multiplication at Tablas Creek in 1993. New clones and new varieties continue to arrive at Tablas Creek each year. Planting at the estate began in 1994, with 105 acres under vine as of 2013.

The Nursery

In order to multiply the imported vines into the quantities necessary for the vineyard, Tablas Creek constructed its own nursery complex of high-tech greenhouses and shadehouses. There, vinifera was multiplied, grafted onto rootstocks, and gradually hardened off to sun and wind in preparation for planting in the vineyard.

At its peak, the nursery produced over 200,000 bench-grafted vines for planting in Tablas Creek’s own vineyard and for sale to interested growers each year. Although they no longer use the Tablas Creek’s nursery for commercial grafting, they now partner with NovaVine, of Sonoma, California, to make available grafted vines and budwood of Tablas Creek clones.

 

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Lasseter Family Winery Chemin de Fer

Lasseter Family Winery is proud and honored to produce our Rhône-style blend Chemin de Fer wine from these grafted vines of Grenache Clones A and C. Fruit forward and food friendly, this wine evokes memories of the Lasseters’ relaxing train travel through France and the old world blends enjoyed on their journeys. Once home in Sonoma Valley, guided by their memories of those delightful French wines, the Lasseters’ created their own red blend of estate Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes. They chose the name Chemin de Fer, a French phrase that means “railroad,” to honor the path that led them to this wine.

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The label painting artwork, by acclaimed Sonoma Valley artist Dennis Ziemienski, depicts their steam train as it meanders through the Syrah vineyard. Deep garnet in color, this wine has aromas of raspberry and spice, followed with mouth-watering berry flavors that harmonize with soft, supple tannins for a smooth finish. It is a well-balanced wine that is easy to pair and easy to drink; one that reminds the Lasseters’ of relaxing, laidback European train trips.

Are you all aboard for sharing your love for our Chemin De Fer?

 

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Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

Family

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In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

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We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

 

Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

Lasseter Family Winery

 

One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.
Château de Beaucastel and Tablas Creek Vineyard history facts in this blog were taken directly from their website to provide their own accurate facts.

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Toute Suite!

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Let us introduce you to the newest member of the Lasseter Family Winery portfolio – Toute Suite!

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Life here in the vineyards is quiet and measured. Except for harvest time, when the grapes have reached their peak ripeness. At dawn’s first light, vineyard workers swiftly move through the vineyards harvesting clusters and hurrying them along to the winery for crushing Toute Suite, or right away!

Created from small lots of Estate grown wines, each vintage of Toute Suite will be a unique blend, meant to celebrate innovation and the art of blending. Our 2013 Toute Suite showcases the harmonious blend of Entav clones, Merlot 181 and Cabernet Sauvignon 15 from our Justi Creek Vineyards Upper Bench blocks. The softer Merlot is bolstered by the classic structure and aromas of this Cabernet clone – redolent of plum and cassis with notes of tea and toasty oak.

 

From now until September 30th, shipping is included on orders of 6 bottles or more of this introductory blend – But be sure to move Toute Suite – these small production wines, and this offer, won’t be around very long!

Click here to order and use the checkout code SPEEDY to receive your complimentary shipping. Or, call us at the winery at (707) 933-2815 and we’ll be happy to process your order.

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See you soon at Lasseter Family Winery!

And, if you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

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WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

Family

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

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We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

All wine shipments require an adult signature (i.e. person age 21 years or older) and therefore we strongly recommend shipping to a business address. Returned, re-directed, or re-shipped packages will be subject to additional charges.
One Vintage Lan,e Glen Ellen, CA, 95442, (707) 933-2814, info@lfwinery.com
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A Summer Indulgence!

Posted in: Art & Wine, Deals, Harvest, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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When we think of cooking during summertime, the image that most often comes to mind is something cooked outdoors on the grill. And for those evenings when we really want to indulge, we’ll celebrate with a grilled steak, whether sirloin, rib eye or flank. And it’s on those evenings that we bring out our favorite Cabernet blend – Reminiscence.

