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Shannon Landis
 
January 3, 2024 | Shannon Landis

Winter Revelry: Andis Old Vine Zinfandel Pairings

 

Discover the winter wonders of Andis Old Vine Zinfandel as we explore its versatile pairings with the season's hearty and savory delights.

We’re now offering Reserve Zinfandel flights at our tasting room throughout the month of January.

RESERVE ZINFANDEL FLIGHT $25 PER PERSON / $15 CLUB ANDIS
* $15 credit towards 2 bottle purchase from Reserve Flight Wines

Meat Marvels

From barbeque pork ribs to a robust leg of lamb or any big, hearty meal, our Old Vine Zinfandel’s richness makes it a perfect match for red meat and smoked chili-infused dishes ~ like baby back ribs, brisket, and spicy sausages. It’s worth the wait to stand in line at local legend Lockeford Sausages for a Smoked Dakota Bratwurst to savor with your glass of Zinfandel.

Cheeseboard Elegance

Elevate your cheeseboard experience with our Old Vine Zinfandel ~ pairs exceptionally well with stronger cheeses, smoked varieties, and blues. Try it with the bold notes of Gorgonzola for a delightful combination. Visit our tasting room to indulge in a selection of curated cheeses hand selected by our Tasting Room Manager, Nicole Fasciana. Red Butte Hatch Chili by Beehive Cheese is a staff favorite to pair with our Estate Friedlander Old Vine Zinfandel.

Braised Delights: Big and Beefy, Slow and Savory

Whether it's short ribs, ox cheek, or a Mexican mole, Zinfandel shines when paired with big, beefy creations cooked long and slow.

Loaded Burgers and Zin's Coping Skills

Indulge on loaded burgers with cheese, bacon, onions, and pickles ~ Zinfandel copes effortlessly with these robust flavors. The delightful acidity found in Andis Zinfandel slices through the richest of burgers ~ infusing a burst of fruitiness that enlivens the meat.

Grilled Vegetables and Roasted Roots: A Harmony of Flavors

Prefer a veggie option? Our Zinfandel pairs seamlessly with grilled vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, and zucchini. Extend the pairing to roasted root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes, for a winter feast.

Soul-Warming Soups: Zinfandel's Hold on Hearty Stews

Experience the warmth of winter with Zinfandel's ability to hold up to heartiness. Pair it with tomato-based soups and stews like minestrone or tomato bisque for a comforting and flavorful combination. A guest favorite, we recommend pairing our Zinfandels with Pumpkin Sausage Soup. This delightful combination of robust root vegetables and savory sausage embodies two classic Zinfandel pairings.

As the winter chill sets in, let our Old Vine Zinfandel be your culinary companion. Experience these pairings throughout the month of January at our tasting room. RSVPs recommended. Walk-ins welcome.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION HERE! Tasting Room Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4:30pm

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2024 at 10:41 AM Permalink to Winter Revelry: Andis Old Vine Zinfandel Pairings Permalink
Janis Akuna
 
December 27, 2023 | Janis Akuna

Unveiling the Artistry: Andis Wines' Pursuit of European-Style Blends

In the vast world of winemaking, the art of blending is akin to composing a symphony, where each note contributes to a harmonious masterpiece. While blends may not be as universally celebrated in the United States as they are in Europe, Andis Wines stands as a testament to the power of patience, talent, and expertise in crafting European-style blends that rival the revered Bordeauxs' of the Old World.

The Andis Approach to Blending

Our winemaking team understands that the secret to creating exceptional blends lies in the meticulous sampling of individual barrels. Each barrel holds a unique varietal, and the journey begins by understanding the nuances of each ~ exploring the delicate dance between acidity, fruit, and tannins.

Balancing Act: From Vineyard to Barrel

The journey starts in our vineyards, where grapes of different varietals thrive under the California sun. Our winemakers have a deep understanding of European winemaking traditions ~ carefully handpicking grapes at their ideal ripeness. Once harvested, these grapes embark on their transformational journey.

