NEWS AND INFORMATION
HOLIDAY WINE AND DESIGN
We look forward to serving our wines during an event in Granite Bay. This event is open to the public so please join us October 16, 2014 between 4pm and 8pm.
Join us for "WINE OF THE LEAVING DEAD"
October 18th and 19th, 2014
Menu for our Halloween Event
RSVP with your choice of date - Free for Wine Club Members
(Membership = 2 adults) Guests are $ 20.00 per person.
Hot Blood Soup
Quiche of Dead
Meat Balls in a Barbera Sauce
Pulled Pork Tortilla
For the Sweet Tooth
Our Famous Brownies and Pumpkin Cake
THE Festival in Fair Play - This time, it really is all about you!
June 7 & 8, 2014 - 11 am – 5 pm
Little is good. Our home town Party!
In the early 1980’s, our founding wineries (Granite Springs, Fitzpatrick and Gewer), decided to throw a little party. They felt strongly that they had much to be grateful for because of our (then) fairly small community and the support it provided for a fledgling industry. Thus was born the Fair Play Festival. Three wineries, a loyal following and a lovely weekend in June.
How about we all get together over food, wine and companionship? It was a great payoff for something that was already a great relationship but might be a future industry for our valley.
Bring a wine glass (or a mason jar, coffee cup or whatever else you can put wine in) and lets enjoy. It was pretty informal, to say the least, but it bound the community together in a fun way. If you’ve been here for a few decades, you remember. If not, here’s your chance to travel back. But first, a little history is in order. As the proprietor of Single Leaf (circa 1988), maybe I’m not the guy who should write this, however the "founding" three winery owners have moved on to other endeavors. So here’s what I think happened:
We rolled through the early 80’s doing the “Festival” thing the first weekend in June. The word got out beyond our area and more and more people from “far away” (think Placerville and Camino) found out about what a really fun time this little get together was and it’s right down the road! From this the Festival grew. More and more people heard of the event. It began pulling in people from really far away (think Reno and Sac), which is how Pam and I found Fair Play in the mid 80’s. It became so popular, the group decided to expand it to the first 2 weekends in June. Meanwhile, as the reputation for the high quality of wine grapes from the area grew, so did the demands for its wines. Fair Play began attracting attention from many who sought to try their hand at the wine making business. More vineyards were planted, more wineries were built and the inevitable happened; the Festival had to get “organized”. That meant everything from selling tickets and advertising the event to producing maps so people could figure out where we were. By the mid to late 90’s the Festival had become a “major draw”
Flash forward to 2014!
It would be an understatement to say the winery business in Fair Play has taken off big time. I’m not sure exactly what the number is because, literally, it’s a moving target, but I think we’re well into the 30+ range. As a result, we have a myriad of events, activities and new directions being explored by the individual wineries and as a group collectively. But, a few of us feel that we need to preserve that early spirit of Fair Play and its founding wineries. To that end, Bechard, Busby, Colibri Ridge, dk Cellars, Fleur de Lys and Single Leaf are having a little party the first weekend in June. This is for our neighbors and friends and those in our community (and undoubtedly others from “far away”) who support us, buy our products and put up with all the activity we create. It’s not an “organized” event-
no tickets, bring your own glass (bonus points if you’ve got one of the originals from the 80’s/90’s) or buy one from us. Each winery will have its own brand of hospitality, but overall, it’s back to basics; good wines, good food and good times. It’s a chance to get to know each other again, look back at where this came from and look forward as we grow.
We hope you’ll join us!
It’s Festival time at Bechard! We’ll be firing up the grill, offering specials on your favorite wines, and enjoying great music by Jeff Chamberlain.
Enjoy the panoramic vineyard view while sampling the menu of Hoisin and Ginger Pork with a delicious Asian slaw. June 7th featuring National Recording Artist Liz Longley. $20 pp includes gourmet catered dinner served from 5 – 6:45
Colibri Ridge Winery
Stop in for an educational vertical tasting and sales experience tasting Library wines from the cellar. Cabernets, Merlots & Syrahs will be in the lineup.
Relax and have fun! Wine specials, live music by Legal Addiction, sausages and more from Lockford Sausage Company. $5 cover charge, refundable upon wine purchase. Bring your own wine glass. You don't want to miss this!
FLEUR DE LYS WINERY
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Chalet with complimentary wine tasting and gourmet food pairings.
Single Leaf Winery
Best Mexican food North of the border. Dale’s (Pam’s Dad) port coolers will quench your summer thirst!
Saint Valentine's Day 2014
The rains came and despite the downpour the "show went on". For those who braved the elements we had a spectacular array of food and wine.
1. A delicious Chicago Spinach Dip was paired with our Chardonnay. (Addictive)
2. Spinach Brownies with Plum Sauce was paired with our signature Viognier
3. A warm Corn Chowder was paired with our Estate Mourvèdre. We added chicken but one might think to add Crab.......just sayin
4. Our Zinfandel paired with Mini Rueben's....we left off the Sauerkraut and added fresh cabbage for crunch!
5. Meatball Sliders, cooked with and paired with Alicante Bouchet (We have been known to pair with our Barbera but the Alicante Bouchet was a natural. A little bit of grated Parmesan mmmmmmummm
6. Skewers with Pepper Jack Cheese, Pepperoni and Kalamata Olives paired with our 2005 Estate Syrah........This Syrah is almost gone, 5 cases left at this posting.
7. Our BIG Petite Sirah, we paired it with a "Bloody Mary Chicken" Spicy and fun
8. The late harvest Viognier, fortified with Brandy.........Sautrelle (Grasshopper) we paired with the yummy "Cherry Kringle" We think it was the Almonds that made the match!
9. Oh Thank you Lauri, you made the Brownies with our silky Port and we dared to pair them........ a decadent desert