These first few months of 2010 have flown by so quickly and all of a sudden we realized it was time to get an update out to our loyal Sean Minor Wines community! We hope the new year is off to a great start for all of you.
We hosted our first local wine dinner here in Sacramento mid-January at Tuli Bistro. We had such a wonderful time meeting new people and reconnecting with friends. Not only was it our first local dinner, but it was also the inaugural wine dinner for the restaurant. As Chef Adam Pechal recently recalled, "it sold out in about five minutes!" The food and wine pairings were outstanding. The menu and pictures from the evening are available for viewing on our Facebook fan page. We really appreciate all of you who attended and we are hoping to do another dinner at Tuli in the near future.
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2008 Central Coast Chardonnay. Our Central Coast Chardonnay displays aromas of peach, green apples and tropical nuances. On the entry, the wine is soft with green apple, white peach and pineapple notes. The mid-palate displays subtle oak nuances which evolve into a hint of minerality and continue into a lingering clean finish. We had such a great response to our last vintage and are confident the new vintage will exceed your expectations! Be sure to visit our website and take advantage of FREE SHIPPING on all case orders.
We are looking forward to releasing our 2009 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc. We have finalized the blend and it tastes great. We will be releasing the wine Mid-April just in time for Spring and leading into Summer - the perfect seasons for crisp white wines. We have less than a case of our remaining 2008 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc so if you would like to order please contact us in our office at 707-226-1414.
Our Sean Minor Wines Community has continually asked us to share wine pairings and we recently found a recipe for Foil Baked Salmon paired with our 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir on the Wine and Walnuts Blog. We posted it on our Facebook fan page and one of our loyal fans/friends tried it the same night and here is what she had to say:
"Wow, it was really fantastic! I decreased the baking time to 18 minutes and used Pam instead of oil...trying to keep up the New Year's resolution. Delicious and very healthy....especially the wine for my heart. Wish all my dinners were this easy and delicious!" -Erin L.
We also posted two new recipes in our blog. The first is Nicole's recipe for Asparagus Soup served either hot or cold and perfectly paired with our Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect Spring and Summer soup. The second, submitted by a friend and fan in Utah, is for Moroccan Spiced Game Hen with Couscous, which he also paired with our Sauvignon Blanc. Be sure to check out the recipes and if you happen to try them, let us know what you think!
Once again, we are expanding our distribution throughout the US! We mentioned in our November newsletter our new representation in New York and New Jersey by Polaner Selections, in Arizona by Quail Distributing, and in Oregon and Washington by Triage Wines. We are pleased to announce our wines are once again available in Illinois through our new distributor Novovino Wine Company! We are currently working on expanding into Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and possibly Florida, too. We will keep you posted as we continue to expand our distribution!
For those of you who live in these markets start looking for our wines in retailers and restaurants near you over the next few months! And if you don't see them help us spread the word by mentioning us to your favorite wine shop or sommelier! You are our BEST customers.Outside museum of natural history in NYC. They just needed one more bear for a proper Sean Minor Wines kickoff!
On the road again
I've spent the first few months of 2010 traveling throughout the U.S. selling our wines and it doesn't look like I will be slowing down for at least a few more months. My favorite thing about being out in the different markets is hearing feedback from our satisfied customers.
Nicole and I spent the first week of February in New York City kicking off the Sean Minor 4 Bears brand with our new distributor Polaner Selections. Wow, we love NYC! I went to an incredible account for dinner called Co.(pronounced Company)- 230 9th Ave - fantastic artisan pizza! They just started pouring our Sauvignon Blanc by the glass. I had the good fortune to try the Meatball pizza and the Honshimeji & Guanciale pizza... crazy delicious crust, really good! I enjoyed the atmosphere, great crust and great staff/service - a must have in NYC!
I also spent some time in Arizona with our new distributor, Quail Distributing. They are doing an excellent job getting our brand out there in the short time they have been representing our wines. For those of you in Arizona you can view our list of AZ accounts by city (both restaurants and retailers) who carry Sean Minor 4 Bears wines. One account in particular, Fat Cat in Chandler, is pouring all five of our wines by the glass! They just recently opened and you can read more about them in the First Taste: Fat Cat article from The Dish section of the East Valley Tribune. Great support and kudos to Arizona!
I spent the first week of March in Kansas. Our distributor, LDF, is rocking
with our brand. Our wines are everywhere! We did a wine tasting at JP Wine Bar in Leawood where they
expected approximately 40 patrons to attend. The actual number of guests who
attended was more than double that figure! We also held a tasting at Yia Yia's Euro Bistro
in Wichita and had a great turn out. Unbelievable representation in my home
state, keep up the good work Kansas!
Wine Competitions and Reviews
San Francisco Chronicle results are in and we scored silvers across the board. The wine competition season is upon us and we are gearing up to submit our wines for review at several of the major competitions. We also recently received 87 points on our 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Wine Spectator and were featured as a daily wine pick in the Under $20 category.
"Supple, graceful, complex and harmonious, this is firm and taut, with spicy plum, currant, cedar and mineral notes. Drink now through 2014. 12,000 cases made." –JL
Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to get all the updates on awards and accolades as they come in! And if you ever are curious as to how our wines stack up the most recent list of accolades is available in the Press section of our website.
We would like to highlight Heritage Wine Company in Pasadena, CA. They are a family owned business, just like us, and they carry our wines! I did a wine tasting in their shop last July and they have since turned several of their customers onto Sean Minor 4 Bears and we have heard nothing but excellent things about them. Thank you Heritage Wine Co.!
We also received a tip from one of our loyal Sean Minor 4 Bears fans letting us know Green Restaurant at Fort Mason in San Francisco is carrying three of our wines! Green Restaurant was built in 1979 and helped establish vegetarian cuisine in the ranks of fine dining restaurants in the United States. Their wine list emphasizes small high-quality producers from the West Coast and Europe. We are proud to be included and thankful for their support!
If you have a favorite account you frequent, let us know! We would be happy to include them in our newsletter and Facebook page.
We recently had the pleasure of presenting our wines to the Heritage Park Wine Club in Natomas. Not only was the community and clubhouse beautiful, but we really enjoyed meeting their Wine Club members and appreciated having the opportunity to showcase our wines. Thanks to the Heritage Park Wine Club for inviting us to be their featured winery!
We will be participating in Sierra College Foundation's Taste of Excellence on Saturday, April 10, 2010. This elegant affair has become a must-attend event in Placer County and the proceeds have enabled the foundation to do extraordinary things for Sierra College. If you live in the area and would like to attend please click HERE to visit their website. Thank you to Capitol Cellars in Roseville for including us in this prestigious event!
This is always an exciting time of year! Spring brings warmer weather and longer days. The vines have awoken from their winter slumber and grow almost in front of your eyes. Spring is also a time for new releases from Sean Minor Wines: Four Bears, which is always an exciting part of the wine making process. It's like introducing a new family member! We will keep you posted on our upcoming wine releases, events and happenings around the winery. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you! Send us your thoughts, questions and comments at email@example.com!
Sean and Nicole Minor (& the 4 Bears)