We will see you there! Upcoming Events:

Here are just a few places you can see McIntyre Vineyards and meet the family behind the business.

Thursday, January 16, 2014: Hyatt Highlands Wine room for first Winemakers Dinner from 6:00 to 9:00  PM. [SOLD OUT!]

Saturday, January 18, 2014: Fungus Face-off on the deck of Ventana Inn and Spa from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Buy tickets here

Sunday, January 19, 2014: Rancho Cielo 5th Annual Culinary Round-Up at Monterey Plaza from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Call 800-334-3999 for reservations.

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The Herald News: with Mike Hale featuring McIntyre Vineyards

Thanks to Mike Hale, The Grub Hunter for the Herald, the Hyatt Highlands Winemakers dinner series featuring McIntyre Vineyards has taken a front row seat in the news!Hyatt Carmel Highlands  Click here for the link to the full online article to read on the bites and wine offered. Grab your tickets promptly or call 831-622-5445 to make a reservation as the dinner takes place Thursday, January 16th inside the Hyatt Carmel Highlands wine room. The tickets can be purchased here. This is a great opportunity to meet Steve McIntyre, awarded the 2013 Grower of the Year by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, his family and friends while eating a delicious menu created by Chef Matt Bolton. Start your 2014 year by completing a spectacular item off your bucket list or fulfill a New Years resolution with the ones you adore.

bottle-glass“It is hard to imagine a more prestigious or beautiful place to hold a winemaker dinner in Monterey. Between the food, the view and the wine the evening should be spectacular,” McIntyre said.

Save The Date! First Hyatt Highlands Winemaker Dinner

“It is hard to imagine a more prestigious or beautiful place to hold a winemaker dinner in Monterey. Between the food, the view and the wine the evening should be spectacular!” said Steve McIntyre.

Where:      Pacific’s Edge Wine Room located at 120 Highlands Drive in Carmel By The Sea       Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Date:         Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time:         6:00 p.m.
Cost:         $96 per person plus tax and gratuity
Reservations Required:      (831) 622-5445

 

Here is an exert from The Carmel Pine Cone
The Hyatt Carmel Highlands will hold its first Winemaker Dinner of the year in the wine room in Pacific’s Edge restaurant Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., and organizers announced the menu for the evening, which will showcase the wines of McIntyre Vineyards. Owner and winemaker Steve McIntyre, who was named Grower of the Year by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, will be on hand at the dinner to discuss the wines and the pairings selected by executive chef Matt Bolton. The evening’s lineup is set to include hors d’oeuvres of dungeness crab with persimmon and Meyer lemon, and parmesan gougere, served with McIntyre’s sparkling wine, L’Homme Qui Ris; a first course of wild sea bass with celery root, hazelnut, butternut squash and truffle jus, served with 2012 McIntyre Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands; a second course of Kurabuta pork with parsnip, chanterelle, cracklins, thyme jus, paired with 2006 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands; an entrée of alder-smoked Sonoma duck with porcini, wheat berries and huckleberry jus, served with 2012 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands; and a fromage course featuring Boucheron, Istara, Old Amsterdam, housemade pecan fig bread, honeycomb and Seckle pear, with 2012 McIntyre Estate Block K-1 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands. The feast will wrap up with a sweet selection of mignardises made by pastry chef Gina Hudson. McIntyre is also planning on bringing a mystery wine for guests to sample. The cost to attend is $95 per person, including tax and tip, and reservations are required by calling (831) 622-5445. The restaurant is located in the inn at 120 Highlands Drive.

Wine Enthusiast deems 2012 Rosé online exclusive, editor’s choice

89 Points                             EDITORS’ CHOICE, ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

MCINTYRE VINEYARDS 2012 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR (Santa Lucia Highlands)
Price: $19
Designation: Rosé of
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, US
Winery: McIntyre Vineyards
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 142 cases
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Category: Rosé
To Web: 11/1/2013

One of the more successful Pinot Noir rosés in California, this wine has a wonderful delicacy and finesse, with suggestions of cranberries and orange zest. Finishes dry and crisp. — S. H.(11/1/2013)

The First Winemakers Dinner of 2014, Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Save the date For The First Winemakers Dinner of the Year at Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

“It is hard to imagine a more prestigious or beautiful place to hold a winemaker dinner in Monterey. Between the food, the view and the wine the evening should be spectacular!” said Steve McIntyre.

Where:       Pacific’s Edge Wine Room located at 120 Highlands Drive in Carmel By The Sea
Date:          Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time:          6:00 p.m.
Cost:          $96 per person plus tax and gratuity
Reservations Required: (831) 622-5445

Sip:                Featured Wines McIntyre Wines including special hand selected wines by Steve McIntyre from the 2009 and                           2010 block. Steve will even bring a mystery wine to surprise the attendees!
Meet:            The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) 2013 Grower of the Year award to Steve McIntyre

McIntyre Wines:
In Steve McIntyre’s analogy of the wine business, his position is similar to that of an artist. He fervently believes that the bottle of wine is basically a cumulative experience, consisting of a number of different components. He includes growing and processing as the most important rudiments in his equation and also, several lesser elements. In his scenario, someone must mesh all the parts together in much the same fashion that an artist blends together his oils and canvas. In McIntyre’s opinion, the Winemaker occupies such a position in the wine industry.

