It’s a fine day at Ektimo…..
The excitement of crush is over and all the wines are well on their way to becoming incredible future releases. As we launch a brand new blog to share the joys of wine, we hope you will join us on this journey to enlightenment down the path of irreverence to a place of hedonistic indulgence. Wine all too often is over analyzed, over judged and over adulated and in doing so we lose the unadulterated pleasures that wine has to offer.
So……the next time you reach for some wine, ponder first the container. As you even think about this, no doubt your mind wanders to some gorgeous crystal globe with a stiletto stem that glistens in the sunlight that beckons your like a sultry temptress. Perfect…..but wait…..does the vessel change the contents? Well Georg Josef Riedel would have you believe so, but in reality, the container does not have an enormous impact on the FLAVOR of the wine. The size and shape of the vessel can have an impact on a variety of elements that can affect the wine, but as long as the vessel is inert and clean it will not have a large impact on the FLAVOR of the wine. Yes, a large globe will allow you to animate the wine by swirling and in doing so begin to aerate the wine and release some of the esters into the semi contained empty space in the glass which will increase the impact of how you might experience the aromatics of the wine. The aromas do not change in that glass, they simply make your ability to experience them a little easier. Pour that same wine into a fine porcelain tea cup and get your nose right next to the wine and you will still get to enjoy those same aromatics. Hold your nose to the neck of the freshly opened bottle and you will also capture the aromas of the wine, it’s just a little harder.
The same holds true for the drinking of the wine. Sure…..you will hear that the shape of the glass determines the delivery trajectory of the wine to the taste sensors in a selective cascade of perfect sequence to best enjoy a particular wine……really? When was the last time you tried to consume any product by targeting specific parts of your tongue while relegating others. The plain and simple truth is that to fully experience all the flavors of the wine, you should try to get that delectable nectar to reach for each and every taste bud you have at your disposal, and then have those taste buds communicate with your brain so that you can deliberately seek out the sensations that are occurring during this wine/taste-bud tango. As you swallow enjoy the sensation as the wine reaches back into your olfactory passages with its final echo as it teases you with even more nuances before leaving you wanting more. Then and only then will you enjoy the full impact of what the wine has to offer.
So…..whether you enjoy your wine from a Riedel superleggero or an old fruit jar, a Chihuly goblet or a Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Teacup, enjoy the vessel, but it is merely the delivery system for what you want.
Tip of the day, when wine tasting there is one very important place to start……..do not miss your mouth! Tastings get messy when they do not go where you want them to go. Have some fun with your wine, and I will be back with more soon.
Barrel tasting continues at Ektimo Vineyards all month long. We have been receiving magnificent reviews for our futures offerings, and both our Russian River Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Zinfandel are extremely limited. Less than 200 cases of each, and for a limited time up to 50% off regular price on these incredible wines. Get yours now. Call us at 707-827-3008, email email@example.com, or come on by in person to sample the wines and secure your supply.
Greetings to all of our readers! We hope you are keeping warm this winter. We are doing our best over here at Ektimo but lately we’ve been having to break out the Gore-Tex more often than the Down! Sonoma County has experienced a total of 10.87 inches of rain this month of January alone which is a TON considering that in 2015 our total rainfall for the entire year was just 12.09 inches! And while the floods have been pretty wild, it does feel good to be out of the drought.
Even with all of the rain, January has been good to us and we had a ball last weekend participating in Wine Road’s 6th Annual Winter Wineland event. What a fun way to take our minds off of the winter blues and to come together for a glass (or shall I say, a few glasses) of wine!
January also brought news of the results from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in which Ektimo received fantastic results including three Gold medals and one Silver! Huge thanks and congrats to our wonderful winemaker, Lisa, and her team Zac, Silvano & Ivan! The results are as follows:
2013 Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold
2014 Russian River Valley Zinfandel – Gold
2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Gold
2015 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc – Silver
Coming up in February, we have our first Wine Club release of 2017! If you are not already a member, feel free to sign up any time to receive our bi-annual shipments at 20% off and special accommodations upon visiting the winery!
