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The Devastating Fires in Wine Country

The fires of the last week in Napa and Sonoma have been categorized as the worst in California history.  One of the things that made it so scary and devastating was the surprise of it.  Many people were evacuated or had to flee from their home in a matter of minutes.



Fortunately, our family of Boisset Collection wineries are still standing with Raymond and DeLoach open for tasting this week. Unfortunately, with a heavy heart, some of our winery staff, both current and past, have lost everything.  It's shocking and heartbreaking; however, the winery community is coming together in so many ways to support each other.

From Jean-Charles Boisset:
Once again, we are inspired by the generosity of our wine community, friends and family, and the outpouring of support.  For our employees that have been affected, we have established a Go-Fund-Me campaign to help them get back on their feet, with Boisset matching employee contributions up to $25,000.
Additionally, we have already met with the leaders of our established community foundations that have created relief funds to provide aid to local fire victims, and we, like many vintners and growers in our area, are recommending these funds:

To love, passion and friendship…. And to a strong, resilient, and ever-hopeful wine country!  
Warmest wishes,
Jean-Charles Boisset

To learn more about the status of the fires and to hear directly from Jean-Charles regarding the impact and our forward-looking future, see the video that aired on PBS.


Halloween Spooky Sangria Recipe

I love this recipe for a Spooky Sangria just in time for Halloween. 

The key is making it a deep red color and all of the fun, spooky additions that give it more of a Halloween flare.

Our DeLoach Zinfandel and the Buena Vista "The Count" are perfect red wines for this cooky concoction.  Don't forget the gummi worms!.



What You'll Need


1 750 mL of Red Wine*

1 orange (cut into wedges)

1 lemon (cut into wedges)

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups ginger ale (or club soda)

Dash of grenadine (optional, for darker "bloodlike" color)

1 cup gummy worms, gummy bugs, or spooky hard candy eyes

*Suggested Wine:  

DeLoach Russian River Valley Zinfandel

Buena Vista "The Count" Red Wine Blend

How to Make It

  1. Pour the wine into a pitcher.
  2. Squeeze the juices from the lemon and orange wedges into the wine. If possible, remove the seeds, then toss the wedges into the punch.
  3. Add the sugar and stir thoroughly until it dissolves.
  4. Chill overnight.
  5. Add the ginger ale or club soda, grenadine syrup, ice, and creepy candy just before serving.

* For the deepest red wine color, choose a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja red, Zinfandel, or Shiraz.

If you'd like to serve the Halloween Sangria right away, use chilled red wine and serve it over lots of ice.

More Fun Additions to Your Halloween Sangria

Halloween is the one holiday of the year where anything goes. Sangria fits perfectly because there are no rules to sangria either. Have fun and use your imagination to add creepy elements to your punch bowl.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Freeze plastic spiders and other cheap, spooky toys in ice cube trays. Half way through the freeze, add a dash or two of red food coloring or grenadine to each cube.
  • Add fresh fruit to the punch or ice cubes. Sliced strawberries, peaches, kiwi, or a handful of fresh blueberries and raspberries are all fun options. The bigger variety of fruit, the better as it looks like a witch's brew.
  • Edible eyeballs are always a fun addition to a Halloween drink. Olives are the easiest 'eyeballs' though you can build your own with fruits like lychees and blueberries. Float them on top or freeze them in ice.
  • Add black plastic spider rings to the stem of the wine glasses to complete the Halloween effect.
  • Do you want your Halloween Sangria to be just a little stronger? Add a shot or two of gin, brandy, or rum. Don't get too crazy on the booze, though. You don't want all your ghostly guests to become zombies before the night's over.