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April 8, 2013 | Presqu'ile Winery

Ding Dong, Festivals and Parties! OH MY!

Last blog we posted a picture of this bell:


Here's the story...


This is a Vanduzen and Tift bell made at the Buckeye Foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is believed to be made sometime around 1866. After production, this bell spent most of its days in Northeast Louisiana on a farm that our family used to own called Buck Meadow. Back in the day it was the primary means of communication in the farming community and was used as a signal for almost everything involved in day to day life on the farm. Different rings were used to indicate morning, noon, and night fall, as well as calling meeting, emergenices and many other things. The bell now resides at Presqu'ile Vineyard in California. We haven’t decided where to put it yet, but it’s a pretty cool piece of history and I'm sure we will find the perfect home for it.  Any ideas?

Spring is here, which means the wine and music festivals are beginning!  First one up is the Santa BarbaraVintners' Festival.  We'll be there on April 20th pouring some of our favorites.  Come enjoy great wines, delicious foods, and fun music in the sun.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Passin' A Good Time
Here is a sneak peak of just a few of the dishes we will be offering at the Winery Warming Party in June. Chef Maili Halme Brocke whipped up these delicious dishes for us to test out recently and we couldn't help but share.

Find out more about our Winery Warming Party and how to get an invitation here.


Coming up next... we're bottling!  The next blog, you'll get the inside scoop on our upcoming vintages.  *Spoiler Alert* They're freakin' awesome!

Lookin' forward to seein' ya'll in the tasting room soon!

Time Posted: Apr 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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March 22, 2013 | Presqu'ile Winery

Spring Has Sprung!

Buds are breaking here at Presqu’ile and harvest will be sneaking up on us before we know it! We are super stoked about breaking in the new winery with what will hopefully be another stellar year for Presqu’ile wines.

We recently bottled our 2011 Chardonnay and the much awaited 2012 Rosé and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc have just been racked and are next in line for bottling. They will be ready just in time for spring wine club shipments and summertime porch sittin’! Click here to learn more about how to join our club and receive access to our limited release wines.

Construction at the new winery in Santa Maria is speeding along and we are thrilled to welcome the public to our new home beginning June 20th, 2013.  We will be throwing a house warming party on June 15th, 2013 for friends, family and wine club members only.  Special guests Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave will be helping us break the new spot in with a performance in our amphitheater. Give us a holler to find out how you can snag tickets to this event! The horseshoe pit and bocce ball court are going in next to the amphitheater and the smack talk has already begun. We are all warming up our throwing arms and looking forward a little friendly competition! Be sure to check back for updates on events and the opening of our estate winery in Santa Maria!

Passin' A Good Time
This week, we were "passin' a good time" at the annual Edible Evening event to raise money and awareness for Edible Schoolyard, New Orleans.  ESYNO changes the way children eat, learn, and live at five FirstLine public charter schools in New Orleans.  This is one of our family's favorite events every year and we're proud to be a sponsor!

Sneak peak:  Check out this sweet old bell we just received! Check back soon to find out the significance behind it.

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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December 6, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

Its Christmas Time in the Vineyard

Need some liquid courage for the fiscal cliff or your year end tax planning? Having Mayan calendar anxieties? Never fear Presqu’ile is here! As you prepare for the holidays be sure to check out our website for our special gift packs and be sure to place your order before Monday, Dec 10th to ensure delivery by Christmas.

Here are a few things on our Christmas list this year:

Amanda: A Broncos super bowl win
Jonathan: A sleeping bag suit and a pet beaver
Anna: A professional blog writer and a big wooly mammoth
Madison: Arkansas football season do over
Lindsey: A Sea horse
Matt: LMFAO Christmas Album and a full time golf caddy
Dieter: Green Card
Suzanne: Jo Malone Grapefruit perfume and grandkids
Hazel : Rabbits
Kaya: Birds

We wish you and your family a joyous holiday and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support and interest in Presqu’ile!


