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Wine of Diplomacy - Chinese Cuvee
Iron Horse is excited to release 2005 Chinese Year of the Horse Cuvee. It is a very luxurious wine, aged eight year en tirage,with fittingly lychee and Mandarin orange flavors. Available for gift giving for the holidays and leading up to Chinese New Year on January 31. Ideal for those lucky enough to be born in 1918, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and babies due in 2014.Total production for the U.S. is 250 cases. Winery retail $98.
The prior vintage, commemorating the Year of the Snake, was served at President Obama’s dinner for China’s President Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Estate, Sunnylands, in Southern California in June 2013. Iron Horse Chinese Year of the Dragon Cuvee was the toasting wine at the lunch for China's then Vice President Xi, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton February 14, 2012 under the crystal chandeliers of the Benjamin Franklin Dining Room at the State Department in Washington D.C.
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Most Recent Reviews
The editors at Wine Enthusiast rated and reviewed our 2011 Chardonnay, which appeared in their September issue.
91 Iron Horse 2011 Estate Chardonnay Green Valley $28
92 Iron Horse 2011 Rued Clone Chardonnay Green Valley $48
90 Iron Horse 2011 UnOaked Chardonnay Green Valley $27
92 Iron Horse 2011 Native Yeast Chardonnay Green Valley $48
Celebrating National Geographic's 125th Anniversary
The Iron Horse 2008 Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs
This is our fourth vintage of making Ocean Reserve and like the previous releases Iron Horse has pledged $4/bottle to National Geographic’s Ocean Initiative to establish Marine Protected Areas and supporting sustainable fishing around the globe.
A Toast to Mother Nature
We wish everybody could have been at Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley this year. It was our best yet. The speaker, Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, was brilliant, the food was spectacular and the high tech element – a demonstration of 3-D printers, was fascinating. We have a very fun photo album on the Iron Horse Facebook page, which will give you the full flavor of the event.
Dr. Diamond offered a particularly apt metaphor that humanity is in a neck and neck race between the Horse of Destruction and the Horse of Sustainability with a “finish line” of 2050. He gives the Horse of Sustainability a 51% chance of winning. Two years ago when Ted Turner was our speaker, he used a baseball analogy that it’s the seventh inning, we’re down by two runs and we have to put two runs on the board.
Earth Day 2011 featured Ted Turner, National Geographic's Boyd Matson, seven Green Valley wineries showing their delicious Chardonnays and Pinot Noir, grilled bison filets, a great art exhibit and vineyard tour. We even managed to nail a good weather day. Ted was wonderful. He was up. He was funny. He is an optimist ... and Iron Horse is the drink of optimists. Boyd Matson was the perfect foil. He is such a professional and so interesting in his own right. Ted said at the end "Gee that went fast" - and it did because it was just a great conversation.
For Royal Watchers
Iron Horse was served at the black tie dinner hosted by the President and First Lady at Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London, for the Queen of England, Prince Philip and about 80 other guests on May 25, 2011- Joy! in magnum during the reception and Russian Cuvee with Pecan Pie.
Destination of Choice
The San Francisco Chronicle rated Iron Horse's "Tasting Room" three stars. "Good bubbly and a great view." Check out the article here.
Sunset Magazine named Iron Horse as a favorite stop in wine country for Sparklings especially on Fridays at 10am when Winemaker David Munksgard gives a personal tour.
World of Fine Wine
Iron Horse was featured in The World of Fine Wine, the very prestigious, very British wine publication, whose editorial team is led by Hugh Johnson. Here is a pdf of the article written by Lisa Granik.
The Wine of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens...and the Pope.
Iron Horse has now been served at the White house for five consecutive presidential administrations, beginning in 1985 with the historic Reagan/Gorbachev Summit Meetings, which ended the Cold War. The first Bush administration served our Sparklings at several State Dinners and brought our Classic Vintage Brut to Moscow for the signing of the first START treaty.
The Clintons chose Iron Horse for many occasions-most impressively for the official White House Dinner New Year's Eve 1999 to toast the new Millennium and at the 200th anniversary of the White House attended by all of the living presidents except Ronald Reagan who was too ill, at the time, to travel.
The first time the George W. Bush administration served our wines was on the most somber of occasions-September 20, 2001, at a working dinner with Prime Minister Tony Blair, immediately prior to the President's momentous address to Congress outlining U.S. response to 9/11. They chose Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee as the toasting wine for the State Dinner honoring newlyweds Prince Charles and Camilla. The Bush White House also served Iron Horse at the dinner honoring the Pope on his 2008 visit to the United States.
In January, Wall Street Journal rated Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée as the “Best of Tasting” of American Sparkling Wines, recommended to celebrate the Obama Inauguration. A Special Inaugural Issue of Washingtonian, a monthly which describes itself as the magazine Washington D.C. lives by, featured our Russian Cuvée with the writer Eric Felton concluding, “Among the sparkling wines with White House pedigree that I tried in a blind tasting, far and away my favorite was the Russian Cuvee that Iron Horse now makes in the style of the wine Reagan served Gorbachev.”
