Flocking To These Sea Bird Wine Regions

“AVA - The acronym for American Viticultural Areas. This indicates a wine’s geographical pedigree. Wines that have a designated AVA are required to have 85% or more of the wine derived from the grape grown from within the boundaries of that designation. “

One of the most unique and fascinating part about wine is how the same varietal can be so uniquely different depending on where it’s gown.

The French call it “terroir” which loosely translates to “a sense of place” and in California regions, each AVA brings it’s own sense of soul into every bottle. There is no place in the world as unique and geographically diverse than California wine country, that spans hundreds of miles both inland and along the coast.

At Sea Bird Wines, we get top of pick of our grapes each year from premiere, boutique vineyards in our favorite AVAs including the Sonoma Coast, Santa Rita Hills, and Napa Valley.

Stretch your wings and do a little flyover on some of our favorite regions to find Great Vines and turn them into Great Times.

Sonoma Coast

Every bit of this wild, wind-swept coast contributes to some of the West Coast’s most coveting wines. With over 2,000 acres of planted land in this AVA, Burgundian varietals like Pinot Nor and Chardonnay thrive here. Direct daily influence from the Pacific Coast brings cool, foggy mornings, warm afternoons for even ripening that maintains the AVA”s signature lively acidity and balance.

We love to see that balance shine in our wines, with minimal interference in the cellar. Wines like our  Sangiacomo Robert’s Road Chardonnay brings forward a gorgeous concentration of fruit, with that signature California Chard influence of topical fruits and hints of pears, vanilla and honey. Whereas a bottle like the Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard nestled in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast AVA brings together a pinot noir that is both bold and balance with notes of cocoa powder, bridle leather and dark cherries.

Santa Rita Hills

This specifically region is home to 59 vineyards and over 2,700 acres planted to “cool climate” grape varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The unique microclimate in the Santa Rita Hills contains marine sediment dating back to 20 million years ago when the mountains rose out of the ocean from the Pacific. Today, the maritime climate, elevated calcium in the soil and soils that make the grape vines “struggle” to produce some of the most delicious and balanced wines we’ve ever tasted (if we do say so ourselves!). Burgundian varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive here, as the midday sun and cool mornings and evenings allow for even ripening without spiking the sugars and alcohol, which allows that balanced acidity to shine through.

It’s not surprise that our award winning Chardonnay- 2017 Courtney’s Vineyard – is from here, a which has been a Flock favorite across the board since its release after scoring 94 points from Robert Whitley, and Platinum Medals at the 2020 San Diego International Wine Competition and 2020 Critic’s Challenge Wine Competition.

Napa Valley

One of the most iconic AVAs in the world, Napa Valley, is home to our Bordeaux varietals, where we love our tiny single vineyards in Atlas Peak and Rutherford.

Broken Rock is one of favorite vineyards in Napa where we typically source our Bordeaux varietals. Sitting at the base of Atlas Peak, these rocky volcanic soils cultivates soft, supple fruit with hints of dusty tannins. The vineyard itself benefits from warm days with plenty of sunshine, along with cool nights that allow the vines to produce fruit of the highest quality with soft, supple tannins. Broken Rock is home to our single-vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, where the harmonious balance of mountainside structure marries with Valley Floor fruit for that classic Napa Valley elegance.

You can also experience Broken Rock with 2016 Aphrodite, the newest addition to our Flock as our signature Napa Valley Merlot.

The wine that rules them all, Poseidon, is sourced from one of Napa’s most prestigious subregions, Rutherford. If you’ve ever heard a Somm talk about “Rutherford Dust” this is where you’ll find it. The GIII Vineyard in Rutherford is so classically Napa, bringing together polished tannins, lush fruit and wild berry flavors for a timeless bottle of wine that will age for decades.


The Best Wine & Cheese Pairings For Happy Hour

There are few things more classic, awesome, and primed for Great Times than cheese and wine. Whether you’re entertaining your Flock or enjoying your own personal happy hour - some of our best moments have been made over wine and cheese.

