Man, I don’t know how to say this. The Douro in Portugal is just amazing from all views. I love Paso…I think it’s beautiful and if you’ve driven the 46 to Cambria a couple weeks after we get a bit of rain (rain? what’s rain? I’m not sure I know anymore either…) it is easily a transformative experience. You’ll quit your day job, have a kid and buy a winery. Who does that?! Oh yeah…we do…
Anywho that spot is gorgeous here on the Central Coast. But geez is the Douro beautiful! The negative is if you’re Catherine who has unforgiving motion sickness. We had grand plans to visit a couple boutique wineries that are like us but it didn’t work out like we’d hoped. As the wine host for the cruise on the Douro, I had work to do. But it’s wine work…so not the worst 🙂
\We had a wonderful time hosting many of our wine club members along with others on the cruise, Normally not everyone attends each of the activities the cruise has prepared but it was such a friendly ship basically everyone went on every excursion. The lone hold outs? Well there were two times we didn’t go but that was only because I had to harken my tech sales days and build a couple powerpoint decks (oh man that hurts my teeth to say those words!) The powerpoint decks went over really well by the way!
In the meantime, thank you for visiting us on the BeAST side of Paso! We make some pretty dang good wines over here too 🙂
Welcome to the new site, Dresser Winery! Yes we know there are probably some bugs here and there but we’ll get them squished sooner than later!
Geez, what a trip this has been the last several years…let alone the last two since we we’re ambitious enough to take on the ushering of our wonderful little winery to its next stage.
So let’s start there…rebranding is a decision not made lightly. Ultimately we were asked by the previous owner’s that should their granddaughter’s want to get into the wine industry could they have the Gelfand name to use…Of course we wanted to support that. It may be a long shot that one of them may choose to do that but we certainly want that for them. We hope that they will get into wine one day…our industry needs more women for sure!
So here we are…making the change earlier than we thought we would. But it’s the right decision. We’re now Dresser Winery, by Gelfand Vineyards. We will retire “Gelfand Vineyards” in 2023 but what we won’t retire is the big, bold reds that we’ve always made here. We were club members ourselves originally and love the wine. The big and bold stays…no one makes the kind of wines we do and we love it.
We will, however, explore new styles and winemaking styles IN ADDITION to the big and bold wines. With our 2021 harvest yield so low (just 60% the normal amount of see from our grapes) we decided to get creative and in 2023 that release will feature Cab Franc, Merlot and Cab and Syrah from neighboring vineyards. We were also fortunate to meet one of Paso’s greatest growers and we’re going to take a bit of his Cab, Merlot and, yes, Viognier! With the hot hot hot days of Paso summers, we see how wonderful it would be for our guests if we kick off our tastings with a wine fit for chilling a bit…so in 2023 we’ll have a Viognier to greet our tasting guests and maybe exclusive for our club members. Let’s see how it turns out!
There’s so much to say and in the coming weeks we’ll share more. But for now I’m guessing you’re ready for your next glass of one of our reds…so until then, Drink the Dream!
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