We created this wine to celebrate the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit that grows so well here on the Glen Ellen Bench – Its our first blend where Cabernet Sauvignon takes the starring role, supported by Merlot and just a splash of Cabernet Franc. We chose the name Reminiscence for this wine to celebrate the pioneering spirit of the first settlers to plant wine grapes on this estate back in the 1890’s.

The 2012 Reminiscence was aged for 24 months in French Oak, the wine leads with notes of cassis and spice. On the palate, ripe fruit and toasty oak meld, giving dimension and complexity. An unforgettable wine, recalled with nostalgia.

To make it easier to enjoy Reminiscence at your next backyard celebration, we’re taking care of the shipping when you purchase 3 bottles or more. Click here to order and use the checkout code INDULGE to receive your complimentary shipping. Or, call us at the winery at (707) 933-2815 and we’ll be happy to process your order. This offer is valid until Wednesday, August 31st.

Also, Enjoy this Braised Short Ribs Recipe Courtesy of Veronica Eicken, Estate Chef, Paired with Lasseter Family Winery Reminiscence Wine!

 

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See you soon at Lasseter Family Winery!

And, if you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

Wine

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

Family

TASTE

We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

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All wine shipments require an adult signature (i.e. person age 21 years or older) and therefore we strongly recommend shipping to a business address.   Returned, re-directed, or re-shipped packages will be subject to additional charges.
One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.

 


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Pairing Lasseter Enjoué Rosé With Salmon

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Harvest, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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Looking to host a summertime get-together meal that will impress your guests?

Michele Anna Jordan of The Press Democrat has the perfect recipe, “Wild Salmon with Tzatziki & Cucumbers” with side dish ideas, all pairing joyfully with our 2015 Enjoué ‪‎rosé.

LFW-ENJ-2015-Bottle-HiResPress Democrat Wine of the Week, Lasseter Family Winery 2015 Enjoué, is an exuberant Provençal-style rosé. It’s as refreshing as a starry summer night, with just enough minerality to suggest water splashing over river rocks.

Fruit flavors suggest watermelon, cucumber and white grapefruit rind, with just a hint of strawberry on the finish. The wine is sophisticated, balanced and infinitely quaffable. It is ideal with summer fare.

Enjoy the wine with watermelon salads, rare ahi tuna, grilled zucchini, Padrón chiles and that famous sandwich of Provence, pan bagnat. The wine will go well with lighter Southeast Asian foods, too, such as spring rolls, green curries if they are not too hot, and Thai and Vietnamese salads — green papaya salad is a perfect match. It’s a good match with gravlax, ceviche, smoked salmon, smoked trout and canned tuna tossed with chickpeas, small-shaped pasta, celery and lemon vinaigrette.

On a hot day, the wine makes a great companion to simple cucumber sandwiches made with creme fraiche instead of cream cheese.

Enjoué also is a fabulous match with wild Pacific King salmon. Here it is paired with cucumbers prepared two ways, in a tangy yogurt-based tzatziki and sliced in salt and lemon juice. You can, if you like, serve seared Padrón chiles alongside.

Wild Salmon with Tzatziki & Cucumbers Recipe
Serves 2

1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces (½ cup) plain whole milk yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh snipped chives
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and very thinly sliced
— Juice of 1 lemon
2 wild salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each, pin bones removed
— Olive oil
— Black pepper in a mill

Put the minced cucumbers into a strainer, add 1 teaspoon of salt, toss gently and let drain for about 20 minutes; stir the cucumbers now and then.

Press out any excess moisture and transfer the cucumbers to a bowl. Add the garlic, yogurt and half the chives. Stir well, cover and refrigerate.

Put the sliced cucumbers into a small bowl, season with about a teaspoon of salad, and add the lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Set the salmon on a clean work surface, season all over with salt and brush with olive oil. Season with several turns of black pepper. Set the salmon on a clean baking sheet, set on the middle rack of the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes.

Use your fingers to divide the sliced cucumbers between two plates and drape a salmon fillet on top. Spoon tzatziki over the salmon, then garnish with the extra chives. Enjoy right away.

Michele Anna Jordan is author of the new “Good Cook’s” series. Email her at michele@saladdresser.com or visit her blog . You’ll find her blog at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.

