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Mary Davidek
 
January 3, 2014 | Mary Davidek

My 2014 Food and Wine Resolutions

According to research conducted by the University Of Scranton Journal Of Clinical Psychology, although the majority of Americans make annual proclamations and set yearly goals with good intentions, less than 8% of us actually achieve success in keeping New Year’s resolutions. Here is a list of the top 10 yearly resolutions:

Lose weight

Get organized

Save money

Enjoy life to the fullest

Get fit and healthy

Learn something exciting

Quit smoking

Help others with their dreams

Fall in love

Spend more time with family

The sure way to improve on this dismal statistic? Set obtainable goals. Unrealistic resolutions are destined for failure so I’ve created a list of 10 highly achievable food and wine resolutions to put myself on task over the next 12 months. Even if I don’t strike the entire 10, I am bound to have a great time trying! In 2014 I resolve to...

Make a cheese soufflé A masterpiece of a thickened white sauce paired with flavorful cheese. The inside is delicate and warm and the bottom and sides are crusted together forming a heavenly thick cheese layer. Nirvana!                                                                                                                      

Eat more fish Seafood is healthy, light and the perfect canvas for many amazing spices and preparations. My good friends Tim and Carol Berg at www.great-alaska-seafood.com have spoiled me rotten with the freshest seafood available and this feast was no exception. Scallops with Pappardelle pasta in a Tarragon cream sauce. Decadent!

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Pair more sweet wine with savory foods On the Royal Pairing tour at the Castello, sweet and savory is a palate pleaser and always promises alluring and exotic pairing possibilities. Castello di Amorosa Dolcino Gewurztraminer and Moroccan spiced pork loin looming on the horizon.

Try one new restaurant a month  Even here in the promised land of epicurean delights --I get in a rut. The same four restaurants seem to be on my go-to list not because I don’t have seemingly infinite choices but because…well… the choices can seem infinite! January is a great time to start as it is Napa Valley Restaurant Month and a perfect opportunity for new restaurant adventures.

Visit one new winery a month With 450+ wineries just in Napa Valley and 1600+ in a 150 mile radius! How many days in a year?

Eat vegetarian for 30 days I love vegetables of all kinds and welcome this 30 day meat free stint.

Take a class I aspire to become more educated on the vine to wine process— after nearly 20 years on this side of the glass, I am still amazed at the sheer scientific/artistic process in which we finally arrive at this crazy delicious fermented grape juice.  As much as I read and learn I realize how much there is yet to discover. Hence, the love of this elixir!

Buy more magnums Magnums, or 1.5 L is equal to 2 standard 750 ml bottles. Magnums not only have a ‘wow’ factor but wines from a mag show better with more fruit and an intangible zip. When one bottle isn’t quite enough, one bottle of 1.5L often is just enough.

Take more culinary risks I am reluctant to try new techniques (see resolution #1) as I fear failure. The catastrophic kind of kitchen failure. I have heard from some professional chefs that the reason there are more males than females in the culinary industry is because men are not afraid to make mistakes. If something isn’t right, most men will simply toss it and have another go at it. Women become attached; we want to ‘save’ it and ‘fix’ it. By the way, I am referring to culinary attempts here but it seems this theory has many applications. =)

Travel! I want to spend an entire month in Italy. Not a rushed jaunt or a hurried two week trek! I want to go for a month with time to explore and savor—maybe take an Italian cooking class in Tuscany. I want to drink local wine, aimlessly roam the streets, drink in the art and feast on authentic cuisine. For a month I will absorb everything Castello di Amorosa summons in my heart and in my mind. Hear that Castello? Consider this my official vacation request; January 2015 will be blogged from fair Firenze!

Ciao!

 

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM
Alison Cochrane
 
December 26, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

A Look Back on the 2013 Vintage


2013 has been an incredible year for the vineyards of the Napa Valley, with the Napa Valley Vintners calling this year's growing season "early, even, and excellent." The 31 acres we have planted around the Castello with SangioveseMerlotPrimitivo, and Cabernet Sauvignon developed beautifully over the course of the year, and we loved tracking the beauty each season brought to the vines. Now that another record year in the valley is coming to a close and the vineyards again lay dormant, we're looking back on the fruits of this year's labors. Here are a few of our favorite vinyeard photos from this past year:

January 

Sir Lancelot enjoyed playing beneath the dormant Primitivo vines in front of the Castello

February

The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards above the Castello, pruned back to allow healthy new buds to begin forming

March

The vines began "weeping" in preparation for the arrival of new buds

April

Bud break arrived at the Castello in early April, and the vineyards quickly brightened with sprintime colors

May

The warm, dry spring we had throughout the valley allowed for earlier bud break and perfect conditions for flowering

June

June saw the arrival of berries on the vines. 

