La Vie Dansante is a boutique winery crafting wines of elegance and finesse from locally-grown Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, and Viognier. Our wines are truly hand-crafted – if you find a fingerprint on the bottle it likely belongs to the winemaker! We offer wine tasting on Monday, Thursday, and Friday as well as the weekends as part of Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio located just east of the Gilroy Premium Outlets. Come, escape to the country, and join us for a glass of our exceptional, award winning wines.
Here we are in the middle of summer and I feel like it’s still spring. The surprisingly cool summer probably has something to do with, that but more likely it’s due to how fast the days are flying by. Lots of new things happening around the winery – Movie Nights, Classes, and our new summer music series sponsored by Frederick Dimeo Insurance.
Summer bottling is also on our minds – we have 14 pallets of empty glass waiting to be filled with wine goodness as well as a bunch of cases from the last bottling that need to be labeled.
Pam’s Vineyard – where we get our ancient vines Carignane – is looking fantastic. It’s turning out to be a lot of work; spraying every 10 days, etc, but in the end it will all be worth the effort.
This is the time of the year we do a lot of work on wines, ensuring they’re maturing properly and are happy in their barrels. Of special note is the 2015 Syrah Reserve which we’ll be bottling very soon (if I don’t stick a straw in the barrel and drain it) and the Syrah Port which we think is just about there. The plan on the Port is to have the wine club taste it at the fall wine club social (September 7th at 6:00pm) and then bottle it around the first of December.
The movie series this summer is turning out to be a lot of fun. Our theme this time around is “Treasure Hunting Adventure”. The June movie was “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the upcoming July movie is “The Mummy” – the cool one with Brendan Fraser, not the sucky one with Tom Cruise. It’s Friday, July 26th at about 8pm. Join us for a fun date night filled with action, adventure, popcorn and good wine.
Well, the weather continues to vex us. It’s been cool all of the month of May and June – although it’s supposed to warm up – doesn’t look like a normal summer here in Gilroy. We’re not too worried since we purchase most of our fruit from other vineyards. The way the contracts work the fruit has to meet certain ripeness parameters – sugar levels, flavor, etc – or we’re not obligated to purchase. That means we won’t be making wine with sub-par fruit, but it also means we might not be making wine at all. At least not from local fruit. One of our options – which we’re already exploring – is to go south for grapes. Paso is cool this year too but they have a lot more growers with a lot more experience so we should be able to find everything we need.
We’ve been really busy around the winery in the past month. Mostly we’ve been working on plans for the future. We’re planning to paint the bathrooms and add art to the Tasting Room. We’ve started dipping our toes in distributing our wine locally. We’ve taken our wine on the road, presenting at five different wine walks and two private pourings. Basically just kicking it up a notch trying to bring La Vie Dansante to more people and grow our family.
As part of the “grow our family” project we’re introducing a new wine club benefit. If you introduce us to your friends and they decide to join our wine club family we’ll increase YOUR wine club discount by 5% for the next 12 months. Two friends join? 10%! All the way up to a total wine club discount of 50%. Just think, you could be drinking La Vie Dansante Wines at half off for a year!
Stop by and try the La Vie Dansante wines every Thursday through Monday from noon to 5pm.
We pour at “Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio” located on Dryden Ave east of Hwy 101 just north of Gilroy. Our weekend tasting fee, or when we pour as part of Blended, is $10 (refundable with the purchase of a bottle). On the weekdays we have no tasting fee.
7/04 – Thursday – Independence Day! We’ll be open our normal hours, from noon to 5pm. We’ll have BBQ Sausage Sandwiches – buy a bottle, get a sandwich. Also we’ll be pouring all three LVD Wine Co wines and offering special case discounts.
7/05 – Friday – Independence Day… Day 2! What’s better than a one day holiday? A TWO day holiday! We’ll be doing the 4th all over again on the 5th.
7/07 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Jeff Smith (Facebook)
7/08 – Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 – Blind Six Tasting in our Tasting Room at the Winery. Ever wonder how a Sommelier can take a sip of wine and nail what it is, where it came from, and even – sometimes – who made it? Join us for a fun and educational class and we’ll lift the curtain and show you their secrets. Reservations are $30 each and are available in the Tasting Room, in our online wine shop, and at The Grapevine.
7/14 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Tom Drake (Facebook)
7/21 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Austin Freeman (Facebook)
7/26 – Friday – Movie Night at La Vie Dansante Wines! Tonight’s show is Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz vs “The Mummy”. “Curtain” is at 8:15pm. The plan is to have the Tasting Room open from noon until the end of the movie. There’s no admission fee but we have a 2 glass (shared bottle between 2) minimun. We provide the popcorn and surprise movie treats. Older kids (PG13 movie) are ok, no outside alcohol but outside food is welcome. For evening events – no pets please.
7/28 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Chris & Friends (Facebook)
8/04 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Free Spirit (Facebook)
8/11 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Cook ‘n Fenny (Facebook)
8/22 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – One Grape, 5 Styles – Syrah Around the World. Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!
8/24 – Friday – Movie Night at La Vie Dansante Wines! Tonight’s show is Angelina Joie and her dad, Jon Voight in “Tomb Raider”. “Curtain” is at 7:30pm. The plan is to have the Tasting Room open from noon until the end of the movie. There’s no admission fee but we have a 2 glass (shared bottle between 2) minimun. We provide the popcorn and surprise movie treats. Older kids (PG13 movie) are ok, no outside alcohol but outside food is welcome. For evening events – no pets please.