Rosé Recipe – Summer Salad

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Click for linked recipe

This summer salad is an easy recipe (by Discover California Wines & linked above) to make from scratch when you want something light, something cool and something refreshing on a warm summer afternoon. Our Rose of Syrah pairs perfecting with the bright acidity of the lemon vinaigrette and will leave you wanting more.



We had such an amazing time at this year’s Cork-N-Pork! We were so excited to share Grindstone with our new friends. We released our Petit Verdot and were so excited to share the fruits of our labor! It was a beautiful fall evening on the ranch, tables were set up in the barn, lights were strung outside and the rosè was iced down, ready for all our wine club members and guests. We had an amazing turnout, and can’t wait for the next Wine Club Pick Up Party in the spring.

2nQue BBQ prepared dinner for the evening. It was a delicious bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with all the fixings: cornbread, coleslaw and peaches. All the guests raved about the dinner, we sold out for the evening!

Summer Wine Competitions 2018

This summer we entered in a few different wine competitions. The North of the Gate Wine Competition received over 300 wine entries. Grindstone’s newest release, our Rose, received a double gold with 94 points, as well as a Best of Class award. We couldn’t be more excited! Our 2013 cortina Red also received a gold with 91 points at the same competition. Grindstone is a boutique winery, making smaller case amounts compared to larger wineries, however we love entering our wines in different competitions to see where we land among the many California wineries. We are so excited about how well our wines have placed in these summer competitions.


Some other awards we have received this summer:

2018 Critics Challenge

  • 2014 Cortina Red Gold 93 pts *coming soon, not yet released!*
  • 2013 Cortina Red Silver

Monterey International Wine Competition  

  • 2014 Cabernet Gold 90 pts


Grindstone was also written about in the Piedmont Post- after receiving double gold

  • 2017 Grindstone Rose of Syrah

“I had never heard of Arbuckle, California, but that’s where this lovely rose comes from. As is common in the south of France, this is made from Syrah. It sports a delicate light pink color and aoral nose of wild owers. In the mouth it is packed with nectarine and peach fruit yet it nishes totally dry and refreshing. The perfect aperitif.” – Pierre DuMont





Sac Valley Water Blog & Grindstone

Sacramento Valley Water Blog visited us last week, our owner Michael was interviewed about our new plantings of Chardonnay and Verdejo, specifically our Verdejo variety. As well as the growing conditions and planting sites for all our our vines. The videos are currently at 7.5K views and counting.


Find the videos here!

This video shows our Verdejo vines before planting!

In this video Michael and reporter Jennifer Harrison talk about the Sacramento Valley wine grape growing conditions, and what makes our region unique!


Zoo and Brew with Flamingos

We attended the Sacramento zoo’s, Zoo & Brew in early May

It was a warm afternoon at the zoo, it was perfect for our chilled Rosè!  We had recently released our first Rosè to our wine club members. We were excited for the opportunity to share it with everyone at the Sacramento Zoo and Brew. Our table was set up right next to the flamingos, everyone that visited our booth though that their colors were a perfect match!

We had poured at this event the year before, it was great to see so many familiar faces! We love hearing everyone’s comments about our wines. It was a fun evening with many local wineries and live music spread throughout the zoo, we had a great time! We highly recommend to event to everyone, it’s one of our favorites.

Picnic Pick Up Party

Our spring pick up party was a blast. We were so excited to release our first Rosè vintage! The picnic pick up party, was Rosè themed. The party was held under Grindstones favorite oak trees, just a quick walk from our Syrah vineyard. Blue Collar Food, a local food truck from Colusa, joined us for the afternoon! They served up amazing sandwiches, salads and much more for everyone to enjoy with our wines. We had between 150-200 guests for the afternoon. We loved sharing our vineyards with everyone for the afternoon. Guests picnicked under our oak trees, and went for walks all on a beautiful spring afternoon!

We loved these picnic pick up party pictures!


We loved sharing our newest release, a Rosè of Syrah, with everyone.

Picnicking under our favorite 200+ year old oak tree!

