WINO
WINE INVESTIGATION FOR NOVICES & OENOPHILES (WINO)
Santa Clara Valley Chapter, a nonprofit unincorporated association,since 1976
Bruce, Regional Director, october2014@ClubWINO.org www.ClubWINO.org
792 Montrose Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4720, (650)424-WINE (9463)

Balletto Vineyards of Sonoma, with winemaker Anthony Beckmann

BallettoVineyards.com

In 1981, John Balletto purchased his first ranch in Santa Rosa with the help of former high school counselor and friend,

Pete Barbieri. As business grew he leased more land. With the increasing costs of leased land, John and his wife Terri

decided to purchase a large piece of land in order to grow more vegetables and build a new produce packing facility.

John would eventually become the largest vegetable farmer north of the Golden Gate Bridge growing more than 70

different vegetables on over 700 acres. In 1998, although they were still going strong in the vegetable business, there

were three El Nino storms during the spring that wiped out three of their successive plantings. For reference, each

planting cost about a half million dollars. Between those storms and the NAFTA Agreement, it was hard economically

to stay in the vegetable business. They already had 35 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vineyards on

their home ranch in the western hills of Sebastopol and felt that in order to stay in the farming business they must make

a change. So, in 1999, the conversion of vegetable land to vineyard planting began. The Balletto Family has over 600

acres in the Russian River Valley and select 10% from many different clones and soil types to make their wine. They

feel fortunate to sell the remaining 90% of their grapes to other wineries. In July 2010, the Balletto Family was

honored being awarded the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.

WINES: All of these wines are Russian River Valley, Estate

12 Gewurtztraminer, 13 Rose of Pinot Noir, 12 Pinot Gris, 13 Chardonnay, Teresa's Unoaked, 12 Chardonnay,

12 Pinot Noir, 11 Zinfandel, 12 Syrah, 12 Pinot Noir, Sexton Hill, 12 Pinot Noir, BCD Vineyard,

WHEN: Sunday, November 9, 2014- 5:00pm sharp

WHERE: DEL MONTE Restaurant, 100 South Murphy Ave.#104, Sunnyvale 94086 (408)737-7678

Please have a designated driver. We must be responsible for ourselves and the Safety of others.

The address is on Murphy Ave but it is highly unlikely that you can park there. Parking, and the rear entrance is in the

parking lot behind it on the corner on South Sunnyvale Ave and West Evelyn Ave. The restaurant is in the last building

towards Evelyn, you will have to jog through three doors from the back entrance. www.DelMonteRestaurant.com

DINNER: Your Choice: New York Steak, with Peppercorn Sauce

Salmon, served with lemon butter sauce

Chicken Del Monte, Chicken Breast, Sorrel & Mushrooms in a light Champagne Cream Sauce

Pasta Pomodro, Sun Dried Roma Italian Tomatoes, Basil Garlic & Mushrooms over Linguini

Caesars Salad, Bread, Coffee, and Chocolate Decadent Cake consisting of:

(Two layers of moist chocolate cake and chocolate mousse covered with dark chocolate frosting)

Open Seating. Turn cell phones off, and because with wine the nose is so important, please no fragrances.

COST: WINO members $48.00 per person, and returning non-members are $58.00 ea. Members may bring a guest at

member price, per member. Non-members may attend their first event at member price. This event is only for ages, 21

and older, no pets. Please make checks out to WINO and mail to the above address. If your payment won`t be received

by Wednesday November 5th, 3:30pm, then please call or to let Bruce know. In the case of you don`t show, you still

must pay, because I still have to pay for the meals & wine ordered. You will not be contacted unless a sellout precludes

receipt of your check. There will be no refunds after the above date, unless your place can be filled from a waiting list.

Thank You: Viva Neighborhood Eatery does a wonderful job with the WINO Dinners including special treatment which no other groups get. Bruce had fun educating the WINO’s with 10 wines. We had 39 in attendance.

Membership: Make membership payments to WINO, per mailing address & mail to the above address.

$24/yr, $46/2yrs. Sign up for email notification of these monthly events at the bottom of:

www.ClubWINO.org/SantaClara.html

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WINO members $48ea, and returning non-members are $58 per person.

Entree Choices: 1){New York Steak, (a)rare (b)med rare (c)med (d) well} 2) Salmon, 3) Chicken, 4) Pasta

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