Wine of the Week Related Story: Lasseters’ Enjoué rosé

Print recipe for Wild Salmon with Tzatziki & Cucumbers

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WINES Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

 

 

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FAMILY In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

 

 

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TASTE We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

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Press Democrat’s Blind Rosé Tasting Earns Lasseter Family Winery’s 2015 Enjoué “Wine of the Week & 4 Stars”!

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Harvest, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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Wine of the Week: Lasseters’ 2015 Enjoué rosé

By Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, July 26, 2016

John and Nancy Lasseter went on a buying spree of sorts back in 2009. Their loot? Three dozen bottles of rosé from the south of France.

Our wine-of-the-week winner is the Lasseters’ rosé, the wine painstakingly crafted after sipping through those 36 imported bottles.

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The Enjoué, 2015 Sonoma Valley Estate Rosé at $28 is striking because it has an incredible range. The salmon-colored rosé has aromas and flavors of mango, strawberry, grapefruit and mineral. It’s nice and dry, and finishes crisp, leaving you wanting another sip.

The name Enjoué is French for ”joyful, playful and lighthearted.”

 

 

“Our goal is to produce a wine that is evocative of the wines from the southern Rhone, particularly Provence and Bandol,” said winemaker Julia Iantosca. “Fortunately we have the varieties traditionally used to create these wines planted in our vineyards, and our site on the Glen Ellen Bench is one where these varieties flourish.”

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Winemaker Julia Iantosca

The most important element is to use high quality grapes, Iantosca said, since lower quality fruit is unlikely to result in a top quality wine.5_Lasseter Family Winery_Vineyards_IMG_2306

The uninitiated may not know that rosé is versatile, she said.

“While it works wonderfully as an aperitif, most people’s association, it also pairs beautifully with a wide range of food.”

Iantosca said she’s good at making rosé because she has been making it for decades, but she is quick to call the Enjoué a team effort. The Lasseters are involved in tastings to craft the blend, and she gives kudos to the farmers behind the fruit — grower Phil Coturri and the entire team at Enterprise Vineyard Management.

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Vineyard Manager Phil Coturri

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The 59-year-old Iantosca said she never expected to find herself immersed in the world of wine. She belonged to the 4-H Club and wanted to be a veterinarian. But after a wine tasting class at UC Davis, her fascination with four-legged creatures waned.

“I started taking more courses in viticulture and enology,” Iantosca said. “Then I took off the fall of 1978 to do an internship at Dry Creek Vineyards. After that I was hooked.”

Iantosca said meeting her future husband, Bob Iantosca, made winemaking even more intriguing. He was cellar master at Dry Creek Vineyards at the time.

In 1979, Iantosca graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science.

“I love the process of blending wines, and I feel I have a flair for creating blends,” she said.

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This Week’s Rose Blind Tasting

TOP PICK

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Lasseter’s Enjoué

Lasseter’ Enjoue, 2015 Sonoma Valley Estate Rose, 13.5% alcohol, $28. ★★★★

This rose is striking because it has an incredible range. The salmon-colored rose has aromas and flavors of mango, strawberry, grapefruit and mineral. It’s nice and dry, and finishes crisp, leaving you wanting another sip.

Wine of the Week Pairing: Michele Anna Jordan of The Press Democrat Shares a Perfect Pairing Recipe with Lasseter Family Winery Rosé: Wild Salmon with Tzatziki & Cucumbers

 

 

 

Tasty Alternatives

Carol Shelton, 2015 Rendezvous Rose, 13%, $15. ★★★1/2: This is a dry rose with notes of strawberry, watermelon, and mineral. Bright acidity. Great lift. Lovely.

Chateau Routas, 2015 Coteaux Varois en Provence, France Rose, 13.5%, $11. ★★★1/2: In this dry rose, full on watermelon dominates, and it finishes with a crisp mineral note. Balanced. Impressive. (45% cinsault, 35% grenache, 20% syrah.)

Benessere Vineyards, 2015 Napa Valley Vineyards, Rosato di Sangiovese, 13.5%, $18. ★★★: This rose is flush with red, tangy fruit. Bing cherry takes the lead, with strawberry and red currant playing back up. Great minerality. Crisp finish.

