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Olema Holiday Gift Guide

Olema wine bottles on a holiday table

The season of giving has arrived! Looking for the perfect gift for friends, family, coworkers and clients? We’ve got you covered with the Olema Holiday Gift Collection. Wine gifts for every palate, at every price point, and all with shipping included.

Read on for our recommendations on what to gift this year—and use code OLEMAGIFTS to save 15% on your gift order this year!

Olema Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Brut

For your bestie – Olema Double Bubbles Duo

Individually, the Olema sparkling wines are festive and fun; together, they’re the ultimate celebratory pair. Both hail from France’s Loire Valley and are made in the traditional champagne method, with secondary fermentation occuring in each bottle to result in perfect effervescence in every sip. Pair with holiday hors d’oeuvres or your New Year’s caviar.

 

Olema Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon

For the coworkers – Olema Essentials Duo

Refreshing, lively Côtes de Provence rosé and complex, robust Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon: it’s a duo that checks every box for your wine-loving coworker (or even the boss). Plus, the numbers don’t lie: both of these wines receive 90+ reviews year after year.

 

Olema Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé

 

For the Francophile – Olema Best of France Duo

We have the distinct pleasure to make multiple wines from France each year, flying our winemakers across the pond to join in on the harvest and blending in both Côtes de Provence in southern France and the Loire Valley, north of Bordeaux. The result are wines that nod to the old world style while delivering outstanding value and drinkability here in the US. Cin cin! 

 

For your in-laws – Olema Core Four

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that can be opened—and enjoyed— during the family White Elephant party. With a bottle each of Olema Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s something for everyone… even the most particular names on your nice list.

 

For the One Who Has Everything: Olema Gift Cards 

A Day in the Life of Harvest

Olema Pinot Noir on grapes

Harvest 2022 for Olema Wines is coming to a close—so we wanted to take you behind the scenes and into the cellar for a peek at a day in the life of Olema harvest. It starts in the vineyard…

Morning at the vineyard

5:00 am

We start many harvest days, and days leading up to harvest, with crisp early mornings at the vineyards. Beginning in late summer, we’re sampling grapes—picking a representative sample of grapes and clsuters to bring them back to the winery to test sugar levels and acidity to determine when it’s time to pick. Actual picking days may start even earlier, with night picks beginning anytime between 11pm and 3am to get the fruit back to the winery bright and early. 

Man picking grapes

7:00 am

Time for fruit processing at the winery! In other words, this is the first step in the winemaking process, moving the grapes from their picking bins, over the sorting table, into the destemmer, and into a fermentation tank. 

Fruit Processing

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

After fruit processing, our harvest mornings are filled up with pumpovers, measuring fermentations to test their sugar levels and see how far along the fermentation process they are, and cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning! 

Pumpovers at Olema Wines

Pumpovers, just as the name suggests, mean pumping the juice from the bottom of the tank and pour it back over the top of the fermenter. This extracts flavor and tannins from the grape skins, imparting beautiful complexity into the wine.

12:00 pm – Lunch!

Grape cluster

…Just kidding, we eat more than just grapes (but wine grapes ARE particularly delicious…)

Cheese Board

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Afternoons are spent with more pumpovers, pressing, digging out tanks, and cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning to wrap up work for the day ahead! Because we source from vineyards all around Sonoma County and have three different varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon), we might have some lots of grapes coming in the door while others are midway through fermentation and others are fully fermented and ready to be drained out of tank. The wine goes into barrel, and we get to dig all the pommace (fermented grape skins) out of the tank and clean it thoroughly to get it ready for the next lot of wine. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! 

Digging out a tank

5:00 pm

Dinner as a crew to toast to a great day and watch a beautiful Wine Country sunset as we prepare for the next day ahead. 

Team dinner at Olema Wines

 

Wine Country Sunset

Best Wines & Pairings for Fall

Fall Tablescape

Fall tablescape

With some late summer heat waves in California to kick off September and the 2022 Olema harvest in full swing, we’re looking ahead to some beautiful fall weather — and all the flavors that come with it. So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite fall recipes from around the web. What wines pair best with fall flavors? We’ve got you covered with wine recommendations for fall below. 