ROSÈ ALL DAY — Wine Club Pick Up Bags


Our First Cork-N-Pork

This past Sunday we hosted the first annual Cork-N-Pork!  The Cork-N-Pork was a pick up party for our Valley View wine club members. Jim Saso’s competitive BBQ team, 2n Que, barbecued some amazing pulled pork for all of our hungry guests. The night was filled with lots of wine tasting, great BBQ, and even better company. We could not be happier with the turnout for our first fall wine pick up party. Here are some of our favorite pictures from the evening!




Enjoying the pulled pork dinner and wine tasting of course.


The pulled pork, mac and cheese and coleslaw paired well with our Cabernet.


More tasting and great company!

We were so excited about the Cork-N-Pork’s turnout

We grow Grapes & More

We don’t just grow grapes, but also almonds for the world’s leading almond brand, Blue Diamond®. Blue Diamond® visited our property where all almond orchards and Grindstone vineyards are located West of Arbuckle. Blue Diamond® and Michael shared the farmer to Grower Owned Cooperative rapport with 20 food, wine & lifestyle bloggers during a property tour and almond inspired luncheon.
Here is a great clip of Grindstone grower, Michael Doherty speaking about being a farmer and a family man.

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Ag-Tour stops at Grindstone

Written by The Williams Pioneer Review.
Susan Meeker

The first Colusa County Grown agri-tourism bus pulled away from Colusa Industrial Properties on Thursday under sunny skies, despite an initial call for rain.

“It turned out to be a pretty interesting day,” said new Colusa County Supervisor Kent Boes, the only elected official on the maiden tour.

About a dozen people, including a number of specialty-crop producers, participated in the daylong excursion that took them to some of the most popular, sustainable, and interesting niche agriculture operations in Colusa County, which officials say may be worth buying a ticket to see.

“Every bit of this is important, because it is a model of what we want to do in the future,” said Patti Turner, of the Colusa County Resource Conservation District (RCD). “It’s basically a think-tank to see what works.”

Colusa County Grown is a program through the Colusa County RCD that promotes locally grown specialty crops.

Turner said Colusa County Grown hopes to offer a public bus tour next year, similar to those held in other counties that get people to pay to visit a working farm or ranch.

The group toured some of Colusa County’s most well-known and successful specialty-crop operations, including Premier Mushrooms, whose commercial growing facility is located at Colusa Industrial Properties, and Barb’s Produce Stand on Brown Road, which is famous for its succulent peaches, Asian pears, and other summer and fall produce.

The group also stopped and toured Organic Roots, in Maxwell, producer of three award-winning organic olive oils.

While there, the group learned about the olive pressing business and received a taste of Organic Roots’ buttery Arbosana Olive Oil. They were also given a bottle of the company’s popular Arbequina Olive Oil to take home.

“Our goal is to eventually have a tasting room,” said Olive Roots’ owner Sherry Polit.

The group then traveled to Jeffreys Ranch Pecans in Arbuckle, where they had a prepared lunch, received a sample of the product, and heard a presentation from Ralph Newlin on specialty crop and agriculture insurance.

Chamisal Creek Ranch on Cortina School Road was the final stop on the tour, where the group enjoyed tasting award-winning Grindstone wines.

The 700-acre ranch grows three different wine grape varieties, and 12 different varieties of almonds, and has been in the Doherty family for 40 years.

Owner Michael Doherty said the focus of the ranch is on plant health, balance, and sustainability.

“Sustainability is about ensuring that people, profit, and the environment are all considered while conducting daily business,” Doherty said.

Agri-tourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a ranch or farm, said Jacquelyn Wasche, the official tour guide.

Wasche said many people have become more interested in how their food is produced, and that farm tours would allow them to talk to farmers and processors about what goes into food production.

Farmers and ranchers can use this interest to develop traffic at their operation, Washce said.

Thursday’s tour was funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop grant.

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Trimming & Training

Here at Grindstone wines at Chamisal Creek Ranch we are busy pruning and doing some trellis work. We are raising wires in our Syrah vineyard and pruning in the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.
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Cab pruning

We like to prune late in the winter to avoid diseases like Eutypa Lata (Dead arm of the grape vine). However, this year because of the series of storms we have encountered, we started even later than usual and are in a hurry to finish the work.
Besides all the rain water making it a sticky situation on our vineyards, spring water is surfacing in a number of spots. It is a farmers friend to see spring water surface. It is a sign that some of the ground water has been replenished after years of drought throughout California.
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vineyard rainbow

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