Chateau de Brigue, 2012 Cotes de Provence Rose, 12.5%, $8. ★★★: This is a delicate rose, with notes of raspberry, strawberry and watermelon on the finish. Bright acidity. Great balance. Tasty. (50% grenache, 25% cinsault and 25% cabernet.)

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“We at Lasseter Family Winery make the wines we like to drink: classic, old world style wines that speak for themselves. To us, winemaking is an art form; and growing grapes, a sacred stewardship. It requires passion, diligence and creativity to make memorable, world-class wines.” —Nancy and John Lasseter

If you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

Wine

WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

Family

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

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We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

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Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

 

One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
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Tasting Panel Magazine Honors 91+ Points for Lasseter Family Winery Wines!

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Harvest, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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Wine Scores BY Anthony Dias Blue, Editor-in-Chief of The Tasting Panel, August 2016

Equilibrium and harmony in the vineyards lead to balanced wines – a balance enhanced through winemaking by skillful blending. This is the vision that drives the Lasseter Family Winery Estate, captured in every bottle. – Lasseter Family Winery

According to Anthony Dias Blue, his appreciation and affection for Lasseter Family Winery’s red, white and rosé wines are across the board “velvety smooth, lush and very well balanced”.

 

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91 Points Lasseter Family Winery 2015 Enjoué, Sonoma Valley ($28)

Smooth, lush and juicy with dry, mellow flavors of sunny Rhône varieties; made by Nancy and John Lasseter (head of Pixar) in the Glen Ellen region of Sonoma. 70% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache. – Anthony Dias Blue

 The name, Enjoué, a French word meaning “joyful; playful; lighthearted; sunny; buoyant; cheerful,” captures the essence of that experience. A rosé blend of estate-grown Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache grapes crafted in the style of the dry rosé wines of southern France. It is reminiscent of wines enjoyed in Europe’s terrace cafés and the perfect companion to a leisurely afternoon in the sunshine.

 

 

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91 Points Lasseter Family Winery 2014 Voilà, Sonoma Valley ($46)

A lovely use of the underutilized Semillon in combination with Sauvignon Blanc and Musqué; smooth, creamy, lush and subtly influenced by oak; showing notes of fig and citrus with fine balance. 50% Semillon, 29% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Sauvignon Musqué. – Anthony Dias Blue

A white wine blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Voilà was inspired by the wines of the southern Bordeaux region of Graves. After extensive tastings of white wines, we discovered that Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blends resonated best with our palates. A white wine blend we love to drink. Voilà, enough said.

 

 

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91 Points Lasseter Family Winery 2013 Chemin de Fer, Sonoma Valley ($56) 
Smooth, spicy with bright blackberry and plum; lush, smooth and dense; long and balanced. 60% Grenache, 23% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah.  – Anthony Dias Blue

Chemin de Fer, a French phrase that means “railroad,” to honor the path that led us to this wine. The label painting depicts our steam train as it meanders through the Syrah vineyard. A red blend in the Southern Rhône style with a focus on Grenache. Fruit forward and food friendly, this wine evokes memories of the Lasseters’ relaxing train travel through France and the old world blends enjoyed on their journeys.

 

 

 

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92 Points Lasseter Family Winery 2012 Amoureux, Sonoma Valley ($64) 
A lush blend that is mostly Malbec; smooth and dense with blueberry, plum and spice; deep and rich with lovely balance and tangy flavors. 73% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. – Anthony Dias Blue

We chose the name Amoureux, a French word meaning “lovers,” because this Malbec blend reminds us of when we first fell in love. A Bordeaux-style blend made primarily of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. John and Nancy were first introduced to Malbec on their honeymoon in Sonoma County, and this wine commemorates that discovery. Our love affair with Malbec inspired us to plant it on our estate, Justi Creek Vineyards, and to create a unique blend that reflects our relationship.