The vines saw a bit of rain in a summer shower

July

The warm summer months allowed for an even ripening of the berries. Here a cool glass of Charonnday rests among the Primitivo vines.

August

The end of August saw verasion in the vineyards, as the berries began to ripen and change color.

September

Primitivo vines and berries in front of the Castello

The Merlot vineyards almost ready for harvest!

October

November

December

 

Cheers to the end of another fantastic year in the Napa Valley! We're looking forward to 2014!

Mary Davidek
 
December 24, 2013 | Mary Davidek

A 'Season To Taste'

I am a cooking and food magazine junkie. It all started with my Mom and a ritual that took place during our visit to the ‘beauty parlor’ (not a salon, but the beauty parlor!) for Mom’s weekly scheduled shampoo and set. Here she regularly scoured through the latest edition of ‘Family Circle’, ‘Good Housekeeping’ and ‘Sunset’ magazines and recited recipes in a much too loud voice so I (and everyone in a 20 yard radius) could hear her over the constant noise generated by the mission control-like dryer chair. I would nod with dutiful approval dotted with an intermittent ‘yep, sounds good’ which were typically enough to satiate her. To add to her enjoyment and proof I really was listening, I even managed to insert a question or two; “what is braising?” or “why does it have to be sifted?” This launched her into an explanation that today seems worthy of ‘Food Network’. However, one particular phrase seemed to arise on nearly every recipe and always required definition and clarification — “season to taste”.

Mom explained the following:
Add salt until it you taste it. If it seems bland- it probably is. Increase by a ¼ tsp. and taste after each addition.
Add seasoning and spices (pepper, fresh herbs, dried seasoning) until the taste is in balance with the rest of the flavors. Make sure spices and seasonings cook along with the dish. However, additional fresh herbs added at the end can make a big difference.
Add acid (Tabasco, lemon juice, or vinegar) if it tastes flat or one-dimensional. Hot sauce works in creamy dishes because the acid from the vinegar and the heat from the peppers boost the flavors. Keep a light hand; if the dish isn't supposed to be "spicy hot" add just a splash of hot sauce then use vinegar or lemon juice.
Add sugar; the tried and true fix if you overdo it. Sugar balances both salty and bitter flavors. Adding a touch of sugar makes too salty taste less salty and too bitter or sour taste less bitter without actually decreasing the amount of salt or acid in the recipe.

The thing is, Mom’s beauty shop narrations were not idle or forgotten ideas of an affordable casserole or a quick and easy dessert, they  were her inspiration for future meals and goodies that made it to the family table and eventually led to my life-long pursuit of ‘tasting’.

Here is one of my cold-weather favorites. It is hearty, spicy, savory and comforting; ideal to keep in the fridge and warm up after a day of visiting with friends and family or after hours of wrapping followed by seconds of unwrapping. Remember always adjust the spices as you progress and as in all recipes—season to taste!
 
I wish you perfectly seasoned greetings--

Happy Holidays!

Mary Davidek

 

Deconstructed Albondigas
4 Cups Beef Broth
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 large cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz.)
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. spicy sausage
2 heads of cabbage, cored and diced
1 small bag frozen white corn
4-6 carrots thinly sliced
4-6 stalks diced celery
4 large cloves minced garlic
1 bunch of chopped cilantro (set some aside for garnish)
1 large diced brown onion
Season to taste  =)

Brown ground meat and/or sausage. Add to a large pot with all other ingredients. Cook over medium low heat until vegetables are to desired softness. To accelerate the cooking process, give the veggies a quick sauté before adding to the pot. Stir and taste often and, as always, add seasoning as needed.

 

My current library. The Better Homes and Garden cook book was a wedding gift from who else; my Mom. Held together by a rubber band, for 24 years I have referred to this book filled with hand written notes and recipes.

