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I am a winemaker and a chef - not a writer!  But here I endeavor to share my thoughts about what is going on in the vineyard, the tank, the bottle and the  kitchen.  Enjoy, and feedback welcomed!

 

Gary Miller
 
February 9, 2018 | Gary Miller

Backward L - Adieu Bocuse - Feb 2018

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Backward L - Adieu Bocuse - Jan 2018
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This month's newsletter is a tribute to the late and great Paul Bocuse, with a hint at our Wildflowers & Wine Menu, and some news about Nouveau.
Pictured from left to right: Gary Miller, Paul Bocuse, Demetrios Prassos (1988)
Paul Bocuse was awarded 'Chef of the Century' by the Culinary Institute of America. In his interview, he discusses how the three essentials to cuisine are "butter, cream, and wine" making what we do here in the wine industry that much more validated and confirming the synchronicity between great wine and gourmet food. 
Speaking of French inspired greats, join us for tasty Black and Blue Dabloons paired perfectly with Sutter Creek Nouveau on Sutter Creek Nouveau days: Saturday, February 10th at 11 am.
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Wildflowers & Wine is scheduled for April 8th, 2018. Tickets are, as of this newsletter, still unavailable. Miller Wine Works is eager to share our Paul Bocuse inspired tribute menu with you. So keep an eye on Wineon49's website for ticket information.
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments. Cheers!
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Time Posted: Feb 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
January 11, 2018 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Rose Season - Jan 2018

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Backward L - Rosé Season - Jan 2018
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2017 was a big year for us here at Miller Wine Works! Our 2013 Zinfandel won a gold medal in the California Zinfandel Competition. On the heels of that award, Wine Enthusiast magazine had us saying "You like us, you really like us" by scoring our 2012 Harvest Blanc, our 2013 Zinfandel and our 2014 Grenache all with 91's! We are on a roll and we can't wait to top ourselves in 2018 with more Wine Club Exclusives, events and by celebrating our 4th year of partnership with Sutter Creek Cheese Shoppe! Thank you for your support through the years!
You sure can! Just because you put your summer clothes away doesn't mean you have to quit "Rosé All Day", in fact, Rosé wines with heartier varietals like our very own Ruddy Bloom Rosé, withstand the changing seasons quite well. So don't shy away from a bouquet of Rosé for your Valentine sweetheart. We've even made it easy for you by making some gift baskets with Rosé  and accompaniments so you don't have to sweat the details.
Have you met the Nouveau?

If you haven't experienced the floral and fruity beauty of the 2017 Zinfandel Nouveau, you are not too late to experience it. Not only is this wine still available in every tasting room in town but Wine on 49 have scheduled some Nouveau-centric events just for you, stay tuned for dates and times.

 
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we know how stressful picking the right gift for your sweetheart can be. That's why we have put together some beautiful gift baskets featuring the Wine on 49 Nouveau and of course out very own Miller Wine Works Ruddy Bloom Rosé and Teodoro Port. These baskets are filled with the perfect accompaniments to the featured bottle and won't cost you an arm and a leg. You are already giving your heart away, after all. 
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It's almost that time again! Wildflowers & Wine is back on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Tickets aren't available yet but stay tuned here for details about what Miller Wine Works has to offer this year to the festivities. We are excited, are you?
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Jan 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
November 16, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Celebrations - Nov 2017

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Backward L - Celebration - Nov 2017
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The Holidays have us in a celebratory mood! Wine Club Shipments are out and available for pickup, we are all set to start cooking up our first Raclette Event of the season, and we aren't the only ones cooking something fun up! Wine on 49 has some holiday treats to give back to our community this season as well! Read on to find out more.
From the desk of Gary Miller:
What do you know about Nouveau?

In France, there is a town called Beaujeu. That town is credited with the creation of a drink worthy of celebration. Specifically, a young wine called Beaujolais Nouveau which is used to celebrate the end of harvest. The jovial varietal (say that three times fast) laughs in the face of tradition. A red wine meant to be drunk chilled to around 55 degrees is hardly traditional. It is a low tannin and fruity wine that undergoes a quick fermentation process and carbonic maceration and is meant to be drunk much earlier than traditional red wines. It's so time sensitive that when the clock strikes 0001 on the third Thursday in November it is raced using all forms of transportation from bicycle to elephant to Paris to then be shipped all over the world. They race to be the first to enjoy it. For us, it has been known to take the Concorde to New York where it was distributed to all of us, until the Concorde was retired in 2003. In France, its arrival is met with the attention of a celebrity to each bar, pub and tavern. Here in the States, red wine makes up a measly 30% of wine consumption and thus, our poor Beaujolais Nouveau is only celebrated in small circles. What started out as a wine to celebrate harvest for a town in France became a world wide spectacle. Small towns can accomplish a lot of great things. Wine on 49 would like to celebrate Sutter Creek in the same way. So stay tuned to them for more information what Nouveau things are around the corner.

