30 years of incredible winemaking make up the history of Unti Vineyards in Healdsburg, CA. As obsessive wine fanatics, this family owned and operated winery specializes in Mediterranean style wines with vineyard personality. Mick and father George Unti co-founded the winery with the belief that the world’s best wine grapes come from vineyards where the vines are naturally adapted to their environment. This belief has led to planting several varietals that heretofore have not been grown in the Dry Creek Valley but are prominently planted in Southern Europe. Mick and George are avid consumers of Italian, French, Spanish, and German wine, which is the reason they are not afraid to make wines from grapes not commonly grown in California.
Winemaker Jason Valenti’s interest in wine stemmed from his move to the Bay Area to return to the restaurant industry and pursue a degree in Viticulture and Enology from U.C. Davis. His first cellar job was with Paul Hobbs Winery which evolved into a full-time Enologist position. After a brief sabbatical he returned to become winemaker for CrossBarn Winery (Paul Hobbs “everyday” label) and transformed CrossBarn from a secondary label into a revered brand with dedicated vineyards, state of the art facility and staff. With meticulous technical experience under his belt, Jason breached into European varietals and joined Unti Vineyards in 2015. He looks forward to continuing top-tier winemaking and continuing Unti’s quest to produce Rhône and Italian varietals from the Dry Creek Valley estate.
The 2018 “Segromigno” Dry Creek Valley Sangiovese Blend is derived from 73% Sangiovese grapes, and 27% Montepulciano grapes. 2018 is an excellent vintage for this blend of Central Italian grapes. Thanks to better farming practices, such as more extensive crop thinning, and scrutiny of the vineyard blocks used, Segromigno 2018 vintage is more complex than previous vintages. The cool August resulted in a longer hang time for the fruit which resulted in a deep colored and intense wine with great natural acidity. This wine is special as it can be enjoyed now but will also gracefully age for several years (3-5) to come much like a Chianti.
The high acidity in this wine makes it versatile with a wide variety of vegetable and spice driven foods. Anything grilled will go amazing with the Segromigno, some of our favorites are tomatoes, Italian sausages, and red peppers. This wine will be a crowd favorite when paired with a Sunday barbeque of smoked Andouille sausage and grilled vegetables.
The Hungarian word for Perfection embodies En Garde’s rich family heritage spanning two continents, a passionate artistry for making world-class wines, and the masterful patience of their winemaker Csaba Szakál, who is steeped in four generations of Hungarian winemaking. 🍷
If you hadn’t already guessed, it’s time for another installment of the Bacchus & Venus virtual tasting series, and we’re very excited to have Csaba Szakál of En Garde winery join us this time around!
A $155 value, yours for Only $135!! ✨
All wines are delivered right to your door with access to our online tasting room. It couldn’t be any easier. 📦
We’ll be featuring the following wines:
2018 Santa Barbara Viognier
2018 Russian River Pinot Noir
2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
This tasting happens on 9/3/20 at 6pm PST and will last one hour.
Zoom is required to participate in this evening spent learning about the history and artistry of En Garde Winery. These wines are not to be missed. 🍷
Registration deadline is 8/24/20, so be sure to get your orders in soon! 📅
It’s time for another installment of the Bacchus & Venus Virtual Tasting Series: Herman Story! 🍷
Join us on July 23rd for a night of tasting with Herman Story’s winemaker/proprietor Russel P. From!!
Russel P. From, the winemaker and proprietor of Paso Roble’s Herman Story winery, is a master of Rhone-Styled Wines. Every wine he makes is big, bold, and unforgettable, and here at Bacchus & Venus, they’ve been a Wine Club favorite for years.
That’s why we’re very excited to announce that Herman Story will be the next winery featured in our Virtual Tasting series!
The tasting will be on 7/23/20 at 6pm PST. It will last 1 hour and feature the following wines delivered straight to your door:
2015 “Late Bloomer” Grenache
2016 “Bolt Cutter” Cabernet Blend
2018 “First Time Caller” Petite Sirah
This tasting happens on 7/23/20 at 6pm PST and will last One Hour.Zoom is required to participate.
Ordering deadline is 7/13/20, so get your orders in soon!
Join us for a night of deliciously bold Paso Robles wines!