 

‘Deconstructed’ is contemporary food lingo but Mom would have just said this was quicker and easier than making and cooking meatballs! This is tasty and easy to reheat during the upcoming week of merriment or freeze leftovers in containers for up to 6 months.

Dry, crisp and almost exotic; Castello di Amorosa’s Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer balances the spice and works with the richness of the ground meat and sausage. Perfect for a first course or as a hearty meal served with fresh bread or warm tortillas.


      

Alison Cochrane
 
December 12, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Concrete Egg Fermentation

If you have been lucky enough to explore our Grand Barrel Room on a tour and tasting recently at the Castello, you may have noticed a few new additions to the stunning 12,000 square foot room. Right next to where our guests have the chance to taste wine straight from the barrel, there sit several large, concrete, egg-shaped containers. These are fermentation tanks, and they are used to ferment a special selection of the Castello’s award-winning wines.

Concrete? You might ask. What can concrete do for wine? Well as it turns out, concrete is a fantastic alternative to oak or stainless steel in winemaking. Without the “oaky” impact on a wine from barrel aging, the concrete allows the wine to retain its fruity characteristics and the inherent characteristics of the grapes are allowed to shine, making it an especially useful fermentation method for showcasing the terroir of single vineyard wines.

Concrete eggs are an interesting mix of ancient and ultra-modern winemaking techniques, since the first wines were actually fermented in pottery jars called amphorae. The egg shape is a newer modification, which allows the wines inside to have a natural convection current as the carbon dioxide released during fermentation helps to naturally stir the wine and mix in the sediment, or lees.

“Graeco-Italic” Wine Amphora, 2nd century B.C.

We originally had two concrete eggs in our Grand Barrel Room, and focused on several single vineyard wines, including our Ferrington Vineyard Dry Gewürztraminer and Tyla’s Point Pinot Bianco. These aromatic varietals work especially well with this fermentation method, because the concrete enhances the floral aromas and even increases the mineral characteristics in these wines. The elegant complexity of these wines from their fermentation in the eggs has led to them both winning high praise from tasting panels and our guests.

Our 2011 Ferrington Dry Gewurztraminer

This past year we have also produced a limited amount of Chardonnay, called “La Rocca” or “the fortress.” Our Winemaker, Peter Velleno, explains that “the reason for the Chardonnay is that the use of concrete (or more specifically the lack of oak barrels) allows the flavor of the vineyard to be the star. Chardonnay needs to have a rich mouthfeel, so it makes sense to try it in concrete, where there will be no oak flavors or aroma, but still the benefits of aging on the lees.” Aging wine on the lees, or the yeast and sediment that settles to the bottom of the barrel during fermentation, imparts a creaminess and complexity that can’t be found in stainless steel. This year we are excited to be fermenting some of the Chardonnay fruit from the Bien Nacido vineyard in one of our eggs.

So keep an eye out the next time you visit the Castello, and if you take a tour down into the Grand Barrel Room you’ll be able to check out this unique fermentation technique that helps to make our Italian-style wines even more incredible!

Mary Davidek
 
December 4, 2013 | Mary Davidek

Raise a Glass! How Will You Celebrate 80 Years of Repeal?

The turn of the twentieth century was indeed a dark (and dry) time in American history. Organizations like The Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which promoted Prohibition, believed alcohol to be the cause of most social ills. On January 16th, 1919, Congress passed the 18th Amendment, outlawing alcohol thereby putting an end to drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty.  (Ahem!)

Ironically, during Prohibition, America's thirst increased. Organized crime rose to replace formerly legal methods of alcohol production and distribution. Ultimately, respect for the law diminished and drunkenness, crime and resentment of the federal government prevailed. Over the course of the next thirteen years, support for Prohibition waned as the nation awoke to the widespread problems Prohibition caused. The number of repeal organizations increased, and in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for President on a platform that included the repeal of Prohibition. He won that race and on December 5th, 1933, Pennsylvania and Utah, the final states needed for a three quarters majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and restoring our right to a celebratory drink. The 18th amendment remains the only amendment to our Constitution to ever be repealed.

On December 5th we celebrate Repeal because it marks a return to the rich traditions and enjoyment of alcohol as a sacred and protected social custom. Conveniently located between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Repeal presents the perfect occasion to gather with friends and celebrate! Unlike St. Patrick's Day or Halloween Repeal is a day we can all share in observing; it's written in our Constitution.There are no outfits to buy, costumes to rent, or gifts to wrap. Simply celebrate the day by sharing a glass of wine with a loved one.

