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Summer Pairings

 

Oliver Winery | Summer Pairings | Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc

Summer isn’t over yet! We’re still in vacation mode around here, and that means lots of seafood dinners paired with a crisp white wine. Looking for some inspiration or a quick weeknight meal? Look no further than this simple summer menu.

Oliver Winery | Summer Pairings | Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc

Oliver Winery | Summer Pairings | Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc

Oliver Winery | Summer Pairings | Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc

Oliver Winery | Summer Pairings | Seafood and Sauvignon Blanc

 

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Meet Justin Graham

Get to know us through this new series as we celebrate our employee owners who embody the Oliver Winery core values.

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Justin Graham, Cellar Master at Oliver Winery.

Meet Justin Graham, Cellar Master, and this month’s V.I.O. (Very Important Owner).

Justin has been at Oliver Winery since 2003. When he started, he didn’t know he’d be spending so much time with us (thank goodness he stuck around!). Justin met his wife here, became an employee owner, and today as our Cellar Master, he expects quality and gets things done in the cellar and while managing the bottling line. He’ll tell you he was “just in the right place at the right time,” but that’s his unfailing humility talking.

“’Knowledge and perfection’ are just a few of the qualities he brings to the team,” says winemaker Dennis Dunham, “if Justin does something, it will be done correctly. That is absolutely critical for the complexity of what we do in winemaking.”

Cheers, Justin!

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Bubblecraft Summer Sparkler

Summer is just around the corner, and we’re kicking it off with a new sparkling cocktail! We mixed refreshing cucumber and tart lemon with a hint of Bubblecraft spritz, and the result is our new go-to summer sparkler: light, crisp, and just-a-bit sweet.

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Summer Sparkler

1/2 oz elderflower liqueur

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 oz lemon juice

6 oz Bubblecraft White

cucumber slices

sprig of mint

Muddle cucumber with lemon juice, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur. Shake and strain into Collins glass over ice. Top with Bubblecraft White. Garnish with cucumber and mint.

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Bubblecraft is one of our year-round favorites, because it can be used in everyday seasonal cocktails, or enjoyed on its own with bubbly-worthy celebrations.

Try it!

Spring Blooms in the Vineyard

Spring at Oliver Winery is an exciting time. Our blooming vines are getting ready to produce clusters of fruit, and right now we are busy setting the stage for the rest of the growing season.

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As each vine begins to flower, we start to see these tiny green clusters (below). They will swell and then burst, revealing their pollen at the tip. The pollen eventually falls back into the flower, and just like that, our favorite little berries will start to form!

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At this point in the growing season, a healthy vine is a hairy vine. We want to see a bunch of these sprout-like clusters (above), which are good indicators of a happy crop and lots of fruit to come.

Stay tuned for more vineyard updates to come throughout the summer and into harvest, and post your questions in the comments!