Tangent & True Myth
Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth
Enjoy an afternoon of wine & music. The Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck will be cooking up a storm starting at 12pm & the local favorite Bear Market Riot will be playing from 1-3pm!
San Luis Obispo, 805-597-8200
Among the most intriguing aspects of what makes for great wines are the environmental factors that are referred to as terroir, or “a sense of place.” In all of California, Edna Valley is special. considered the coolest climate of all. It was here in 1973 that Jack and Catharine Niven chose to plant the area’s first winegrapes in their Paragon Vineyard, and it’s here where their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes thrived. Not only was their venture successful, Jack was instrumental in laying the foundation for the Edna Valley AVA nine years later.
Baileyana’s tasting room is equally extraordinary. Formerly Independence Schoolhouse, this 110-year-old, 850-square-foot wooden structure was carefully restored and much of its former features preserved. Today, the cheerful yellow building draws visitors from all around to sip, linger, inhale the view, and play a game of bocce or two during the golden hour.
The Niven family of wines to experience include a series of four distinctive labels - Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth, and Zocker. With more than 30 white and red wines from which to choose, scrumptious gourmet snacks to try and an in-house gift shop, it all makes for a happy conundrum. Guests may bring picnic lunches to the property, and children are welcome. Pups on leashes are allowed in the outside areas.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., walk-ins are welcomed, and reservations are required 48 hours in advance for groups of eight or more.
The Collector’s Flight
“We now offer a Collector’s Flight, a new, seated reserve tasting,” said Karl Boone, Direct to Consumer Manager. “This is aimed at the true wine connoisseur and provides savings for guests on their wine purchases.”
The Collector’s Flight ($30) offers a private, seated tasting on the patio overlooking Edna Valley vistas. Wine Club discounts apply, and with a limit of eight seats per tasting, reservations are a must. From the reserve collections, guests can taste a flight of five wines and learn all about features unique to Edna Valley, including specifics about the grape varieties grown and how they craft their wines. Not only are their local artisan cheeses and charcuterie delicious paired with Niven family wines, it’s a great way for people to connect with the region and fill one’s sense memory of where beauty meets wine.
Featured Baileyana Wines
Baileyana “The Architects” Pinot Noir (2016): This limited-production is among six Baileyana Pinot Noir wines produced in which the winemaking team can play architect and design their own wine. This deep, rich Pinot is already a popular Wine Club favorite.
Tangent “Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc (2012): a one-off release, Baileyana was lucky enough to get a little bit of Botrytis in the vineyard in 2012 and the winemaking team crafted this dessert wine in classic “Sauternes” style. Honey and saffron aromas are backed by lively acidity. This Sauv Blanc pairs beautifully with cheese, spicy food and most desserts.
True Myth “Obispan” (2014): one of three blends produced, this Bordeaux style wine pays homage to its home county: San Luis Obispo. Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec from North County is blended with Syrah from Baileyana’s South County’s estate Paragon Vineyard. Big red-wine lovers –make a beeline to drool over this one!
Baileyana is located at 5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo. Call (805)269-8200. Visit www.nivenfamilywines.com.
On January 20, Bear Market Riot will play live music from 1-3pm and the Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck will open at 12pm to serve scrumptious food to enjoy with Baileyana wines.