Newsletter 2010

  istock_000010572843small.jpgDear Friends of Paradise,                                                                 Fall 2010

As the leaves slowly drop from the vines and the air begins to chill, we enjoy the wonderful tradition of sharing our favorite stories and highlights from the past year.

The Byck family has opened the gates of 'Paradise' to locals and visitors from all over the world for over 16 years. Whether you recently discovered 'Paradise', or have been a long time devotee; as a family winery we appreciate how important you are to us.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter as much as we have enjoyed writing it. Wishing you a magical season full of all of life's beautiful blessings.

                                                   The Byck Family & Staff of Paradise Ridge Winery

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HARVEST NOTES - Dan Barwick, Winemaker
As many of you have probably heard the weather here in Sonoma County wasn’t overly cooperative to growing grapes in the 2010. It was a year of many challenges, with a multitude of extremes to deal with. The good news is all the extra work and grey hairs have made for some quite amazing wines. I hope you will join me on February 18th & 19th 2011 for a Vintage 2010 Barrel Tasting. I will personally be there to taste these great wines with you.

For those of you who want to read all the gridy harvest details, I have written a full report on my blog, click here to read more...

HOLIDAY SPECIALS & WINE GIFT PACKS...for a truly lovely holiday gift
We have carefully selected special wines packaged in beautiful gift boxes. Priced at over 20% off the regular prices these are perfect gifts for corporate clients, family, friends, neighbors, babysitters, cat gift packs.jpgsitters, your mailman or even yourself! Wine Club Members receive an extra 5% off.
Custom selections:
We can also create custom two and three bottle gift packs with your choice of wines. Purchase a case or more of wine & receive 15% off regularly priced wines or 25% off for wine club members.

THE MARKETPLACE - Rene Byck, Co-Owner
For Paradise Ridge the year was ripe with wonderful awards & reviews. Most recently our signature estate proprietary wine, ‘The Posse’ took BEST OF CLASS at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. We also received gold for 7 different wines, many multiple winners like the Nagasawa Chardonnay, Rockpile Cabernet and Estate Zinfandel. Beyond medals we were also recognized in several major wine publications. The Wine Enthusiast rated our 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and 2006 Hoenselaars Zinfandel 90 points each. The Estate Zinfandel received 92 points in the Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine and the 2008 Sapphire Hill Chardonnay received 90 Points in Wine & Spirits Magazine. We are almost out of all of these wines, but have a few bottles left so get them while you can.

2010 not only was a great year for reviews and accolades, but it was also a year where our wines found themselves in new markets and rrene grapes.jpge-established themselves in former markets. Outside of California, Texas is our biggest market and gives us great support on all levels, including many loyal wine club fans. New states opened this year were Michigan and Connecticut. Our wines are now available in: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. Even in this tough market, sales have been strong and we have seen almost a 50% increase from distributor sales. We are also making inroads into international markets, receiving our first order for Hong Kong. We also currently have wine samples in the hands of decision makers in Canada, China, and Japan. Personally I am really pushing for the Caribbean and Hawaii as I only can imagine those business trips:)

In marketing we are enjoying working closely with Sonoma County tourism groups, not only to become more involved with local tourism, but also to create more awareness for both tasting locations, our fabulous Estate and Kenwood. I have recently been selected to the Advisory Board for the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Group Business Development Committee of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau. I am also involved with the marketing committees for the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and the Heart of Sonoma Valley Association. All these organizations promote travel & tourism and have been a great support as they love to show off the many wonderful experiences that 'Paradise' has to offer.

That will about do it in a nut shell and if you ever want to get our wines in your state, please let me know and I will see what I can do. If they are not available, we will do our best to be sure to get our wines to you.

THE SPIRIT OF GIVING – Sonia Byck-Barwick, Co-Owner
At this time of year we reflect upon our fortunes and also our community as a whole. My mother and winery founder, Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars, was an amazing advocate of giving back to the community and sharing at whatever level you can. We have conimg_2950.jpgtinued in her tradition (as best we can) by donating the winery space as well as our time, wine, gift certificates, auction items and more to support local non profits. This year many charities struggled even more due to the economy and so Paradise Ridge also stepped up to give more. Some of the groups who received our highest support include the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless, the Hanna Boys Center, the American Cancer Society, the Sonoma County Community Foundation, United Cerebal Palsy, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Alexander Valley School. This list is just a highlight of the more than 100 charitable organizations who received donations from ‘Paradise’ this year.

Still in an effort to do more, we launched a tasting room program where a portion of our wine sales are donated to various organizations. This year in Kenwood we donated 5% of our Rockpile Cabernet sales to the Hanna Boys Center and in January 2011 we will begin donating to a group called the ‘Climate Protection Campaign’ who has set the bold goal of a greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% below 1990 levels by 2015. You will be hearing more about this program when it launches, we are thrilled to be a part of it. It is said that ‘it is in giving that we receive’, and we feel incredibly blessed to be able to share so much with so many wonderful organizations.

PARADISE FOUND - Denise Stuart, General Manager
2010 wc party.jpgWOW – it has been a phenomenal year for Paradise Found. Membership is continuing to grow as our wines receive outstanding awards & reviews. This year’s wine club celebration was a beautifully memorable day for everyone – Park Avenue Executive Chef Bruce Riezenman joined us to create an amazing feast paired with the wines, which were drinking at their best when shared with family & good friends.

For those of you who have someone special on your holiday list, remember that a PARADISE FOUND Gift Membership is a gift you will not have to worry about returning. With our delectable wines, tasty recipes paired with the wines and fun wine notes it is truly a gift that keeps on giving. If you have any questions or would like to order by phone please call me at (707) 528-9463. I am happy to add a special holiday gift card for you.

KENWOOD 2010 - Annette McDonnell, Tasting Room Manager
If you have recently visited our Kenwood Tasting Room you are sure to have enjoyed our new art exhibit which showcases new work from students kenwood2.jpgwho live at the Hanna Boys Center. We recently had a reception at which 8 of the 13 pieces sold. The boys have been busy creating new art for you to enjoy or give that special someone a holiday gift that will last a life time. (as always) 5% of Rockpile wine sales are donated to the center. The sculptor “Cricket”, who also shows his work in Kenwood, joined in the spirit of giving by offering a $100.00 donation to Hanna Boys Center for each piece he sells. It is a wonderful collaboration of which we are very proud. Speaking of Kenwood, we have some delectable plans in store for next year, stop by for some amazing wine`s and warm hospitality. but you will have to wait to find out the new surprises happening in Kenwood this spring…