Everyone at Presqu'ile Winery



Time Posted: Dec 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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October 31, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

Fais Do-Do!

The last of the amazing 2012 wines are in barrel.  Time to celebrate with the release of our new 2010 single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs!

Full of Life Flatbread prepared a delicious menu to showcase our new wines.

Morro Bay Oyster Flatbread
2010 Steiner Creek Vineyard Chardonnay


Organic Greens and Gouda Flatbread
2010 Rim Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir

Andouille Sausage and Mushroom Flatbread
2010 Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir


Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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September 11, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

Harvest Kick Off

The 2012 harvest season is upon us!  Today we brought in a few tons of 115 and 667 from Rim Rock Vineyard and the fruit is looking pretty dang good this year!

Even though our Razorbacks and Saints lost this past weekend, the Broncos kicked some butt and we had a great time with friends and family visiting from Arkansas. Dieter hooked us with a barrel tasting of whats going to be released this year, and I think y’all are going to like it! Check our website and join the mailing list to stay up with our new releases!

Kevin Walsh and William Lendermon from Bear Hill Interiors in Little Rock, AR are helping us with the interior design aspects of the hospitality building that will be opening next summer.  Check them out at


Here are a few construction shots of the winery/tasting room to hold you over until our opening next June.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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June 28, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

Chardonnay Symposium 2012

The 3rd annual Chardonnay Symposium is coming up this weekend and we are excited to be a part of it again this year!  It is a great event that allows you to explore Chardonnay from the vine to the glass.  The weekend is full of great events and we hope you can make it out to join us and share the love for one of the most beloved white grapes in the world!

Kick off the weekend with a "bring your own Chardonnay" BBQ at Sierra Madre Vineyard on Friday followed by an educational panel on Saturday morning.  Wine Enthusiast's Steve Heimoff will moderate the panel and our very own Dieter Cronje will be sitting on the panel along with 7 other great winemakers from the area. Check out this video clip from last year's panel.

The Grand Tasting will begin at noon on Saturday at Byron Winery's beautiful estate in Santa Maria.  You won't want to miss out on a chance to hang out and enjoy the scenery and taste lots of wonderful Chardonnay and fabulous food from local vendors! For more information on the weekends events and for ticket information click here.

Here is a recent article from Wines & Vines to jump start the weekend and get you amped to celebrate Chardonnay! Wines & Vines: Do Chardonnay Wines Show More Terroir

If you can't make it to the Chardonnay Symposium this year we would love to see you in our Los Olivos tasting room, or at some of our upcoming events this summer and fall.  Please visit our website for more information or email us at


Time Posted: Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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June 6, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

May-June Happenings

Hey Presqu'ile Fans!


It has been a while since I’ve reported on the happenings at the tasting room/vineyard and quite a bit has gone down since you last heard from me!

May was a great month for us. We celebrated our second annual May Fais! pick up party with the release of our 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (yes, it is back and available for purchase!), 2011 Rosé, 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir.  The party was held in our Los Olivos tasting room and we were thrilled to welcome a packed house once again.  Bell Street Farm did a fabulous job with the food pairings and there was barely anything left by the end of the night.  Check out what they prepared for us and be sure to stop by Los Alamos and see them! While your down that way stop into our Los Olivos tasting room to try out our new releases.


As many of you may already know, Full of Life Flatbread has opened for Thursday night dinner! We are super stoked to have another night to feed our Flatbread addictions and on May 17th we were honored to kick off their new hours with a Presqu’ile Winemaker dinner.  Chef Brian Collins came up with a ridiculously amazing menu that paired beautifully with our wines.

Construction at the new winery and tasting room is speeding along.  Walls and a roof have gone up and we will be celebrating the next May Fais! there before you know it!

Thanks to our good friend Tim Rogers for the construction photos! He's an avid fisherman and Presqu'ile supporter. Oh yeah, and he kinda helped build everything too. We love you.

We would also like to send a big congratulations out to Jonathan and Lindsey who tied the knot this past weekend!  The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a freakin blast! Cheers to the newlyweds!