 

 

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92 Points Lasseter Family Winery 2012 Reminiscence, Sonoma Valley ($125) 
Dark and velvety smooth; ripe plum, juicy style with supple, balanced flavors; rich and deep with good length. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. – Anthony Dias Blue

Inspired by the French settler who first established a winery on our land, we crafted this Cabernet based blend. Fascinated by stories of trailblazing vintners, we named this blend ‘Reminiscence‘, paying homage to these pioneer winemakers, their heirloom farming traditions and classic winemaking techniques. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc complete this blend, offering suppleness and aromatic intrigue. This is an unforgettable wine, recalled with nostalgia.

 

 

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The Tasting Panel magazine is a widely circulated reaching an audience of thousands of key decision-makers every month and growing on an international scale. Manning the ship is renowned wine & spirits veteran Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief and longtime wine & spirits publisher and executive editor Meridith May. With their expertise, experience and esteem, they collectively have their finger on the pulse of the beverage industry, making for one of the most informative and cutting edge publications focusing on beverages, the beverage trade and the people who make the industry tick. “Blue Reviews,” authoritative scores and reviews of wines and spirits; “Industry Spotlight,” highlighting innovators and leaders… – via Tasting Panel Magazine Website

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Nancy and John Lasseter

“We at Lasseter Family Winery make the wines we like to drink: classic, old world style wines that speak for themselves. To us, winemaking is an art form; and growing grapes, a sacred stewardship. It requires passion, diligence and creativity to make memorable, world-class wines.” —Nancy and John Lasseter

Lasseter Family Winery Club Members

Lasseter Family Wine Club

If you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

Wine

WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

Family

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

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TASTE

We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

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Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

 

One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.

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The Perfect Wines for Summer!

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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LFW-TOU-Rose-2015-Bottle-HiResSummertime, with long lazy warm days spent outdoors, might just be our favorite season at the winery. And, we’re excited to offer two of our favorite wines for this time of year that we think you’ll fall in love with.

2015 Toute Suite – Life here in the vineyards on the Glen Ellen Bench is quiet, measured, and leisurely blissful… Except for harvest, when it’s critical to get the grapes from the vineyard to the cool of the cellar “Toute Suite” or right away. As you know, Mother Nature can be mercurial in her bounty. Many years we end up with small lots of wine left over from the blending process. We view these as gifts, and an opportunity to produce wines under this sprightly label that are made in such limited quantities that you need to acquire some in a hurry or miss out!

The 2015 Toute Suite is a dry rosé made entirely from Syrah, resulting in a delicate fuchsia color. This wine has incredible aromas of fresh strawberries, hints of mango, a supple mouth feel, and a long lingering finish. Toute Suite is rich but still light on its feet. Try it with grilled salmon and your favorite salad for an easy mid-week dinner.

LFW-VOI-2014-Bottle-HiResSpeaking of seafood, we recently spent a perfect afternoon at Hog Island Oyster Company on Tomales Bay, where we enjoyed freshly shucked oysters paired with our Bordeaux white wine blend – Voila! The 2014 Voila is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine shows lemongrass and citrus notes from the Sauvignon Blanc; with Semillon bringing it’s signature tropical and floral notes. Don’t care for oysters, and too hot to cook? Bring a bottle of Voila to your favorite Thai restaurant and enjoy with a spicy curry. Sublime!

To make it easy to enjoy these two wines with your favorite summer activities, we’re offering $5 shipping for purchases of 6 bottles or more of either or both of these wines. Click here to order and use offer code SUNFUN at checkout now through August 5th.

Concerned about the heat? We’ve got you covered by including cool-packs in every shipping box and shipping all wines FedEx 2nd Day so that your wine arrives in perfect condition.

Hope to see you soon at Lasseter Family Winery!

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And, if you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

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FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

Family

 

 

 

 

TASTE

We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

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All wine shipments require an adult signature (i.e. person age 21 years or older) and therefore we strongly recommend shipping to a business address.   Returned, re-directed, or re-shipped packages will be subject to additional charges.
One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.

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Announcing the 2015 Enjoué

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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Here in the Glen Ellen Bench in Sonoma Valley all of the hallmarks of spring are making an appearance. The grapevines have shown “bud break” and have begun the 2016-growing season. Sunny daytime temperatures are in the 70s, and the winter rains have left the hillsides a brilliant green. And, one more sure waLFW Cab Franc Upper Bench_March142016_IMG_5792y to know spring is here – the next vintage of our dry rosé, Enjoué, has just been released.