The Obama Administration has served Iron Horse at the Diplomatic Reception for the Ambassadors from around the world, as the after dinner Sparkling with dessert and a stellar performance by Beyonce the night of the State Dinner for the President of Mexico and at the dinner honoring the Queen of England in May 2011.
Iron Horse Vineyards was named an "American Icon" in a coffee table reference book published by Random House in July 2007 alongside American Express, Coca Cola, Harley Davidson, Ipod, Harvard University, the New York Yankees, and Tiffany.
Special Cuvées for Top Chefs
Iron Horse is proud to produce special cuvées for some of America's top chefs-Charles Palmer of Aureole in New York, Las Vegas, Healdsburg, Washington, DC, and Dallas; Bradley Ogden of Bradley Ogden's in Las Vegas; Lark Creek Inn and One Market in San Francisco; Commander's Palace in New Orleans; and Michael Mina at all of his restaurants. We also produce a special cuvée for Disney, called Fairy Tale Cuvée. San Francisco's de Young Museum commissioned Iron Horse to produce a limited edition special cuvée commemorating the King Tut exhibit .The winery pledged $1.00 a bottle to go to the museum's "Get kids to Tut" campaign, underwriting the cost of admission for over 350 Bay Area school children.
Where Chefs Go
Chefs' and Sommeliers' Quotes
"I've always liked the Iron Horse wine. [Iron Horse 2005 Green Valley Chardonnay] is a very California style of chardonnay, but these have more acidity than most, which keeps them interesting. It would go with salmon, lobster, crab, and lighter meats."
-- Alex Weil [of Los Angeles' Osteria Mozza]
-- Nelson Daquip [of Seattle's Canlis]
"At last an un-oaked Chardonnay from Sonoma! A sommelier's dream wine to pair with dishes, this one is full bodied with tangy notes of Granny Smith apple, lemon and kiwi fruit. The long finish lingers on the palate with a hint of Jolly Rancher candy."
--Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida
"Whenever I'm grilling fish with spicy flavors or slow-roasting chicken crusted with fresh herbs, I always reach for Iron Horse Chardonnay. It's a perfect partner for the foods I like to cook."
--Bobby Flay, Chef, Restauranteur, Cookbook Author, TV Personality
According to wine writer Matt Kramer, “Champagne is all about style …. Some are Armani … others are North Face. If You Like Valentino… Then you'll like the good-taste opulence of Dom Pérignon (complex, weighty yet far from heavy; a champagne with an exquisite "hand," as they say in the fabric trade) [and] Iron Horse Blanc de Blancs LD (the "ld" means late-disgorged; dense, subtle, rich and refined). December 6, 2006 New York Sun
Location. Location. Location
According to Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune: "For me, a key factor in choosing a pinot noir is location. I want cool climate areas. In California, that's going to be near the Pacific Coast, San Francisco Bay and valleys that funnel cold fogs and wind in from the ocean such as the Sonoma County Green Valley region or Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills.
Green Valley, the special appelation where Iron Horse is located, was awarded a “Pinot Passion Award” in Gregory Walter's Pinot Report. Green Valley also received an 'A' in the latest report card on Sonoma County's AVAs in Wine Enthusiast for 'making great Pinots and Chards and...some of California's best bubbly.”
Another High Point
From Dan Rather's autobiography, “The Camera Never Blinks Twice”, about having lunch with William Paley in 1989: 'Now he was wheeled into the dining rooms and we continued to talk. Paley liked to gossip. We had a bottle of Iron Horse champagne with our veal piccata, and he says, “You know, for years I wouldn't touch this California stuff because I only like the best and I thought that meant French. I can truthfully say that California wine is among the best in the world.” With Mr. Paley, you always had to ask yourself, what's this about. And it lead up to this. He raised his glass, clinking his with mine, and said: “The Evening News is the only thing left at CBS that's on top right now. I don't know how or why it is and neither does anybody else. But take great pride in that. Take time to look around. Take in the view and breathe deeply. You won't be this high many times in your life.”
Iron Horse is extensively drunk in Robert B. Parker's adventure novels. In the New York Times Bestseller, Potshot, set in the town of Potshot, Arizona, the Boston PI Spencer gets the lowdown from the local authorities: “What's the most important thing in the desert? Iron Horse Champagne. Next to that. Water.”
The Letter of the Law
In Tim Green's thriller, "The Letter of the Law," a world-famous criminal law professor is accused of murder, he hires his brightest former student to defend him, and she celebrates her victory with Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut "every bit as good as Dom."
Joy Sterling, Iron Horse's CEO, has written four books. The first was called “A Cultivated Life”–a diary of the 1991 vintage at Iron Horse, following month by month everything that happened in the vineyard, the winery and the family's entertaining. More recently, Simon & Schuster published “Vineyard” a kind of souvenir book of Wine Country with beautiful photographs by Andy Katz.