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Vintage Hollywood 2016

We were very happy to attend Vintage Hollywood for the 5th consecutive year.  Amazing event raising over $500K for OPCC, an amazing organization leading the country in the new model for comnating homelessness.   We are honored to contribute in our own small way every year since out first release!



Hawk Wakawaka Attends the Michael Mara 2016 Winemaker Tasting


The stoniness of Michael Mara wines across producers and vintages reminds me of those runs through the mountains with a rock in my mouth – a mouthwatering wash of stones through the midpalate with a bit of earth and a flavor that’s almost salty but not – coupled with a bit of fog, a profound density of fruit, the flavor of which varies by picking time and cellar technique, and hints of forest resin.



Iconic 2014 Heroine Michael Mara Chardonnay 12.8% $TBD

Subtle and savory aromatics with a fleshier mid palate and a softer finish (that is not to call it either soft or unfocused) than the other vineyard examples, the 2014 Heroine appears to have a little more influence of malolactic fermentation than some of the other wines poured. Carrying a subtle palate of flavor with still good density and a punch of zestiness spun through the finish. Hints of verve, pith, and savor.

We are honored to be making wine from such a great vineyard and in such good company!


Heroine and Pork a Perfect Pair


We couldn't let Matt have all the fun!  Want another great pairing with Heroine?  Here is a recipe from Birk's cookbook, Eat Ink.  This recipe comes from Jonathan Power of the Populist in Denver Colorado. His take on Bacon & Eggs is the brunch of champions, especially next to any of our chardonnays.


Bacon & Eggs


  • 1 lb. quality bacon
  • 3 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sherry vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, as needed
  • 4 eggs
  • Splash of white vinegar
  • 4 slices ciabatta bread
  • 10 very thin slices Lardo (available at many high end delis) [AU: AMOUNT?]
  • Hot smoked paprika, to garnish
  • Thinly sliced scallion, to garnish

 Jonathan Power and his killer roast pig sleeve.

1) Cut bacon into lardons. In a cast-iron skillet, render slowly over medium heat until crisp,,about 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat.

2) Add yellow onions to skillet and sweat in bacon fat until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add sherry vinegar and bacon back to pan and continue cooking for roughly 90 minutes, or until liquid has reduced and mixture has caramelized and thickened. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.

3) When jam is ready, gently poach eggs in simmering water with a splash of white vinegar. Meanwhile, toast ciabatta bread and top with paper-thin slices of lardo. Serve the egg on a bed of the jam with the lardo toast on the side. Add a touch of paprika to the egg and top with a slice or two of scallion. Serve immediately.


Interested in Eat Ink? See a preview and purchase at


SK Chardonnay 1st at NY Winter Wine Festival

Saturday Febuary 6th we were back in NYC for the NY Wine Events Winter Wine Festival.  We met a ton of great folks and were very exited to find out that of over 250 wines there, SK Chardonnay was the highest ranked among the over 500 attendees!  Thanks for the love NYC!


Iconic at the Jack Kirby Museum!


We were very pleased to be able to sponsor a few nights as part of the Jack Kirby Museum Pop Up!  For those of you that don't know, Jack Kirby is a comic legended, creating characters like Captain America and Fantastic Four. His style defined Marvel Studios art for nearly a decade. But before his success he grew up in relative pocerty in Manhattan's Lower East Side, where for most of the month of December much of his work was on display.

We also, got to join our friends at Comic Book Club Live at a special recording of the podcast at the pop up!