Gail Benzler
February 15, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road brings elegant hospitality track-side and beyond at private dining events

Adobe Road takes to the road in March for a series of private wine events and experiences. Our guests will have exclusive opportunities to taste Adobe Road’s award-winning wines paired with wonderful food and the chance to learn about the wines and delight in each tasting with Kevin and our expert wine staff.


Matter of Taste gets underway in San Francisco March 3 with an exclusive opportunity to taste the very best wines from around the world, focused on Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired varietals.


This event by Robert Parker Wine Advocate s one of the premier wine festivals and Adobe Road is honored to be featured.


Be sure to like us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-newsletter to get access to an exclusive ticket offer.


Next, our sister company, The Racers Group heads to St. Petersburg, Florida for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the first Pirelli World Challenge race of the season. TRG’s 007 Aston Martin will be challenging for the win on one of the most beautiful and challenging street courses in the world. Adobe Road will activate with a series of luxury offerings to engage with our partners and VIP clients.



We begin with a one-of-a-kind winemaker dinner at Sea Salt for our VIP guests and partners in the heart of St. Petersburg and then make our way to Tampa for an exclusive private event hosted by Swirl, Sip & Savor. Then it’s off to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for another exclusive Adobe Road wine experience in the Club’s downtown clubhouse with exquisite nighttime circuit and bay views. Our final event in St. Petersburg showcases our wines at an ultra-exclusive gathering high above the city in a private penthouse.

As The Racers Group revs up for Pirelli World Challenge SprintX action at one of the premier road circuits in the world at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, Adobe Road celebrates with a festive, wine-and-food-pairing dinner party at Cordillera Ranch March 27. Located just north of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch is home to some of the world’s most magical golf courses and exclusive residential communities. Centered on the highly acclaimed wines from Adobe Road and paired with a menu crafted and presented by Cordillera Ranch Executive Chef Isaac Cantu, this will be an extraordinary evening with Kevin and the team.

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2018 at 4:07 PM
Gail Benzler
February 10, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Wine Wednesday - A Successful (and Delicious) Inaugural Event

Looking Back at a Special Wine Tasting Event Hosted by Kevin Buckler and Garrett Martin

Adobe Road Winery debuted our Wine Wednesday series of distinctive events on January 24 with a special vintners’ wine tasting and food pairing hosted by founder and CEO Kevin Buckler and winemaker Garrett Martin. Adobe Road welcomed guests to a curated food and wine pairing event January 24.

Each pairing was expertly curated to bring out the unique flavors and character of each wine. Kevin and Garrett took guests through the tastings with stories and insight into how each was crafted, making for an unforgettable evening of delicious Adobe Road’s critically acclaimed wines and delightful conversation. Guests took advantage of two pairing flights:

Select pairings:

2016 Adobe Road Viognier, Dry Creek Valley, Famighetti Vineyard paired with triple cream Brie on rice cracker with orange zest

The orange essence is this bite brought out the tropical nose of our Viognier and complimented the mild acidity of the wine beautifully.

2016 Adobe Road Pinot Noir, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, Big Pig Vineyard paired with Prosciutto

The fatty mouthfeel of the Prosciutto and salty flavor of the meat was the perfect juxtaposition with the earthiness and fruit of our Pinot Noir.

2016 Adobe Road Redline, Sonoma/Napa Red Blend paired with aged Manchego with cured black olive

The nutty notes in the cheese combined with the burst of briny flavor in the olives compliment the blackberry and anise in the wine.

Reserve pairings:

2014 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard paired with black pepper pate on crostini

The gamey richness of the paté stands up to the complexity of this deep and flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon.

2014 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer, Georges III paired with Genoa salami

The oily richness and salty flavors of the cured meat brings out the baking spice and dark berries in our flagship Cabernet.

2013 Adobe Road Apex, Premium Red Blend paired with mild Bleu cheese

The fruit and mocha flavors in our Apex blend are highlighted by the richness and flavor in this creamy cheese.