Below you can find a list of some of our upcoming events.  Visit our website for more details!

  • YaYa’s Winemaker Dinner - Little Rock, AR (June 7th) (sold out!)
  • Chenal Winemaker Dinner - Little Rock, AR (June 8th) (sold out!)
  • Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival - Los Olivos, CA (June 9th)
  • Winemaker Dinner at Valentien’s Restaurant and Wine Bar – Bakersfield, CA (June 28th)
  • Chardonnay Symposium - Byron Winery, Santa Maria, CA (June 30th)
  • Presqu'ile Winemaker Lunch - Presqu'ile Tasting Room, Los Olivos, CA (July 21st)

Hope to see you at some of these events! Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. 



Time Posted: Jun 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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April 14, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Rocks!

In celebration of Presqu'ile being served at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tonight we have all made playlists of some of our favorite songs.  It was tough choosing but here they are!

Madison Murphy:
Layla - Derrick and the Dominoes
Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
4% Pantomime -The Band
Little Wing- Jimi Hendrix
Melissa- The Allman brothers
Peaches in Regalia- Frank Zappa
Jack Straw- Grateful Dead
Buffalo River Home- John Hiatt
Key to the Highway- Robert Johnson
The Weight- The Band
Friend of the Devil- Grateful Dead

Dieter Cronje:
Pink Floyd - Money
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
The Cars - Moving In Stereo
Ashtray Electric- - Here Comes the Rain Again
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
The Beatles- Yellow Submarine
Led Zeppelin--D'yer Ma'ker
Foreigner-Long, Long Way From Home




Rudi Cronje:

Dieter's older brother Rudi joined us all the way from South Africa! Check out his playlist and his band Ashtray Electric!  You can find them on Facebook and iTunes.

Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Even Flow - Pearl Jam
Slow Hands - Interpol
An End Has a Start - Editors
Sister - Black Keys
Old Yellow Bricks - Arctic Monkeys
Hoppipolla - Sigur Rós
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Go Tell the Woman - Grinderman
To Lose My Life - White Lies

Amanda Murphy:
Doorbell--White Stripes
Skinny Love--Bon Iver
Set You Free--Black Keyes
Comeback Kid--Sleigh Bells
Somebody That I Used to Know--Gotye
Wide Eyes--Local Natives
I Follow Rivers--Lykke Li
Time to Pretend--MGMT
Shake It Out--Florence and the Machine
Never Going Back Again--Fleetwood Mac

Suzanne Murphy:
Take a Giant Step – Taj Mahal
Moondance – Van Morrison
Come Together - Beatles
Dance Away – Roxy Music
Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley and The Wailers
While You See a Chance – Steve Winwood
Every Morning – Keb Mo
The Weight – The Band
Oye Como Va - Santana
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac


Anna Murphy:
Outta My System – My Morning Jacket
Little Black Submarines – Black Keys
Layla (unplugged) – Eric Clapton
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers
Godzilla – Blue Öyster Cult
Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G featuring Bone Thugs n Harmony
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Aeroplane – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Killing Me Softly – Fugees
Waterfalls - TLC

Amelia Murphy:
Yesterdays – Guns N Roses
Disco – Widespread Panic
Too Many Puppies – Primus
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Stuck In the Middle With You – Steelers Wheel
Ball of Confusion – Temptations
Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine
Cant Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
The Freaks Come Out at Night –  Whodini

Jonathan Murphy:
Ridin’ With the King – B.B King and Eric Clapton
Intergalactic Planetary – Beastie Boys
Mann – Big Moe
Flippin Thru My Neighborhood – Killa Kyleon
I Wanna Marry You – B.B. King and Eric Clapton
Wood Wheel – UGK
Never Had Love – Z-RO
My Minds Playing Tricks on Me – Ghetto Boys
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
Tops Drop – Fat Pat
H.A.W.K – Hawk


