Wine and Beyond…

By Jeffrey Cohen

Summer is here and the pool is in full operation so we have some new items to quench your thirst as well as tantalize your palates.

Firstly, we have brought in some Hard Seltzers which have been very well received. There are many flavors available that will rotate all summer. We have also brought in Guns & Oil American Lager which will surely run out each week due to its popularity. For the Oenophiles (Wine Lovers), and back by popular demand, we will be offering Moët Ice by the bottle and Whispering Angel Rosè by the glass! 

As Independence Day approaches, you can be thinking about the Adult Capri Sun beverages which will be handed out in the early afternoon on the 4th of July. We will have the representative from Western Son Vodka sampling out a collection of their exceptional flavors. They have amassed a tremendous amount of press and are quickly climbing up the ranks in quantity sold. There is truly something for everybody at the pool this summer! 

I am thankful to say that the attendance at our recent wine dinners has been on a gradual climb and has built up quite a momentum. 

John Trant from Italics did a fantastic job going through all of the wines that were coming from Coombsville, one of the newest AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). He walked us through the beginnings of the Martin’s (Proprietors) journey from humble South Texas grapefruit farmers to the largest grapefruit farmers to finally buying their land in Napa. Their wines are rich and sumptuous with a silky-smooth finish. Chef Isaac and his team again knocked the food out of the park! 

The events that are up and coming will be our annual Taste of Spain and Paella night on July 20th. We will have wines from all over Spain to pair with the culinary delights. They will range from the Mediterranean coast of Rias Baixas and go inland to the fabulous Ribera del Duero and all the way to the east to Priorat.

The following week on the 27th of July, we will be featuring the wines of Augustin Huneeus, which consist of Quintessa, Flowers, Faust, Benton-Lane, Leviathan, and Illumination. This will certainly be an incredible wine dinner and most definitely will be sold out, so please, as soon as you see the email for the wine dinner, make your reservation.

The same is true with the wine dinner on August 22nd. TOR Vineyards is the vineyard of Tor Kenward. In the process of setting up his vineyard and learning for three decades about his land, Tor mentored under some of the finest minds that Napa Valley has ever had — Robert Mondavi, Andre Tchelistcheff, Warren Winiarski, Ed Sbragia and Maynard Amerine. Tor’s principal wine maker today is Jeff Ames who has spent time learning from many of the great winemakers. Tor Vineyards also houses one of the world’s 52 Masters of Wine in Matt Deller. Do not miss this one!!!

Lastly, just a reminder to tell you of the benefits of the Cellar Club.

Welcome to the world of wines!

Whether you are a wine aficionado, a novice wanting to explore and learn more about wine, or simply, like most of us, someone who just loves to drink wine… the Cellar Club at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is here for you.

The Cellar Club offers exclusive preferred benefits to our Members who desire a well-rounded wine experience. Our mission is to create a Club community of wine enthusiasts along with the convenience of purchasing wines direct from the Club’s Pre-sale Wine Shop (In order to comply with TABC regulations, the retail selling of wine is located in the Club’s Tennis Center). Competitive retail pricing is offered on all wines sold in the Wine Shop, however, additional preferred pricing is offered exclusively to Cellar Club Members. Cellar Club Members benefit from our Club’s purchasing power to access incredible deals on some of the best wines available. 

Cellar Club 

Members Benefits:

  20% off Club Wine List Inventory

  20% off Wine Dinners

  New release tastings

  Preferred pricing at our Pre-sale Wine Shop

  Exclusive access to incredible vendor deals

  Access to Highly Allocated Wines

  Private consultations to help fill your home wine cellar

Happy traveling to all and I’ll see you at the Club!

Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at

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