Passport to Pinot Weekend
June 8th-9th, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Russian River Valley Winegrowers Presents Russian River Passport Weekend
Join us for a sneak peak of our new brand. We will be selling futures and barrel sampling the 2012 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir. We will also be pouring out of the library a three year vertical of Pinot Noir by John Tyler. Sample the original wine & cheese pairing chocolates by Truffle Gateau and delicious locally produced mustards by Foxtail Farms. Vineyard tours will be hosted throughout the day. Come see what’s happening in the Russian River Valley!
Tickets and more information are available at RRVW.org
The 2nd Annual Bacigalupi Vineyard Designate Tasting is July 13th, 2013 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participate in a very special and limited tasting featuring wines produced exclusively from Bacigalupi Vineyards. This year we have 10 exceptional wineries joining us! The goal of the tasting is to show the cohesiveness of wines made from a specific vineyard. Each winery the family selected excels in maintaining the presence of the vineyard but expresses individual winemaking styles. Tasting menu provided by Feast Catering. Complimentary logo glass included.
Tickets: $70 for club members (2 per membership), $85 guests. All proceeds will be donated to the non profit organization of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers to support agricultural education.
*To make a reservation and/or purchase tickets to any of these events e-mail email@example.com or call us at 707-473-0115.
Here is the list of participating wineries!
- Graton Ridge
- Edge Hill (Rudd)
- Venge Vineyards
- Matrix Winery
- Gary Farrell
- Cellars 33
- Von Holt Wines
- Peter Paul Winery
- John Tyler/ Bacigalupi Vineyards
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Saturday, July 13th, 2013
John Tyler Tasting Room
4353 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Passport to Pinot Weekend
June 8th-9th, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Russian River Valley Winegrowers Presents
Russian River Passport Weekend
Featuring unlimited wine tasting at over 50 Russian River wineries.
Enjoy great food, barrel tastings, preferred access to pre-release,
library and limited edition, winery-only wines, artist demonstrations,
entertainment, and more! For more information visit rrvg.org
2nd Annual Bacigalupi Vineyard Designate Tasting
Saturday, July 13th 2012
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join the Bacigalupi Family as they host an array of acclaimed wineries pouring select wines all from the Bacigalupi Vineyards. We will have some established brands as well as some new and exciting labels. Varietal food pairings will be served featuring a favorite local restaurant. Complimentary logo glass included. Limited to 100 guests. $70/club members two per membership $85/guests. Tickets available by calling the tasting room at 707-473-0115.
Taking place on the beautiful grounds of Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor, California, the Grape to Glass BBQ kicks off at 4 p.m. and brings together wine enthusiasts, winemakers, grape growers, chefs, hoteliers and artists for a summertime celebration of all things wine. Don’t miss out on this event consisting of a walk-around tasting of Russian River Valley wines, sample fresh and local delicacies from local restaurants and caterers and shop for fresh produce and products from local artisan food producers. You can bid on live and silent auction items of oversized and special bottlings, restaurant dinners and gift baskets and enjoy a barbecue feast. Wrap up the night with music by Urban Oasis! Visit RRVW.org for more information.
2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
August 30th- Sept 1 2013
Labor Day Weekend
Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. With more than 200 wineries pouring thousands of wines, and over 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for oenophiles and foodies alike. Informative and entertaining wine seminars, lively cooking demonstrations and so much more make for an enchanting afternoon enjoying the best of Sonoma County living.
Named one of the “10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States” by Celebrated Living magazine, Taste of Sonoma is a coveted ticket — Get yours before they sell out! Visit Sonoma Wine Country Weekend for more information and to purchase tickets.
2013 Fall Release Party
Saturday November 9th, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Last year’s “Create Your Own Chili Bowl” theme was so popular we are bringing it back! Warm, homemade chili in a bread bowl packed with all the fixin’s. Sample our new release, the 2009 Zinfandel as well as a selection of library wines. Enjoy a delicious dessert in our warm, cozy tasting room.
$15 club members & $25 guests
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Please check back as we will be updating the site with future events for this year.
*To make a reservation and/or purchase tickets to any of these events e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 707-473-0115.Private Vertical Tasting and Vineyard Tour Experience Our vertical tasting experience begins with a short historical vineyard tour through some of our oldest Chardonnay plantings on the estate from 1964. This tour, hosted by one of the Bacigalupi family members, will give you a glimpse back in history documenting 55 years of premium grape growing in the Russian River Valley. After the tour, relish in a private vertical tasting on our outdoor patio with an offering of six wines, available only through the tasting room. Enjoy a selection of cheeses thoughtfully paired by the cheese experts at Big John’s market in Healdsburg. By appointment only Friday- Sunday. Seatings begin at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30. Maximum of 8 guest seatings available. $30 per person. Club members enjoy two for one pricing, one per membership. Contact To schedule a visit please contact our tasting room at 707-473-0115 or by email at email@example.com. Cancellation Policy Credit card number is required to hold the reservation. 24 hour cancellation policy.
In farming they say “feast or famine” and with this year’s harvest there is no shortage of celebration in the Russian River Valley with a fantastic vintage now resting peacefully in the cellar. After a pair of unusually cool seasons in 2010 and 2011, vintages which resulted in lower than average yields and lower than average ripeness levels, 2012 looks bountiful, with good-sized yields and excellent fruit quality. After a relatively dry winter, bud break in the valley was earlier than normal, but berry set was quite good. The summer progressed with mild temperatures which led to extraordinary hang time, and as a result, excellent flavor development. A few extra heat pushes in late September ripened our Zinfandel and Petite Sirah with a final convergence of high quality and yields. Here at the end of October we are hopefully looking at a year that will rival other highly acclaimed vintages in the Russian River Valley such as 2007 and 2009.
