A Gold Medal and an award of 94 points in the East Meets West International Wine Competition is nothing to sneeze at considering the size and scope of the International competition, but sneeze they did and awarded our 2018 Orchard Station Sauvignon Blanc just that! Wines from 27 countries were represented and competing. Judges are internationally renowned and respected experts whose mission is to provide a quality assessment of wine and spirits. We’ll own that assessment and cover that sneeze with a well sanitized hankie!
June 13 to 15 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join Moondance Cellars as we cruise the 4 days of festivities of Sonoma County’s largest classic car show, Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise, from June 12-15 at A Place to Play Park, located at 2375 West Third Street (Northwest Santa Rosa). Visit our tent to check-out David’s award-winning 1965 Corvette, as featured in Hot Rod Magazine. Be ready to talk nitro with a glass of Moondance Cellars’ Best of Class Chardonnay or gorgeous Merlot in hand!
$10 per person
We are pleased to announce our 2012 Chardonnay brought home Best of Class from the 2014 Grand Harvest Awards. Stop by the tasting room today and try this delicous Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Cheers!
Tasting in the Wine Barn is working out! We hope that if you have not yet visited us at “home”, you will soon. Bring a picnic. Plan on spending a couple of hours tasting the wines, petting the horses and dogs (we have a new pup named Mike!), and for you car guys - inhaling Corvette and Nova aromas. Just call us. We’ll open the gate.
If you can’t make it out to the winery and find yourself in Santa Rosa on the historic Railroad Square, you can find our wines at Cellars of Sonoma. Cellars is a wine bar right in the middle of the very flavorful and historic area just west of the highway. Cellars features wines of only 8 small family owned wineries. There is live music most nights, and wonderful food pairings available too!
Most wineries have a bottling line with automated stainless steel equipment, or they have a truck show up housing that line. We don’t have either. We have friends. For us this time it was - eat your Wheaties, roll up your sleeves, take an Aleve or two, and have a damn good time bottling the wine you take home. 40 or so local wine club members made short work of bottling, and enjoying, the new Malbec. Our favorite and talented Kevin Brennan (played with Van Morrison in Ireland) blew our minds once again, this time with his acoustic guitar, and friend Trevor on an antique stand-up bass. What a day! Amazing music, picnic, friends and wine! --and we got all of the Malbec bottled!
Speaking of Malbec….
2013 Malbec, Alexander Valley
Have you discovered this varietal yet? Well, if not, let us introduce you.
Because Malbec has little resistance to poor weather conditions and pests, it has previously been thought of as only a blending grape to enrich the 5 great Bordeaux wines. Argentina now leads the world in producing fine 100% varietal Malbec wines. But here in California, and especially in Alexander Valley, where the warm days and cool nights are the perfect nursery for this delicate grape, we are producing Malbec wines, which are finding their way onto menus and lists as equal alternatives to the higher priced Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs. Moondance Cellars’ Alexander Valley Malbec is easy to love. It has wonderful aromas of coffee and cocoa (let’s just say mocha), and flavors of blackberry, plum and raspberry. Pair it with leaner meats such as bison or ostrich (really?), blue cheese, and rustic flavors of mushrooms and cumin spices.
P.S. If you are so inclined, you might carry a toothbrush. Rich red wine usually means lovely red teeth!
ONLY 4 BARRELS MADE
Not to toot our own horn, but…..
2014 Moondance Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 91 points! Best of the Best! Gold Medal!
And to quote the North Coast Wine Challenge Awards Announcement, “This is no small achievement. Our competition has the honor and distinction of recognizing the best wines produced from California’s prestigious North Coast wine region. This contest drew top-level wines and hand-picked top-notch judges to create a sophisticated and enthusiastic wine experience that is considered second to none. Wines judged here were considered to be a cut above the rest- simply put, the Best of the Best. A standing of this caliber truly showcases the level of wines you produce”
Okay. We’ll take that!