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.
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.
6/08 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – Summer Wine Club Release! Join us for our “local style grinds” – Hawaiian Barbeque, music, and wine! Wine Club members and their guests only. Not yet a member? Join today in our Tasting Room or online.
6/10 – SOLD OUT! – Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 – Blind Six Tasting at The Grapevine in Morgan Hill. 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.
6/20 – Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 – Wine Symposia; Building the Perfect GSM. We’ll take three wines, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre and designed the perfect GSM blend for La Vie Dansante Wines. This class has a short lecture then it’s all hands on with the wines. Oh, and there’ll be wine to drink too! Tickets are $45 each ($36 for wine club members) and are available online in our Wine Shop.
6/28 – Friday, dusk – Our first movie night of the summer! We haven’t figured out the movie yet but 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. 21 and over only, no outside alcohol but outside food is welcome. For evening events – no pets please.