For the salad-lovers:

Autumn Chopped Salad - Espresso and Cream Blog

Autumn Chopped Salad – Photo credit: espressoandcream.com

Autumn Chopped Salad from Espresso & Cream with the Sonoma County Chardonnay or Olema Rosé Reserve. This salad captures the flavors of fall in a delicious, filling dish. The pear and bacon complement the Sonoma County Chardonnay beautifully while the vinaigrette and cranberries add a tartness that contrasts the wine’s smoothness. Or for a more complementary pairing, the Olema Reserve Rosé creates cranberry bliss with the salad. 

For the pressure cooker savants:

Serious Eats Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto – Photo credit: Serious Eats

Serious Eats Butternut Squash Risotto + Olema Reserve Chardonnay. Butternut squash is one of our go-to ingredients to match the richness of the Reserve Chardonnay. This, plus the Golden Delicious apple and savory miso in the recipe make this a perfect complementary pairing: the flavors in the wine perfectly match the flavors in the dish. Tip: the recipe calls for a half cup of white wine– a great role for a glass of your open bottle of Reserve Chardonnay if you can spare it; if not, go for 4 oz of the Sonoma County Chardonnay. 

For the traditionalists:

Change your life chicken - Photo credit: The Lazy Genius

Change your life chicken – Photo credit: The Lazy Genius

Nothing beats a roast chicken over a pan of mouth-watering veggies. Don’t miss the Change-Your-Life Chicken from the Lazy Genius paired with the Olema Pinot Noir. There’s just something about roast chicken and Pinot Noir. The wine’s acidity cuts through the richness of the chicken, while the dish’s fat softens the Pinot Noir’s tannins and creates blissful harmony on the palate. Pair with a crackling fireplace.  

For the ultimate comfort-foodies:

Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragu - Half-Baked Harvest

Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragu – Photo credit: Half-Baked Harvest

Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragù Pasta from Half-Baked Harvest + Olema Cabernet Sauvignon. This crowd-pleasing dish is rich and savory, making for a beautiful pairing with the Olema Cabernet Sauvignon (which also adds lovely flavor to the dish itself, if you have a second bottle on hand– the recipe calls for 1 ¼ cup dry red wine, or about two glasses). Beef short ribs cooked in any form pair wonderfully with the Olema Cabernet Sauvignon, with fattiness that cuts through the wine’s tannins. The wine’s bold fruit notes can stand up to the savoriness in the dish– all together, it’s a match made in fall-flavor heaven. 

 

Grape Deep-Dive: Chardonnay

Man pouring chardonnay into woman's wine glass

 

Man pouring chardonnay into woman's wine glass

… or as we like to say, chardon-yay. The most versatile of grape varieties, this white wine grape is one of the most popular wines for a reason. It’s the most widely planted white grape variety in California (over 93,000 acres as of the 2018 California grape acreage report!) and can be made in every style imaginable, from a crisp, bright, stainless-steel fermented wine to a rich, mouth-filling wine laden with oak flavors. 

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Chardonnay at Olema Wines— and it was our passion for the grape that led us to make not only our Olema Sonoma Chardonnay, but to expand to our Olema Chardonnay Reserve in 2017. We sat down with our winemaker to talk through the differences between the two wines and to share what we love so much about making this delicious grape variety.

OLEMA CHARDONNAY

“Chardonnay can go in so many different directions,” says Associate Winemaker Dante West, “and with this Chardonnay we’re trying to craft a wine that’s very fruit-driven with richness, yellow flowers on the nose, ripe stone fruits… this is a wine that’s going to appeal to a lot of different people but stays true to what Chardonnay is in Sonoma County.” 

 

CHARDONNAY RESERVE

Beginning 2017, we’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible Sonoma County vineyards. So, we pursued making a second wine: one that shows another side of Chardonnay. A little richer, more unctuous and forward, the reserve Chardonnay jumps out of the glass. Flavors of caramelized fruit and apricot combine with vanilla and custard notes. The Reserve Chardonnay is made with about 50% new oak, while the Sonoma Chardonnay is closer to 25-30% each year. 

