La Vie Dansante Wines

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.

News

December
For such a strange harvest season it actually turned out pretty terrific. All of the wines are safely in tank or barrel and all of the equipment has been cleaned, serviced, and put away for another year. With a few exceptions the wines are spectacular. We can’t wait to share the Grenache Blanc and Viognier with you, they truly are special. This year’s Syrah and Grenache are every bit as good and the Carignane – especially the Pamela’s Vineyard – is sure to be a must have, wine club only wine. We struggled a bit with having sone of our fruit contracts cancelled – we’re short on Roussannne and Petit Sirah – and the Mourvedre never really ripened. We have some work-arounds planned for this vintage and a plan to find more reliable vineyards for next year in the works.

There was a bit of bottling that we were supposed to get done last August but we ran out of tine so we’re attacking it this month with the hope of being back on track by the end of the year. Next up on the line: 2017 Aubade, 2017 Grenache Blanc, 2017 Viognier, 2017 Roussanne, and the 2017 Grenache Rose.

With the new year comes our rededication to education. We hope to have the wine symposium schedule for 2019 published in the next week or so. The goal is one class per month, every month except December when there’s just too much goinig on with the holidays to make it practical.

Next year’s goinog to be another busy one! Thanks for sticking with us as we continue to mature and grow, we TRULY appreciate your support.

November
This has been a really strange harvest season.

First it started late, and now I’ve been having trouble getting all of the fruit I was promised. I had two sources of Roussanne setup up for this season, each was supposed to provide one ton of grapes. The first source called on the day they picked to tell me there wasn’t enough to fill our order… would we care for some Marsanne instead? Marsanne is a terrific grape but without it’s blending partner, Roussanne, it’s not very useful. I said “yes” anyway because we need something for the 2018 Aubade, even though it’s not my first (or even second) choice. It didn’t matter since a couple of hours later I got a call saying “not enough Marsanne either”. Well, now what? Luckily my second source didn’t cancel on me and we have enough Roussanne for the blend, just not enough for a 2018 Roussanne single varietal.

The cool summer has also led to low brix, or sugar, numbers on some of the other fruit. The Mourvedre ended at 20 brix when we needed at least 23 brix for a stand-alone wine. At 20 brix you get about an 11% alcohol wine – luckily we need it mostly for the 2018 Serenade, a GSM blend, where it’s job is to brighten up the Syrah and Grenache. Following a trend, the Grenache blanc is looking like it will end at 22 brix, also a little light for the stand-alone wine. I saw this coming and the other wines that blend with it for the 2018 Aubade are a little bigger than I would normally like. Put them together with the light Grenache blanc and we should have perfection.

So, are there any bright spots to this harvest? Yes! The fruit this year is beautiful, acids are still there, and pH’s are lower than usual. This is perfect for the kind of wines we all enjoy. Also, the ancient vines Carignane is looking perfect. We’ll definitely have a single variety 2018 Carignane in our future. In the end, it’s all farming. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, but mostly it all works out. One thing about winemaking, it’s never boring!

October
Harvest finally began! Normally we’d be busy from the first week of September on but this year we didn’t get our first grapes until near the end of the month. In fact it got so bad we needed to slide our “hands-on” Boutique Winemaking class into October because we had no fruit to put in our hands. That’s all changed now and we’re busy fermenting the 2018 Grenache and Syrah. Viognier is already done and in the tank and we’re anxiously awaiting the next load of grapes. The climate is a little strange this year but we hope to still bring in Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Carignane, and Mourvedre. There’ll probably also be a little Cabernet Sauvignon in the near future so we can continue to make our popular “Stage Right”.

We have one more class on the 2018 schedule, Candlemaking, which we’ll hold on the night of Thursday, October 18th. The cost is $45 and tickets are available at our online wine shop or in the Tasting Room. In this class you’ll learn how to make professional, long lasting candles from a selection of seasonal and holiday scents. Come enjoy the class and take home a candle for yourself or as a present for a friend.

Being open on weekdays has turned out to be our favorite part of the week. We offer a different, La Vie Dansante Wines-centric tasting list. The smaller weekday crowds give us time for one-on-one conversations about wine, wine making and grapes or whatever catches your fancy. Come join us for a wine tasting in a relaxed vineyard atmosphere.

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Upcoming Events

Tasting Room:
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.

If you’d like to visit us on a Tuesday or Wednesday give us a call at (408) 852-0779 or email info@laviedansantewines.com for an appointment.

December: Rest and recover
12/8 – Saturday 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Winter Wine Club Release. We’ll have music by Jeff Smith and home-cooked Cassoulet for you to pair with the new wines.

12/21 – Friday – Blended’s Holiday Party!  We’ll be open from noon to 5pm with special holiday snacks and surprises.  From 6pm to 9pm we’ll have live music by Jason Cade in the Tasting Room.
Wine Club members receive two free passes, tickets available for the public for $20 each

12/24 – Monday, Christmas Eve – We’ll be closed.

12/31 – Monday, New Years Eve – We’ll be open our normal hours, noon to 5pm

January:
1/01 – Tuesday, New Year’s Day – We’ll be closed so Jeff can root for the Huskies in the Rose Bowl.

1/24 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – How to Get the Most Out of Your Wine Tasting.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

February
2/21 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – From Vineyard to Glass, A Grapes Journey.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

March
3/01 – 3/31 – Wineries of Santa Clara Valley 2019 Spring Passport.

3/16 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Spring Wine Club Release. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

3/21 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – A Concise History of Wine – 7,500 years in 90 Minutes.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

April
4/18 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Building the Perfect GSM, a Blending Seminar.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

May
5/23 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Wines of the Rhone Valley.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

June
6/20 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – A History of Wine in the Santa Clara Valley.    Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

July
7/18 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Old World vs New World, a Study of Two Styles.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

August
8/22 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – 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!

September
9/06 – 9/30 – Wineries of Santa Clara Valley 2019 Fall Passport.

9/19 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Boutique Winemaking – How We Make Wine at La Vie Dansante Wines.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

October
10/18 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Boutique Winemaking – How We Make Wine at La Vie Dansante Wines.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

November
11/15 – Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Wine Faults and Flaws – Is it the Wine, or is it Me?.  Tickets are $45 each ($36 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

December