We’re breaking down our go-to pairings for each Sea Bird Wine varietal so you know exactly what to grab when you’re snacking and sipping.

When pairing wine with cheese, or really, any food, the things that will taste the best will be things that have a little bit of similarity. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “what grows together goes together,” this applies perfectly! If you’re drinking regionally, it helps to choose cheeses that are grown geographically close, if you can. If you can’t get that in-depth, try to identify nuance in the food that may come from spices, herbs or minor ingredients. This can be things like olive, fruits, bacon, etc…then select a wine that contains similar features like herbal notes, for example.

Chardonnay

Sea Bird Chardonnay (like our 2017 Courtney's Vineyard!) tend to be medium bodied, which pair perfectly in the “medium range” of cheese. Work your way down the list depending on the vintage. Newer vintages should pair with the top of the list, and if you’re drinking the Chardonnay young, could even venture into a salty, more crumbly cheese (feta, Cotija, Halloumi) and as it develops (2015 Robert's Road, anyone?), move further down the list into more buttery and then into harder, nuttier styles with age.

Avoid anything particularly pungent with Chardonnay - which means, sorry guys but blue cheeses is off the menu.

If you're looking for a more sour style of cheese, pair with:

  • Sour cream
  • Ricotta
  • Havarti
  • Chèvre

Charodonnay also love buttery, delicate cheeses like:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Burrata
  • Device de bourgogne

If you’re looking for something more on the harder, nutty style to go with your older vintage Chard, go for:

  • Aged gruyere
  • Comte
  • Provolone
  • Emmental

Pinot Noir

Hard, nutty styles of cheese are the perfect pairing with a Sea Bird Pinot Noir (looking at you, 2013 Sonoma Stage Vineyard). Our Pinot Noir style is light bodied, more of a Burgundian style that captures the essence of California terroir. As a result, choosing a cheese too creamy, salty or pungent would take over your palate.

Head for the harder, nutty style cheese including:

  • Aged gruyere,
  • Comte
  • Provolone
  • Emmental
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • Scamaroza

Merlot

You at me at Merlot! Aphrodite is the newest addition to our Flock - a plush, decadent Napa Valley expression with a kiss of oak makes for the happiest of hours. When sipping, opt for nutty, hard cheese or cheeses that have more of a fruity or umami quality which could be anything from:

  • Aged gruyere
  • Comte
  • Provolone
  • Emmental
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • Scamaroza
  • Cheddar
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Muenster
  • Colby
  • Ossau-Iraty

Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Cabernet Sauvignon styles of wine (most notably, Poseidon or Broken Rock from Napa Valley) are full bodied, and express the boldness of California terroir with the balance that holds age incredibly well. The bigger and bolder the wine, the more it can lead the show.

When sipping a Cab, avoid anything too sour or creamy - leave the ricotta and chèvre on the table. Cheese that play with fruity, nutty or umami flavors are your go-to, including:

  • Cheddar
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Muenster
  • Colby
  • Ossau-Iraty

This is officially your permission to have wine and cheese for dinner. Have a particularly favorite pairing we need to know about? Tell us over on our Instagram page and tag us while you're enjoying Great Vines to Great Times with a bottle of Sea Bird.


10 Gifts For Wine Lovers 2020

It’s safe to say that 2020 has certainly been a doozy! If there’s ever been a time to treat a friend of a loved one (or yourself!) to a gift for the holidays, it is now.

If you’re searching for gifts for wine lovers, we’ve collected a few of our favorite things to share with your nearest and dearest this holiday season.

If you’re thinking about adding a bottle of Sea Bird Wine with your gifts this year (10/10, highly recommend!) you can gift with joy knowing that the bottle you send is going back to the planet as well. All profits from Sea Bird Wines are donated back to marine wildlife habitat conservation efforts. It’s our core belief that you can’t make great wine without the help from a healthy ocean so we are full of gratitude to do our part. So go ahead, throw an extra bottle in for yourself while you’re at it.

