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Fall & Winter 2019 Newsletter

The Holidays a Crazy Jumble of Flavors! 

Preparing for the holidays is always filled with anticipation and gratitude. Gratitude for our great Toad Hollow fans and the enormous support we get from wine shop and restaurant owners all over the US. I’m anticipating holiday meals with friends and what wines I’ll be sharing with them.

I recently read an old Food & Wine Magazine blog while digging for information on what wine to serve with a holiday turkey. Much to my fascination, the author made the point that it isn’t actually the turkey that one needs to consider when pondering the best pairing of wine. Rather, it is the jumble of side dishes that makes pairing tricky.

Because turkey meat is somewhat bland, it is our habit to pile all the side dishes together, drenched in gravy, and to eat as a big lump! Green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing with rosemary, thyme, and dried fruit all contribute to one delicious jumble of flavors on your palate!
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It is this dynamic that calls for one of the most versatile food wines there is — Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir! Uniquely, dry rosés have the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red, allowing for countless dynamic pairings. Dry rosés provide endless possibilities for pairing, with everything from salads to spicy rice dishes and a myriad of cheeses. I suggest, when stocking up for the holidays, you don’t bypass the Rosé shelf at your grocer or wine shop or relegate Rosé just to Spring and Summer. Keep a few bottles on hand for serving throughout the holiday season including New Year reveling.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine!

The social media grapevine is ever changing and we are ALL IN here at the Hollow! If you haven’t checked lately, visit us on Instagram: @toadhollowvineyards. We’ll keep you informed with a new look, fun and ever-changing messages, images and accolades. We love to see your posts.

We’re Flying High on Twitter

Toad Hollow is at the top of Twitter mentions according to an article by Drinks Insight Network, listing beverage influencers, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

“The top tweeted terms are the trending industry discussions happening on Twitter by key individuals (influencers) as tracked by the platform.

The best Rosé brands world wide was one of most discussed topics on wine during the quarter . . .” Toad Hollow Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir, was one of the top Rosé wines mentioned by influencers.

Featured Recipe

Cranberry relish

Karen Lee’s Yummy Cranberry Relish

This super-easy, crisp and refreshing relish is a delicious complement to all of the savory side dishes that go with your turkey dinner, and there’s no cooking! It pairs perfectly with our Toad Hollow Dry Pinot Noir Rosé and Unoaked Chardonnay.

Fun Fab Toad Fan!


How can we describe Jen Curtin, our first Fab Toad Fan? Passionate, loyal, vivacious, adventuresome; we could go on. Jen has been an enthusiastic participant in all of our Toad Hollow social media events. Notice her earrings? She often combines her two loves: wine and the San Francisco Giants. Jen created her “Toad on the Road” Instagram earrings, wearing them to a Giants’ double-header, “2 toads, 2 games, 2 wins!” Jen has attended 76 baseball games, including 3 in Tokyo, 1 in Oakland and 6 on the road. Now that‘s the Fine Art of Fun!

Among Jen’s favorite Toad Hollow wines are the Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir and our Pinot Noir. She pairs the Rosé with her favorite spicy dishes, “Bring on the Chile. . . Of course”, she says, “I love the bubblies too (Risqué and Amplexus) - perfect for a partay!”

When not at a Giants game, business owner Jen,
(www.LetsGoWineWalk.com), can be found guiding folks on a VIP Wine Walking Tour, that includes private wine tastings at the finest local tasting rooms in quaint downtown Healdsburg. She also loves chilling at home where you can find her walls decorated with some of our original “toad art.” Thank you, Jen, for being such a super fun supporter and fan!!!

You too can be a Fab Toad Fan, by following us on Instagram and Facebook and participating in our social media events. We love seeing your posts, comments and likes. 
Jen Curtin, our first Fab Toad Fan

People Are Talking!

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 California’s Top-Value Wine

Toad Hollow 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay, Francine’s Selection

“Apple and pear flavors are matched to buttery hints in this juicy style.”
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Toad Hollow Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir

    “…light dry style at an unbelievably fair price – over delivers once again!”  
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Toad Hollow 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 

“Toadally Tasty Cab! A wart-free and easy drinking Cab from Lodi”.

Find Toad Hollow With the Wine Locator

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Let your fingers do the walking: go to our Wine Locator. After you enter your address or zip code, you’ll be directed to a store or restaurant near you that offers Toad Hollow wine. If the purveyor doesn’t currently carry your favorite varietal, don’t be shy; ask them to order it for you. We recently had a Toad Hollow fan who made a special request for Merlot from a large market chain near his home in Grants Pass, Oregon, and was happily rewarded with his favorite Toad Hollow wines. This Locator is also handy if you’re traveling and not familiar with your new temporary surroundings. If there isn’t a wine shop close to you, you can order from us directly on line.

Toad Hollow Wine & Food Pairing
Suggestions for the Holidays

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