Kirk Venge led a tasting of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Pinot Noir with over 60 members and guests in attendance. We also had two of our Gratitude Network entrepreneurs (Brian Hill from Endovo and Heather Franzese from Good World Solutions) to talk about their companies’ progress.
Entrepreneur Wines and Wente Vineyards teamed up for a presentation on “Giving Back” aimed at members of both wine clubs. Wente poured their “Art of Giving 2013” cabernet, and Entrepreneur Wines featured its 2010 Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Guests were treated to an afternoon in the Wente Barrel Room in Livermore, CA., complete with music, a spread of appetizers and lots of “networking”!
Entrepreneur Wines hosted its first “Intertwine” event in San Franciso and attendees were treated to our 2010 Mt. Veeder cabernet along with complimentary pours of Wente Riva Ranch chardonnay and appetizers. The event featured Matt Flanner, Founder of Kiva.org, who spoke about social entrepreneurship. The Wix Lounge hosted this event in downtown San Francisco near the AT&T Park.
The Haykin took the first of many-to-come trips to see the vineyards where future Entrepreneur Wines will be coming from. Kirk Venge shared his perspective and tour of the vineyards in Russian River for Baciagalupi (our future Chardonnays) and Dutton Ranch (our future Pinot Noirs).
In June 2014, we participated in the bottling of Entrepreneur Wines first production from the ElevenEleven Winery in Napa. Winemaker Kirk Venge was on hand to greet the mobile bottling team and set up the corking of our 2012 Diamond Mountain Cabernet. Friend, Hamish Hughes, visiting from Australia, was also on hand to witness the fun…and then over to Venge Vineyards for a taste of Kirk’s own wine.
Entrepreneur Wines was hosted by the Smith-Anderson Gallery in Palo Alto, and we had more than 40 in attendance. Guests were treated to an overview of the beautiful gallery, an overview of one of the companies aided by Entrepreneur Wines/Gratitude Network. Matt Kursh , founder of Oji Life Lab spoke about his start-up that assists teens in learning life skills.
Members of Entrepreneur Wines and their guests were treated to an afternoon at the First Street tasting room of John Anthony Vineyards (owner John Trouchard was present to speak about his locale), on 1st Street in downtown Napa. We released our 2010 Mt. Veeder Cabernet at this event. Wine Maker, Jeff Fontanella and Vineyard owner, Karen Crouse, were on hand to talk about our Mt. Veeder vineyards, their approach to wine making and answer questions about our wines. After our tasting, members drove “en ___” up to the Atlas Peak area of Stagecoach Vineyards – the future vineyards for Entrepreneur Wines cabernet releases after 2013.
A bottle of 2011 Entrepreneur Wines was sited at Stonehedge, England. Although these photos didn’t make the tabloids, a nice picnic overlooking the famous rock formation was enjoyed by a group of E-Listers!
The Haykins hosted Members and new prospective members in a wonderful afternoon that featured one of the beneficiaries of Gratitude/Entrepreneur Wines program – Matchbook Learning (one of the Gratitude Award winners) was featured at the event and Founder, Sajan George spoke about how his organization turns bottom 5% public/private K-12 schools into high-performance schools.