If you find wine tasting at A. Nonini, you'll probably hear about the winery history, the owner James Jordan's great-grandfather, and the theory of the former A. Nonini wine makers.
James Jordan is a fourth generation farmer in the Central Valley. His great-grandfather, Antonio, came over in 1900 as an orphan and ran cattle. In 1913 he purchased the property that A. Nonini sits on today. In 1936, their family started producing wine (bringing wine making to 80 years of production!!)
While the history is rich at this winery, there are probably a three random facts you didn't know...
1. James was 12 when he made his first bottle of wine (he even still has it)
2. A. Nonini winery still uses some of the original equipment from when the winery opened - including a 527 gallon redwood barrel.
3. James believes his great-grandfather and grandfather's spirits reside in the winery. Paranormal investigators have even checked it out: https://youtu.be/vc3NJ4sErLY
Stop by and hear about this winery's deep history today!
Beer Gifts: Tecumseh and Cake
Beer lovers rejoice! Tioga-Sequoia has gifted the people of Fresno County with two re-releases for a limited time this summer: Tecumseh Imperial IPA and the Gold-Award Winning "Piece of Cake".
Tecumseh Imperial IPA is an IPA lovers dreams. With its 10.8% ABV, Tioga-Sequoia patriots may remember this beer from past releases. This Triple IPA is "off the hook" according to Brewmaster Kevin Cox: "This [Tecumseh] is the same as the springs recipe with a tad more dry hops adding Mosaic to the fold to make the citrus thing pop even more."
This isn't the only re-released beer this summer. For those who prefer a sweeter beer, Tioga-Sequoia has a reason for you to celebrate: Piece of Cake Dessert Stout. Sitting at a 7.2% ABV, their website describes this beer in a way that's perfectly irresistible for beer and dessert lovers alike: "We age our chocolate milk stout on freshly ground coffee, Madagascar vanilla beans, and toasted coconut to represent a similar flavor experience to a German Chocolate Cake." How else does a beer earn a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition??
Two re-releases making two delicious reasons to stop by Tioga-Sequioa today.
How do grapes become wine?
Yribarren Family Farms isn't just about wine, or even the produce their family grows such as squash or tomatoes. They also are about emphasizing the local aspect and teaching the community how wine is made. Jeff Yribarren created a series of videos showing the process of wine making from beginning to bottling. Find their videos at on their Facebook:
Not only do they educate about the wine making process, but they host a grape stomp event. Traditionally, grapes were crushed by foot in vats to release their juices and begin fermentation. Yribarren Wine Club members are invited to attend their Wine Stomp Event on Oct. 11.
How do you become a part of their wine club? It's quite simple. Purchase 6 or more bottles and not only are you invited to exclusive events such as the grape stomp event, but the bottles are $8 each! Find out more information and purchase this local wine on their website: www.yribarrenwines.com/
Summer's are hot, especially in the Central Valley. What better way to beat the heat than with some delicious Rose Sangria, using fruit and wine from right here in Fresno County?
2 (750- ml) bottles your favorite rose wine
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling water or club soda
3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup diced strawberries
1 cup diced nectarines or peaches
2 blood oranges or navel oranges, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
Combine all ingredients in a 1-gallon pitcher and stir well to combine and dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Sound like a simple way to celebrate a Saturday this summer? Share with us your Sangrias by tagging us on instagram at @FCWine in your Sangria photos.
The Fresno Food Expo is the nation’s largest regional food show. This year, the Expo introduced 32 new products, varietals, and packaging concepts, including Tioga-Sequoia’s Cucumber Pilsner, Cucumbier, and Kings River Winery’s 2014 Albariño.
This year, more than 900 buyers attended the one day showcase, making this year a record-setting attendance. What are the benefits for a vendor to participate in this annual event?
Aside from having a presence among 120 food and beverage producers in the San Joaquin Valley, the Fresno Food Expo puts new products in front of buyers and community members who never knew specific products existed before. In 2014, nearly 4,600 votes were cast over the three-week voting period for the People’s Choice Award.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said the purpose of the Fresno Food Expo is to connect the local food production industry with over 750 varied buyers from retail, wholesale, foodservice and more from across the nation and around the world, creating valuable economic growth in California’s most agriculturally diverse region.
More than the numbers, the Fresno Food Expo displays the phenomenal and versatile products that are produced locally. With 69% of California’s total commodities coming from the San Joaquin Valley, the Expo is one of the best opportunities to encourage local buying of food and support of Fresno County wines and beers.