February 2014 – California Wine Trip!

Last week, Republic National Distributing Company generously hosted the Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen corporate team on a trip to Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Eric and Jennifer of Republic wined and dined our team in style! We visited five wineries – Simi, Korbel, Kendall-Jackson, Trinchero, and Darioush. Our trip was both educational and recreational. Many, many wines were tasted, some of which will be seen on our new wine menu (April 1st)!

IMG_1909Korbel Champagne Cellars – We went on a production tour at Korbel, the science and technology that goes into champagne making is truly fascinating.IMG_1913Korbel Champagne Cellars – World’s Largest Bottle of Champagne. The bottle contains ~1K glasses of bubbly! photoSimi Winery – Luke, who guided us around the winery was very informative! He showed us how the type of glass you drink from affects the aroma & taste of wine. unnamedSimi Winery – The executive chef at Simi served us an amazing dinner with wine parings. 

unnamed-2Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens – the grounds were gorgeous!unnamed-3Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and GardensIMG_1940Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and GardensIMG_1917Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens – beautiful day! IMG_1922Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens – Wine & food pairing! IMG_1927Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens – Wine & food pairing! Short Ribs topped with fresh truffle, yummy.IMG_1931

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens IMG_1933Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens of=50,533,399-2

Auberge du Soleil – Brunching at a Michelin-star rated restaurant, what a treat!IMG_1970

Trinchero Family Estates – Wine & food pairing! We had lots of short ribs on our trip. IMG_1952Trinchero Family Estates – They paint a red stripe on the center of their barrels so wine drips appear less obvious. 

IMG_1959Trinchero Family Estates – gorgeous cellar!IMG_1976Darioush – a winery noted for limited-production Bordeaux style estate winesof=50,533,399-1Darioush – architecture with Persian influenceof=50,533,399Darioush – excellent wines!unnamed-4Oakland Bay Bridge – Sunset in San Francisco