Raise a glass!

 

The 18th Amendment

Ratified January 16, 1919

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

The 21st Amendment

Ratified December 5, 1933

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

 

The suggested pairing for your celebration!

Mary Davidek
 
November 28, 2013 | Mary Davidek

Make Black Friday 'Red'

For millions ‘Black Friday’ means time to do serious Christmas shopping --even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone- shopping routes are planned and parking strategies formulated. The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the major shopping days of the year. Dating back to the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial- official start to a bustling and prosperous shopping season.

The term ‘Black Friday’ was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season referring to stores moving from the ‘red’ to the ‘black’. Of course, this was when accounting records were kept by hand; red ink indicated a loss and black ink showed a profit. Retailers began to realize they could draw big crowds by discounting prices and ‘Black Friday’ became the day to shop bringing with it even better deals than last minute Christmas sales. Many retailers now open at 5 am or earlier(!!!) to hoards of people waiting anxiously outside.

However, more and more consumers are choosing to shop online, not wanting to wait outside in the early morning chill with the crush of other shoppers or a battle over the last most-wanted item. Online shopping is easy, dependable and with the many shipping specials and pricing incentives—the deals are hard to beat. Now this is where the red comes in…pour a big glass and let the bargains begin! It's the only way to shop!

 

Castello di Amorosa's Black Friday special!

Alison Cochrane
 
November 25, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Castello di Amorosa at the Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa Valley is home to a variety of fantastic events throughout the year, and the Napa Valley Film Festival is one of the highlights of the fall season. On the second week of November each year, various locations throughout the valley host screenwriters, producers, actors, and moviegoers to showcase some of the best new independent and global cinematic efforts.
 

“Our vision is to build community around the art of visual story-telling, with the viewing of films and discussions with filmmakers fueling lively conversation amongst old and new friends … and those conversations being enriched with the world-class food and wine of legendary Napa Valley.”

We at the Castello always look forward to the festival, and this year we were able to participate as a shooting location for one of the short films in the SONY 4K FILM CHALLENGE! Five teams given the latest SONY tech were given a 60-hour challenge to create a short film based on randomly-assigned topics. Director Paul Martin chose Castello di Amorosa as one of the settings for his short film, “Valentimes Day.”

We had a blast with Paul and his crew filming scenes in the Great Hall and our Torture Chamber! Check out some of our behind-the-scenes photos from their shoot:

Actress Kai getting used to wearing one of our knights’ helmets

Paul showing her how it’s done!

Paul showing his crew around the very latest Sony 4K technology

Actor Cameron Mark Lewis on the rack! Don’t try this at home!!

The next day of filming was on the Napa Valley Wine Train. We tagged along for the ride and got to capture more of the action!

Filming in the Wine Train’s beautiful Gourmet Car

Our 2010 Sangiovese was featured in the film!

You can view the entire short film below:

Thank you again to Paul and team for letting us be a part of your fantastic production! 

Alison Cochrane
 
November 11, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Create the Castle: A Photo Contest on Instagram

 

WEEK TWENTY-SIX WINNER

We've reached our final week of our "Create the Castle" Instagram contest, and we are thrilled with how many fantastic photos we have received from all of our fans! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of your times here at the Castello and enjoying our wines with your friends and family at home. Keep on sharing your great shots with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by tagging us with #castellodiamorosa; we love sharing them with our fans on social media! 

Our Week 26 winner is @jaymessong, who captured the beautiful fall colors around the Castello from our South Tower. Congratulations, and thank you for visiting and sharing such a great photo with us!

Check out our fantastic runners up from this past week! Thank you again for sharing your great photos with us, and cheers from all of us at the Castello! #castellodiamorosa

     

WEEK TWENTY-FIVE WINNER

We're in the home stretch of our "Create the Castle" Instagram contest! We've received over 8,000 photos tagged with #castellodiamorosa, and we've been loving the creative ways you show how much you love the Castello and our wines! This week's winning photo is from @jed_pilgrim128, who captured the gorgeous clouds above the Castello this past week. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo!

We may just have one week left in the contest, but we still can't get enough of your fantsatic photos! Thank you for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa and for sharing your photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Here are a few more favorites from this past week!

