Millennials Are Changing Wedding Traditions Right Before Our Eyes

Nothing screams “traditional” quite like a wedding. Flowy white gowns, luscious layer cakes, the dad-daughter dance; they all help define the celebration of marriage. Go to a millennial wedding, though, and you’ll find traditions being challenged and re-imagined.

All around the world, 20- and 30-something couples are not just bending the nuptial rules, they are re-writing them, adding nontraditional or surprising elements that show open-minded and innovative tendencies — inspiring the next generation of wedding trends.

 

 

Millennial brides are designing and planning their wedding to look less like it came out of a wedding magazine from 1988 and more like it came straight off of Pinterest, with the help of Etsy, and coordinated by high-tech apps that help streamline and organize the process.

Here’s what’s happening at millennial weddings across the country:

  •  Digital domination: Millennial celebrations are all about hashtags, Snapchats and digital downloads. Get used to it. Many couples encourage guests to post their photos on social media, and they’ve created their own self-designed Snapchat filters that include themes (perhaps a Hawaiian motif) that include the couple’s name and the date of the ceremony. Wedding hashtags allow guests to post about or from the wedding in real-time. Family and friends can capture those candid, priceless moments and relive them immediately.
  •  Creating themes: Personalizing weddings in the age of Instagram is about theming a moment for a unique experience. And with millennial couples taking on more of the financial load of their weddings, they feel more empowered to customize the events. Young couples love to create a themed party for a Friday night rehearsal dinner or a Star Wars-inspired after-party, a incorporate a favorite family dish as part of the reception menu. Even the music is very reflective, incorporating favorite songs into the wedding processional, or unique performances; bagpipes, a marching band, things that are a little nontraditional or surprising.
  •  Informal dress: Weddings used to always bring to mind formal wear: black tuxes, white gowns, groomsmen in matching ties and bridesmaids in satin. But today, many millennial couples opt for a more modern dress code. For example, some brides choose not to require matching bridesmaid dresses, instead having their “besties” wear skirts and tops or jumpsuits and rompers. No need to match. Other millennials encourage guests to wear cocktail attire; perhaps flannel shirts with bow ties or bohemian-style sundresses.
  •  Dropping traditions: Many millennials forgo the old-fashioned expectations such as tossing the bouquet or cutting the cake. Some even prefer not to have a bride’s side and a groom’s side at the ceremony, or seating charts at the reception. They want their wedding to be more social, and to remove the anxiety of arranging where people sit. At millennial weddings you often won’t see major alcohol brands or beers as young couples prefer craft beer or small-batch bourbons. And gone are the days of spending a few thousand dollars on a five-tiered wedding cake. You may see multiple cakes made of pancakes, or different flavored macarons. And because millennials love brunch, many ceremonies now occur late morning, with eggs Benedict and bloody Mary/mimosa bars set up at the reception.

In the minds of millennials, such changes aren’t meant to disrespect old traditions,  just to create new ones that fit more into a changing world. It’s up to the next generation to accept and adopt them, or create new ones of their own.


Think Green: For Some Wines, The Road From Grape To Glass Can Leave A Heavy Footprint

When it comes to wine, we tend to think in colors of red and white — or even pink. But taking into consideration a wine’s carbon footprint has added the color green to the conversation. Those of us who care about our increasingly fragile planet have started to understand the impact that a particular wine has on the environment.

From farming practices, to packaging, to transportation, the road from grape to glass can leave a heavy footprint — depending on the winery and where that wine is shipped.

 

 

While sipping a glass of South American red one evening, wine enthusiast Tyler Colman began to think about the impact that particular wine had on the environment.

Colman, who teaches classes on wine at New York University and the University of Chicago and blogs as “Dr. Vino,” enlisted the help of sustainability expert Pablo Päster of ClimateCHECK to calculate the carbon footprint of wine, in terms of both its production and transportation. Their findings were first published as an American Association of Wine Economists working paper in October 2007.

The first source of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the chemical fertilizers some wine growers use. On a global scale, fertilizers are an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but for wine production, they don’t have much of an impact.

Grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do, Colman explained, making them a minor proportion of wine’s overall footprint. (Fertilizers, along with pesticides, can still pollute the local environment though, and some wine producers are moving to more organic wine-growing practices.)

Likewise, the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production.

It turns out that the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine, Colman and Päster found, was actually in transporting wine to the consumer.

The easy answer is to drink local, from smaller, regional wineries that practice sustainability. For those not living in wine regions, this becomes a complicated issue. In some cases it may actually be more environmentally friendly to buy wine sent by container ship from Bordeaux to a port in, say, New Jersey, rather than to drink wines trucked from California.

Transportation isn’t the only consideration, however, as packaging can influence the footprint. Transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging.

That has brought to the market wine in alternative packaging — including boxes, bags and even plastic. While boxed wine, for example, has endured the stigma of bad-tasting swill, many higher-end wineries have chosen this method for their premium wines — adding the color green to their portfolios.


‘Light’ Olive Oil Is A Sham — And Four Other Myth-Busting Realities About Nature’s Perfect Food

By now everyone knows that olive oil boasts remarkable health benefits as a staple of the Mediterranean diet. Even though olive oil is commonly found in most American kitchens, mystery and confusion still surround its use.

 

 

 Here are some common mistakes you may be making when it comes to olive oil:

  • You buy the “light” version to save calories: All olive oils have roughly the same amount of calories and fat (about 120 calories and 14g fat per tablespoon). “Light” refers to the color and flavor of this oil, which is highly refined to make it more neutral than other types of olive oil.
  • You are reluctant to cook with extra-virgin olive oil: It’s true that extra virgin olive oil has a lower smoke point than other types of olive oil. This is the temperature where oil begins to smoke and impart an unpleasant odor and flavor (peanut oil is 450 degrees, for example). Extra virgin olive oil has a smoke point around 410 degrees, so it’s perfectly safe for sautéing at medium temperatures. Extra virgin is the purest form of olive oil, and contains the most health supportive oleic acid so there’s no need to use it only for salad dressing.
  • You throw away olive oil that tastes slightly bitter: Don’t toss out that oil because it may not have gone bad. A slightly bitter taste can indicate the presence of antioxidants. With a fresh extra virgin olive oil, you should taste olives, of course, but also some grassy, fruity or even peppery notes.
  • You only use it for special occasions: If you’re saving that nice bottle of extra virgin for special occasions, perhaps to dribble onto a summer tomato salad, you’re doing a disservice to the oil — and your guests. Olive oil is best used when fresh — both in terms of flavor and nutritional value. Olives are fruit and after 3-6 months from the harvest date the oil is no longer fresh.
  • You store it in a warm place: Olive oil can quickly go rancid, so you want to store it away from heat and light. Dark-colored glass bottles or tin containers work best for storage, but don’t store next to the store, or on a window sill. If you store olive oil in the fridge, it will often solidify, which isn’t a bad thing. But don’t think that solidification means that your oil is high quality. Recent studies have debunked that myth. The best way to ensure your oil is good quality is to look for seals on the bottle from the USDA Quality Monitoring Program, the North American Olive Oil Association, the California Olive Oil Council, or the Extra Virgin Alliance.

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The fertile soils and ideal growing conditions of Carmel Valley, Calif., have spawned delectable new wines  from Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines, two of Central California’s most-celebrated wineries.

Holman Ranch vintners are proud to introduce two estate-grown wines from the 2015 growing season .5 Degrees Brix ($21 per bottle) and Rose of Pinot Noir ($22) as the newest additions to a menu that already includes 2013 Chardonnay ($27), Unoaked Virgin Chardonnay ($23), Kelly’s Press Pinot Noir ($26), Pinot Gris ($17), Sweet Love Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc ($30), and Sauvignon Blanc ($19),  2012 Heather’s Hill 12HH ($36) and Pinot Noir ($35), 2011 Hunter’s Cuvee Pinot Noir ($41) and Big Daddy Fortified Late Harvest Pinot Noir ($45).

The .5 Degrees Brix and Hunter’s Cuvee were awarded silver medals at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Newest offerings from the Jarman estate include 2014 Chardonnay ($45) and Pinot Noir ($80), and 2013 Pinot Noir ($75).