 
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While you wait for your Nouveau to mature, you can console yourself with the knowledge that Raclette Night is back! We hope you will have as much fun eating as we did cooking it for you last year. Keep an eye on our Facebook for event details.
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Nov 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
October 31, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Wine is Coming - October 2017

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Fall Club Shipment - October 2017
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It's Halloween and nothing is scarier than running out of wine. However, if you are receiving this email, your wait is soon over!  We begin processing the Fall Wine Club Shipment Tomorrow! This is your LAST CHANCE to make any additions to your order and take advantage of the special shipping offer so act fast if you need more! The Fall Wine Club Ships out  on NOVEMBER 10th! Now that's a treat!
SPECIAL OFFER:
Add six bottles TODAY, to round out your case and receive:

$30 FLAT RATE SHIPPING

Email us to update your order and take advantage of this special offer.
2 bottles of The GM
$28.80 each
2 bottles of
2015 Sirah
$29.60 each
2 bottles of
The Sierra Works
$28 each
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Oct 31, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Gary Miller
 
October 18, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Fall Club - October 2017

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Fall Club Shipment - October 2017
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Fall greetings to our loyal wine club members! Well, it has made for a very interesting year this 2017. From an extremely wet winter, to record summer heat, we've gone from one extreme to the other. Now, the terrible fires in Napa/Sonoma that, although 2 hours away, are impacting even our delivery schedules.

As a result, the Fall Club shipment, as well as those of you receiving futures orders, will not begin to ship until November 10th, as there are some things which are out of even our control.

The wines, however, do remain under our control, and we are pleased to announce the next iteration of some long-time favorites, namely:
SPECIAL OFFER:
Add six bottles now, to round out your case and receive:

$30 FLAT RATE SHIPPING

Email us to update your order and take advantage of this special offer.
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Oct 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM
Gary Miller
 
October 4, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Feast Photos - October 2017

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Feast Photos  - October 2017
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Feasting, Fire, Friends, Fun, Food, Fine Wines and Fund Raising.
September 23, 2017 marked a special night in Sutter Creek. The first ever Feast at the Foundry festivities flew by in a flurry. Luckily, photographic evidence of the fundraising fun exists and is featured here!
FATF was a fundraising event for the restoration and preservation of one of our towns historical landmarks, Knight Foundry
For a first-time event, FATF went on without failure thanks to fantastic coordination and volunteers. (Shown here: Anne Kramer of Shake Ridge Ranch and Athena Gordon of the Hanford House Inn)
First course appetizers included fantastic foods paired with perfect wine selections from Wine on 49 wineries. 
Featured in the feast were fine wines from the wine makers of Wine on 49  including Miller Wine Works award winning 2013 Zinfandel.
Fine wines were shared with our friends, in part, by our own Gary Miller. (Seen here stoically poised to pour.)
Food, Fine Wines and Fun were promised and fun was certainly had thanks to great music and dancing. We're sure the wine helped this along a little.
Dancing and dinner put the "fun" in fundraising. Guests participated in a silent auction which included great prizes like the 2013 Grenache shown above with all proceeds going directly to the restoration and preservation of Knight Foundry, the real star of the evening.
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
September 20, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Food for Thought - September 2017

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Food for Thought - September 2017
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Gary Miller
You've got the wine, now what?
A great bottle of Miller Wine Works 2013 Zinfandel is the perfect accompaniment to your dinner. Unfortunately, unless you attended the CIA like Gary Miller, what to make to pair with it might induce anxiety or result in a kitchen disaster. Luckily, Gary has decided to dedicate this issue to sharing one of his favorite recipes to pair with his Zin and help your dinner score a win.  
2013 Zinfandel Buy Now
Our 2013 Zinfandel won a Gold Medal at the California Zinfandel Championship and was scored a 91 with Wine Enthusiast. It's not so secretly great for drinking. Did you know it makes a killer secret ingredient to your BBQ sauce?

