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06/08 DAVE MOULTON, BURRELL SCHOOL VINEYARDS AND WINERY, SILICON VALLEY WINE AUCTION, GREG LILL, DELILLE CELLARS

June 9, 201552 min
DAVE MOULTON – WINEMAKER, BURRELL SCHOOL VINEYARDS AND WINERY – TALKING ABOUT THE SILICON VALLEY WINE AUCTION (JUNE 20) Burrell School’s origins date back to 1854 when Lyman J. Burrell settled the rough wilderness that is now home to our winery and Estate vines. Carrying on the more than 130 year old tradition at the School, David and Anne Moulton began development of the Estate vineyard in 1973. At a 1,600 foot elevation, the site faces to the southwest. Soils are a complex mixture of loam and shale due to our close proximity to the San Andreas Fault. Nearby Monterey Bay brings warm days and cool nights. This results in a unique microclimate, perfect for long, slow ripening of cool climate grapes. Initial plantings were to Chardonnay and Merlot, with Pinot Noir added in 2002. Cultivation and spraying are done with heritage Cletrac tractors; pruning, seasonal operations and picking are all done by hand. From growing to harvesting, the goal is toward the best wine grapes possible in order to produce distinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home. Once harvest begins, the sure hand of winemaker David Moulton begins its influence. Grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, crushed in small lots, and fermented with select yeast strains. Barrel selection is tailored to each varietal. Long, slow aging (12 to 18 months in French or American oak barrels) and unfined, unfiltered wines are the key to our winemaking techniques. Bottling follows, with an additional six to twelve months of aging before any wines are released for your enjoyment. Our estate vines yield the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, along with Estate Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the exclusive Valedictorian blend from the nearby Pichon Vineyard. Select grapes from other small Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards are also used. We invite you to visit us and taste as well as experience our rich heritage and award winning wines. The winery is open for your tasting pleasure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tasting Room, located on the site of the original Teacher’s Carriage House, is an intimate area dedicated to showcasing our premium wines. The outside veranda overlooks the Estate vines with spectacular views of the canyons and ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our Wine Sippers Club offers previews of new wines, as well as invitations to barrel tasting’s and “Back to School” wine tasting dinners. In addition, small private and corporate functions can be hosted during the warm weather months. ABOUT THE SILICON VALLEY WINE AUCTION: Join us for an evening of celebration, wine and philanthropy! Welcome to the  premier wine auction and grand tasting of the Silicon Valley benefiting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF.) Produced in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, this new wine auction event will be held at Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  The multifaceted Silicon Valley Wine Auction kicks off with a Saturday grand food and wine tasting featuring over 50 vintners  and 150 wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with epicurean delights as well as over 300 silent auction lots. The centerpiece of the Silicon Valley Wine Auction is the wine pairing dinner  featuring rare and exclusive wines from notable vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with a five course gastronomic experience. The wine auction dinner includes silent and live auctions hosted by the Gavel Girl, DawnMarie Kotsonis and emceed by CBS’s Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem. Live entertainment to be provided by world-renowned artist Michael Israel whose work has been described as “Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso.” Paintings created at the dinner will be auctioned off and smaller works will be available during the silent auction at the Grand Tasting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Michael Israel at work. The menu for the Wine Pairing Dinner can be foundher

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