All can be found at http://holmanranch.com/holman-ranch-store/.

About Holman Ranch

Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation, rich with the root stocks and soils that are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains play a crucial role in Carmel Valley viticulture, holding back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils such as chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage.

Holman Ranch “stresses the vines” of the fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which, in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for morning fog that rapidly moves out as the air warms — ideal for Pinot Noir grapes. The elevation  and proximity to the ocean are positive characteristics for the vines.

Holman Ranch’s vines are planted 15 degrees off due north, which allows for all-day sunlight on fruit zone and good protection from breeze.

No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit, and we have received our sustainable and organic certification.  Holman Ranch is also 100 percent estate vineyards and winery.

Holman Ranch’s wines are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to table. Purity and passion are key ingredients in the wine-making process, and this is where Holman Ranch truly stands out.

Wine Caves:

The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58˚F-60 ˚F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50˚F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

  • Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.
  • The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.
  • The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:

Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:

Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com

About Jarman Wines

Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit.

The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process.

Jarman wine uses only 100-percent estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room  in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment), next to Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar, the restaurant the family purchased in 2014.

The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine. The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences: Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.

Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio, 18 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA.  For more information call Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio at 831-298-7300 or email info@jarmanwine.com.


Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Estate Wines and Jarman Wines Announce Three New Releases

CARMEL VALLEY, CA – Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery Estate Wines and Jarman Wines Announce new releases.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation. The root stocks and soils are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains are very important to Carmel Valley viticulture. The local hills hold back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils, such as, chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage. Holman Ranch “stresses the vines” of the fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but with it rapidly moving out as the air warms which is great for Pinot Noir grapes. The proximity to the ocean and the elevation are positive characteristics for the vines.

Holman Ranch’s vines are planted 15 degrees off due north which allows for all day sunlight on fruit zone and good protection from breeze. No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit and we have received our sustainable and organic certification.  Holman Ranch is also 100% estate vineyards and winery.

Holman Ranch’s wines are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to table. Purity and passion are key ingredients in the wine-making process, and this is where Holman Ranch truly stands out.

Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100% estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room.

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines Announce Three New Releases

Holman Ranch has three new releases this year. They will tantalize your taste buds, perhaps even become one of your favorites. From Holman Ranch, choose from a 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir and a 2012 Heather’s Hill Pinot Noir. From Jarman there’s a plump and juicy 2014 Pinot Noir.

’15 – Rose of Pinot Noir

Whisps of strawberry and summer watermelon tickle the nose, while the bright and dry finish lingers on and on. Our ‘Blushing Bride” is perfect for your outdoor celebration, sipping on the patio with the one you love or enjoying with your favorite meal.

$22 per bottle

Wine Specs

  • Vintage 2015
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Appellation Carmel Valley
  • Alcohol % 12.6

’12 – Heather’s Hill

This fun & fruity wine has notes of black pepper, black cherry and black licorice and finishes with a beautiful palate cleansing acidity.

$36

Wine Specs

  • Vintage 2012
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Appellation Carmel Valley
  • Alcohol % 12.9

’14 – Jarman Pinot Noir

Our second take on Jarman Pinot Noir starts with a beautifully aromatic nose, full of baking spices and a velvety softness. At first sip, you’ll be bathed in rich warmth as flavors of cassis and blackberry jam mingle together and cravings of freshly baked pastry swirl in your mind. This 2014 Pinot Noir can be enjoyed now and will only get better with age.

$80

Wine Specs

  • Vintage 2014
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Appellation Carmel Valley
  • Alcohol % 13.9

Wine Caves:

The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58˚F-60 ˚F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50˚F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

  • Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.
  • The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.
  • The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:

Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:

Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com

About Jarman Wines:

Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100% estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room.

The two varietals include:

>The 2013 Jarman Pinot Noir takes on nuances of warm blueberry pie, cloves and cinnamon that mingle in the nose with oak notes from 10 months in the barrel. The mouth-feel is plump and juicy with overtones of cassis and blackberries.

