Wine Tasting and Lesson Fundraiser

Wine Tasting and Lesson:
Fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalists of SCV
Santa Clarita Valley Winery Crush Pad

SANTA CLARITA, CA – The SCV Custom Crush Services, the only winemaking facility in Santa Clarita, will play wine tasting host and wine educator in a fast-approaching fundraiser on Sunday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A large portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the work of the Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita. Just like in the UUofSCV church, all are welcome to attend.

For a $25 fee guests will be able to tour Santa Clarita’s first licensed and bonded winemaking facility, learn about winemaking and taste through all of the wines currently available for purchase, and some still in the oak barrels, from our local Pulchella Winery. Small bites such as cheese and crackers, prepared by church members, will also be included in the ticket price.

Winemakers Nate Hasper and Steve Lemley, will lead the event. Lemley said, “We will be tasting the ‘2012 No Excuses’ vintage – we dubbed our new releases this way because after five years we had the warmer weather we wanted, grown personal relationships with the growers and are now enjoying the “fruits” of our long-term contracts with farms.”

Reserve your tickets by visiting which will route you to our PayPal link. A maximum of 70 guests can attend, so reserve your spot quickly. For more information on SCV Custom Crush Services see:

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Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown Los Angeles

Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown
Los Angeles of Decadent Wine+Food+Music at the 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival
Los Angeles County (March 27, 2014) – The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association  2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard Event on Saturday, April 26, from 11am-4pm, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, features an unparalleled mix of great locally-produced wine and food, paired with illustrious live jazz music performed in a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard setting.

“You might say we’ve created a kind of  ‘holy trinity’ for voluptuaries of decadent wine+food+music in a heavenly oasis right outside of Downtown Los Angeles,” says Cyndee Donato of Donato Family Vineyard and Antelope Valley Winery, a Winemaker and member of the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association. “And, the beauty of it is, almost no one knows we’re here, so our guests get to be the first to discover this burgeoning, wine frontier.”

Local Wine, Breweries, & Spirits Tastings will be from, among others, San Antonio Winery, —  Alonso Family Vineyards —  Bobcat –Chavez Vineyards– Du Nasi — Golden Star Vineyards  —  Harris Wine Biz  — High Desert Cellars — Coruce Vineyards — Oasis Vineyards — Six Foulkes —Magellan Gin   — Agua Dulce Winery — Absenthe — Pulchella Winery — Rhum Barbancourt   — Reyes Winery — Anhueser-Busch and other SPVVA Members.
Gourmet Bites will be supplied by delicious artisan food producers such as
Le Chene French Cuisine — Portos Bakery — Truffles n Toffee  —  California Bakery — Gourmet Blends and more to be announced.
The 2014 Festival’s Jazz-In-the-Vineyard Musical Lineup includes:
  • Quattro, the 2013 Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, a fresh, new innovative ensemble blending  Latin + Pop + Jazz + Classical creating their unique sound. Their debut album is “POPZZICAL”. Read more…
  • Lauren Koval, jazz vocalist & Paul McDonaldkeyboardist and arranger, performing Latin Jazz & Standards from the Great American Songbook. Read more…
  • Jon StephenTropical Brazilian Guitarist, performing his own genre of all original music of magical compositions ranging from smoky jazz to breezy bossa nova to serrano-like flamenco. Read more…
  • Still Moving Project, a group of dedicated, fun-loving musicians, making beautiful original music with a unique brand of melodic rock, country, folk, and jazz
The Arts & Crafts Exhibit will feature local artists including the find woodworks of Carlos Bacelar, Isidora Designs, DeSigns by Sandra Lane, andPrussmeier Pens. Also, MCigar returns with his highly coveted, hand-rolled fine smokes.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, Rec Solar, TeeItUp, and All-American Containers. For more information on the 2014 Festival, and a up-to-date list of participants including wineries and other vendorsartists’ biographies and photographs, please visit the SPVVA website.
Media Contact: Georgina Stassi, Stassi & Associates, Media Relations for the Wine & Culinary Industrygeorgina.stassi@gmail.com310-613-7445. Find a Media Pass Request Form on SPVVA website. Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, CA 91390.
About Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and SPVVA Vintners Association:
The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community in order to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events and hiking trails. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

Wine bottles made of Paper.. Wait, What?

Straight from A Toast To Me’s Hot Off The Press section of the web site, today Truett-Hurst Inc announced that they will be producing paper wine bottles .. yup, you read that right!  To learn more, keep reading.  I can’t wait to see what one looks like in real life!  What do you think?  Good idea, bad idea?  Why? Let me know your thoughts….