Riedel Buffing Glasses

Linty, smudgey wine glasses are not a vibe. Gift a pack of these buffing glasses to a wine lover who is also kind of a clean freak and watch them get excited because #adulting is happening big time.

Porch Pounder Sweatshirt

Wine geeks know a “porch pounder” is a low-alcohol, light bodied wine that sips perfectly with or without food. The queen of Making Wine Approachable, Samantha Sommelier, launched her own march line this year ripe with sassy wine swag tees and pullovers and we can’t get enough of them!

Take it a step further and book a private virtual wine tasting with Samantha for an “experiences over things” kind of gift!

Porch Pounder Sweatshirt

Vintorio Wine Aerator

The only wine “gadget” that you need besides a corkscrew is definitely this Vintorio aerator pourer. You might have seen your friendly tasting room pro using one of these on your last visit to your fave winery and it’s for a reason! Help open up a young red wine (a little Broken Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, anyone?!) with this bottle-top aerator that keeps drippage at bay.

Wine Aerator

The Gift Of Ocean Royalty

The latest vintage of 2016 Poseidon Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Aphrodite Merlot is the ideal gift for a Napa Valley lover. Luxurious, limited, and lovely, this dynamic duo is a top tier expression of the Napa Valley region and with limited production, they’re exclusively available through our online shop – perfect for your giftee who loves a little exclusivity.

Poseidon and Aphrodite

Custom Wine Glasses

The perfect gift for your introverted friends. They’d invite you over for a glass but….does that mean they need to put pants on? Maybe another time…

Social Distance Wine Glasses

Wine Bottle Stoppers

We hear that there are people out there who don’t drink the “whole bottle” in “one sitting” so for those people, we applaud you. These wine stoppers are for you to save that bottle for tomorrow.

Wine Bottle Stopper

Wine O Glass Trackers

The time where we had groups of friends together in the same room to drink wine may be a fading memory, but we’re here to bring back hope that such a time will return into the New Year. These felt wine glass tags are very chic, minimalist and make us yearn for the days when you went around asking “wait, is that my glass or your glass??”

Wine O Trackers

California State Of Wine Cork Collector

Wondering what to do with all those corks you have stashed in your pantry that you don’t want to throw away? Skip the crafting and collect them all in this handmade cork collector with Wine Country Lifestyle vibes.

California Cork Collector

Wine Art

Elysia Myers takes everything you love about wine, and turns it into art and it couldn’t be more perfect. Know a friend who has a blank wall that could use some inspiration? Elysia’s prints are all made with her proprietary wine paint, taking varietals and mixing and matching them into a dreamy landscape.

Bonus points: take it another step further and book a virtual wine & paint night with Elysia – everything you need for a super fun at-home date night or girls night arrives straight to your door so all you have to do is sip and get inspired!

elysia myers wine art

Rewined Wine Candles

These candles capture everything we love, these up-cycled wine bottle candles that mimic the scent of wine for sustainable wine vibes all around.  Perfect for your hostess-with-the-mostess type friends who know the value of ambiance (hint: it’s #priceless).

Rewined Merlot Candle


The Durbin Thanksgiving Stuffing

Sausage & Smoked Mussel Stuffing Recipe

We love our wines from the West Coast but our roots are on the East Coast. So when Thanksgiving rolls around, we love a little coastal influence on our table. Cue: Sausage & Smoked Mussel Stuffing!

We’ve had this stuffing (or do we call it dressing?) since 2011 on our table. Courtesy of Carolyn Wright at Coastal Living, this smoky, savory stuffing comes together much easier than it seems and is truly delicious.

The smoky oysters and the sausage make this a beautiful pairing for a crisp glass of Courtney’s Vineyard Chardonnay (a new release!) as well as a Pinot Noir with a little bottle age on it like our 2014 Sangiacomo Robert’s Road Pinot Noir. 

