This coming (Easter) Sunday marks the opening day of ‘brunch season’. We all love brunch season, because—let’s face it—we all like a good mid-morning libation. For those of you looking for a departure from bubbles, we have just the ticket! Read on for your new go-to brunch beverage, sure to impress on Easter, Mother’s Day, and your bestie’s birthday.
Recipe compliments of Andy Neja, Assistant Winemaker
1 750ml bottle of Caliza Pink (cold)
1 pink grapefruit - juiced (sub 1 cup Wine Shine orange brandy or hibiscus lemon brandy)
1 small watermelon
1 pound strawberries
One bunch of mint with stems for garnish
Simple syrup or honey (optional)
1L bottle club soda (optional)
-Cut watermelon into small 1x1 size cubes or use a watermelon scooper.
-Slice lemons into round wheels.
-Add wine, grapefruit juice (sub 1 cup Wine Shine Orange or Hibiscus Lemon Brandy for a boozier cocktail), approx. ¾ of the watermelon cubes/balls, approx. ¾ of the sliced strawberries, approx. ¾ of the raspberries, and one lemon wheels worth of lemons in a large pitcher (add simple syrup or honey to taste if you want a sweeter sangria).
-Refrigerate for up to 24 hours (the longer the better for more extraction) *if you can’t wait that long just refrigerate until chilled, approximately 30-45min.
-Strain sangria and discard excess fruit and any seeds (fruit can become mushy when chilling for many hours).
Serve ice cold neat or over ice. Use leftover fresh sliced fruits (watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, and lemons) and mint for garnish. Top with club soda for a nice spritz to get that party started in your mouth!
10 Years of Gratitude: A Thank You from Carl
Greetings from beautiful Paso Robles! As we approach the end of 2018 and the conclusion of our year-long 10th anniversary celebration, Pam and I want to express our sincere appreciation for each and every one of you. It is because of you that our dream for an extraordinary winery and tasting room has come true.
Today, as it was when we first opened the Caliza tasting room, we are dedicated to crafting exceptional wines that showcase the personality and character of Paso Robles and our estate vineyard, all while sharing this fantastic journey with each of you. These past ten years have certainly had their share of ups and downs, but all-in-all every day and each year that passes has been special, and we’ve cherished every moment. We now look forward to the next ten years and beyond!
We will continue striving to be the very best we can be by regularly raising the bar through our wines and related experiences. Our goal moving forward is to foster enhanced connections with everyone that enjoys a bottle of Caliza wine. We love learning and improving and will continue to share our journey and exploration through our wines.
The next few years hold some exciting new directions for Caliza. In 2019 we will be rolling out opportunities to further explore Caliza and our wines through enhanced tastings, vineyard tours and on-site experiences.
Along with additional tasting room and vineyard offerings for our guests, we look forward to significant new vine plantings on our estate properties as well as the construction of a new winery facility on our Anderson Road site. Having an on-site winery and production facility, along with additional vineyard blocks and varieties will further enhance our wines as well as provide a higher level of visitor experiences.
My best wishes for a fantastic holiday season and Happy New Year!
Owner & Winemaker
Looking for the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life? Look no further than Caliza and our Holiday Gift Guide! Compiled by our team of wine enthusiasts, this list will help take the guesswork out of gifting.
With that— pour a big glass of Caliza wine, turn on some festive tunes, and prepare to check off your list (click the links below to purchase)…
Show the (wo)man keeping you employed some love this holiday season with a magnum of our SOLD OUT 2015 Syrah. Not only do magnums pack the “wow factor” that makes for a great gift, they are the best format for cellaring your wine and make the perfect addition to any holiday table.
Also available in magnum format are the 2015 Azimuth, 2014 Companion and 2014 Cohort.
What better way to congratulate the start of a new chapter than a wine club membership? The happy couple can toast the first year milestones with a glass of Caliza wine, delivered right to their door (a minimum of) two times per year. A thoughtful gift that keeps on giving!
Also works for The New Homeowners, The Recent Graduate or The New Business Owner.
Always the hardest to buy for, The Connoisseur is savvy, sophisticated and not impressed by just any wine. For this reason, we have pulled a few special bottles out of our cellar to create the ultimate trio- (1) 2012 Reserve Syrah, (1) 2012 Azimuth and (1) 2011 Cohort. Library and reserve bottles, ready to drink now.
Order this three pack in multiples to build a case and really up the ante.
Who doesn’t love candles?! Especially when they are soy and smell like Spiced Cranberry, Cedarwood & Amber, French Lavender or Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis. These are bestsellers in our tasting room and they are sure to bring joy to any recipient. Plus, they come in Caliza wine bottles so they look fab on display!
Also works for The Dog Sitter, Your Sister or Your Best Friend.
Because really, you deserve it! Treat yourself to the brand new, uber limited release of our 2015 Sympatico, comprised of 100% Tempranillo (for the first time ever). This wine is rich, smooth and sure to help you make it through the holidays with most of your sanity intact. Only 40 cases produced so this wine will not be included in a wine club release. Get it before it is gone!
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