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January 2019

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Did You Know?
Napa Valley Syrah

Syrah is a varietal from the Rhone region of France that is now grown all over the world, famously in Australia (where it is comminly known as Shiraz), South Africa, and through central and northern California. The first plantings of Syrah in California took place in the Napa Valley in 1878. At the time, some growers mistakenly called the grape Petite Sirah, due to the size of the small berries. Petite Sirah, which does not mean “little Syrah,” is also known as Durif and was not imported into California until 1884, six years after the first plantings of Syrah. Unfortunately, the majority of those early Syrah vines were destroyed during the 1890’s following a devastating attack of phylloxera, a plant louse that feed on the roots, cutting off the flow of nutrients and water to the vine, but by 1898, growers were once again planting Syrah in the Golden State. As with all wines, climate conditions strongly influence how grapes ripen which in turn changes how your wine tastes in the glass. Syrah is interesting because it does very well in both cool climates, like Rhone, and warm climates, like Napa Valley, resulting in two distinct styles. Warmer climates provide more fruit-driven characteristics with hints of spice, whereas the cooler climates offer more acidity and earthy aromas. Wine growers often say “Syrah likes a view” because the best vineyards are usually towards the top of hills where there is less soil, making the vines produce less (but more concentrated) grapes. We couldn't agree more - Sequoia Grove sources our Syrah from Stagecoach Vineyard up on Atlas Peak!  

Wine Club Manager, Sarah (aka Syrah), is also a huge fan of this varietal. “One of my favorite things about Syrah is how different these wines can be based on where they are grown. Syrah truly captures a sense of place as much as single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Keep Those Resolutions
Wine and Salad Pairing
A bold wine, like our Napa Valley Syrah, can hold up to the intense flavors of grilled pork like in this Grilled Pork with Arugula, Fig, and Grape Salad. This recipe is
both healthy and delicious!
Grilled Pork with Arugula, Fig, and Grape Salad
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 5-ounce boneless pork chops
  • 3/4 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 4 heaping cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola or other blue cheese
  • 1 cup fresh figs sliced lengthwise


Combine the shallot, vinegar, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and adding the rest in a steady stream. Put the pork chops in a shallow dish and season with salt. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Coat the pork and set aside to marinate for 5 minutes. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the pork until cooked through but still moist, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Add the grapes and arugula to the remaining dressing and toss to coat. Transfer the pork chops to a serving platter or individual plates; top with the salad and sprinkle with the gorgonzola.
Team Member Spotlight: Mason
Sequoia Grove Staff

Mason started as a part-time employee with us here at Sequoia Grove in August 2017, where his role quickly turned into a full-time position as a Wine Educator in guest relations. You can find him hosting tastings at the bar and the private seating, A Taste for Cabernet. We love having Mason on our team because of his always great attitude, his willingness to help out, his flexibility, his incredible winning smile, his kindness, and his focus on our guests. If you haven't already, stop by the tasting room to meet Mason - and be sure to ask him about Scuba Diving! 
  • What's your favorite part about working at Sequoia Grove?
    • "I'd have to say that the most enjoyable part of coming to work is being able to share the winery's story and the spectacular wines of Sequoia with people who may have never heard of us before."
  • What's your favorite SG wine and food pairing?
    • "My personal favorite pairing would have to be our 2014 Henry Brothers Cab and a Short Rib Risotto. Lots of bold savory flavors blend with the Cabernet to make a pairing that is as delicious as it is velvety smooth."
  • What are you doing when you're not working? 
    • "Outside of work I enjoy hiking and climbing, as well as scuba diving when I have the chance to get in the water."
  • Let's chat music. Who's your current favorite artist?
    • "Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Stevie Wonder. Mostly his album Songs in the Key of Life. Funky, beautiful, and timeless. What can I say, the man's got soul." 
Need an excuse to open that special bottle?
Upcoming notable days of celebration:
  • National Kazoo Day - January 28, 2019 
  • National Dark Chocolate Day - February 1, 2019 
  • National Tator Tot Day - February 2, 2019
  • Superbowl Sunday - February 2, 2019
Share with us which wine you'll be celebrating with by using the hashtag #SequoiaGroveWine. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
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Music and Wine Pairing
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Enjoying wine is about so much more than just the flavor - it should be an experience. So open up a bottle of our Syrah, cook up that delicious grilled pork sald, and pull up our Winter Mood Playlist to hear what we're jamming to in the Napa Valley. Share your favorite wine and music pairing - we'd love to hear it! 

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