Lindsey Russell:
Crimson and Clover – Joan Jett
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Set Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol
Riding with The King –B.B. King and Eric Clapton
Love Song – The Cure
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
Sitting On the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
Help – Beatles
Jokerman – Bob Dylan

Matt Murphy: 
     * Matt didn't submit his playlist, but these are some of the songs we know he LOVES :)
Slave for You – Britney Spears
Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men
Nookie - Limp Biscut
Love You Love Like a Love Song – Selena Gomez
Its Gettin Hot in Here - Nelly
Friday – Rebecca Black
LFO – Summer Girls
Whip My Hair  – Willow Smith
Juggalo Island - Insane Clown Posse
Puppy Love – Donny and Marie Osmond
Popozao – K-Fed

We would love to hear what some of your favorite songs are!

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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March 30, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

March Madness

We celebrated the opening of our Los Olivos tasting room on Leap Day with super delicious bacon inspired small bites from the Nicholas Brothers Restaurant.  The food, which included bacon wrapped figs, pork sliders, bacon wrapped shrimp, and cupcakes with maple bacon icing was of course a hit. Who doesn’t love lots of bacon?! We were more than pleased to welcome a packed house for the occasion and the proceeds from that night went to support the Los Olivos School Foundation.  Come down to check out the sweet new space and stay for a tasting! You should also pay a visit to our neighbors Byron, Fontes and Phillips, and Coghlan Vineyard and Jewelers while your at it.  Visit our website for directions to the tasting room.

Matt and Dieter just came back from the 3rd Annual Edible School Yard event in New Orleans this past weekend.  Presqu'ile was the official wine of the night again this year and even though the weather was a little stormy it was still a good time! Check out for more information on the Edible Schoolyard program.  Photo credit goes to Maile Lani Photography.

Our next big event is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, OH on April 13th. We are stoked to be the exclusive wine of the evening and to share our wines with hundreds of rock and roll fans!  The line up of inductees is pretty awesome again this year! It ranges from Guns and Roses to The Beastie Boys.  The event is sold out already, but for a full list of this year’s inductees and other viewing options please visit  Be sure to check back with us in a couple weeks for a special rock and roll blog entry!


March was choked full of wonderful wine dinners. The Ballard Inn hosted a super delicious dinner featuring Ernst Storm of Storm Wines and we celebrated St. Patrick's Day at Full of Life Flatbread with Gavin Chanin of Chanin Wine Company.  Check out the menus from the dinners and join us next time!

Here are a few pics of how the construction is going at the winery on Clark Ave! Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on the building progress.


Time Posted: Mar 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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February 20, 2012 | Presqu'ile Winery

February Fun

Hey Everyone!  Here is a quick update on what has been happening with the Presqu’ile staff, winery and tasting room.

Amanda, Lindsey and I recently spent a few days in Napa taking a tasting room professionals course through the WISE academy.  We learned a lot about how to create a memorable and enjoyable guest experience as well as all the technical things you need to know to run a successful tasting room business.  After two full days of class and lots of practice I’d say we are ready to open a tasting room!  Which is a good thing since we are planning on opening in Los Olivos on Thursday March 1st.  Even though we haven’t officially opened we have had a few private tastings in the space and everyone had a great time!

Matt and Amanda were recently in LA at a Grammy luncheon which honored Grammy Nominees from Louisiana.  Each Louisiana nominee received a bottle of Presqu’ile in their gift bags which we thought was pretty cool!  Matt and Amanda also ran into our friend from New Orleans Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.  He preformed at the El Dorado Wine Dinner last year and has been a friend of the family for years. He and his band Orleans Avenue are very talented! Be sure to check out their site as well as their newest album “For True”.

Jonathan and Dieter spent this past Thursday and Friday bottling and we are excited to get our 2010 releases out.  It’s going to be another great year for Presqu’ile!  Maybe even our best vintage yet! Be sure to check out our website for updates on when they will be released.

Stay tuned for updates on the Los Olivos tasting room progress as well as the Santa Maria winery. For directions to the tasting room click here. Come see us in Los Olivos soon!

Time Posted: Feb 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM