Cima Collina’s annual Staves & Steel party was a hit! The boutique winery opted for a change of scenery from grape vines in the valley to wine barrels in industrial Marina – and the change was welcomed by central coast wine-goers.
The day of the event the weather was teasing us all with sunshine then light rain, luckily the rain stayed at bay during the 1-4pm time-slot.
On arrival guests were welcomed to Cima Collina’s new baby – their 2016 Pét-Nat Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé – and a wine guide book. I’m not a sweet wine drinker so I was hesitant, however, it was a very crisp, refreshing and dry Rosé. I’d definitely get a bottle (or two) to share on a warm day in Monterey.
Guests were also offered fresh popcorn and the choice to purchase some tasty morsels from popular food truck Ate3one.
My first stop was the barrel room where precious new reds were awaiting. We were welcomed to try the 2016 Argyle Petite Sirah and 2016 Cholame Petite Sirah – straight from the barrel and both Pinot Noir lover approved.
I’ve never walked through a wine-barrel room before let alone taste new wines straight from the barrel! It was a refreshing experience that I’d gladly welcome any day.
Live painting was progressing in the next room by artist Kyle Vasquez. She was painting the wine god Dionysus – the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology.
I watched the progress of the live art throughout the day and loved seeing the transition from a sketch on wood to a colourful depiction of a wine goddess.
The place was buzzing with music from a live band and people interacting with the Cima Collina team.
If you missed out on yesterday’s festivities, don’t fret, Cima Collina are always throwing unique wine-themed events. Keep an eye on their events page for more info.