On a Saturday afternoon in September at the beginning of the 2011 harvest, 70 dedicated wine aficionados were treated to an experience they’re not soon likely to forget.
An invitation from Bob, Judy and Brandon Brassfield included the opportunity to sample the fruits of the winery’s past harvests, take a guided tour of the late director Alfred Hitchcock’s estate, listen to live music and feast on a delectable spread from Nonno’s Restaurant that the movie director himself would have savored.
Heart O’ The Mountain Allocation Club preview
The occasion was a preview of what can be expected when becoming a member of the Heart O’ The Mountain wine club. “We continue to develop our ‘club family’ by meeting and building relationships with people who enjoy good wine, food and friendships,” said owner Bob Brassfield.
Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal Credit Union bought a bottle of her favorite Heart O’ The Mountain Pinot at the Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival. She was delighted to learn that she’d be invited to attend this special event at the winery. “The 2008 Estate Pinot Noir was delicious! I am saving it for a special occasion” she said.
Grapes grown on legendary Hitchcock property
Chris Kenney, art conservator, Mobius Art, said about his visit to the estate, “The Pinot Noirs were grand, the comestibles a delight and the company stimulating, but the tour through the grounds of the Hitchcock California-Spanish style structure and gardens satisfied a long held curiosity about the mysterious mansion.”
Fine estate grown Pinot Noir in limited supply
The Brassfield family states, “At Heart O’ The Mountain, we strive to grow the very best Pinot Noir our land will give us. Our vision is to specialize in producing a limited amount of Estate Grown Pinot Noir and to share it with a small group of convivial people who we know as our ‘Allocation Club.’
“We are fortunate to have a wonderful, historical property we can share with others, however at some point we will not be able to add new members to our club since we produce a fixed amount of wine. At that time, we will begin a waiting list and if an opening occurs it will be filled by the next person on the list.”
Become a member! The next club event is on Saturday, October 8. To learn more, visit Heart O’ The Mountain website or email the winery.
By June Smith
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