The 2015 vintage of this Provençal style rosé is lovely – filled with classic aromas of strawberry and grapefruit, partnering with zesty acidity and supple texture on the palate; this wine is custom-made for spring and summer sipping.

Food-Paring1One of our favorite ways to enjoy this wine is at a casual brunch with friends, paired with asparagus, ham and leek quiche. Or, for something more exotic, pair Enjoué with a spicy Indian or Thai curry. This wine was crafted to be the perfect companion for the dining table and we’d love to hear some of your favorite pairings!

 

To encourage you to try the 2015 Enjoué, we’re extending a special offer of $10 shipping for orders of 6 bottles or more.Visit our website to order and use the coupon code ENJOUE10, or call us at (707) 933-2815 and we would be happy to assist you with your order.

*This special shipping offer is valid from March 29th through April 15th. Some restrictions apply.

Visit lasseterfamilywinery.com to purchase, or call us at the winery at 707-933-2815.

And, if you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

Wine

WINES

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

FAMILY

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

Taste

TASTE

We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

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All wine shipments require an adult signature (i.e. person age 21 years or older) and therefore we strongly recommend shipping to a business address.   Returned, re-directed, or re-shipped packages will be subject to additional charges.
 One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
 Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.

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May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Posted in: Accolades, Art & Wine, Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wine Making, Wine Room, Winery, Wines

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Greetings from the Glen Ellen Bench in Sonoma Valley, where the vines are just about ready to wake up from their long winter’s nap. As you can see, our cover crop is showing vigorous growth and the vines have just been pruned.upper bench grenache 2

This, along with our mild spring-like weather, tells us that “Bud Break” is only a few weeks (or days!) away. Soon, these bare Grenache vines in our Upper Bench Block will be lush and green, with flower clusters destined to become the grapes in our Rhone-inspired red wine blend Chemin de Fer.

Chemin de Fer is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, inspired by wines sampled by John and Nancy Lasseter during their travels through the Southern Rhone region. And a 92-Point stylish wine by Tim Fish of the Wine Spectator.

2013CDFBeautyShotThis wine is deep garnet in color with aromas of raspberry and spice, followed by mouth-watering berry flavors that harmonize with soft supple tannins for a smooth finish. This lighter bodied wine pairs effortlessly with both hearty food and classic light spring faire. And the Lasseter Family Winery 2013 Chemin de Fer is just the ticket to enjoy ‘the luck of the Irish’, especially if corned beef and cabbage is on your St. Patrick’s Day menu.

Your $10 Shipping Offer Won’t Last Much Longer! From now until March 11th, take advantage of our special offer of a $10 flat shipping rate on 3 bottles or more of the 2013 vintage of Chemin de Fer.

Visit our website to order and use the coupon code SHIP10, or call us at (707) 933-2815 and we’ll expedite your order.

And, if you are looking to join the Lasseter Family Wine Club, we welcome you to review the membership levels, and we invite you to choose the option that expresses your passion.

Visit lasseterfamilywinery.com to purchase, or call us at the winery at 707-933-2815.

Cheers from Lasseter Family Winery!

WINES

Wine

Lasseter Family wines are crafted in an old world style, an expression of John and Nancy’s love of France: its beauty, grape varieties and blended wines.

FAMILY

FAMILY

In 1993, Nancy and John Lasseter moved to the town of Sonoma, and they soon discovered the art of winemaking through a small group of winemaking friends.

TASTE

Taste

We invite you to make an appointment to visit us at our beautiful estate in the Sonoma Valley where you will enjoy an insider’s look at our vineyards & state of the art winery.

Lasseter Family Winery

 All wine shipments require an adult signature (i.e. person age 21 years or older) and therefore we strongly recommend shipping to a business address.   Returned, re-directed, or re-shipped packages will be subject to additional charges.
 One Vintage Lane Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-2800 info@lfwinery.com
 Copyright © 2016 Lasseter Family Winery. All rights reserved.

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