     

Mary Davidek
 
November 7, 2013 | Mary Davidek

In Defense Of Napa Valley's Veteran Wine Hero

I was at a dinner party a couple of weeks ago and the subject of Napa Valley wine came up – I realize this is not shocking nor in itself blog-worthy! However, at this dinner we were specifically discussing Chardonnay. Maybe it was the time year as Chardonnay was the grape harvest du jour. Maybe it was the company I was in; long time Napa locals and wine makers. Maybe it was the wine I brought for the occasion.

This was mildly ironic as not more than 8 years prior I attended an ABC dinner, an entire night of Anything But Chardonnay. Admittedly, I was a reluctant participant but I attended *sigh* and took part in the grape bashing. “Too oaky!” claimed one reveler. “Manipulated and contrived” cried another! My favorite denial of this classic varietal was “Chardonnay does not pair well with ANY food!”

Wow--quite a statement! However, to put it bluntly; they were wrong.

It is now a number of years later and we are approaching Veteran’s Day. In America, this day is reserved as a time to reflect and celebrate past heroes and champions. Perhaps wine lovers should follow suit and pay respect to one of America’s wine heroes. After all, it was a California Chardonnay that won the 1976 Paris tasting and brought recognition and eventually fame to a small farming community; Napa Valley.

                                      

 Chardonnay is the second most planted white wine varietal in France and remains the most planted white wine grape on the planet. Additionally, Chardonnay styles differ dramatically and can reflect the artistry of wine making; buttery and oaky, crisp and fruity, austere with minerality. Combined with the diversity of soil and climatic zones, Chardonnay exhibits varied complexities and offers ageble wines with broad appeal. Plus, in the last 20 years wine makers have found malolactic fermentation and oak ageing are winemaking tools, but don’t have to be used fully, or at all, with every Chardonnay.                                                                              

I regret my brief slide into the ABC movement. While our preferences may change as we explore different growing regions, varietals, and styles of winemaking; it is important to stay open-minded and savor new discoveries. And sometimes, we just have to stick to our guns and defend tried and true veterans that brought victory to the field and eventually… to our glass!

Chardonnay is primarily fermented in oak and is aged sur lie or on the lees. Lees refers to deposits of residual yeast and other particles occurring during fermentation. Ageing sur lie softens the taste of Chardonnay, especially on the finish. Oak provides oils and resins which not only add to the overall flavor and character of the wine but make Chardonnay a white wine which can benefit from bottle ageing.

                                      

The 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay has become ripe and juicy with golden apple, comice pear and lightly toasted brulee. If you have any of this Castello beauty hiding in the corner bring it out this Thanksgiving! Enjoy with a hearty harvest salad garnished with candied pecans and crumbled Feta

The 2008 Castello di Amorosa Bien Nacido Chardonnay knocked my proverbial wine-socks off! At five years from vintage this was visually beautiful and simply stunning in the glass. Vanilla and spice were the words repeated again and again, however, the 2008 Bien Nacido retained its fruit and was vivid on the palate.        

                                     

Chardonnay may not be the traditional go-to for Ahi salad, but, a bit of ageing leveled off the acidity and the velvety texture of the avocado played off the creamy notes of the Chardonnay. This was a delicious and luxurious pairing.

Ahi and Avocado Salad with Ponzu  

 ½ cup soy sauce

3 Tbsp. water

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. grated ginger

1 thinly sliced green onion

1 ½ tsp. lime juice w/ zest to taste

Mix well and pour over cubed Ahi and Avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Alison Cochrane
 
October 28, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Create the Castle: A Photo Contest on Instagram

 

WEEK TWENTY-FOUR WINNER

We had a fantastic time this past weekend at our Pagan Ball, and were thrilled to see so many wonderful costumes! Our "Create the Castle" winner for this week is @alexaolavarria, who shared this great photo collage showing off some of the fantastic costumes at the party! Thank you for sharing such great shots! We hope to see you back at the Castello for next year's Pagan Ball!