Whether you’re gathering is large or small this year, we are certainly grateful for the chance to serve you Great Vines To Great Times this year, with many epic vintages to come!

Happy Thanksgiving from our Flock to Yours.

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange bread pieces in a single layer on 2 baking sheets; bake about 10 minutes or until bread is toasted but not browned. Transfer to an extra-large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, cook sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Add sausage to bowl with toasted bread pieces using a slotted spoon. Reserve drippings in skillet.

  • Cook shallots and next 2 ingredients in hot drippings over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in mussels and next 4 ingredients. Spoon mixture into sausage mixture, tossing until all ingredients are well blended. Add broth and eggs, stirring until well blended. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-quart baking dish; top evenly with butter pieces. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake 30 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown.

Original Recipe Published:

Caroline Wright
Recipe by Coastal Living November 2011


Patrick’s Seven Spice Moroccan Lamb Rub Recipe

Food and wine pairings are kind of our jam. As lovers of the wine country lifestyle, our ideal weekend is spent in the kitchen, seasoning and sipping new recipes and old favorites too.

We’re excited to open up our recipe collection to share with you our favorite things to nibble alongside Sea Bird Wines, courtesy of our winemaker, Patrick Durbin! Here’s the recipe for his (not-a-secret-anymore) Seven Spice Moroccan Lamb Rub:

2 Tbl turmeric

2 Tbl smoked paprika 

1 Tbl cumin

2 tsp garlic powder or two cloves minced garlic

1 tsp cinnamon 

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp nutmeg 

Salt to taste

Mix together and rub lamb chops on all sides. Refrigerate at least six hours or up to day.

Grill (or bake in the oven at 400) about 8-10 min or until chops are 140 degrees at their thickest part.

Enjoy paired with any vintage of our Sea Bird Pinot Noir, though it is particularly delicious when paired with our 2014 Sangiacomo Robert’s Road Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. Everything to love about California Pinot Noir is bottled up here, with polished tannins, lush red fruits and hints of leather and cocoa as the wine has aged gracefully, with its greatest years ahead!

When pairing food and wine, you want to looks for things that balance each other. That's why we reach for a our Pinot Noir with these bright and vibrant spices. As a rule with spicy/spiced foods, you can always depend on either off-dry whites, dry whites, and light reds. A Pinot Noir is a perfect light bodied red option, as the lighter tannins will let the food shine while the bright acidity will highlight the unique earthy tones of the spices like turmeric and allspice.

Want to see the recipe in action? Check out our Instagram Reels to see our spice mixing yourself!


Sea Bird Joins The Robert Whitley "Platinum Parade"

We were pleased to pour a little splash of Sea Bird Wines for Wine Critic and columnist Robert Whitley, during the 17th annual Critics Challenge Wine and Spirits Competition in San Diego. During the competition, reviewers evaluated more than 250 young wines over two days, assigning a platinum, gold, or silver award to wines of outstanding merit.

We were thrilled to receive a place among other great wines in Robert Whitley's "Platinum Parade" column. According to Mr. Whitley, "to earn platinum, a wine "must achieve a score of 94 points on the infamous 100-point scale. Over the weekend at the Critics Challenge, I had the opportunity to taste dozens of truly exceptional wines, but only 15 of those rose to the level of platinum on my personal scorecard." Sounds like we have another feather to add to our caps! 

Here's what they were sipping:

Sea Bird 2017 Chardonnay, Courtney’s Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

Full-bodied and rich but without losing its edginess, this is a beautiful example of what California Chardonnay can be. With complex layers of baked apple, lemon creme, and toasty wood spice, it has a little something for everyone.

Rating: 94 points

With every bottle we share with critics, friends and family alike, we are proud to be able to share our mission. First and foremost, we want to bring you great wine that makes every moment better. Every vintage is a chance for us to produce something amazing, and we hope you agree! Second is our namesake mission; to help preserve and protect our coastlines for marine wildlife for future generations to come. When you buy a bottle of Sea Bird Wines to enjoy, we give back 100% of our profits to marine wildlife conservation efforts (most recently, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center). We couldn't do it without you, and every drop counts!

