On July 3, 2012 the Pestoni family celebrated their Annual Corn Roast at their Rutherford Grove Winery property off Hwy. 29 in Napa. The family event included live music, great food and delicious wines at their beautiful grounds overlooking their vineyards.
First stop was the antique car full of corn husks, picked a few and straight to the wood charcoal grills to cook them yourself along a selection of sausages. A lot of fun to cook your dinner and meet some new friends while you wait. It was something new and refreshing to work for your dinner while you sip through Pestoni Family Rutherford Grove wines.
Rutherford Grove Winery maintains the high standards and practices of winemaking that their great-great-grandfather’s established in the late 1800’s without compromising their tradition. For the Pestoni family winemaking is not a business; it is their heritage that they honor by producing premium quality wines that express the distinctive properties of each vineyard and helps preserving their family history.
- 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Pestoni Ranch, Rutherford Bench, Napa Valley: This bright fruit forward stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc shows aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon, guava and passion fruit with nice hints of lemon grass and wet stone along pleasant acidity. This wine will be the perfect pairing for shellfish, white fish, crab and uncomplicated chicken dishes. You can find this wine at an average retail price of $18.
- 2009 Quackenbush Mountain Zinfandel Lake County: This great value and robust Zinfandel offers you aromas of blackberry jam, ripe cherries, savory dried herbs and licorice with hints of vanilla and dark pepper. On the palate this wine feels light to medium-bodied with great acid/tannins balance and great structure. You can enjoy flavors of dark ripe fruit (berries, cherries and plum), red currants, raisin and dark chocolate notes. This wine will pair well with barbecue meats and tomato-based sauce, grilled marinated chicken and red meats. This wine retails for $18.
- 2007 Rutherford Grove Vineyard, Rutherford Bench Estate Merlot, Napa Valley: This Merlot shows intense fruit aromas up front; blackberry, red cherry and red currants along baking spices, toasty oak and cocoa powder. On the palate this complex wine shows flavors of ripe cherry, dark wild berries, red currants, cinnamon, nutmeg and dark chocolate round up with elegant toasty oak notes. Lively balanced mouth-feel, silky tannins and great structure makes this wine ready to drink now or save for up to a decade to enjoy. Enjoy this wine by itself in a winter night or alongside your favorite roasted meat, marinated smoked chicken and lamb roast. Retail price for this wine is $32.