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Spring 2020 Newsletter

What the Toad, Hedy Lamarr, and Zeppo Have in Common

Greetings brave and resilient Toadies! I’m starting this newsletter by sending you all good health and wishes for a safe and comfortable time while you wait out this ongoing health crisis. We’ve dedicated our newsletter to those things that might help while we all work and play at home.

At the Hollow, a few of us have rediscovered some old-time-y movies and some TV shows while we practice social distancing. We thought you might enjoy the following article that previously appeared on our website as a blog. It’s an ode to innovative thinking and the classics. 

To add a bit of cheer to your lives, we recommend some classics -- a bottle of Toad wine, a good movie and some streaming!

Stay safe,
Toad with loud speaker sitting in director's chair
Great innovations are inspired by any number of sources. It is sometimes surprising to learn about famous people who have been responsible for important innovations. Take, for instance, the glamour girl of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Hedy Lamarr. Hedy wasn’t just a beautiful face; she had the brains to match. In 1942 Hedy and a partner invented a communications system that was meant to scramble radio frequencies, keeping enemies in World War II from decoding secret messages. Ultimately, her ingenuity was an important step in securing military communications as well as in the development of cell phones. Who knew? But there’s more. Did you know that bad boy Marlon Brando patented an invention that made it possible to tune a drum? I guess before Brando, drums didn’t stay in tune. Most surprising, Zeppo Marx, part of the hilarious family comedy act that was popular from early 1900s into the 1940s, co- invented the cardiac pulse rate monitor. We can thank Zeppo for helping us maintain heart health. Yes, innovation can come from any number of sources—like here at Toad Hollow, where we are inspired by our muse, Toad. It isn’t just clinking glasses and bucolic vineyards here. We’ve also been pretty innovative, developing first (or nearly first) wine styles that have become accepted standards.

Take our Unoaked Chardonnay. The first vintage arrived more than two decades ago, when full-blown oaky and buttery styles dominated the marketplace. We knew that the pendulum would swing and that consumers would demand an alternative. When very few (or perhaps no) wineries were producing an Unoaked Chardonnay, we  released our first. Aged only in stainless-steel tanks to retain fresh, clean, and vibrant fruit flavors, our new version of Chardonnay took off, with many other vintners following suit.

Another example of Toad Hollow’s ingenuity took place in 1994 with the release of one of the first (if not the first) California Dry Rosé wines—a daring proposition for sure. It took daunting coast-to-coast education to convince wine buyers that a blush wine needn’t be sweet. We showed that beautiful Pinot Noir grapes, grown for the production of sparkling wine, picked at lower sugar levels, and then fermented bone-dry, resulted in wine that was layered with flavors and a structure that could deliciously stand up to food. While Dry Rosé is currently enjoying phenomenal popularity, our little innovation has received three consecutive 90-point scores from Wine Enthusiast magazine! Hedy, Marlon, Zeppo, and Toad just found a need and filled it! 

Sipping, Streaming & Snacking with the Toad!

Put on your favorite sweat pants and binge-watch or shuffle your favorite shows on TV with some Toad Hollow wine, paired with a simple yummy snack. Here are some of our crew’s favorite combinations!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:

Chardonnay, is bright and light but full of flavor. Pair with that nostalgic duo, onion dip and potato chips!
Bottle of Toad Hollow Pinot Noir
Kominskey Method:

Pinot Noir, for its sexy appeal and slight edginess. Go for Chex Mix and smoked almonds. 
Toad Hollow Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Bottle
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:

Lodi Cabernet, it’s well built, slightly burley, but very complex. Pair with our Toad Veggie Dippers (Toad to Table) Recipes on our website.
Bottle of Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling Wine
The Windsors – Inside the Royal Dynasty:

Risqué, Elegant, naughty and nice; add cheese and triscuits.
The Great British Baking Show:  

Merlot and Chocolate - before you sit on the couch, mix up our new recipe: Mo’s Feel-Good Brownies. 
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist:

Considered one of the most feel-good shows on, our Dry Rosé is perfect! Add a little spice with chips and salsa. 
Bottle of Toad Hollow Amplexus Cremant Brut Sparkling 12-750-sm

If you like suspense and a bit of stress, lighten it up with Amplexus and popcorn. 

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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.