Read All About It: Introducing Paper Boy!

Truett-Hurst Inc. Transcends “Green Clutter” With First Paper Wine Bottle!

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Wine industry leader in innovation Truett-Hurst Inc. wine company of Healdsburg, California, says no tomarketing green-washing. The release of the first paper wine bottle in the U.S. from Truett-Hurst Inc. is the real thing. The paper wine bottle, branded PaperBoy, is a molded outer shell in the shape of a wine bottle, made from recycled cardboard with a plastic liner. The entire package is 85 percent lighter than a glass bottle and is easily recyclable. From production to shipping to recycling, PaperBoy proves the wine business can operate with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Pleasanton, California–based Safeway Inc. will partner with Truett-Hurst Inc. in the initial release of PaperBoy nationwide.

PaperBoy contains appellation–based, super-premium wines sourced from the Mendocino and Paso Roblesgrowing regions and crafted by winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix, also the winemaker for VML. Introductory PaperBoy wines are a 2012 Paso Robles Red Blend($14.99) and a 2012 Mendocino Chardonnay ($13.99). Lambrix is passionate about innovation. She says, “We at Truett-Hurst Inc. believe that if the quality of the wine exceeds a customer’s expectation, then new, cutting-edge packaging will become more mainstream.”

Truett Hurst Inc. Incentive
On its quest to change the way people think about and buy wine, Truett-Hurst Inc. is responding to lifestyle choices–to eco-conscious wine lovers on the go. Paper Boy provides a responsible way to carry wine outdoors. Campers, hikers, and fishermen can carry this lightweight package–only 1.9 lbs. filled–and enjoy premium wine from a 750ml bottle almost anywhere, collapsing it when finished for return to a recycling site. “We’re thrilled to be a pioneer of this earth-friendly, high-quality, innovative package. It could create an entirely new category in wine,” says Truett-Hurst Inc.’s president and CEO, Phil Hurst.

About the Design
Paper Boy is in part, the brainstorm of Truett-Hurst Inc. designer, Kevin Shaw ofStranger & Stranger. Shaw worked with the Truett-Hurst Inc. team and Green Bottle, a UK-based paper bottle manufacturer, to develop this groundbreaking package. Extensive testing has proven the Paper Boy bottle to be superior to a traditional glass bottle. It insulates better, recycles more readily, and is lighter and more transportable, yet it looks and acts like a traditional glass bottle. Shaw added the lighthearted and retro-cool feel of the brand identity. He comments, “This is a product that is unashamedly different and it was important that the name was iconic to own the medium, and that the branding was bright, strong, and fearless.”

Environmental Impact
Packaging waste is a huge and growing problem in modern society, particularly in the wine industry. According, 17.5 billion bottles of wine are consumed annually around the globe, producing 8.75 billion tons of glass waste–more packaging waste than any other product in the food or drink sector.

PaperBoy offers a better alternative. The bottle’s cardboard outer can go into mainstream recycling streams, which are used to produce other cardboard products. The cap and neck assembly pieces are also recyclable, and the plastic liner is suitable for “waste to energy” programs. In total, the overall carbon footprint of PaperBoy, from production to shipping to recycling, is significantly lower than glass. Even the 12-pack cartons are produced from recycled paper. Each PaperBoy bottle comes with instructions for how to break the bottle down for disposal. As a winemaker, Virginia Lambrix admires the economic practicality of PaperBoy. She says, “Wines that will be consumed almost immediately do not need a heavy, environmentally and economically expensive glass bottle and cork. We would rather apply the savings that PaperBoy affords toward more expensive, better-crafted wine so that both the customer and the environment win.”

Transportation Savings
Case weight for normal glass bottles with liquid is 36 lbs. versus the paper bottle at 23.6 lbs. A pallet of 56 cases prepared for shipping is reduced from 2,000 lbs. to 1,322 lbs.–a weight reduction of 34 percent and a savings of more than 7 tons per truckload of wine shipped.

About Truett-Hurst Inc.

Truett-Hurst Inc. (NASDAQ: THST) is an innovative and growing super-premium and ultra-premium wine sales, marketing, and production company based in the acclaimed Dry Creek and Russian River valleys of Sonoma County, California. Our corporate website is Our principal executive offices are located at 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448. Our telephone number is 707-431-4423. We are an “emerging growth company” as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), enacted on April 5, 2012. We are a small reporting company as defined by Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act and a controlled company as defined by the corporate governance rules of NASDAQ.

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