The Corley Family and Hospitality Team went off ESPN's '30 for 30' theme for our 2014 Harvest Party. In 2014, we celebrate 30 years of our Jefferson House in addition to 30+ years with our loyal team members: Linde McGee, Brian Crawford, Angel Avina and Refugio Cuevas-Ramirez.
To kick off the event, we greeted guests with a premiere tasting of the 2011 BIG REDS.
Winemaker, Chris Corley, toasted the start to an amazing evening with a welcome speech and brief description of the new fall releases.
Following the toast, everyone cozied their way onto the picnic benches for a family style BBQ catered by Red Rock Cafe. Laughs and tears of joy were shared throughout the meal, which included a touching speech by Linde McGee about her memorable experience working with the Corley Family since 1984.
Founder, Jay Corley, closed out the event while reminiscing over the 30 years of the Jefferson House.
Happy Birthday to the Jefferson House and Congrats to our loyal team members!
Looking forward to celebrating many more years!
Motionsports Artist, Bill Patterson, featured his paintings during the entire month of April in the Jefferson House Cellar and even made an appearance with a live painting demonstration during our Red Line and Red Wine event on April 5.
In addition to the racing theme, Bill’s friend Kevin Chong added a nice bonus to the Cellar with his glass blown art display.
For more information on Bill Patterson, click here
To kick off the event, we hosted a reception to learn the art of painting red line and the art of making red wine! Guests were greeted in the courtyard by the talented local musician, Michael Belair, along with a glass of Montreaux Brut sparkling wine. Bill Patterson and our Winemaker Chris Corley mingled with racing fans and wine enthusiasts during an afternoon of sipping Monticello wine and enjoying small bites catered by Fume Bistro. For those who missed out, you still have another week to view the art on display!
This past weekend, Monticello Vineyards partnered with Sweetpea Catering and Private Chef Services at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for the 3rd Annual food and wine pairing competition. Thirty-three wineries from Appellation St. Helena (ASH) paired up with either a restaurant/caterer/chef or a CIA student for a delicious taste-off.
The 2010 Corley ‘Yewell Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Jeanna DeMarco’s “Monticello Braised Shortrib with Black Pepper Cream Sauce and Pumpkin Seed Pesto” won First Place in the restaurant/caterer/chef category.
Thank you for all of our cheering supporters and coin droppers!
"We just hosted our 2nd Annual Wine & Cupcake Pairing. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to taste and cast their votes. It was a competitive day of tasting, brain power and decision making over the favorite cupcake flavor in addition to the best wine and cupcake pairing. May the best cupcake win...
To give you a little background, Kevin Corley's daughter, Isabella, introduced three amazing flavors to pair alongside our Monticello wines. At the start of the day, she and her brother, Hayden, teamed up in the Jefferson House kitchen to ice up the cupcakes and to add special toppings such as crispy bacon and sugared pearls.
Guests joined in on the fun throughout the day and voted on which of the three flavors best suited their palates. Creative minds and adventurous wine tasters helped us decide on the best.
Here are the final results of the cupcake and wine pairing competition. Now you can try them at home after making your next trip to Monticello Vineyards:
Lemon Buttercream Cupcake (1st Runner Up)
2011 Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Chardonnay
Maple Bacon Cupcake (Winner!)
2009 Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Merlot
Red Velvet Cupcake (2nd Runner Up)
2010 Monticello Vineyards Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
Although it was a close call, Maple Bacon won for the second year in a row by a single vote!
It all came down to our cupcake tie breakers!
The Corley Family with Stephen Corley ('90) and Kevin Corley, Father of Hayden Corley ('17), hosted Southern Methodist University's 4th Annual San Francisco Alumni Chapter Wine Tasting at Monticello Vineyards this past weekend. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze to keep it cool yet comfortable for an outdoor party in the Napa Valley.
The event took place on the East Lawn and included activities for the whole family. Everything was decorated in red and blue to honor the SMU Mustangs including a giant SMU banner to welcome the guests at the registration table where they were greeted by Kurt Pottkotter, SMU Executive Director, National Major Giving Programs.
The wine tasting and entertainment lasted from 1pm to 4pm with the live band New Copasetics on the terrace, a face painter and balloon artist to entertain children and Gerard’s Paella hauling their huge pan of ingredients to create their famous mixed paella.
Monticello poured the 2011 Estate Chardonnay, 2010 Estate Pinot Noir and 2010 Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon while guests mingled with Stephen and Kevin Corley throughout the day.
It was a real treat for me to be a part of, as well, being a graduate of the class of 2009. We look forward to future events with the SMU Mustangs. Pony up!
"With only a few days remaining before the official release of the 2010 Estate Grown Syrah and the 2010 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc, several wine club members spent an afternoon at Monticello Vineyards sampling their newest wine club shipments before their arrival in the tasting room this Friday.
Guests started the afternoon with a taste of the NV Montreaux Brut on the lovely Terrace of the Jefferson House. Jay Corley, himself, briefly joined the wine club members with smiles and memorable stories of the family and winery. It was a beautiful day to relax surrounded by friends, a garden of roses and delicious sparkling wine.
After savoring a last sip of bubbly, the party passed through a room of barrels and candlelight on their way to the Reserve Tasting Room. Chris Corley guided everyone through a tasting of four Monticello Vineyard wines while sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion for the art of making wine for his family's estate.
Following the tasting, the group headed to the Jefferson House dining room for appetizers and the opportunity to revisit wines from the tasting. Each guest had a unique story to share about their connection with the Corley family and their estate wines and walked away with an experience beyond expectation.
Both the 2010 Estate Grown Syrah and 2010 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc already show great potential with intense aromas and layers of flavor that you don't want to miss! For more information, check out the tasting notes for each.
See you in the tasting room at the official release of these fantastic new vintages on Friday, May 31, 2013 just before Auction Napa Valley!"