ASIAN-SPICE PORK BELLY PANINI
w/ DRIED BLUEBERRIES & ORANGE BRITTLE
 

(We like LaBrea Ciabatta Rolls but your bread of choice is fine)
 

FOR THE PORK 

1 each - fresh Pork Belly  (10-12#) ( skin scored if you want cracklins )

3 T - Star Anise

3 T - Black Peppercorns

3T - Fennel Seeds

2 T - Cloves

2 T - Ground Cinnamon

3 T - Coriander Seeds

Grind all spices to a smooth powder in a spice grinder and then add 2 rounded tablespoons of dried red chili flakes to the mixture.  Stir briefly to homogenize.  Thoroughly coat the meat side of the belly ( ie. not the skin side ) with the spice mixture and refrigerate loosely covered overnite, meat side up.  The next day, to a braising pan add the following vegetables and bay leaves.

3 ea. - Large, sweet yellow onions, peeled and quartered.

1# - Green garlic cut into 1" sections.

1/2 head - celery

5 each - fresh bay leaves

3 L - Apple Cider

Lay the belly on top of the vegetables skin-side up, and set the pan on the middle rack of your oven.  Add enough apple cider to just come to where the skin meets the meat.  Do not cover the skin.  Set oven at 475*, and cook about 30 minutes, or until skin starts to bubble and crisp.  Turn heat down to 300* and braise for 2 1/2 hours.  Remove from the oven and put belly on a rack or sheet pan to cool for an hour.  Reserve the braising liquid and the vegetables.  Peel off the skin and reserve for cracklins if desired.  When cool refrigerate loosely covered overnight.  The next morning separate the meat from the belly and chop or shred as desired.

 

FOR THE BBQ SAUCE 

4 Cloves - Garlic, minced

3 each - Shallots, minced

2 Bottles - Miller Wine Works 2013 Zinfandel - reduced by 3/4.

2 C - brown sugar

1 C - dark molasses

1 C - ketchup

3/4 C - Rice Wine Vinegar

3/4 C - Apple Cider Vinegar

2 qts. - Braising liquid and vegetables ( reserve remaining )

Sweat garlic and shallots in a little olive oil.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add onions and garlic from the braising liquid and puree all.  Return to heat and simmer for another 30 minutes while adjusting seasoning and consistency.  Add more vinegar or braising liquid as desired.

 

TO ASSEMBLE 

1 # - Dried blueberries reconstituted in apple cider

2 bunches - scallions sliced small on the bias - add to pork mix

2 boxes -  California Crisp Dried Blood Orange slices, pulsed in spice grinder to rough consistency ( ie. brittle )

Assemble paninis with a layer of braised pork belly.  Sauce as desired w/ Asian BBQ sauce.  Top with 2 T plumped dried blueberries, and 1 T orange brittle.

Heat and press on panini press.

Cut into four pieces for small plates.

 

Serve w/ Miller Wine Works 2013 Zinfandel

 

If cooking a dinner for friends is out of the question even with the guidance of our classically trained chef and wine maker, we still have you covered. Why not follow us on Facebook to find out the dates of our Fall Food Nights (starting in October) and leave the cooking to the professionals?  We'll leave the wine drinking to you.
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Buy It Now
Bouquet of Rosé Sale
Limited cases of our Rosé are still available  
$96/ full case
(that's a $156 savings)
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Sep 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
September 12, 2017 | Gary Miller

Backward L Newsletter - Trouble with Wine Apps - September 2017

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Trouble with Wine Apps - September 2017
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Gary Miller
The Trouble With Wine Apps
Ah, the internet - your source of misinformation. How does 37% accuracy sound to you? I imagine it sounds pretty awful. However, if you are using a wine app to research wines, that could be exactly what you're getting.  Recently, one such app was brought to our attention here at Miller Wine Works and the results were disturbing. Of the 100 different wines this app had posted for Miller Wine Works, 63 never existed, 26 were no longer available, 11 needed corrections to their entry, 3 were completely unlisted, 1 linked to a wine by a completely different winemaker, and one was listed as being made the year Gary Miller turned 3 years old
   
    We immediately reached out to the app developers for help to get these entries corrected. However, their tech support told us they rely entirely on user submitted data and refused to correct the entries. This is one of the most popular wine apps on the market with over 19 million users worldwide. Those are 19 million wine enthusiasts being misinformed on our wine selection and we could do nothing within the app to prevent such egregious errors. Except warn you.