>The 2014 Jarman Chardonnay features floral notes reminiscent of walking by a parfumerie in France — subtle and pleasant with a hint of earthiness. When serving this wine lightly chilled, rich notes of underripe berries and raw honey will waltz across your palate.

To further honor their mother’s memory, the family has opened a special tasting room in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment) next to Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar, the restaurant they purchased in 2014. The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine. The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences: Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.

Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio, 18 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA.  For more information call Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio at 831-298-7300 or email info@jarmanwine.com.


Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Estate Wines and Jarman Wines Win Awards From The 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition

Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Estate Wines and Jarman Wines Wins

Awards From The 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition

CARMEL VALLEY, CA –Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition (IWWC), Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery Estate Wines and Jarman Wines wins awards from the 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation. The root stocks and soils are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains are very important to Carmel Valley viticulture. The local hills hold back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils, such as, chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage. Holman Ranch “stresses the vines” of the fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but with it rapidly moving out as the air warms which is great for Pinot Noir grapes. The proximity to the ocean and the elevation are positive characteristics for the vines.

Holman Ranch’s vines are planted 15 degrees off due north which allows for all day sunlight on fruit zone and good protection from breeze. No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit and we have received our sustainable and organic certification.  Holman Ranch is also 100% estate vineyards and winery.

Holman Ranch’s wines are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to table. Purity and passion are key ingredients in the wine-making process, and this is where Holman Ranch truly stands out.

Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100% estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room.

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines Announce they have won the following 2016 International Women’s Wine Competitions:

Wine

Price

Award

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Kelly’s Press

$26.00

Double Gold

2015 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Rose of Pinot Noir

$22.00

Gold, Best of Class, Best of Show Rose

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris

$17.00

Gold

2015 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery .5 Degrees Brix

$19.00

Silver

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Big Daddy

$45.00

Silver

2014 Jarman Chardonnay

$45.00

Silver

2012 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Heather’s Hill

$38.00

Silver

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Sweet Love

$30.00

Silver

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Virgin Chardonnay

$21.00

Silver

2014 Jarman Pinot Noir

$80.00

Silver

2013 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc

$19.00

Bronze

2011 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Hunter’s Cuvee

$41.00

Bronze

2012 Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir

$34.00

Bronze

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM’s conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited East and Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West (formerly International Eastern Wine Competition and West Coast Wine Competition), and the International Women’s Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

Wine Caves:

The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58˚F-60 ˚F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50˚F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

  • Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.
  • The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.
  • The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:

Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:

Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

About Holman Ranch:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com

Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio, 16 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA.  For more information call Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio at 831-298-7300 or email info@jarmanwine.com.

About Jarman Wines:

Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100% estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room.

The two varietals include:

>The 2013 Jarman Pinot Noir takes on nuances of warm blueberry pie, cloves and cinnamon that mingle in the nose with oak notes from 10 months in the barrel. The mouth-feel is plump and juicy with overtones of cassis and blackberries.

>The 2014 Jarman Chardonnay features floral notes reminiscent of walking by a parfumerie in France — subtle and pleasant with a hint of earthiness. When serving this wine lightly chilled, rich notes of underripe berries and raw honey will waltz across your palate.

To further honor their mother’s memory, the family has opened a special tasting room in Carmel Valley Village open daily next to Will’s Fargo Restaurant and Bar, the restaurant they purchased in 2014. The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine. The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences: Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.


America’s Latest Craze, Pokémon Go, Contains Built-In Bonus For Users — Outdoor Exercise

For several years advances in technology have led to reduced physical activity and increased time motionless, with people staring at an electronic device.

That’s why those who lament the growing electronic-based world are praising the latest craze taking the country by storm — Pokémon Go.

 

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What is Pokémon Go, you ask? It’s a location-based, augmented reality mobile game released in July of 2016 for iOS and Android devices. The downloadable app is based on the wildly popular Pokémon craze of the 1990s, which featured colorful Japanese cartoon characters. It seems as though everyone in America is playing the game, with an estimated 9.5 million daily active users — an astronomical figure.