Head on over to our online store to pick up some wine to enjoy!


Sip & Shuck Oysters | Your Guide To Oysters In September

With modern farming techniques, we are lucky to be able to enjoy oysters year around. But there’s something just a little above and beyond about enjoying food in season, and September is prime time for oysters.

If you are splurging an oyster in the US you are likely enjoying what is 95% of our farmed oyster supply. If the oysters are not farmed, they are harvested in a sustainable way so they can keep doing their essential work for our oceans. When it comes to keep our oceans thriving, oysters are the ones we can thank for maintaining the balance of their local marine ecosystem by filtering seawater through their gills, and reducing excess algae that might otherwise suffocate other marine life.

We are cracking open a bottle of crisp Chardonnay and shucking our hearts our while the last of the warm weather still makes it nice for outdoor dining while it lasts!

Why Chardonnay With Oysters?

With a crisp minerality and bright fruit notes, Chardonnay is a great pairing for oysters. You’ll want to stay clear of anything overly oaked, so a bottle of 2015 Robert’s Road Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is the perfect thing to reach for when you have a plate of bivalves to get shucking.

Best In The West Coast

Pacific oysters are small and sweet and the world's most cultivated oyster. They will tend to have a more pronounced cucumber or vegetal undertone.

Look for:

  • Kumamotos - small, sweet, almost nutty oysters. They spawn later and in warmer water than other oysters, so they remain firm and sweet well into summer months. Kumamotos used to be lumped in with “Pacific oysters”, but it ends up they are their own species.
  • Miyagis - these oysters tend to also have a mild nutty flavor, and are great to eat raw or even throw on the grill Rockefeller style.
  • Olympias - Puget Sound and British Columbia, Olympias are sweet, coppery, and metallic. These guys are the tiniest.

Can’t Be Beat In The East

Texturally, East Coast oysters tend to be solid bites—silky to meatier, whereas West Coast will be slightly creamier, custardy.

  • Bluepoints - typically harvested from the Long Island Sound, these oysters are probably the friendliest crowd-pleasers on the East Coast. They tend to have a moderate salinity, spring meat and a very light mineral finish.
  • Wellfleets - plump and clean, this type of oyster is known for its good balance of creamy sweetnesss and brine thanks to the cold and relatively clean waters in the Wellfleet region.
  • Malpeques - typically briner and fuller bodied than Bluepoints these meaty oysters can be found in medium tides from Malpeque Bay.
  • Beausoleils- farmed in the New Brunswick region, these are about as far north as you’ll find this specimen of oyster (considered a Virginia oyster) Beausoleils are some of the most beautiful oysters thanks to their even size, and refined, light taste. These are ideal for more novice oyster eaters thanks to their light body without too much brine.

Must-have for a great oyster shucking:

Ensure your mis-en-place is ready to go with some shucking essentials. A few things you'll need to have ready:

  • A glass of 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay in hand, of course.
  • A shucking knife
  • A shucking glove (a sturdy kitchen towel will also work)
  • A classic mignonette sauce
  • Lemon wedges
  • prepared Horseradish if you like things a tad spicy
  • Cocktail sauce (use this easy DIY recipe) or pick some up at the store

Watch this video to become an expert shucker. Practice does indeed make perfect!

Much like enjoying your glass of Sea Bird Wine, eating oysters is a sensory experience! Oyster descriptors range from briny, buttery, sweet, metallic and mild. “Oyster Somms” can even pick out flavors like melon, cucumber, mushroom and more.