   Buying wines in a tasting room is not always an option for our customers. In this case, a wine app seems the best way to access wines from out of your area. However, we recommend being diligent in your research. Read below for some fun facts about Miller Wine Works that will help you verify that the wines on your apps are indeed our wines.
Distinguishing Facts About MWW
 
  • Miller Wine Works was founded in Napa, California in 2000
  • Since 2009 all our wines have been created with mountain fruit from the Sierra Foothills
  • Our labels have always carried two unique characteristics, the "Backward L" in Miller and the Miller Wine Works logo.
  • Our Wines are available for purchase at our Miller Wine Works website, with the exception of our Napa region Library Wines which are only available to purchase through our shop or through Gary Miller directly.
  • Any questions can be answered by emailing Gary Miller.
Above pictured is a label from our Napa bottling of our 2007 The GM (one of the wines that has recently been featured as a futures offer as it has been reworked using Sierra Foothill fruits for a whole new take on an old favorite). Notice the distinctive "Backward L" in the large Miller,  the logo of intertwined MWW, the distinctive font and graphic layout? Only wine labels with these features are Miller Wines. If an app claims a wine is ours that doesn't have this layout, it is an erroneous entry. Other erroneous entries would be wines with a vintage older than 2000 or in a region other than Napa (and Napa adjacent), Amador County, or El Dorado County.
In happier news, it isn't too late to get tickets to Feast at the Foundry! A fantastically fun evening of wine, dinner and dancing under the stars! Not only will it be fun, it will also go toward an amazing cause. Knight's Foundry is America's LAST water-powered foundry and machine-shop. This site is a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark but is listed as one of America's most endangered historic places. Without the help of the community, this site could be lost forever. The easiest (and most fun) way you can contribute to the preservation of this historical treasure is to purchase tickets to the Feast at the Foundry and join Miller Wine Works and the rest of Wine on 49 for an unforgettable night. Can't wait to see you all there!
We here at Miller Wine Works value your patronage and hope to see you at our tasting room in Sutter Creek in the very near future!

EMAIL us or call (209) 267 -5457 with any questions or comments.

Cheers!
Buy It Now
Bouquet of Rosé Sale
Limited cases of our Rosé are still available  
$96/ full case
(that's a $156 savings)
Miller Wine Works
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Time Posted: Sep 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Gary Miller
 
June 16, 2015 | Gary Miller

Naked Vine Vineyard and Summer Recipes

On the vineyard front, the Naked Vine Vineyard on Apple Hill narrowly (and quite miraculously, I might add), escaped last Friday's intense storm which was replete with a good bit of hail.  It looks now as though the young section of the vineyard (ie:, the Grenache blanc) will be catching up with the more establised Grenache noir vines, and that both may yield in the neighborhood of 4 tons of fruit this coming harvest.  Good stuff.

 

 

Finally for your Spring and early Summer dining options, please give the following a try.  Either Ruddy Bloom Rose' or Harvest Blanc would pair swimmingly (pun intended) !

 

Grilled Shrimp with Citrus Avocado Salsa:

 

2 each - shallots, minced

1 each - jalapeno, deveined, minced                                                                                                 

3 each - Mandarin oranges, segmented and halved

2 each - Haas avocados, medium dice

1 each - lemon, juiced

2 bunches - basil, rough chopped                                                                  

1 teaspoon - ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon - cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons - honey

Extra-virgin Olive oil/Red Wine Vinegar

Salt/Course ground black pepper

 

Combine and lighly toss all ingredients.  Splash with vinaigrette and season to taste.  Serve with grilled shrimp.

 

Onion Brule'

 

3 each - large red onions, sliced thin

1/2 cup - brown sugar

2 tablespoons - mustard seeds

1 cup - red wine

Salt/White pepper

 

Slowly saute' onions in a little olive oil until fully caramelized.  Add brown sugar and mustard seeds, combine.  Raise heat briefly and deglaze with red wine.  Simmer until red wine becomes a syrup.  Season to taste.  Layer brioche with your favorite goat cheese and top with brule'.

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 16, 2015 at 8:57 AM
Gary Miller
 
September 13, 2014 | Gary Miller

Let the fermentation begin.

Straight out of the press - Grenache blanc ready for barrel-down and a little yeast !

Harvest '14 is finally underway for us.  While many have been picking for a couple weeks, we have finally pulled the trigger on the El Dorado County, Naked Vine Vineyard Grenache blanc.  Overall yields were down due to springtime shatter, and even the grapes themselves were a little stingy, giving up just over 135 gallons to the ton, compared with the "usual" 150 - 160 ... and despite some uneven ripening which seems to be characterizing this vintage, the quality is excellent.  We are blessed with this CA sunshine, despite the drought conditions.

 

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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