Dear Friends of The Ojai Vineyard

We are delighted to bring you another exciting food pairing collaboration with SoulFête!–this time crafted around our 2014 Syrah/Grenache sulfite-free blend (Here is the menu)!

The Wine!
The experiment we began five years ago continues with this 2014 blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache from John Sebastiano Vineyard, located on the eastern edge of the cool Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. We were intrigued by a delicious sulfite-free wine that a former employee (Sashi Moorman) made, and thought it would be a fun challenge to try making one ourselves.

Our first effort was in 2011 when we made a lively syrah with a particularly easygoing texture—which we attributed to the lack of added sulfites. So in 2012, 2013 and 2014 we tried again with a Syrah/Grenache blend and liked the results every bit as much, and our “Fifty-Fifty” has since become a tasting room favorite.

This wine possesses a knockout aroma full of peppery spice and crushed raspberries; it’s alive and exciting. The flavors are as compelling, showing off a concentrated fruitiness balanced by peppery tartness and the most beguiling silky texture. We’re ecstatic that it recently scored 95 Points from Antonio Galloni of Vinous (Click to read the full review). Check out our “Fifty-Fifty,” you won’t be disappointed!

The Food!
Danny’s Everett’s small plate menu draws from a broad range of influences. Perhaps you remember his name from when he took home gold and bronze medals in the Olympics and held the world record in track and field. Danny traveled the world for competitions, and had the pleasure of dining with Heads of State and other dignitaries, eating amazing international cuisine in over 20 countries.

Danny combined his first-hand experience with international cuisine with his love of cooking to create elevated, modern soul food and savory multi-cultural dishes with his SoulFête culinary series. Check out SoulFête’s website to hear more about their story and cuisine. Check out the Menu Here!

The Music!
We’re elated to have back in the tasting room Danny McGaw. Danny McGaw brings together the working class edge of Northern English rock and the soul of American folk. In songs packed with passion and complexity, Manchester-born Danny McGaw draws from the experiences of a long personal journey.

The Event!
This event will be unique in that SoulFête will be staffed to take orders and payment for food right at your table, so you can relax with a glass of wine until you’re brought a plate of beautifully plated and boldly delicious cuisine. Settle down with the current vintage wine and treat yourself to an evening of perfectly paired flavors at our tasting room.

Come enjoy some luscious sulfite-free Syrah/Grenache, some exciting new cuisine, and live music from Danny McGaw this Saturday, September 24th from 5 to 8pm!  For the night’s wine bar offering we will be offering wines from multiple vintages and other selections to show you the diversity of our library.

Contact us by email or phone 805.798.3947, with any questions.

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