Steve McIntyre also holds the distinction of being one of a tiny number of Scots that have a stake in California’s wine industry. The fact that he is in the minority doesn’t bother him a bit. “I genuinely love growing grapes and making wine,” he commented. “I’ve always felt that selling it is the necessary evil.”

Hyatt Carmel HighlandsAbout Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and five Garden View rooms. In addition, Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast offers spectacular dining at the award-winning Pacific’s Edge restaurant and California Market, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, in-room spa services, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast’s idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast is recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s 2009 “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels. http://www.hyattcarmelhighlands.com

Santa Lucia Highlands Runs Away With Gold
Food & Wine Festival this Saturday in Salinas

Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands garnered the gold this week in the lead-up wine competition to this weekend’s annual Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival.

Four of the five gold medal winners of this year’s festival Wine Competition hail from the Santa Lucia Highlands – an American Viticultural Area, or appellation, in the western foothills of the Salinas Valley that begins north of Gonzales and runs south to Soledad.

Steve-Sustainable article CalifornianAnother way to describe the Highlands is to drive to River Road in Salinas, head south for 15 minutes and then look for all the vineyard signs. The appellation is home to some of the biggest names in Monterey County wines, including McIntyre Vineyards, which garnered two gold medals for its McIntyre 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay and its McIntyre 2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Block Chardonnay.

Other familiar names, including Hahn, Talbott and Paraiso, grow in the Highlands.

Other Highlands vintages awarded gold was J Lohr’s 2011 Highlands Bench Pinot Noir and the Joyce 2012 Tondre Grapefield Riesling. The only wine to earn a gold outside of the Highlands was La Rochelle’s 2012 Pinot Munier from the Russian River Valley.

Silver and bronze medal winners kept the Highlands in the red, with McIntyre’s 2012 Pinot Noir, Estancia’s 2011 Bianchi Bench Pinot Noir and its 2011 Stonewall Pinot Noir, Paraiso’s Pinot Noir, and Tudor’s 2010 Pinot Noir.

The Arroyo Seco AVA, located adjacent to the Highlands to the south, generated five more silver and gold medals from McIntyre, Tudor and Mercy vineyards.

The judges were Wendy Heilmann, director of wine & spirits at Pebble Beach Resorts; Thomas Perez, founding winemaker of Kristi-Lynn Wine Group; Dave Eriksen, wine buyer at Carmel Valley Ranch; Dave Kristianson, Monterey Peninsula sommelier; and Matthew Peterson, sommelier at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.

The awards will generate immediate marketing opportunities for the vineyards, with the winners being showcased at Saturday’s Oldtown Salinas festival, as well as a “Sommelier to Sommelier” letter that will be sent out to over 100 of the top wine-selling restaurants in Monterey County.

The Wine & Food Festival in Salinas is organized by some two dozen directors and more than 150 volunteers.

The event is free to the public, but those wanting to taste wines need to purchase a wristband good for unlimited tasting for $35 in advance and $45 the day of the festival. VIP tickets giving attendees access to a VIP Lounge are $85 in advance and $100 at the door. Artwork and other vendors will also be on hand.

For more information on the festival, visit www.salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com .

Dennis L. Taylor writes about Monterey County agriculture for The Salinas Californian. Follow him on Twitter @taylor_salnews.

2013 Harvest Soirée – Saturday, September 28

Vinifera Roulette: Name That Grape!

McIntyre Vineyards presents The Harvest Soirée, featuring “Vinifera Roulette: Name That Grape!” a contest with fresh from the vine grape tastings, prizes, delicious food, wine specials and merriment.   039-2 small

Tickets are $30 per person, and are complimentary for Wine Club Members. Become a Wine Club Member by clicking here or calling the Tasting Studio at 831-649-9463. *Must agree to receive first shipment in Fall 2013

Enjoy new McIntyre releases, including the much-anticipated 2012 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as classics like the racy 2006 Pinot Noir or the succulent 2011 Kimberly Merlot.

Wish to stay at the Hyatt? Refer to this event homepage soon to read more details about discounted rates as they unfold.

21st Annual Winemakers’ Celebration

One of the most exciting summer festivals on the Central Coast happens to be our next core event! The 21st Annual Winemakers’ Celebration will be held on August 10 at the Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel. This celebration plays host to a phenomenal gathering of 30 Monterey County wineries who will feature over 150 Monterey County wines. Guests are invited to meet the Winemakers, indulge in delectable fare from Barnyard Village restaurants, enjoy live music by Victory Lane, visit our silent auction for one-of-a-kind items and most importantly – discover, taste and purchase favorite wines at the Try & Buy Marketplace!

An exciting addition to the event is the sponsorship by Wine Enthusiast magazine, allowing the event and participating wineries even greater media coverage and authority in the industry.

Receive $5 off when you enter    “mcintyre”   during checkout! Special code can only be redeemed for advanced sale tickets.