Whether you lean towards bright, crisp Chardonnays or richer and luscious, we’ve got the wine for you. 

Infographic representing the Olema Chardonnay and Chardonnay Reserve

Summer Wine & Food Pairings Guide

Image of Olema Chardonnay Reserve on a set table in summertime

Olema Rosé in Ice Bucket

Summer’s Here!

From BBQs to beach day, summertime is one of the most fun seasons to pop a chilled bottle of wine. Wondering which wines pair with summer? We’ve got you covered.

Best Wines for Summer (and Which Foods to Pair!)

Wine and bountiful picnic of cheese and charcuterie

Olema Sauvignon Blanc + Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Sauvignon Blanc is all about acidity and freshness, making it the perfect wine to kick off a summer party OR to take center stage for summer get-togethers. A picnic in the park or an alfresco girls’ night in with Sauv Blanc + a bountiful charcuterie board? There’s nothing better.

Olema Chardonnay Reserve on a beautifully set table with grilled food

Olema Chardonnay Reserve + Grilled Veggies

Smooth yet bright Chardonnay with just the right balance of crispness and richness means the Chardonnay Reserve pairs beautifully with shrimp or veggies fresh off the grill. The hint of char from the grill brings out the textural elements in the wine, and the pop of the grilled dish is the ideal match for Chardonnay’s unique acid profile.

People enjoying Olema Pinot Noir at a dinner table outside

Olema Pinot Noir + Grilled Salmon

Pinot Noir and salmon is one of the iconic wine pairings, defying the myth that red wine can’t pair with seafood. The juiciness and red fruits in the Pinot Noir make it a great match for salmon, especially coming off the barbecue in summertime. Tip: chill your Pinot Noir for 15-30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving. Slightly chilled = perfect for warmer weather.

Friends playing guitar and hanging out with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon and S'mores

Olema Cabernet Sauvignon + S’mores

Yes, S’mores. Whether gourmet dark chocolate or the classic Hershey’s milk chocolate bar (or the adventurers who opt for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead), pairing Cab with summer’s signature fireside dessert is the way to go. Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon is an iconic pairing for a reason. Add graham cracker and a few ‘mallows, and the result is *chef’s kiss*.

Woman holding a glass and bottle of Olema Rosé on the beach

Honorable Mention: Olema Rosé + …Everything Summer-Related

Real talk: Rosé is THE wine for summer. Pack your rosé and a couple GoVino wine glasses in a cooler with ice and pair with beach day for the ultimate summertime wine experience. Be the first to try our NEW 2021 Olema Rosé!


GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win the Summer Wine Essentials

Olema Summer Essentials Giveaway - Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Tote Basket, GoVino Glasses and Wine Chiller on a Picnic Blanket

This prize includes: 
(1) bottle of 2021 Olema Provence Rosé
(1) bottle of 2020 Olema Sauvignon Blanc
(2) GoVino Wine Glasses
(1) VacuVin Wine Chiller
(1) Picnic basket bag
(1) Picnic blanket

$200 value! 

How to Enter: Like and comment on our Summer Pairings Pin on Pinterest anytime in June! Winner will be selected on July 1st.

No purchase necessary. Must be 21 years of age or older. Winner must be in the United States to receive prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Pinterest.

Summer Pairings Infographic

Best Wines for Spring

Olema Rosé and Cremant in ice bucket

Spring has sprung!

We’re celebrating warm weather and cold glasses of wine with our favorite spring sips.

 Best Wines for Spring

Olema Sparkling Brut Rosé Cremant de Loire ($20)

With lively bubbles and great acidity, sparkling wines is the perfect wine for springtime. What to pair with sparkling wines? We love this crémant with a triple-crème cheese, salty snacks, or chilled on its own as a late-afternoon sipper.

Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé ($15)

If there was such a thing as the birthplace of spring, it would be France’s Côtes de Provence region. In the spring and summer, lavender flourishes across the landscape as the buds in the vineyard burst. And with every sip of the Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé, you can practically hear Vivaldi’s “Spring.” Think fresh strawberry, watermelon and citrus notes that go on and on with every sip.

Olema Sauvignon Blanc ($15)

Fact: Sauvignon Blanc and Spring are simply made for each other. The ultimate white wine for warm weather, Sauvignon Blanc has enough zip to be absolutely delicious chilled down, while also complex enough to please the white wine fanatics in your life. Best sauvignon blanc pairings? In our humble opinions: go with a goat’s cheese and arugula salad, stone fruits, or spring pea and ricotta pasta dishes.

Olema Pinot Noir ($20)

Densely layered with bright fruit flavors, Pinot Noir – particularly slightly chilled – makes for an amazing spring wine. Pinot Noir pairs well with everything from barbecue chicken or shrimp all the way to heartier dishes and even dessert. Searching for the ultimate red wine for spring? Look no further.

Serving Tips

  • Not too hot; not too cold – while spring soirees are the perfect time to break out the ice bucket and chill down your wines, avoid chilling your wines down to ice-cold levels, as temperatures below 45 degrees starts to mute the wines’ flavor profile. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or store in a wine fridge between 45-50 degrees.
  • The quick-chill method – short on time? Wet a cloth or paper towel and wrap it around your wine bottle, then pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes. Voila!
  • Ice bucket hacks – always add water to your ice bucket! This creates a cold enough environment to chill your wine, but avoids the main challenge with ice buckets: too much ice and not enough space for the wine. Tip: put your wine bottles in first, then add ice, then top with water.

 

A Tale of Two Rosés

Olema Rose Reserve and Rose on a set table

We’re firm believers that every season is rosé season. From goat cheese and arugula salad in the spring to grilled salmon in the summer, and from fried chicken in the fall to festive apps during the holidays, there’s always an occasion to uncork a bottle of crisp, fruit-driven and perfectly balanced rosé. 

To make the most classic style of rosé, we went straight to the source: France’s Côtes de Provence region. Today, we have two unique representations of the dazzling pale pink wine. our Olema Rosé and Rosé Reserve. The wines are composed of the same provençal blend of varieties, but made in slightly different styles to showcase two representations of rosé. The Olema Rosé features fresh strawberry and watermelon rind aromas that lead into flavors of white peach, Meyer lemon and hints of jasmine on the palate. The Rosé Reserve is a slightly richer style, with more weight on the palate and flavors driven by juicy ripe peach, ripe strawberry and hints of honeysuckle.

Which Rosé is the Rosé for You?

 

We sat down with our winemaking team for the rosé lowdown, and here’s what they had to say:

“The Olema Rosé Reserve has more complexity and richness across the palate.”
– Winemaker Tony Biagi

“Both wines have similar aroma and flavor profiles, but the Rosé Reserve shows more intensity.”
– Assistant Winemaker Dante West

…but we’re not about to make you choose between two good things. Use code ROSEALLDAY to receive $10 flat-rate shipping on any 12+ bottles. Mix and match the Olema Rosé and Olema Rosé Reserve, or add in any other favorite wines on our online wine store to build a mixed case.

How to Serve Rosé?

We recommend chilling your Olema Rosés to a little cooler than celler temperature. Pop into your refrigerator an hour or two before serving, or use the wet paper towel trick (wrap your wine bottle in a wet paper towel and stick it in your freezer for 15 minutes).

Cranberry Wine Spritz

 

Looking for the ultimate wine cocktail? Look no further: this Cranberry Wine Spritz is our go-to way to elevate this classic drink. The secret is to start with a delicious white wine that doesn’t break the bank. The more refreshing acidity, the better.  

Ingredients & Directions:

In a wine glass or cocktail shaker, pour a half-glass (3oz) white wine – we recommend the Olema Sauvignon Blanc – along with a splash of ginger ale and a splash of cranberry juice over ice. Stir or shake, and add fresh or frozen cranberries. Cheers!