Here are a few more of our favorite photos from this past week! Thank you for tagging your fantastic photos with #castellodiamorosa and sharing them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

     

 

WEEK TWENTY-THREE WINNER

This week's winning photo is from @dlupynos, who shared this mysterious shot in front of our large format reserve room beneath the Castello. Thank you for sharing such a creative photo, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

With just three weeks left for our photo contest, we've been receiving so many great photos of your visits to the Castello and how much you're enjoying our wines! This week alone we received roughly 300 photos from you! Keep sharing your great pictures, and tagging us at #castellodiamorosa on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week:

     

WEEK TWENTY-TWO WINNER

This week's "Create the Castle" contest winner is @cathybauer0105, who took this beautiful and creative shot of the chandeliers above the Great Hall. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

Check out these other fantastic photos from our fans this past week! We love to see the ways you enjoy visits to the Castello and our wines! Keep on sharing your great photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

     

WEEK TWENTY-ONE WINNER

This week's winning photo comes from @jdmedina, who took this great photo of the Castello. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo of the Castello and Primitivo vineyard!

Here are a few more of our favorite fan photos from this past week. Thank you all for sharing your great pictures of the Castello and how you enjoy Castello wines, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

    

WEEK TWENTY WINNER

Congratulations to @khaniasjournal, our Week 20 winner of our "Create the Castle" Instagram contest! Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo of your wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie in our Il Passito Room, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

We've received over 7,000 photos from our guests and fans who have tagged us with #castellodiamorosa on Instagram! Here are a few more favorite photos from this past week:

     

 

WEEK NINETEEN WINNER

This week's "Create the Castle" winner is @studiobrooke, who took this beautiful shot of the clouds above the Castello from the South Tower. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

Check out our other fantastic runners-up from this past week! Thank you all for sharing your great photos of the Castello and enjoying your Castello wines with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Keep up the fantastic photography!

     

 

WEEK EIGHTEEN WINNER

Congratulations to @raquelfsantos, this week's "Create the Castle" Instagram contest winner! Thank  you for sharing such a creative shot in our covered loggia above the courtyard, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

Check out our fantastic runners up from this past week! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of the Castello and our wines, and we're looking forward to seeing even more great photos from you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

     

 

WEEK SEVENTEEN WINNER

This week's winner is @williamjsaunders, who took this beautiful photo of our Primitivo vineyard in front of the Castello. Thank you for sharing such a great picture with us on Instagram, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa! We can't wait to harvest those grapes!

Check out the other great photos from our fans this past week! Thank you for sharing your pictures of the Castello and our wines on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

     

 

WEEK SIXTEEN WINNER

Our winning photo this week was taken by @amandamelissa91, who shared this great shot "admiring the architecture" of the Castello. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful photo of your visit, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa on Instagram!

More great photos from our fans from this past week! Thank you all for sharing your great photos of the Castello and how much you love Castello wines!

     

 

WEEK FIFTEEN WINNER

This week's winning photo comes from @rachelloser, who compiled this beautiful collage of panoramic scenes from around the Castello. Thank you for sharing such a great photo, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa on Instagram!

Here are a few more of the fantastic photos we received from you this past week! Thank you for sharing such great shots of the Castello and how you enjoy our wines on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

     

 

WEEK FOURTEEN WINNER

Our "Create the Castle" contest winner for this week is @yurisinata, who shared this wonderfully creative shot of her and her fiance in our tasting room. Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic photo!

So many wonderful photos keep pouring in from all of our fans! Thank you for sharing your visits to the Castello and how you enjoy our wines at home, and tagging us with #castellodiamorosa! Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week:

     

 

WEEK THIRTEEN WINNER

This week's "Create the Castle" winner is @squirrelgirl84, who took this stunning photo of the Castello during her visit this past week. Congratulations, and thank  you for sharing such a beautiful photo on Instagram!

We've been getting so many fantastic pictures from all of our fans! Thank you all for sharing your photos of your times at the Castello and enjoying our Castello wines, and for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa. We can't wait to see more of your great pictures! Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week:

     

 

WEEK TWELVE WINNER

Congratulations to @maybememories, this week's "Create the Castle" contest winner! She and her boyfriend got engaged at the Castello in our North Tower! Thank you for sharing such a special day with us!

 

We are loving all of the photos we are receiving from you when you tag us at #castellodiamorosa on Instagram, and share them on Facebook and Twitter! Keep taking great photos of your visits to the Castello and how you enjoy our Castello wines at home or out and about with friends! Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week:

    

 

WEEK ELEVEN WINNER

This week's winner is @ccarmona9, who shared this beautiful photo of our sunflowers in front of the South Tower. Thank you so much for posting such a great picture!

Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week. Thank you for taking such wonderful photos of your visits to the Castello and the ways you enjoy your Castello wines, tagging us at #castellodiamorosa, and sharing them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

     

 

WEEK TEN WINNER

Congratulations to @ivancng, this week's winner of our Create the Castle contest! Great sillhouette shot from the upper loggia above our courtyard.  Thank you for posting such a creative photo and sharing it with us by tagging us at #castellodiamorosa!

Here are a few more fantastic photos from this past week. Thank you all for tagging us and sharing them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! We're looking forward to seeing even more great photos next week!

     

WEEK NINE WINNER

This week's winner is @anacuartero, who posted this great picture of her recent visit to the Castello with her friends. Thank you for sharing such a fun picture, and congratulations!

We had some fantastic photos to choose from this week! Thank you for tagging your photos with #castellodiamorosa on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and we're looking forward to seeing more of the ways you create the castle! Here are some of our favorites from this past week:

     

 

WEEK EIGHT WINNER

Congratulations to @tarapaleg, this week's winner of our "Create the Castle" contest! Thank you for sharing such a cute photo of your visit to the Castello!

We have been receiving so many fantastic pictures from all of you of your visits to the Castello and enjoying our wines! Thank you for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa and sharing your photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Here are a few more favorites from this past week:

     

 

WEEK SEVEN WINNER

This week's winner is @jenifercohn, who shared this creative shot of her glass from her recent visit to the Castello. Thank you so much for posting such great photos, and we hope to see you back at the Castello soon!

Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week (and it was hard to pick just a few!). Thank you to everyone who is sharing photos of your visits and how much you love our Castello wines to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and tagging us at #castellodiamorosa! We're looking forward to seeing even more great photos next week!

       

 

WEEK SIX WINNER

This week's winner is @shitiatetoday, who took this beautiful photo of our wine and chocolate pairing in our tasting room. Thank you so much for sharing such a great picture with us, and congratulations!

Even more fantastic photos have been coming in daily from you of your visits to the Castello and how you enjoy your Castello wines at home. Thank you all for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa and sharing your photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Here are a few more of our favorites from this past week:

       

 

WEEK FIVE WINNER

Congratulations to @casey_myvice, this week's "Create the Castle" contest winner! Creative and classy shot of you two sitting in the thrones in our Great Hall! Thank you for sharing such a great picture with us!

We received so many great photos from our guests and fans over this past week; thank you all for tagging us at #castellodiamorosa, posting on Instagram, and sharing on Twitter and Facebook! Here are a few more favorites from this past week:

           

 

WEEK FOUR WINNER

This week's winning photo comes from @rcees, who shared this great compilation of shots of our 2009 Anderson Valley "Dry" Gewürztraminer. Thank you for posting such a fantastic shot, and we hope you enjoyed your wine! Cheers!

We have already received over 600 photos from you in the first four weeks of our contest! Thank you all for sharing such great photos of how you enjoy the Castello and our wines, and tagging us at #castellodiamorosa. We're looking forward to seeing even more pictures! Here are a few of our favorites from this past week's entries:

         

WEEK THREE WINNER

This week's winner deserves an extra special congratulations! @trulovee_25 recently got engaged here at the Castello! Beautiful way to capture such a special moment! Thank you for sharing such a memorable day with us!

Here are a few more of our favorite photos from this past week! Keep on sharing your great shots of the Castello, our vineyards, and your favorite ways to enjoy our wines!

          

 

WEEK TWO WINNER

We would like to announce this week's "Create the Castle" contest winner: @edwardmetropolitan! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo of the Castello!

 

Here are a few of the fantastic runner-ups from this week! Keep up the great photos, and thank you all for sharing how much you enjoy the Castello and our wonderful wines!

          

 

WEEK ONE WINNER

Congratulations to our first "Create the Castle" contest winner: @_mymy1908_! We're so glad you could visit us on Mother's Day! Thank you for sharing your photo with us on Instagram!

 

Here are a few of the other fantastic photos we've received over the past week. Thank you all for sharing, and we're looking forward to seeing more of the ways that you Create the Castle!

     

Be sure to look for next week's winners right here, and keep on sharing your great pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! #castellodiamorosa

Time Posted: Oct 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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