COW Club Mooosletter
April - June ~ Volume 2014, Issue 2
A Note from Jill & Bill Smyth
Dear COW Club members -
New changes in the tasting room, more new wines and great weather is coming, so get ready for the stampede to Westover!
Wines for this quarter are the 2012 Estate Chardonnay and 2011 Livermore Valley Syrah. See below for more information about these wines. We are also bottling over twenty new wines this spring. Some of them are so awesome, we cannot tell you now. We also have lots of special events coming up. See event section of this newsletter.
Some of the new changes at the winery include:
~ Fantastic new wood tables and bar chairs in the tasting room.
~ New deer fencing to keep pesky deer away.
~ Plans to sell small two and five gallon barrels, with spigots and full of wine or ports
(only available for club members).
~ New Livermore Valley winery map, including Westover. Free in the tasting room.
Details include local wineries, things to do, restaurants and suggested wine trails to visit.
~ We have 11 new baby chicks at the winery. To see or hold them, ask for Bill or Jill.
Recently, staff from another winery came into Westover and were so impressed they joined our COW club! We asked them, why Westover? They told us so many people came into their tasting room raving about Westover, they had to visit. They said we have the largest selection of wines, comfortable environment, flexible exchange policies, great pricing, events...they could not resist. We now have over 20 members who work at other wineries.
We hope to see you soon and appreciate your COW membership.
Bill Smyth & Jill Smyth
Owners, Westover & Palomares Vineyards
Jill Smyth, Head of the Herd of COWs and PLOWs
2nd Quarter Club Wines
Your Spring wines will be ready for pickup in the tasting room (or shipped) starting on Saturday, April 12th (your credit card on-file has been billed or will be billed during this week). The charged amount for this shipment, with your COW discount, is $39.74 (plus shipping, if applicable) The wines will available for tasting each weekend through May 11th.
2011 Syrah, Livermore Valley
Syrah is regarded as one of the noblest red grape varieties. In France, its production is limited to the Northern Rhone area. Many wine connoisseurs regard Syrah equal to Cabernet or Pinot Noir. Our Livermore Valley Syrah is no exception. With its high acid and thick skins with perfect tannins, it is very firm and a perfect candidate for extended aging. COW Club price is $16.96/bottle (retail $19.95/bottle).
2012 Chardonnay, Pleasanton Ridge, Livermore Valley
Chardonnays can vary in taste more than all other varietals. Chardonnay is often regarded as the king of white wines much like Cabernet Sauvignon is regarded as the king of reds. Chardonnay can be fruity, buttery, strong in acid, oaky and more.
We have found the Pleasanton Ridge Chardonnay to be more on the soft and fruity side of the fence. It is very mellow and drinkable and is perfect at this time of year. Fermentation started in a tank and finished in American medium oak barrels. This was done to keep the fruity characteristic of the grapes and not be over oaked. Pleasanton Ridge grapes are gown overlooking Pleasanton at 2,000 feet in elevation. This is the highest elevation of any Livermore Valley vineyard. COW Club price is $19.51/bottle (retail $22.95/bottle).
We are planning a full calendar of winery events for 2014! While we're still working out the details, we encourage you to save the following dates in your calendar:
Free Tasting at TwiningVine Winery
Saturday, April 12th & Sunday, April 13th @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
There is a new winery in Castro Valley! Our friends Teddy and Keith Seibert have invited all COWs to visit their TwiningVine winery this weekend for a free tasting. The historic property features acres of vineyards, picnic area, bocce and a horse shoe pitch. TwiningVine is located at 16851 Cull Canyon Road, just 10 minutes from the HWY 580/Crow Canyon Road exit. Question? Call (510) 582-7391.
Lucky Easter Eggs: Save 10-50%
Sunday, April 20th @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Purchase any two bottles (or more) and select a Lucky Easter Egg. Discount tickets of 10- 50% are hidden in each egg and may be applied to your total purchase. There will be an equal numb
Down to Earth Day: Bottle-Your-Own
Sunday, April 27th @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm
In celebration of Earth Day and Earth Month, Westover is recycling! Bring your own wine bottle(s) to fill with our luscious Livermore Valley Petite Sirah for $7.50 per bottle or use one of our recycled wine bottles for only $1.00 more. Limited to one case (12 bottles) per customer. Bottle-your-own while learning how Westover Vineyards recycles 90% of its waste. Bring in 10+ wine bottle foils (the capsules that cover the cork) to get 20% off additional Westover wines (non-COWs save 10%).
