Kevin and the Adobe Road team had an exciting and successful weekend in San Francisco at Robert Parker Wine Advocate Matter of Taste. This annual world-class wine and food event brings together thousands of wine lovers, chefs and influencers and we were delighted to see so many familiar faces, including our winery partners, Inside Track Wine Club members, friends and fans over the weekend.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with an exclusive wine dinner with Kevin, Garrett and 7 of our winery partners, enjoying multiple courses and outstanding wines, hosted by Vérité Star winemaker Pierre Seillan and the esteemed Wine Advocate team.
Saturday’s Grand Walkabout Tasting offered guests the opportunity to taste 200 outstanding Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired wines from around the globe, each scoring 90 points or more from Wine Advocate, including Adobe Road's 2014 Cabernet Franc and 2013 Apex releases.
The weekend in San Francisco gave Kevin and the Adobe Road team a wonderful opportunity to showcase Adobe Road’s award-winning wines and we were honored to have been such a huge part of the weekend at Matter of Taste.
And now the team is on the way to St. Petersburg, Florida for a series of elevated Adobe Road winemaker eventsin conjunction with the first race week of the year for our sister company, The Racers Group.
We invite you to join us at Robert Parker Wine Advocate Matter of Taste San Francisco this Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at the City Club. Adobe Road Winery is honored to be featured in the Grand Walkabout Tasting at Matter of Taste as this world-class Robert Parker Wine Advocate event returns to San Francisco.
Matter of Taste is an international, exclusive wine celebration, showcasing the talents of the world’s premier wines and winemakers. This year, the event will highlight 200 outstanding Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired wines from around the globe, each scoring 90 points or more from Wine Advocate, including Adobe Road's 2014 Cabernet Franc and 2013 Apex. Thousands of guests and notable food and wine influencers will be on hand to experience the best wines in the world.
“All of us at Adobe Road Winery are honored to be invited to participate in the Robert Parker Wine Advocate international tour stop -- the San Francisco Matter of Taste,” says Kevin Buckler, Adobe Road Winery’s founder and CEO. “What a fantastic day in the Bay visiting some of the top wineries in the world and interacting with the owners and winemakers, including two fantastic dinner options. We’ve been invited to pour two of our outstanding qualifying wines and we’re looking forward to doing our usual, top-notch job of participating and supporting such a spectacular event. I invite any of our friends in the wine world to come on down for this wonderful event as it’s not to be missed.”
We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this weekend!
Use this special promo code to receive $30 off the price of your Matter of Taste ticket, including VIP access and the Grand Walkabout Tasting: ARWSF18.
Now in its 17th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network and the Cooking Channel is a national, star-studded, destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.
To create the best event during the best weekend of the year, dozens of the nation's top chefs have been rounded up to showcase their most gourmet samplings to pair with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's scale. Only proprietors and winemakers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and you can be sure this will be a golden opportunity for attendees to hear more about how the world’s greatest wines, including Adobe Road, makes it from vineyard to your glass.
Kevin will be pouring Adobe Road’s flagship wine, our 94 point 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III at the Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best tasting.
To make this weekend even sweeter for us, the event is held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This iconic hotel will set the perfect stage with its blend of Golden Era glamor and modern luxury. Adobe Road has a rich history with the Fontainebleau and we bottled a special custom, private label Fontainebleau Adobe Road Cabernet blend in 2015.
“The Best of the Best at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is one of our favorite events and we’re so honored to have been invited back again this year,” says Kevin Buckler. “I always look forward to coming to Florida and the Miami area to our friends at the Fontainebleau and pour our flagship wines at this sold-out event. Adobe Road is producing some truly amazing wines right now and we could not be more thrilled with the direction of the company, the new project, all of the cutting-edge programs and these cool events around the country! We’re always thrilled to be able to share our wines friends.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Use hashtag #momsnightpetaluma and like us on Facebook for even more information about the event.
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 email@example.com to schedule a market visit or to find out more about selling Adobe Road wines.
Welcome, Brian to the Adobe Road team.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, January 22.
Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com 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.
Posted: January 8, 2018