We love this six sense tasting guide from In A Half Shell to guide you through your shells like a pro:

My Six Steps of Pro Oyster Tasting // by In A Half Shell

  1. SEE: Feast with your eyes! Study the shell, shape, color.
  2. SMELL: It should smell sea-breezy and sweet, not fishy at all.
  3. SIP: Sip the oyster liquor to get a sense of the salinity.
  4. SLURP: Shimmy the oyster meat loose, tilt the flat edge of the shell to your lips and slurp! Don’t discard the oyster liquor (faux pas).
  5. SAVOR: Chew a few times to get the full body taste; notice the progression from nose (salty) to body (sweet/flavors) to finish (lingering aroma).
  6. SHELL: Flip the shell over and admire the collaboration between nature & farmer.

We love being able in enjoy culinary treats like oysters and wine, and it wouldn’t be possible without a healthy, thriving coastlines to allow us to grow and cultivate both of these things! While you’re shucking, we invite you to enjoy a glass of Sea Bird Wines knowing that the bottles you purchase help us donate back to marine wildlife habitat conservation efforts like the Marine Mammal Stranding Center so we can continue to preserve these amazing gifts from nature for years to come.

Shop more Sea Bird Wines here!


5 Things To Do With Leftover Chardonnay

If you’re one of those miraculous people who happens to have wine “left over” when you open a bottle, this one is for you.

Whether you have half a bottle of just a smidgeon left form the night before, don’t dump it down the drain and put your Chardonnay to good use!

Drink it!

How long does an open bottle of wine last, you ask? This is just a friendly PSA that if you are storing your wine in the refrigerator firmly corked after opening, you still have about 2-5 days to enjoy it! The taste will change subtly as the wine oxidizes (aka is exposed to oxygen). The fruit character of the wine will wane and it will be less vibrant, but the wine is still drinkable as long as you are enjoying it!

Freeze in ice-cubes to chill down a glass

If you’re sipping while it’s warm outside, use this trick to cool down your Chardonnay. Pour your “saved” wine in to ice cube molds and freeze them (covered with plastic wrap is best) for up to a month. Then simply pop a cube or two to chill down your “fresh” glass of Chardonnay! If you’re a wine with ice kind of person (no judgement!) then this is a great way to chill down your glass without diluting your wine with water.

Keep in mind, the alcohol will keep the wine cubes from freezing completely, so expect them to be a little slush.

Chardonnay should typically be served at around 50 degrees - which is about 30 minutes in the refrigerator from room temperature. At Sea Bird Wine, we typically find that white wines are enjoyed best when they’re not bracingly cold, since it helps open up the delicious fruit character. But the best wine is the wine you enjoy drinking, so whatever temperature pleases YOU is the best way to enjoy it.

Stir up Chardonnay sangria

Perfect for when we’re on the latter end of that “5 to 7 days” since the wine has been open, keep the good times going by making a Chardonnay sangria!

We love this simple sangria recipe from The Spruce Eats that’s perfect with just a few ingredients.

  • 3 oranges (cut into wedges; or 1 cup orange juice)
  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)
  • 25 ounces/750mL white wine (1 bottle)
  • Optional: 2 ounces brandy
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups/.5 liter ginger ale (or club soda)

Squeeze the juice from the citrus wedges into the pitcher. Remove the seeds and toss in the wedges. If you're using orange juice, add it now.
Pour the wine into the pitcher.
Add the brandy (if using) and the sugar. Stir very well to ensure that all of the sugar is dissolved.
Add the ginger ale or club soda just before serving so the sangria retains its sparkle.

Enjoy a Chardonnay spritzer

3 parts wine / 1 part club soda / squeeze of citrus

This is the perfect aperitif beverage if you’re sipping pre-dinner or day-drinking. No recipe needed, just eye-ball what you have on hand. Club soda is a great stand-in, but feel free to use any bubbly soda that isn’t too sweet like a lemon-lime sparkling water or your favorite La Croix.

Dish up a white wine sauce for a super simple dinner

As our girl Julia Child once said: “I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food…” and that is the kind of Great Times we’re looking for.