Westover is one of many Livermore Valley wineries which is celebrating Earth Day and Down to Earth month. A list of individual winery events is available at www.lvwine.org.
Sangria Sunday in the Tasting Room
Sunday, May 4th @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Linda and Dave will be offering samples of Linda's Specialty Sangria. The secret ingredient: Westover wines of course! Purchase one or more bottles
Mother's Day & Father's Day at Westover
Sunday, May 11th & Sunday, June 15th @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm
On Mother's Day we're treating Moms to one free glass of champagne in the tasting room. We're also treating Dads to one free glass of champagne on Father's Day. Bring a picnic to enjoy with Mom and/or Dad by the waterfall, under a shady tree or in our sunny courtyard. We'll be offering our regular wine tasting, and the pool and ping-pong table will be available for play. Wines, champagnes and ports will be available for purchase by the glass ($5 for COWs) or by the bottle (15% COW discount applies).
Port & Cigars Under the Stars
Friday, May 16th @ 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Bring your favorite cigars and we'll treat you to a selection of Westover ports, cheeses, fruits, savory snacks, sweets and a port barrel tasting. The ping-pong table and pool table will be available for play, and the fire pit will be glowing after sunset. Wines, champagnes and ports available for purchase by the bottle/glass. This casual event will held outdoors and it may get chilly later in the evening, so bring a warm layer.
COW Club: $22/person (members and guests)
PLOW Club: $20/person (members and guests)
General Public: $27/person (members and guests)
Tickets may be purchased in the tasting room or call the winery at (510) 537-3932. Advance reservation with payment required (sorry, no refunds for no-shows). Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLOW Club Port Blending Party: Friday, April 25th @ 6:30pm
Exclusive event for PLOW Club members to collaborate and create a new port blend.
COW & PLOW Fest 2014!
Sunday, June 22nd @ 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Our legendary summer party for COWs & PLOWs will feature music by the Marshall Law Blues Band! Bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages, we'll provide the tables and chairs. Westover and Palomares wines, ports and champagnes will be available for purchase by the glass/bottle at your club discount.
This FREE event is exclusively for COW & PLOW Club members and their guests. The event is limited to 60 carloads (one carload per Club account), so a $10 deposit is required to hold your reservation. The full deposit will be refunded to attendees on day of event (sorry, no refunds for cancellations or no-shows).
Reservations can be made in the tasting room starting April 12, 2014.
This event for COW & PLOW Club members and guests only - not open to the general public.
Member of the Month
Starting in July, we plan to highlight one member per month as our member of the month. We would be glad to highlight your business and encourage our over 700 members of COW and PLOW to support you. For more information, please come into the winery and see Bill Smyth for more details. There is no charge for this program.
Wine Notes & Trivia
What is an American Viticultural Area (AVA)?
An AVA is an official grape growing region which has been certified and registered by the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax, and Trade Bureau (TTB). With the booming wine industry growth in the 1970's, the Federal Government needed to regulate the numerous grape growing regions taking formation in the United States.
Each AVA encompasses unique growing climates, soil composition, etc. and must be included on the wine label. AVAs allow consumers to make educated purchasing decisions on the origin of grapes in their wine. To date, there are over 170 AVAs in the United States, including Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Monterey, Lodi and of course Livermore Valley. Visit www.iwineinstitute.com for a complete list of AVAs.
The Livermore Valley AVA
The Livermore Valley AVA geography encompasses both the valley floor and the encircling hills of Alameda County and the southern part of Contra Costa County.
Livermore Valley AVA encompasses Danville, Diablo, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Dublin and the eastern boundaries of Castro Valley and Sunol.
Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial grapes in the 1840's. In fact, California was put on the wine map because of Livermore Valley, which was the first American wine region to receive a Gold Medal Award at the Paris Exposition in 1889. Wente and Concannon survived Prohibition, making them two of the oldest wineries in California. Today, over 80% of California's Chardonnay can be traced back to the Livermore Valley clone.
Next COW Club Shipment: July 2014
The Spring Club Wines will be released for pickup (or shipment) in mid-July. Your credit card will be billed during the first two weeks of Julyl. Contact Jill Smyth, COW & PLOW Clubs Director regarding changes to your credit card, expiration or billing information at (510) 537-3932, extension #2 or email@example.com.
COW Club Questions & Account Updates
Jill Smyth, Owner & Vice President
COW & PLOW Clubs Director
(510) 537-3932, extension #2