Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Carlos Santana will celebrate the launch of his 2006 Supernatural Rosé on May 22, 2013 with a toast at House of Blues Las Vegas


 Carlos Santana  will celebrate the launch of his 2006  Supernatural Rosé on May 22, 2013 with a toast at House of Blues Las Vegas, where he performs his intimate residency.  Tickets for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” are on sale now with performances through November 2013. Fans within a few feet of the music legend can select from several intimate locations within the venue, from a limited number of exclusive VIP packages including meet and greets, limited edition photos, specialty dining/beverage packages and more. 
 The legendary guitarist has teamed up with  Mumm Napa, one of California’s top sparkling wine houses, are making music  to the joy of onephiles and Santana fans worldwide with the release of an exclusive sparkling wine.  The new wine, Mumm Napa Supernatural Rosé, continues  the longstanding relationship between Santana and Mumm Napa, and is the second bottling produced through collaboration between the two legends .
The 2006 Supernatural Rosé
The 2006 Supernatural Rosé
The 2006 Supernatural Rosé ($65) has limited availability and can be found at Mumm Napa Winery and online at www.mummnapa.com. The Supernatural Rosé label is a tribute to Santana’s Grammy Award winning album, Supernatural. Much like the song “Smooth,” and other now classic tracks on that album, Supernatural Rosé is also the product of careful collaboration. Mumm Napa winemaker Ludovic Dervin worked closely with Santana, using his feedback on wine style to create an elegant and lively sparkling wine with a rich, creamy palate featuring flavors of fig and blackberry jam.
“It is always a pleasure working with Carlos to make a wine because like music, wine can also really be about personal expression,” notes Mumm Napa winemaker Ludovic Dervin. “Supernatural Rosé is very much an expression of Carlos and Mumm Napa – not only is it vibrant and lively, but it is also approachably luxurious.”
This latest work of art ,  Mumm Napa Supernatural Rosé is a tête de cuvée, or top bottling, and comes from specially selected lots from Mumm Napa’s best vineyards in the Napa Valley. The Supernatural Rosé cuvée comes from the 2006 vintage and is 100% Napa Valley grapes, with a 50%/50% blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
"It brings me great joy to partner with Mumm Napa to collaborate on the Supernatural Rosé sparkling wine. Mumm Napa represents the best of Napa Valley and shares a commitment to excellence. The Supernatural Rosé is a supreme compliment to this integrity,” comments Santana. “Proceeds received from this partnership go to support The Milagro Foundation, for the purpose of helping under served and vulnerable children by making grants to organizations in the areas of education, health and the arts.  Funds received from Mumm Napa are used to support teen substance abuse programs."
A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will benefit the Milagro Foundation. Established by Carlos and his family in 1998, the foundation supports non-profit organizations and programs worldwide working with children and youth in the areas of the arts, education and health.  Since its inception, Milagro has granted more than $5 million.. For more information, please visit www.houseofblues.com/Santana.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Houston , Denver or Los Angeles your choice to catch the wines of Castilla-La Mancha on tour .


Castilla-La Mancha, located at the very center of the Iberian Peninsula, is dominated by an extense tableland, although there are mountainous landscapes as well.
The  monumental cities and towns of great historical importance, like Toledo, the enchanting Cuenca and Albacete, but one should take as well several interesting alternative routes into consideration, among them: Ruta de los Pueblos Negros ("Route of the Black Villages"), having their name from the use of slate in their traditional architecture, the "Route of the Saffron Fields", "Route of the Castles", and the "Route of Don Quijote", named after Cervante's legendary "Man from La Mancha". Still today you will see many of those characteristical windmills Don Quijote was fighting with in all the land.
After a well-received tour through Boston, New Orleans and Miami in January, the wineries of Castilla-La Mancha will bring their distinctive wines to Texas, Colorado, and California during the week of June 3rd. Just as local ‘celebrity’, Don Quixote, traveled through his region seeking adventure and noble experiences, guests at the Castilla-La Mancha US tastings will do the same as they discover the wines of 25 participating producers. Each of these events will offer opportunities to experience the wines, foods and traditions of this distinctive region. The events will welcome members of US wine and food trade and press.
Castilla-La Mancha is the most expansive wine-producing region in the world. It is a land of fascinating foods and cultural traditions and, naturally, a wide variety of wines. The land, composed of limestone clay and a great variety of subsoils, makes the region ideal for growing grape vines. Within the Castilla-La Mancha area, there are nine appellations of origin, eight estates with their own appellations and many ‘Geographical Indication Wines’. The region is home to more pagos than any other region of Spain. Castilla-La Mancha is also a region that is devoted to sustainable agriculture. For example, over half of Spain’s organic wines are grown in Castilla-La Mancha.
“The Wine Foundation of Castilla-La Mancha had an astounding reception on the west coast among the wine trade in the summer of 2012, so we are excited to bring our distinctive wines back to the western United States once again. There is so much for the US trade to discover about the quality and diversity of our wines and we aim to continue sharing our history and tradition through these tastings,” said Angel Prieto Director of Foreign Trade Institute of Castilla-La Mancha, which is organizing the US program.
Each event will commence with a pre-tasting exclusive to importers only followed by a seminar conducted by Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible. MacNeil will share the winemaking history of the region of Castilla-La Mancha, the technical qualities of its wines, and the sales opportunity for these wines in the US market. Each seminar will be followed by an afternoon walk-around tasting enhanced by regional foods.
The participating wineries include Vinos&Bodegas, Bodegas Arrayán, Bodega Los Alijibes, Bodegas Santa Cruz, Encomienda de Cervera, Bodegas El Progreso, Casa Gualda, Bodegas San Dionisio, Dominio de Punctum, Finca El Refugio, Bodegas Romero de Avila, Altolandón, Bogarve 1915, Bodegas Verum, Bodegas Piqueras, Bodegas Yuntero, Bodegas Olcaviana, Finca Los Alijares, Bodegas Aruspide, Dehesa El Carrascal, Bodegas Tavera, Bodegas Verdúguez, Mont Reaga, Finca La Estacada, and Bodegas Cristo de la Vega.
To register for the events please visit:
Houston, Monday, June 3rd, 2013: http://clmhouston.eventbrite.com/
Denver, Wednesday, June 5th, 2013: http://clmdenver.eventbrite.com/
Los Angeles, Thursday, June 6th, 2013: http://clmlosangeles.eventbrite.com/

Elaine and Scott

Elaine and Scott
Elaine and Scott