Award-winning Adobe Road wines and perfectly paired appetizers made delicious Wine Wednesday a night of education and fun to remember.


Our next Winemaker Wednesday event — Mom’s Night Out — is next on February 28. It's your time to wine. Limited seating is available and tickets are available until sold out. Get yours now.



Time Posted: Feb 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM
Gail Benzler
February 8, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Handy - The Sauvignon Blanc Crystal Solution

Getting Ready to Bottle Sauvignon Blanc

Have you ever put a bottle of white wine in the fridge or freezer… and then forgot you put it in there? Later, on down the road when you come back to it, you’ll see a bunch of weird, white crystal stuff in the bottle.

From vineyard to bottle, the winemaker's hand is important, even on this frosty tank of Sauvignon Blanc.

When your bottle of white wine gets too cold, potassium bitartrate crystals form. These crystals fall out of the wine and look really ugly in a clear glass bottle of, say, Sauvignon Blanc. By the way, do you know the common term for potassium bitartrate? Hint: it's an ingredient in many cookies like Snickerdoodles. We'll give you the answer at the end of this article.

Garrett Martin, our Snickerdoodle loving winemaker and resident wine-scientist, is moving closer and closer to bottling our new vintage Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc in mid-March, along with Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

So, let’s get back to those crystals. Garrett is hard at work right now making sure you won’t see them if your wine gets super cold like when it freezes or almost freezes (this could happen in shipping, for example; your fridge isn’t the only culprit). 

Temperature is vitally important all through the process leading up to bottling -- we want to be sure the wine in your bottle of Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc looks and tastes its very best. Here's what Garret does in the tank.

First, he brings the Sauvignon Blanc in the tank down to 29 degrees Fahrenheit -- that’s colder than water freezing. He holds the wine at that temperature and then begins to bring the wine back up to temperature (about 60 degrees) before filtration and bottling (remember -- we’re bottling in mid-March). If the wine is too chilled when it’s filtered, the flavor is stripped away.

Liquids are more susceptible to oxidation when cold, so Garrett goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that oxygen is not introduced to the wine. It’s like the story of the three bears: Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear (just right). Too cold and the bottle could end up being overfilled and then when the wine comes up to room temperature… boom! You could have an explosion. If the wine is bottled when it’s too warm, the liquid will shrink and then you’ll have a bottle that looks as if it’s not filled properly.

That’s how science and expertise combine to make sure that the temperature of your wine is always just right so that your wine looks and tastes exceptionally good, proving that from vineyard to bottle, the winemaker's hand is important, even on this frosty tank of Sauvignon Blanc.

Here's the answer to our question... The common term for potassium bitartrate is cream of tartar.


Time Posted: Feb 8, 2018 at 4:54 PM
Gail Benzler
February 2, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Mom's Night Out at Adobe Road

Mom's Night Out

Save the date. Arrange the sitter. Call the girls…

Let’s have wine!

Get ready to indulge in an evening of wine at Adobe Road Winery.

It’s time for a wine “bubble bath.” And by that, we mean Sparkling Rosé. We’ll welcome you with a generous splash of our signature bubbles -- and you get to keep the flute. Next, we’ll take you on a first class flight -- of wine. Enjoy three delicious award-winning Adobe Road wines selected just for you.

Yummy nibbles. Great company. Prizes and giveaways… and wine. We hope you can join us.

Mom’s Night Out

Wednesday, February 28

6 - 8 p.m.

6 Petaluma Blvd. N (in the Great Petaluma Mill)

$40 (get your ticket here -- available until sold out).

Use hashtag #momsnightpetaluma and like us on Facebook for even more information about the event.




Time Posted: Feb 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM
Gail Benzler
January 18, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Meet Brian Mott, Adobe Road’s New National Sales Manager

Adobe Road Winery is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Mott as our new National Sales Manager. Brian brings a wealth of experience over his more than 20 years of growing wine industry sales and distribution to his position at Adobe Road.