Pokémon Go allows users to walk around their communities, “capturing” those characters. And whether it’s lumbering up a hill to catch up with Pikachu, or trekking several blocks just to nab Magnemite, Pokémon Go players are getting some actual exercise.

The app uses the smartphone’s camera, so that when you look at your phone, you see a Pokémon character superimposed over a real-world object, a feature known as augmented reality. Different types of Pokémon appear in different locations, so players need to explore the world around them to catch different characters.

As an added bonus, Pokémon Go players are walking miles and miles each day to play the game, boosting their overall physical activity. For some it’s the most active and social they have been in months.

Experts in sports medicine and obesity prevention welcomed the news.

“Anything that gets people up off their couch … and out in the real world moving around I think is a wonderful thing,” said Dr. Michael Jonesco, a sports medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Pokémon Go is more likely to result in a higher degree of activity than many previous “exergames” because it requires users to walk around, whereas many previous exergames could actually be played with very little activity. And players might not even feel like they’re exercising, in part because the game is providing them with novel goals rather than setting a specific amount of activity to work toward.

In addition, the game allows users to meet other people in the real world, for example, at landmarks where there are many Pokémon. This could result in new friendships that are built around being active.

The only drawback so far is players wandering onto private property, or into venues such as libraries or churches, where it isn’t appropriate to venture in pursuit of virtual characters.

How long this craze lasts is anyone’s guess. But, for now, brace yourself for the world of Pokémon Go.


More And More Modern Brides Tattooing Their Ceremonies With Body Art

In a trend that to most seemed unthinkable just a decade ago, modern brides and grooms are stamping their ceremonies with ink — permanent ink in the form of tattoos.

 It makes sense, right? If marriage is indeed forever, then making a long-lasting commitment to your partner via a tattoo is the perfect way to pay homage to your lifelong love.

Tattoos are showing up at the altar in unique ways:

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Today’s couples find themselves not wanting to stick with the traditional wedding bands or wedding rings. Changing it up a bit with a tattooed wedding band or a design not only shows creativity, but commitment. Wedding-related Internet sites and blogs show couples getting full ring tattoos around their ring finger or creating a personal design to be placed on top of the ring finger that matches their spouses (such as a heart). These tattoos also save them money over the cost of traditional jewelery, and of course it cannot be lost or stolen like a real ring could.

The simplicity of these tattoos is appealing to most brides and grooms. A motif as simple as a tiny heart or script phrase can have meaning but is not distracting. Plus, couples can strategically place their ink inside of their ring fingers or on a not-often-exposed part of your shoulder.

Exposed body tattoos

A recent poll suggests that 24 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 are tattooed. Americans under age 45 are twice as likely as those 45 and over to have one (31 percent vs. 14 percent). And the number goes up as the age goes down: A third of those under age 30 have a tattoo (34 percent).

What’s eye-rising, too, is the gender gap: Nearly half of women under age 35 have ink, almost double their male counterparts (47 percent vs. 25 percent).

Brides who love body art feel it is an expression of who they are inside and out — and many want to incorporate that into their wedding-day look by choosing a dress that better shows off the designs.

Those who need to hide tattoos out of concern for more conservative family members go to great lengths to conceal them. That can be done through theatrical makeup, a well-designed dress or custom-made features such as sleeves, a light bolero made of the same fabric as the gown or a well-placed appliqué.

Temporary tattoos

Couples who love the idea of sporting tattoos on the big day, may want to turn to henna, a natural plant that has been used for centuries to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wood.

Bridal henna is one of the oldest wedding traditions in the Middle East. Henna Nights have become a tradition even amongst young and more modern brides-to-be, and that tradition has gravitated to the western world.

Henna needs 2-3 days to mature and become darker in color once applied on your hands and feet. But remember, henna tattoos are temporary; they will fade away in a couple of weeks.

Traditionally, in some countries, the groom’s initials are hidden in the patterns. The groom must search for the initials on the wedding night, if he can’t find his initials he is expected to give a gift to the bride!


Holman Ranch’s 88th Annual Fiesta de los Amigos to be Held on September 8th – The Ranch’s Birthday Celebration will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

CARMEL VALLEY, CA

Holman Ranch will be celebrating its birthday on September 8th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with its Annual Fiesta del los Amigos and a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Fiesta de los Amigos – a part of Holman Ranch’s history! The popular Fiesta de los Amigos which began in 1928, the Ranch’s birthday celebration, was an annual highlight, often attracting more than 2,000 guests. In the 1960’s – 1980’s the Ranch was known for its rodeos and horse shows, daily trail rides, barbecues, and fiestas filled the calendar.

This year, the celebration will be filled with flavorful food, Holman Ranch estate wines to sip, lively entertainment to enjoy and more! Capture the moment of the Fiesta in our own photo booth or head to the game tent and enjoy games for the entire family.

Special guest appearances will include: 

Chef Greg, Wills Fargo

Chef Brandon, Mundaka

Chef Ted, Passion Fish

Chef Brad, La Balena

Chef Kenneth, Edgar’s at Quail Lodge

In addition, attendees can sign up to support the Holman Ranch team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will be held on October 8, 2016 and depart from Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Attendees can sign up to join the team or pledge their support!

The event will cost $50 per person or wine club members get 2 free tickets and all additional wine club member tickets are $35 per person. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $60.00 per person. Five dollars from each ticket sale will be donated to the Alzheimer Association. RSVP is required. RSVP by September 2nd to (831) 659-2640. Upon confirmation by Holman Ranch of your RSVP, you will be provided a gate pass to Holman Ranch.

Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery Background:

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

Holman Ranch estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of their wines. The warmth of the inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has proven to be an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyards’ Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our trees has a delightfully distinctive flavor.

Holman Ranch Background:

Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. 


Harvard Study Shows Consuming Foods Rich In Flavonoids — Including Red Wine — Can Curb Weight Gain In Older Adults

Recent studies have shown diets that include wine can improve heart health. Now, a review of several large studies has found strong evidence of a link between keeping trim and the polyphenolic compounds found in wine and many fruits and vegetables.

Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that are found in specific fruits and vegetables, including grapes, blueberries, apples, pears and prunes.

The three-study analysis conducted by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at the eating patterns of more than 120,000 participants to determine whether foods rich in flavonoids had any effects on managing body weight.

 

 

Researchers looked at diet, exercise and lifestyle data from middle-aged and older people. They found that those who ate diets rich in flavonoid-filled foods maintained their weight better than people who didn’t, even after adjusting for smoking and fitness activities. Some even lost a little weight.

The Harvard study centered on seven specific subclasses of flavonoids. Wine, especially red wine, is high in dietary flavonoids. The principal flavonoids consumed by the participants were anthocyanins, which were derived from blueberries and strawberries, flavan-3-ols, acquired from beer, tea and apples, and flavones from oranges, onions, teas, beer and wine.

Earlier studies revealed that flavonoids might increase energy expenditure, decrease fat absorption and work as an anti-inflammatory, along with with showing antioxidant qualities.

The researchers observed a significant correlation between a diet that is heavy in fruits, vegetables and flavonoid-heavy drinks, and participants who were healthier overall and less overweight.

 It’s important to note that flavonoids aren’t some miracle weight loss cure. Instead, they’re a way to curb your natural weight gain as you grow older.

So how much weight can you expect not to gain when taking more flavonoids?

Researchers observed that every extra daily standard deviation — a unit that varied by produce type — of flavonoids was associated with 0.16 to 0.23 pounds of less weight gained over 4 years.

While the study was observational, the authors expressed hope that people might eat more fruit if they knew a favorite berry helps with weight loss. Most Americans eat less than a cup of fruit and less than two cups of vegetables a day, research has shown.

Don’t feel like eating fruits or vegetables today? Why not pour yourself a glass of red wine? Red wine contains many of the same flavonoid benefits as grapes and grape juice. A single glass can provide you with high levels of anthocyanins along with flavonoids such as quercetin and myricetin.

Being obese or overweight decreases your life expectancy since it increases your risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

So take your mother’s advice: Eat your fruits and vegetables. You may live longer — or at least earn a new wardrobe.