Read our entire Fall 2012 newsletter here
Recently the Prince of Pinot Noir Rusty Gaffney stopped by our tasting room for an extensive interview with John and Pam Bacigalupi. During his visit he also tasted through our entire line up of Pinot Noir’s. With a love affair of Pinot Noir for over 40 years Rusty is the first to write a wine publication devoted entirely to one varietal.
Rusty’s indepth article on John Tyler Wines by Bacigalupi Vineyards: Ageworthy Wines with Pedigree can be read here.
His interview with John and Pam can be hear here.
Our 2008 Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Find it featured in the Advanced Buying Guide.
Lighter yields in the vineyards resulted from a dramatic growing season beginning with below normal winter rainfall, an extended April frost that reduced quantity, followed by an ideally mild summer and fall temperatures with no precipitation. Berry size was small throughout California, this combined with the lighter yields and lower sugar levels resulted in excellent quality fruit.
This wine exhibits tremendous depth and layering in aroma. The bouquet is multifaceted with both red and black fruit flavors interwoven, and intense showcasing notes of valley floor and truffle. With a delicate toasted aroma this wine has a nice concentration of complex fruit. The finesse of this wine is undeniable to the palate and will mature gracefully.
Wente and Pommard clones. Three tons fermented whole cluster, 11 tons crushed (co-mingled fermentation). Seven-day cold soak after crush. Pressed very lightly; racked off gross lees, inoculated for malolactic and barreled down in 100% new French oak cooperage: 100% French oak, a mix of Francois Freres, Berthomieu, Darguad & Jaegle, and Taransaud.
590 cases produced
GOLD MEDAL WINNER!!
Our 2007 Zinfandel was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This is the largest wine competition held in North America and brings in upwards of 3,500 entries every year.
This much anticipated vintage has been well worth the wait! The 2007 harvest began early, stalled mid-way due to cool weather, and finished in late October to vintner accolades. Grape growers praised the high quality and winemakers were happy with the small berry size. Located in the middle of the Russian River Valley, our vineyard sees cool mornings and warm afternoons. This weather pattern benefits Zinfandel, since it leads to a longer growing season and even-ripened grape clusters.
Our 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel has aromas of oregano, cooking spices and a hint of white pepper complemented with subtle flavors of anise seed and bramble berry. Luscious deep fruit characteristics and a beautiful tannin structure on the mid palate with a long full finish.
92 points by the Wine Enthusiast
Recommended cellaring 5-8 years
300 cases produced
Read the recent article featuring our winemaker Tyler Heck in the The Tasting Panel Magazine’s November issue. The article titled “Personal Best” details Tyler’s own winemaking style and what life influences have brought him to where he is today. Envisioning wines made in the classical Burgundian mold Tyler combines old world winemaking techniques with a personal touch.
“One thing I didn’t really put together until after my father passed away is the importance of how that fits into somebody’s life,” reflects Heck. “I think in anybody’s life you’re just trying to find a craft, find a way to practice that craft and hopefully get better at it is you go along and earn a living. Then, most importantly, leave something behind when you’re gone. What better way to do that than with wine? It brings people together and even now, when I open up a bottle of wine that my father made, people tell good stories about him.”
View the entire article here The Tasting Panel- Personal Best
Celebrating 55 years of grape growing in the Russian River Valley
The 2011 vintage, a roller coaster of highs and lows will be remembered as one of the most climatically challenging vintages in recent memory. Our 55th harvest started out in the very early hours of the morning on Monday, September 19th, almost 3 weeks later then average after weeks of cool weather delayed ripening of the crop already thinned by mid-summer rains. Those rains knocked the flowers off the vines producing “hens and chicks” which are very small berries and very large berries on the same bunch.This caused the overall yield to be down 30% however the cooler weather allows for longer hang time than usual, which contributes greater depth and more complexity to the wine. Mid-way through harvest another hurdle to jump is the early fall rain combined with warm days, a perfect environment to encourage botrytis or bunch rot in the clusters. More thinning in the vineyards and hands in the bins during picking will ensure only the best grapes in the bottle.
We have and always will pick all our grapes by hand and at night. The cooler temperatures at night gives the fruit brighter flavors, higher acidity and lower sugars. During the daytime, the sugars increase meaning more alcohol after fermentation. We want to ensure the fruit and acids are complemented by lower alcohols, which make for a more food-friendly wine. Ensuring that the clusters arrive at the winery in the best state is only possible by the traditional age old method of hand harvesting. Although more expensive, hand harvesting is the most delicate way to harvest the grapes from the vines.
To celebrate this milestone and take a look back I asked my Grandma Helen what are the biggest changes she has seen in the wine industry. “The amount of wineries and vineyards in the area. Back then there were just a few; the Foppianio’s, Pedroncelli’s and the Seghesio’s. Even in Napa only maybe half a dozen. Gallo was here in the 50’s but he was buying bulk wine from the wineries.” She explained how the business of selling grapes has also progressed. “Gallo sometimes wouldn’t even tell you what they would pay until you harvested the grapes. Rod Strong was one of the first to start making contracts with payment dates and prices. We liked that change a lot.” Our family has come along way from our first harvest in 1956. Wood prune picking boxes are distant memories, but will remain a part of our history.
Written by Katey Bacigalupi
Quotes by Helen L. Bacigalupi