Happy hours are looking a little different lately; we’re staying in and hanging out virtually now – though it doesn’t feel exactly the same as hanging out at our favorite bars, we’re getting used to it and making the most out of it. In ‘the new normal, your ‘zoom view,’ or background, needs to look as good as what you would post on Instagram – colors, lighting and display. Here’s an easy solution to help create your perfect ‘zoom view’ and that would be Baileyana Wine.  

These wines are ideal for any zoom view, each have a different characteristic that would work. Want to add a pop of color? The salmon color of the Baileyana Rosé of Pinot Noir is pretty enough to set the stage by itself. Want to go for a more classic look?  Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay has a lovely white and gold look. Or maybe you prefer the darker look, the black tie event look – black and gold. For that, Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir would be the ideal wine.   

Zoom with these delicious wines!

2018 Firepeak Chardonnay

Edna Valley

Jack Niven pioneered wine grape planting with Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley in 1973. Not the bystander type, his wife Catharine soon after began a project that grew into what is now Baileyana Winery. In the mid-1990s, their two sons, James and John, purchased property next door and expanded Paragon Vineyard. They designed and planted these new blocks with select clones, varieties and rootstocks specific to the site. They named this section Firepeak in homage to the extinct volcanoes in the area and the resulting volcanic soils.

The Edna Valley is the coolest growing region in all of California; as cited in a study by Southern Oregon University, the Edna Valley is a mere 5.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Consequently, the extended growing season allows grapes grown here to develop intense and complex varietal flavors while achieving optimum maturity levels. Known as the “Dirt of the Devil,” the soils in the northern portion of the valley are also unique. As Islay Hill is the most southern sibling in a chain of extinct volcanoes known as the Seven Sisters, volcanic remnants are combined with clay loam and rocky marine sediment, offering a distinct mix of nutrients and good drainage.

A bright but complex chardonnay, this wine has upfront flavors of crisp pear, lemon zest, pineapple and hints of vanilla. Aromas of citrus and honeydew melon highlight the chalky minerality that runs throughout. This wine is smooth and balanced with refined acid structure and a nice creamy finish.”

2018 Firepeak Pinot Noir

Edna Valley

Aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and tobacco burst from the glass of this beautifully balanced pinot noir. Dark fruit, blueberry, root beer and cola flavors are complemented by good acidity and structure. The soft supple tannins create a beautiful finish.

2018 Tangent Albariño

Edna Valley

One of the few prominent Spanish white varietals, Albariño hails from the Rías Baixas region in the province of Galicia. Situated at the northwest tip of the country, Galicia is bordered on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime influence ensures a cool growing season with a temperate, even climate, and can result in beautiful wines high in both acidity and flavor. Currently, there are few Albariño vines planted in California. In fact, most available acreage reports lump this small producer in the “other whites” category. By making a high-quality wine from high-quality grapes, we are out to change those statistics. In 2018, 45 acres of the renowned Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley was dedicated to Albariño, making it one of the largest vineyards planted to the variety outside of Spain.

The notable Paragon Vineyard has earned the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Vineyard Certification. This vineyard site has historically been farmed in a careful and responsible manner, taking into account all facets of the surrounding environment. This certification proves a commitment to environmental stewardship, economic viability and equitable treatment of employees. SIP provides a comprehensive and verifiable method to authenticate a vineyard’s attention to integrated farming practices. The Paragon Vineyard in Edna Valley of California provides the grapes for this wine. With the Pacific Ocean lying only 5 miles to the west, its influence creates one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in the state. The soils are a mixture of volcanic, clay loam and rocky marine sediment offering few nutrients, which allows the vines to struggle and focus on producing high-quality, flavorful grapes. Much like the Rías Baixas near the coast in Spain which is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the Edna Valley maintains a consistent, temperate climate from vintage to vintage. The long, cool growing season and extended hang time encourages full ripening and development of intense varietal character, a Tangent imperative. As Tangent aims to produce vibrant wines of good-acid structure to be naturally enjoyed with a wide range of foods, this wine was made without any oak influence, nor did any portion go through malolactic fermentation. The 2018 growing season featured a mild summer which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. Heat waves and rain spells were limited and the harvest was slow and cool. As a result, this vintage shows exceptional quality and elegance.

Made in the traditional style of Rías Baixas Albariño, this wine is pure and vibrant with a slight salty characteristic. Mandarin orange and tangerine peel begin in the aromatics and run clear through to the finish. The round mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by a somewhat crisp acid structure. The refreshing quality of this wine makes it an excellent aperitif and it pairs well with most seafoods.

Tangent Rosé

Edna Valley

Tangent is constantly innovating and thinking outside the box. Our rosé represents a modern avant-garde approach to a new progressive category of New World rosés. We turned the rosé recipe upside down and utilized our unique and rare cool climate Albariño, viognier, pinot noir and syrah.

The pinot noir brings a salmon nuance while the hints of syrah and grenache add a cherry hue to the rosé. Albariño delivers rose petal, banana, apple and pear, while the viognier contributes floral and subtle notes of tropical fruits.

2016 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Mother Nature is intriguing and elusive, reigning on high with grace and beauty. Coming from hand-selected vineyard sites in Paso Robles, this wine showcases the generous gist of Mother Nature. Beloved for its rolling hills east of the Salinas River and steeper hillsides cut by small canyons west of the Salinas River, the Paso Robles AVA is a large, diverse appellation that begins 6 miles away from one of Mother Nature’s greatest creations, the deep, blue Pacific Ocean. While the hot days allow cabernet sauvignon to fully ripen, the ocean influence and higher elevations of the hillsides bring cool nighttime temperatures that maintain high acidity in the grapes. We show our respect to Mother Nature by creating this quality wine that exhibits the true power of cabernet sauvignon from Paso Robles. Each vintage of this wine mirrors the splendor of Mother Nature.

This cabernet sauvignon is pure Paso Robles, full of polished aromas of blueberry, cherry and vanilla, leading to flavors of dark red units, black currants and hints of pepper, mocha and caramelized oak. Rich yet smooth, this wine is very approachable now and will continue to mature for years to come.

2017 Zocker Gruner Veltliner

Edna Valley

Zocker is an American winery that produces wines made exclusively from the white varietals of Grüner veltliner and riesling. The grapes are grown on the Niven family’s famed Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California. These rare but extremely food-friendly and unique wines are the essence of unconventional. German for “Gambler,” Zocker is likely the Niven Family’s riskiest venture yet.

Round and energetic, with great acid structure, this wine is steely and has pronounced minerality. It has bright aromas of lemon and lime on the nose, a strong white pepper note, and flavors of ripe melon and fruit cocktail.”

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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