Spirits

Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival consists of the tastes, sights, and sounds that encompass the Salinas Valley’s wealth of individual talents combined with the bounty of our fields, vineyards, farms and ranches.

Craft distillers have become a welcomed, complimentary component to the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival. From grain to glass, Salinas Valley locals are creating some amazing spirits.

Are you a distillery who would like to showcase your beer at the Annual Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival? Please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Registration & Waiver below by the June 30th deadline. After June 30th there will be a late entry fee of $50.
  2. Email a high resolution logo for promotions to winedirector@salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com

CONTACT:
Director of Wines, Brews, and Spirits
Elizabeth Cantu
831-809-7047
winedirector@salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com

 

Puma Road

Ray Franscioni is a third generation Monterey County farmer. Ray and family have gained a reputation for providing the finest grapes to some of the industry’s best known producers. It is only recently, though, that wine lovers could collect wines from the Franscioni vineyards under the family’s own labels. From the Santa Lucia Highlands, San Benito County and Monterey County, Ray Franscioni and family have introduced their limited Puma Road, Pedregal, and Lilia releases. Wines with a delicious sense of place, the result of two decades wine growing experience…

Scheid

Al Scheid first purchased property in Monterey County in early 1972. Monterey wine grape growing was in its infancy and Al was drawn to the region for its untapped potential. Back then, Scheid Vineyards was called Monterey Farming Corporation and it was originally structured as a limited partnership. If you are over 50, you may remember that the tax laws at that time allowed investors to offset losses against regular income. Al, a graduate of Harvard Business School and an investment banker and entrepreneur, was running his own investment company and became intrigued with the idea of vineyards as a tax shelter vehicle – heavy investment on the front end and no income until at least five years into the project.

After determining that it was a sound plan and Monterey County was an ideal region, Al scouted for vineyard ground, formed the Vineyard Investors 1972 limited partnership, and found a customer for 100% of the grape production before even one acre was planted. This was soon followed by the Vineyard 405 limited partnership and Al Scheid’s career in wine growing had begun. It is not exactly the most romantic beginning in the wine industry. We’ve had public relations people inform us that we need a “better story”, preferably a dreamy version that involves riding on horseback through the vineyards at sunset. But Al is a firm believer in Mark Twain’s quote: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Pessagno Winery

Pessagno Winery fulfills a twenty-year dream to produce limited quantities of exclusive luxury wines from prestigious single vineyards throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties. The winery is known for creating wines of distinct character and elegance. It will forever prosper as one of California’s finest wine sources.

Antle Wines

Antle Wines Pinnacalitos de Chalone varietals are 100% estate grown from Antle Vineyard grapes grown in the Chalone appellation, high in the Gabilan Mountains of Monterey County, California. Neighboring the Pinnacles National Monument, the Chalone appellation is characterized by distinctive limestone and decompressed granite soil, concentrating the flavor and mineral character of the wine. With high daytime, and low nighttime temperatures, this unique region produces some of California’s finest wines. We hope you will enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy bringing them to fruition.

Blair Estate Wines

Pinot Noir is very particular. There are few places on earth where climate and soils combine to provide just the right conditions for this noble grape. The Arroyo Seco district in Monterey County is one of  those sites. For five generations, our family has lived and farmed here. We are proud to share these limited release wines from our home with you…

Austin Harlow Winery

Austin Harlow Winery was established in 2014 by Bill Austin of Monterey Peninsula, a long time wine enthusiast. The flagship brand is “Mid Life Crisis Wines”, officially released in March 2015. Drawing grapes from some of the best vineyards in California, the Mid Life Crisis Wines offer both intense and complex flavors at a great value. The Mid Life Crisis lineup consists of Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel (from a vineyard planted in 1935), a San Benito County Zinfandel, a Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon (from grapes planted in the Clements Hill region), a  Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey County Pinot Noir (from an appellation considered to be one of the best in the world), and Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey County Chardonnay.

Pierce Ranch Vineyards

Pierce Ranch Vineyards is a small, family-owned operation centered in southern Monterey County’s San Antonio Valley appellation. We produce limited-run, estate-grown wines with an emphasis on Spanish and Portuguese varieties.

Bernardus Winery

Widely traveled and endowed with impeccable taste, Ben Pon could have chosen anywhere in the world to establish his namesake Bernardus Winery, with the intention of cultivating premier class wines. He selected Carmel Valley, with its west-facing orientation, hot days and chilly nights, and stunning beauty, confident his vineyards there could produce wines to rival the greatest on the globe. More than a quarter-century later, he’s accomplished that not only with his estate Bordeaux blend, called Marinus (after his middle name) but with a powerhouse portfolio of single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Joyce Vineyards

It is our passion to get our hands dirty and translate a plant and its fruit into a beautiful bottle of wine. We are committed to our craft while personally executing all steps of the wine growing and winemaking process. We attempt to produce wines in an honest fashion while staying true to the varietals and vineyard sources. We strive to produce wines that show balance and complexity, which allow consumers to enjoy them throughout their respective journeys. As our winery evolves, so does our pursuit of crafting unique and expressive wines of Monterey County and the central coast wine region.

Le P’tit Paysan

We did not set out to make these wines. We discovered great vineyards at the edge of sensible farming and decided to bring them to light.

The further we looked, the more we found – remote, challenging vineyards, with hard depleted soils, and intense sunlight tempered only by the coastal breeze. Vineyards capable of producing only the most idiosyncratic wines. Our goal as winemakers is to lightly polish the roughest edges and leave the idiosyncrasy intact. It is here in the back country, filled with individual character, where Le P’tit Paysan comes to life.

We are not in “wine country.” We have no trophy wineries, nor posh tasting salons. This is farm land, desolate hills, and solitude. What we do is simple, without artifice, and we enjoy it.