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

April
Budbreak!  All through the vineyard things are turning green as we move into the first phase of a grapevines annual lifecycle.  We got caught a bit by surprise in the Carignane vineyard – we planned to have a pruning party for our Wine Club but on the monday before I got a call from the owner saying “it’s now or never” so she and I did the pruning by ourselves over the course of four days.  Sometimes nature just doesn’t play along.

We’re looking forward to getting back to some events at the winery.  The next class is scheduled for Thursday April 25th and will cover blending the perfect GSM (Grenache – Syrah – Mourvedre) wine.  This one is limited to a sixteen people and will sell out quickly.  Come join us for a hands on blending experience and learn about the “Art” side of the winemaker job.

We’re also planning to teach some wine tasting classes at “The Grapevine” in downtown Morgan Hill.  The plan is to have a class every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  We’ll talk about the steps used by wine tasters to identify what a wine is, where it came from, and how it was made – the the movie “Somm” (but a whole lot more low-key).  Hopefully the first class will be in May (if we can get the wines together in time) so stay tuned to social media for more information.

Winemaking wise we’ve just about finished bottling all of the whites and are about to begin on the 2016 red just as soon as more glass arrives.  Meanwhile we’re selling out of some of the currently available wines – the 2014 Prelude only has a few cases left, the 2016 Aubade is getting low, and the 2014 Grenache will follow close behind.  Come and get them while you still can!

March
Ready…steady…go! The first of March is upon us and that, from our point of view, is the start of the “wine season”. March is the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Passport which means we’ll be honoring your Passports any day we’re open – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, even Monday for the whole month. April and May bring all of the wine walks, strolls…stumbles. We’ll be at the Gilroy Wine Walk, the Los Gatos Wine Walk, and probably (not certain yet) the Saratoga Wine Stroll. Check our events column on this page for more details.

It’s still all about bottling. We’re on our third of about twelve bottling days and the good news is we’ve finally got it wired. Filtration is smooth, bottling is quick – now it just putting 3,000 gallons of wine into bottles (about 15,000) of them at a pace of about 1,200 per day.  If you’re a wine club member and you’re interested in helping out drop us a not at Info@LaVieDansanteWines.com and we’ll add you to our email list for helpers.  It doesn’t pay much but it’s a lot of fun.

Today dawned sunny and warm.  We know there’s more rain on the way, but just for a moment we can see the promise of spring.   We feel rejuvinated, anything is possible, and everything is right in the world.  This is a time of rebirth in the vineyards as the vines begin their annual cycle.  We look to be about 4 to 6 weeks from budbreak but the cover crop is up and thriving so we should have flowers any day.  This is a truly magical time of the year to stop by the tasting room and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine.  Days like today are definitely on our list of top five reasons we love this life,

February
Rain. Rain, rain, rain. More rain. That’s what we’re looking at in February. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain, and the vines need the water and cool weather, but this is getting ridiculous. At least the Tasting Room is warm and cozy so don’t let a little water scare you off. Stop by and hang-out. We’ll talk about food, music, wine… the rain, and get to know you better.

Since the vineyards are one big bog our focus for work in February turns indoors. We’re frantically working to perfect the 2017 white blends so we can get them to bottle. As soon as that’s done we’ll move to blending and bottling the 2016 reds. Our Tasting Room is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so we get two full days to concentrate on winemaking – we’re using every available minute.

We’ve also been working on the events calendar for the coming year. This month we have the next in our Wine Symposia series – “From Grape to Glass, a Wine’s Journey” where we’ll talk about the entire process making wine, from grape growing to bottling. With only 90 minutes it will be just an overview but it will give you a firm foundation in the processes behind what is in your glass.

In March we’ll once again celebrate the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley’s Spring Passport. Look for more information on their website and in our Tasting Room.  The kick-off party is at Coyote Creek Golf Course on Friday March 1st and is well worth the extra $25 fee.  On the 9th of March we’ll be headed north to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for the third annual Hop ‘N Vine event.    This event brings together almost 30 wineries and over a dozen breweries along with food and merchandise vendors.  This is always our favorite pouring event of the year.  Tickets are available at the Hop ‘N Vine website.  Finally on Saturday the 16th of March from 6pm to 9pm is our Spring Wine Club social.  The plans aren’t fully developed yet but you can be sure Jeff will be cooking, and fun will be had.

There’s a lot going on this spring.  As a reminder, we’re open during the week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Stop by and share a glass… or two.

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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.

April
4/13 – Saturday, 1pm to 5pm – Gilroy Wine Walk.  Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

4/25 – 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, hands on blending, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!

May
5/4 – Saturday, 1pm to 5pm – Los Gatos Wine Walk.  Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

5/18 – Saturday, 5pm to 8pm – South Valley Wine Auction at the Morgan Hill Community Center.

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
12/07 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Wines Spring Wine Club Release. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.

12/20 – Blended’s Fourth Annual Holiday Party