Brian’s relationship with wine began in his late teens. “I got to work crush for some of my parents’ friends while growing up in Napa Valley,” he says. “A couple of years later, I got to taste the wine from the grapes I helped pick and I was hooked!”

His introduction to the wine business came a few years later working as a sales representative for a large distributor, managing an extensive portfolio of wines and spirits. Developing a keen passion for inspired winemaking and for getting out in the market, he continued to work for some of the most notable brands in the industry before coming to Adobe Road.

Now, in his role as National Sales Manager, Brian will continue to share his passion for wine with customers across the country. Based in Adobe Road’s Petaluma corporate office, which is also home to the winery’s sister company, The Racers Group (both helmed by CEO Kevin Buckler), Brian is eager to jump into the marketplace with our delicious line-up of award-winning wines. “I’m super excited to come to work for Adobe Road, sell the incredible wine and tell the compelling stories of the winery and sportscar racing team… what a perfect mix.”

Brian’s passions (aside from wine) include fishing and hiking. He also sports an FAA private pilot’s license.

Brian will manage and grow Adobe Road’s network of distributors and customer accounts. He can be reached by text or cell at (707)772-6621 or at to schedule a market visit or to find out more about selling Adobe Road wines.

Welcome, Brian to the Adobe Road team.


Time Posted: Jan 18, 2018 at 5:55 PM
Gail Benzler
January 16, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Please Join Us for Adobe Road Special Winemaker Wednesday Tasting January 24

Adobe Road Winery presents a special wine tasting event featuring a unique selection of Adobe Road’s critically acclaimed wines paired with distinctive hors d’oeuvres, hand-picked by founder and CEO Kevin Buckler and winemaker Garrett Martin.

Winemaker Wednesday Tasting

3 Winemaker Select Food & Wine Pairings. Enjoy a fun atmosphere of wine education from owner Kevin Buckler and our talented winemaker Garrett Martin. Take part in exclusive barrel tastings, games, prizes, and more.

$40 Select Tasting - Purchase Tickets

Special Reserve Winemaker Tasting

This enhanced tasting includes all Winemaker Tasting pairings, PLUS 3 Premium Food & Wine Pairings of Adobe Road's finest wines, including our distinguished cabernets and never before tasted barrel samples of some of our soon to be bottled gems.

$75 Reserve Tasting - Purchase Tickets

Join us for for a special Adobe Road Winery Wine Wednesday, Wednesday, January 24

Join Kevin and Garrett for this intimate and personal evening of wine education, exclusive barrel tastings and conversation with the Adobe Road Winery team. You’ll get in-depth insight into how the wines were made and experience how these food pairings bring out all of the flavors of our award-winning varietals. Your ticket includes the tastings plus a SOUVENIR ADOBE ROAD WINE GLASS and the chance to win special Adobe Road Winery prizes.


If you love Adobe Road wines you won't want to miss this event!
If you're an Adobe Road Inside Track Wine Club member, your discounts will apply to your ticket purchase. As always, Club Member discounts apply to all wine and merchandise purchases in the tasting room too!


Reservations required: (415) 816-0412,

Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, January 22.


Wednesday, January 24
6 - 8 p.m.

Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room
6 Petaluma Blvd. N - Petaluma, CA

Time Posted: Jan 16, 2018 at 4:59 PM
Gail Benzler
January 8, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Alluring California Cabernets: Redline Blend Touts 90 Points from Wine Spectator

Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to members.

These charmers prove that you can stretch your Cabernet dollar. Looking outside the grape's obvious centers is key. Sonoma has the most potential beyond Napa Valley, starting with Roth's dense and concentrated effort. It offers the richness and elegance found in many of the best wines from Sonoma's Alexander Valley. Kunde Estaterepresents Sonoma Valley well with its rich and savory Cab, and Adobe Road's Redline is a crowd-pleasing kitchen-sink blend of grapes from Sonoma and Napa.

