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.
And just like that… it’s the beginning of harvest. No, fruit isn’t suddenly ripening and arriving on the crush pad, I mean it’s time to start prepping the facilities. Everything needs to be cleaned and organized to make room for fermentation. New equipment is arriving (!). Grape contracts need to be confirmed, vineyards need to be visited. Alerts just started popping up on my calendar reminding me to inventory all of our supplies and order things we’ll need in the next 90 days. This time of year is exciting… and terrifying! Too much to do and not enough hours in the day.
At the same time it’s our last chance to take a few hours off and enjoy the summer. Time to get to the dog park with Noe while it’s still light late. It’s hard because even when we force ourselves to take a few hours off we feel the weight of the impending harvest bearing down on us. Of course, it’s not our first rodeo, we know it always feels like this and that we’ll get through it, probably even better than last year. Harvest is what we live for!
To make the season a little more exciting this year La Vie Dansante Wines is headed into what (we hope) is a rapid growth phase. With the departure of our friends at TASS we’ve decided the time is right for us take over their space and move Blended, a Winemaker’s Studio to only two brands. It’s always been our desire and plan to eventually have the facility to ourselves. This is maybe a little ahead of schedule but “a faint heart never won a fair lady…” and La Vie Dansante Wines is definitely the lady of my life right now. (Oops, sorry Noelani). To make this work we’ll be improving our production facilities with some new equipment to allow us to make more wine with less effort. It should improve our wine quality, our mental state, and take some of the load off of our aging bodies. We’re also looking to hire our first “real”, as in “paid”, employees and move to being open seven days a week. To round out our offerings in the Tasting Room you can expect to see us release our first Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon blanc in the coming months under the LVD Wine Company label.
Change is good and we’re very excited about all the new things we’ll have to offer our wine club family, but we won’t be straying from our “rustic chic” style. We like the little oasis of calm we’ve built in the Gilroy countryside and have no plans to do anything too fancy, just maybe add a little polish. And we can’t imagine the day when you won’t be greeted by Jeff, the winemaker, and Noe, the brand ambassador, on your visit to the tasting room.
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.
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).
8/04 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Free Spirit (Facebook)
8/09 – Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 – “The Blind Six Experience”. 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. Tickets are $30 each and are available in our Tasting Room or on our online webstore.
8/11 – Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Live music with Cook ‘n Fenny (Facebook)
8/23 – Friday, 6:30 to 9:00 – La Vie Dansante Wine Symposia – Tickets are $40 per person (wine club discounts apply) which covers generous tastes of six wines, a 90 minute lecture, and an informal chat/Q&A session with Jeff Fadness, winemaker for La Vie Dansante Wines.
In this class you’ll learn how “terroir” – climate, soil, and location – as well as the winemaker’s touch can shape the flavor profile of a wine. We’ll try Syrah’s from five different locations and learn what makes each place unique.
8/30 – 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.