Right now more than ever, we are loving any recipe that comes together fast with pantry essentials. This is our go-to on a Monday night when we enjoyed a little bit of Robert’s Road Chardonnay with Sunday dinner the night before!

  1. Sauté a few cloves of chopped garlic in a tablespoon of butter.
  2. Add in about a 1/2 cup of Chardonnay and reduce slightly.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in 1-2 more tablespoons of butter and some fresh tender herbs.
  4. Toss over piping hot al dente pasta with some cheese and lots of cracked pepper.

Remember, in order to have leftover wine…you need to have a good bottle to begin with! Start by popping the cork on our 2015 Sangiacomo Robert’s Road Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. This wine is delicious, and award winning, if we do say so ourselves!


Activities to Enjoy Wine At Home with Sea Bird Wines

4 Fun Ways To Enjoy Wine At Home

Bored at home? Never! We’re pouring up a glass of our favorites wines and keeping things fresh and exciting at home. Here’s a few ways to enjoy wine at home, all paired with a Sea Bird Wine to enjoy along the fun.

Chardonnay + A Bubble Bath

Chances are, you’ve had a long, hard day, no matter what you’ve been doing. If you’re working from home these days, it might be hard to draw the line between “home” and “work” life. So indulge in some self-care by sipping a cool glass of our award winning Sonoma Coast Chardonnay in the bath. You’re here to treat yourself, so make the most of it by:

Pinot Noir + Indoor Picnic

Ahhh…the great Indoors! Bring a little life to your living room and turn a Friday night into an at-home picnic! Bring the whole bottle of this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to your picnic spread and set the vibe with flameless candles, plenty of pillows and blankets, and finger-food only (no dishes, than you!). Here are some of our favorite things to picnic with our Robert’s Road Pinot Noir:

  • A prosciutto, fig, and arugula sandwich on a baguette.
  • Salty, kettle cooked chips with Manchego cheese
  • A thin-crust pizza (ordering in is a total YES)

Cabernet + Get Crafty

A little bit of wine really helps those creative juices get flowing! Pop the cork on a bottle of 2013 Broken Rock Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and gather your supplies for a fun night of creating something new and unexpected. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Poseidon + Themed Movie Night

Take your Netflix & Chill vibes and give it a twist with a themed movie night! Open up a bottle of Poseidon Cabernet Sauvignon and take a deep dive on some ocean cinema. Here’s a list of our top 10 sea-inspired movies to sip along with including:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2.  Castaway
  3. The Life Aquatic
  4. Jaws (the original)
  5.  The Perfect Storm
  6.  Waterworld
  7.  Titanic
  8.  The Poseidon Adventure
  9.  The Cove
  10.  Chasing Mavericks


Check Our Wins at the International Women's Wine Competition

Double Gold & Best In Class. We'll Cheers To That!

This competition was expertly judged by the wine industry’s leading professional women who are experts in their field across the wine industry and media alike! The competition not only recognizes the best wines that appealed to our judges, but also the wines they felt would most appeal and influence other women wine buyers and consumers.

When it comes to wine, the ladies of The Flock know best!

It’s no surprise to us that women are the primary wine buyers (and drinkers!) in most households. It’s our passion to us to share our wine with those who love a great glass and are proud that we hold a popular opinion in this year’s International Women’s Wine Competition!

This competition was expertly judged by the wine industry’s leading professional women, though open to men and women winemakers alike. The competition not only recognizes the best wines that appealed to our judges, but also the wines they felt would most appeal and influence other women wine buyers and consumers.

Over one thousand wines were entered in the competition, with just 48 Best of Class designations…of which, we were happy to take the show with two our upcoming release of our 2016 Poseidon Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford and our 2017 Sea Bird Chardonnay from Sea. Rita Hills.

We also led the pack scoring a Double Gold medal with our 2017 Sea Bird Pinot Noir from Sea. Rita Hills. Who needs a side-by-side sip of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!

Interested in getting first access to this wine upon release? Send us a note and we'll add you to The Flock!