21st Annual Winemakers' Celebration

21st Annual Winemakers’ Celebration

Red, White and Beautiful Special

Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday with our Red, White and Beautiful Three Pack!  IMG_3527

For the Red, may we suggest the lively and sassy 2006 Estate Pinot Noir, ideal to serve with anything from spicy chile chicken or venison sausages to convection grilled game hens stuffed with parsley and thyme herbed quinoa and topped with apricot red pepper jam. How about trotting out the timeless 4th of July classic of grilled chicken with bourbon barbecue sauce, served with buttermilk biscuits and honey? Macaroni salad with salami, kalamata olives, roasted red pepper and chopped egg would round out the menu nicely. Let’s not forget the blueberry pie with rum cherry or bourbon vanilla ice cream.

For our White, we present the 2011 Block K1 Estate Chardonnay, a lush and decadently textured wine that will impress even the most diehard of Chardonnay haters. Pair this with smoked whitefish or trout, grilled jalapeno prawns with mango and papaya salsa or enjoy it with a picnic perfect potato salad with chopped fennel, sour cream, apricot chutney, charred leeks and sliced bockwurst topped with parsley and thyme. That’s a fitting way to commemorate our multi-cultural heritage, no?

And certainly Beautiful, is the 2012 Rose of Pinot Noir, perfect with a cedar plank grilled fresh salmon served over baby greens and chilled string beans with a caper berry tartar sauce. Or, for a vegetarian option, how about a grilled leek, artichoke and onion tart made with asiago and muenster cheese?

Whatever the occasion, we have you covered with a remarkable and fun to browse selection of cards, wearable’s, accessories and gifts, from delicious to decadent, and sometimes, both!

Remember: The gift of wine is a gift from nature, and it’s entirely recyclable. Be green: give wine!

A Word from Cheryl Warner:  cn_logo_289-Drk-Blue_horizontal
Why not escape the heat and visit one our favorites, the Crows Nest in Santa Cruz. Located right on the beach the Crows Nest is a California Legend.

Did you know they now serve one of the best breakfasts around, great after that morning beach walk? Lunch and Dinner in the main dining room and seaside decks offer fresh sustainable seafood, flavorful Midwestern beef, and unique daily specials featuring local produce from Santa Cruz farms, or go upstairs for great appetizers and casual meals, dancing, and great entertainment at night.

Did you know that during the summer every Thursday the Crow’s Nest throws a summer Beach party with fun and funky live music and the Crow’s Nest famous bbq, and you can bring the whole family.

Visit the Crows Nest website crowsnest-santacruz.com to see a list of daily specials and featured entertainment…and oh yeah drink some award wining McIntyre Pinot and Chardonnay on your next visit.

Cowabunga dude!

From the Grapegrower Steve McIntyre:

Frequently, I am asked what our busiest time of the year is other than harvest. Naturally most people assume harvest is our zenith but actually I would argue that late spring / early summer present the greatest challenges to time management.

Harvest generally requires a singular focus; the sequential process of monitoring ripeness, harvesting and transporting the fruit to the winery. Basically, you are juggling one ball in the air. It is not all that complex but the limited timeframe and perish ability combine to produce the stressful, long days associated with most people’s impressions.

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However, starting at bud break our farming staff juggles multiple balls; canopy management, pest and weed control, HR, fertigation, etc., etc., not to mention the fact their families expect them  home at night which is something most spouses don’t expect during harvest. I am not complaining but this sure is a crazy time of year!

Notwithstanding the fact we have all the ‘balls’ in the air at the moment, this season is even more hectic thanks to all the great weather and lack of available labor. Currently, we estimate we are  2 weeks ahead of normal which makes it harder to keep up if you can’t find enough help. We are working some crews on Saturday afternoon and Sunday just to get by. Harvest will be here  before we know it!

Cheers!

Just for Dads and Grads

Tis the Season
While May heralds the beginning of wedding and graduation season, it gears up full speed ahead in June. In fact, Steve and Kim’s son just got married! The celebrating has just begun, as this is also the month we celebrate Father’s Day and many a family reunion. At McIntyre, we’re ready to help you make all your important life occasions memorable! Why not not make any Dad or grad on your list feel special with a gift of McIntyre Merlot, now just two for $32? What family gathering would be complete without a blushing babe of a wine for the pink drinkers in your family? McIntyre has you covered with our summer-ready Rosé of Pinot Noir and is the perfect wine to serve with any bridal party luncheon, rehearsal dinner and wedding reception, especially those being held outdoors.

Last But Not Least
2011 K-1 ChardAnd, don’t forget the 2011 Block K1 Chardonnay, a lush and decadently textured wine that will impress even the most diehard of Chardonnay haters. Looking for a great wedding wine? Does your Dad love Pinot? May we suggest the lively and sassy 2006 Estate Pinot Noir to liven up the party. Throw in some delicious wine cookies to tempt their taste buds, and they’ll thank you with a smile.

Whatever the occasion, we have you covered with a remarkable and fun to browse selection of cards, wearable’s, accessories and gifts, from delicious to decadent, and sometimes, both!

Remember: The gift of wine is a gift from nature, and it’s entirely recyclable. Be green: give wine!