Stay tuned for more updates as we gear up for a fun event season – kicking off on February 11th for our annual Sweet 116 Event with Taste Route 116! Ticket purchase includes a hand painted wine glass by local artists, wine tastings at all 12 participating wineries, and a bite to eat at each! See tasteroute116.com for more details & ticket sales.
Happy October from everyone here at Ektimo Vineyards! We are enjoying these crisp mornings and are definitely excited to announce things are finally starting to calm down a bit here in the cellar! This year’s harvest has been busy but the fruit is absolutely fantastic and we are so excited for the wines to come out of this 2016 vintage!! Between the perfect weather we had during harvest and the moderate yield from the vines – we are getting some big, vibrant fruit flavors that will make for a really authentic expression of the grapes in this year’s vintage.
Shout out to our amazing winemaking crew – Lisa, Zac, Ray & Ivan for working countless hours this season (and it’s still not quite over). You guys are what makes this place tick and we don’t know where we’d be without you!
Hello from harvest! The clan has been busy, busy here as today we have officially hit 100 tons of fruit and counting! And we’re nowhere near done… Between our custom crush clients and our own grapes, the crew will be working nonstop processing grapes for another couple of weeks. Be sure to stop by the winery and have a look at all of the excitement! On the upside, however, all of these punchdowns are paying off – take a look for yourselves! (Sorry everyone, they’re all taken…)
In the meantime… make sure you are following us on social media @ektimovineyards to stay in on the action as we continue with this year’s harvest season!
Happy September from Ektimo Vineyards! It was a bit cooler than usual this August so although we got a tiny glance at harvest a few weeks ago, we’ve all been anxiously waiting to make our next move. And while I am so happy to have had all of my winemaking friends at my disposal for a few extra weekends, I think everyone is ready for things to get started!
In the meantime, we’ve been keeping busy with company bbqs, tour groups and events! Big shout out to Getaway Adventures for stopping by with some stellar people this past Saturday! We had a blast. Here are a few shots of what’s been going on here at Ektimo… Happy Labor Day Weekend!
A lovely bunch enjoying some #roseallday in the Saturday Sun! (Left)
Meet some of our winemaking team! (Right) Clockwise from left: Silvano, Cellarhand; Ivan, Enologist; Zac, Cellar Master; Uncle, General Manager; Ray, Cellarhand
Hi all, greetings from Ektimo Vineyards!
This past weekend we received our first load of fruit for Ross Road Custom Crush and boy was it tasty! The first grapes to come in were Sauvignon Blanc and we are very excited to get this season started. Stop by the winery to get in on the action with an insider’s look at this season’s crush! Between the press, tanks and barrels we welcome you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a unique and educational experience. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few photos of our goofy staff and custom crush clients having fun on the job last week!
*Reminder: This Saturday, August 20th, we will be closed from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a private event.
Interested in planning your next event with us at Ektimo? Our ample outdoor area is perfect for events outside as we gear up for everyone’s favorite fall season! Contact the winery for details.
Greetings from Sebastopol!
We are so excited to receive our first grapes this coming Sunday for one of our custom crush clients! This year seems to be a smaller crop than average – but not to worry. Smaller crops and smaller grapes yield fruit that is more highly concentrated so the quantity may not be there, but the quality sure is. Expect plenty of yummy wines coming your way from Ektimo’s 2016 vintage. Be on the lookout next week for behind-the-scenes photos from our winery as we begin to document the fruits of this year’s harvest!
In the area? Now is the best time to visit as the wineries gear up for the busiest time of the year! Get in on the action here at Ektimo where you can take a peak at what’s going on inside the winery and then enjoy a glass of wine on our patio under our brand new umbrellas!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Ektimo Team