ADOBE ROAD Redline Sonoma-Napa Counties 2016 Score: 90 | $35

Supple, charming and driven, with lively red and dark fruits and notes of licorice, dark berry, mocha, gravel, herb and sage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Drink now through 2028. 2,000 cases made.—J.L.

Augustus Weed
Posted: January 8, 2018

Adobe Road Redline scores 90 Points with Wine Spectator
Time Posted: Jan 8, 2018 at 5:27 PM
Gail Benzler
December 26, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Kevin Buckler Takes the Stage at TEDx Palo Alto

Sip and Snack Pairings

Our CEO Kevin Buckler works hard, plays hard and above all, never gives up.  He helms two vibrant and innovative companies in Petaluma, California — The Racers Group and Adobe Road Winery. This ethic of always giving it his all has made him a success on the race track, in the office and boardroom and in life. So, It’s no surprise that Kevin was invited to bring his passion and enthusiasm — and story — to the TEDx Palo Alto stage December 17.

TEDx is a program of local events bringing people together to share inspiring stories. Held at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC, speakers explored ways in which they cultivate empathy and spark action.

Kevin, a champion racing driver with a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory and two Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona victories as a driver (plus numerous series titles, victories and accolades as a team owner) took the stage to talk about how the endurance racing mentality teaches us a lot about life and how this ethic has impacted both the racing team and his award-winning winery in a talk entitled Never Give Up. “I try to look at adverse situations and turn them into positives,” he said on cultivating that winning secret sauce. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t bumps on the road. “It took fifteen years to become an overnight sensation,” Kevin told the audience in a well-received talk that resonated with the attendees.

Sip and Snack Pairings

As part of the TEDx experience, Adobe Road Winery was invited to pour a selection of wines, including the brand’s 2015 Chardonnay, 2016 Redline, 2016 Pinot Noir, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley and 2014 Cabernet, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard for the over 300 dignitaries, CEOs, influencers, tech gurus and other guests at the event. Kevin, Adobe Road Winery Director of Hospitality Sonny Martin and Communications Director Gail Benzler were on hand to make sure the wine flowed and that important connections were fostered. It was a long, but very successful evening — the endurance racing mentality at work.


Time Posted: Dec 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Gail Benzler
December 22, 2017 | Gail Benzler

Sip and Snack Pairings

Sip and Snack Pairings

A well-paired snack is a wonderful compliment to a delicious sip.

Try these out-of-this-world, easy to make recipes designed to perfectly pair with our two Adobe Road Winery Carneros Chardonnays.

2015 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard - South Sonoma Block

This wine’s lively acidity, luscious fruits and hints of spice and savory toast find a great home with our warm, creamy Parmesan Artichoke Dip.

Warm Parmesan Artichoke Dip


2 cups shredded  parmesan cheese
1(10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid
1(14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2⁄3cup  sour cream
1 cup  cream cheese
1⁄3cup  mayonnaise
2 teaspoons  garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix together Parmesan cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix with spinach mixture.
Bake for 20-30 minutes.
Serve with crackers, pita chips or bread

Note:  you can also play around with adding spice such as red pepper flakes or chopped green chili or similar.

YIELD  4 1/2 cups

2016 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard - Kiser

Smoky Spiced Roasted Almonds are a go-to with this rich, fruit-driven Chardonnay.

Smoky Spiced Roasted Almonds


2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
2 cups whole almonds
kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl whisk butter, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and cayenne, Add almonds and toss to coat. Spread in single layer on baking sheet.
Bake for 18-25 minutes flipping several times. Remove from oven and sprinkle with kosher salt.
After fully cooling store in Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container.

Time Posted: Dec 22, 2017 at 2:59 PM

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