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A simple guide to removing wax from your favorite wine 2011 We are pleased to announce the last release of our three part series: The 2011 Moon Pinot Noir. Virginia handcrafted 3 very different Pinots to express the multiplicity of flavors in the Russian River Valley – Earth, Moon and Stars. We loved this Barrel Selection series so much we are continuing it going forward. The Moon is all about the delicate balance of winemaking. Powerful, but still Pinot-like, elegant backbone of acidity that gently carriers to the finish. Somewhere between the power of the earth and the elegance of the stars…

FLAVOR PROFILE Aromas of dried cherries, vanilla bean, fresh blueberries and chocolate cosmos lift from the glass. Flavors of silky caramel, winter spice and ripe Santa Rosa plums fill the palate. This wine finishes round and velvety and with a hint of star anise and cocoa nibs.

$48 (club price starts at $38.40)

Dipping wine bottles in wax is an age old tradition, stemming from monks in monasteries trying to keep their wine fresh. More recently sealing your bottle with wax ensures that it will be tamper proof and it looks really amazing. Adding to our already stellar collections of labels, VML started to put wax on all of our Single Vineyard and Barrel Selection wines with the 2011 vintage. While the wax tops add aesthetic appeal to our bottles, it became glaringly apparent that these beautiful bottles are difficult to get open. After many trials of opening our wine in the tasting room we thought it would be helpful to share our expertise with you at home. Below we have outlined some tips for opening your favorite VML wine. We also created a short video for a visual reference. 1. Do not attempt to remove the wax with a sharp object! 2. Drive the corkscrew (the VML preferred wine key is a double-hinged corkscrew) directly through the wax on top of bottle in the center of the monogram (VML) 3. Brace the lever firmly against the rim of the bottle 4. Pull up on the handle of the wine key cracking the seal of wax and removing the cork. One last note about the wax enclosures… The 2012 Single Vineyard and Barrel Selection wines will have a slightly different closure. The new packaging will be beautiful as always… but much easier to open! Please download a QR code scanner app for your mobile device such as QR Reader or Scanlife in order to scan the QR code on the left to view the instructional video. Visit our blog! Read the “Wax on, Wax off” blog at www.vmlwinery.wordpress.com for the video and instructions on opening our waxed bottles. While you are there see what else is new around the winery!

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Upcoming Events NOVEMBER 2 & 3 Wine and Food Affair – Healdsburg, Ca NOVEMBER 23 & 24 SF Vintners Market – Fort Mason, San Francisco, Ca DECEMBER 7 December Pick-up Party – VML Winery, Healdsburg, Ca JANUARY 18 & 19 Winter Wineland FEBRUARY 15 February Pick-up Party – VML Winery, Healdsburg, Ca FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2 Barrel Tasting Weekend One MARCH 7-9 Barrel Tasting Weekend Two MARCH 17 Next Bi-Annual HOT Club Shipment Please note we will be closed the following dates: November 28th, December 24th & 25th January 1st 2014

2012 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CHARDONNAY The Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a flagship wine for us and after taking a hiatus on making a 2011 vintage, we are thrilled to have this wine back again. Some of you have become quite familiar (and in love!) with our 2010 version of this wine and we believe this one is even better! Overall the 2012 vintage is proving to be quite a vintage characterized by expressive fruit and wide-ranging acidities. We expanded our Chardonnay program and had the opportunity to work with some fantastic vineyards. This flagship wine is the first Chardonnay of four to release from the 2012 vintage and these white wines are truly some of the best Ginny has crafted!

FLAVOR PROFILE Lemon curd, raw almonds, bright citrus and a slight hint of flint comprise the intricate aromas of this wine. On the mouth-watering palate lemon crème, dried apricot and Gravenstein apples combine with a textural acidity that finishes long and refreshing. Not cloying this wine finishes dry and will complement many foods such as fresh salmon or halibut.

$28 (club price starts at $22.40)

Rosemary scented Beef Tenderloin with Earth’s Bounty Balsamic Grill Sauce By: Christopher Ludwick, Executive Chef of Earth’s Bounty Fine Foods

INGREDIENTS 1 lb Beef Tenderloin 2 Tbsp Olive oil Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS Rub 1 Tbsp of olive oil onto the beef tenderloin. Season with rosemary preferably fresh and salt and pepper. Preheat grill on high until hot. Place beef on grill and cook until internal temperature reaches 110 degrees. During the last 10 minutes of cooking drizzle Balsamic grill sauce over the beef to glaze. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. SERVES 2

PLATING INSTRUCTIONS Place sliced beef on plate, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with balsamic grill sauce. Sprinkle chopped thyme, marjoram and parsley over plate. Serve and enjoy! Cheers! Pair with Bradford Mountain Zinfandel or Stars Pinot Noir


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