As the grapes make their way to the cellar, they find themselves nestled in individual barrels, each contributing its own character to the final blend. Our winemaking team, armed with a passion for perfection, dedicates time to sample and analyze each barrel, seeking the elusive balance that defines a European-style blend.

Sampling the Essence: A Journey Through Barrels

Sampling individual barrels is an art form at Andis Wines. Our winemakers immerse themselves in the task of understanding the personality of each varietal. This process demands patience, a discerning palate, and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Harmony in Every Sip: European-Style Blends Unveiled

We take pride in crafting wines that echo the sophistication and balance found in the great Bordeauxs of Europe. The blending process is a labor of love, and the resulting European-style blends are a testament to the dedication of our winemaking team.

Wine enthusiasts will experience the best of both worlds within each of our blends ~ the boldness of California grapes intertwined with the elegance of European craftsmanship. Each bottle tells a story of meticulous blending, where the final product is greater than the sum of its parts.

Visit our tasting room to sample the fruits of our labor and discover the magic that happens when talent, time, and tradition converge in a glass. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2023 at 11:52 AM Permalink to Unveiling the Artistry: Andis Wines' Pursuit of European-Style Blends Permalink
Shannon Landis
 
November 8, 2023 | Shannon Landis

We're Giving Away S.O.S. to Veterans

In honor of our veterans, we're giving away Sh*t on a Shingle (S.O.S.) over Veterans Day weekend to all past and active military. Veterans can also take advantage of complimentary tastings for two and 20% off wine purchases. 

Our founding partner, Andy, is a Marine and has special memories of this mess hall staple.

S.O.S. is a retro war-time recipe made with chipped beef on toast and white gravy, which were easy ingredients to find when rations were low. Although we're paying homage to this classic dish, Andy and I decided to spruce it up with locally-made sourdough bread and freshly sliced corned beef.

You can also expect to see a very festive atmosphere when you walk into the tasting room this weekend!

Non-military guests can order a plate for $10 per person. The plates will be served starting this Friday until Sunday.

 

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2023 at 10:51 AM Permalink to We're Giving Away S.O.S. to Veterans Permalink
Lorenzo Muslia
 
September 19, 2023 | Lorenzo Muslia

Welcome Natalie Nicastro

 

 

I'm excited to announce Natalie Nicastro will be our new regional sales manager for seven Southeastern states ~ North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Delaware. Before joining the Andis team, Natalie worked for Johnson Brothers and has many years of high-end wine expertise.

Natalie grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Always having a passion for wine, she began exploring and studying on her own during her time as a business partner at her family's small restaurant. 

Natalie found opportunities within the industry, starting at country clubs and wine shops, leading seminars and tastings. This eventually led her to distribution where she received her WSET 2. The hospitality industry taught her skill sets about working with people, building community ties, and that there is no such thing as a small account.

We expect many great things from Natalie! Please welcome her!

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2023 at 8:44 AM Permalink to Welcome Natalie Nicastro Permalink
Lorenzo Muslia
 
August 30, 2023 | Lorenzo Muslia

Legends of Wine

Believe it or not, the largest crop coming out of Sacramento County last year wasn’t rice or tomatoes. It was wine grapes. And that powerhouse crop is fueling some of the most incredible wines coming out of Northern California. 

I’m proud to say Andis Wines has been selected as some of the best. We’ve been invited to pour at this year’s Legends of Wine in Sacramento happening September 7th.

This is your chance to experience varietals from other regional wineries that were exclusively selected by international wine legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley. Favorite local restaurants will also be there offering selections of Sacramento’s finest farm-to-fork cuisine. 

I’ll be pouring our Arinto and Schioppettino. Limited tickets are still available for $75 per person. You can purchase tickets HERE. Please join us!

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2023 at 8:24 AM Permalink to Legends of Wine Permalink

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