Mayacama Member Wine Notes

Wine at Mayacama is a way of life.   Besides having one of the top rated golf courses in the country, we have a Vintner and Wine Program that is unique only to this property. We are located in the heart of Wine Country and our members take their wine as seriously as their golf.  The wine program features 35 Vintner Members, selected by our Vintner Committee, and each Vintner has to meet a strict set of standards.  Once on board, they make their wine available to members with special pricing through our offers and their wine clubs, they also host wine and food events, provide intimate tastings and help support our club events. Their wines are featured on our list along with other great wines from among our general membership and other wineries of interest to our members.

Jeff McCarthy, Wine Director at Mayacama shares some Wine Notes:

The All Vintner Pour is decidedly our most popular Mayacama Member wine event of the year! Our 2016 All Vintner Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm.  In our courtyard, all 35 Vintner Members feature their new releases at various wine stations. Their wines are available for purchase and our members and their guests have the chance to fill their wine lockers and cellars at home and purchase for friends and family.

12th Annual Mayacama Member All Vintner Pour
Saturday, May 14th from 4-7pm
– Meet Vintner Members & Winemakers
– 120 Limited Production Wines
– Member Pricing Opportunities for Members & Guests
– Bountiful Food Stations that include Oysters, Shrimp, Roasted Pig, and Desserts
– Passed Hors D’oeuvres
– Live Music
$150++ Per Member / Per Guest (Only Age 21+)
Register Online or call 707.569.2900

Register separately for additional family-friendly fun on the same weekend…
KIDS – Lego Star Wars Epic Battles! – May 14 (4:00 – 9:00 pm) 707 569 2908

Last year, we hosted 350 members and guests.  Weather was perfect, in the mid 70’s.  We expect great weather again as our guests dine on grilled New York, whole suckling pigs hand carved at our pork taco station, lamb chops grilled to order, fresh shucked Hog Island Oysters with lemon and “Hog Wash” and a buffet of assorted cold seafood, cheeses, charcuterie and other treats prepared by our culinary team.  To give you an idea of what our Chef and his culinary team prepared last year, they produced; 150 pounds of New York, 200 pounds of suckling pig, 60 pounds of shrimp, 70 whole racks of lamb, 25 pounds of cheese, over 3000 assorted canapés, 800 fresh oysters, 1000 mini desserts and 60 pizzas.  By the end of the event, there was nothing left!

The wines to be featured this year are off the charts.  Futures of incredible 2013 and 2014 Cabs will be available to taste for the first time along with wines from the outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages.  Many of the wines are being previewed at the pour and our members will be the first to try these beautiful gems.  This year we will introduce three new Vintner Members at their “first pour” so be sure to drop by and enjoy their wines.

Live Brazilian jazz from Jive Samba will again be part of the festivities.  After the pour, everyone heads to the bar for a few hours of libations, homemade pizzas and truffle fries. The next day, the wine orders will begin to flow.  Come and join us and experience the best of the Wine Country.

Welcome New Vintner Members
Just in time for our 2016 Vintner Pour are the arrival of three new Vintner Members.  Please join us for a warm Mayacama Welcome for our three new Wineries.

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await visitors.

Proprietor Debra Mathy can often be found welcoming guests with Dutchess, her Golden Lab, sidekick and official greeter. Winemaker Kerry Damskey’s small-lot, select vineyard approach to winemaking can be learned and enjoyed in the tasting room. In short, Dutcher Crossing offers the timeless qualities of an artisan approach to life.

The vintage high-wheel bicycle, a treasured gift from Debra’s father, represents Dutcher Crossing’s pursuit of quality small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her father’s imagination and the journey that lies ahead.

With a magnificent view of the panoramic vineyards and hillside beauty of the Dry Creek Valley, our tasting room welcomes visitors with a sampling of some Dry Creek’s best wines. In an intimate setting, Dutcher Crossing Winery is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Away from the crowds, just outside of Healdsburg, you will find a warm, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere here in our tasting room and winery.

Fisher Family Winery

The Family Winery…IS THE RESULT OF EXPERIENCE OVER MANY YEARS. The winery was founded in 1973, when Fred and Juelle purchased 100 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western slope of Spring Mountain. There, they built a winery tucked in among the vines and Douglas Firs. The winery itself is a product of the estate, having been built from the timber that was cut and milled on-site and crafted into an award-winning facility by their good friend and architect, William Turnbull.

In 1976, the family found another 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The property runs from the Napa River to the Eastern Vaca Range, adjacent to the famed Eisele Vineyard, and is the source of our Lamb Vineyard Cabernet, Coach Insignia Cabernet and Cameron, Bordeaux Blend.

Their commitment is to grow and produce wines of consistent, world-class quality that express their unique mountain or valley heritage in the truest sense of terroir; the resulting wines should pay tribute to the land we are fortunate to care for, as well as each member of our team, which together will yield classic balance and style that transcends time.

Founder Fred Fisher says;”We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines sing their praise, and we are grateful.”

Wilson Family Wineries

It is hard to open the Press Democrat around the beginning of October and not see results from the annual “Sonoma County Harvest Fair” dominated by the wines from the Wilson Winery Family portfolio. In the last five years they have earned 4 “Sweepstake” awards and slough of gold medals from a panel of professional wine judges. To say they are a local favorite would be an understatement.

For Mayacama Members, you will soon see the 19 acres around our entrance being transformed into vineyards and notice the old barn has been beautifully restored. Within the next 3-4 years, the Wilsons will be crafting wines from vineyards inside our outer gate. Not only will this add to the beauty of the property, but it will also give us a “Vineyard Laboratory” where we can share the secrets of viticulture with our members.

The Wilson Family Portfolio is distinguished not only by its outstanding wines, but by the twin pillars of family and tradition on which its reputation rests. The tradition pre-dates the winery’s founding in 1993 and is evident in the century-old tin barn that houses the Wilson’s facility. One of the oldest structures in the legendary Dry Creek Valley, the barn has been lovingly restored by Ken and Diane to provide a state-of-the-art venue for their award-winning winemaking while offering glimpses into both a storied past and a promising future.The Wilson portfolio of wineries includes; Wilson Winery, Mazzocco, Soda Rock, Matrix Winery, deLorimier, St. Anne’s Crossing, Pezzi King and Jaxon Key

Contact our Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, at 707 569 2906 or jmccarty@mayacam.com regarding this new and exciting service.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Meet Activities Director, Melinda Murray

It’s great to be a kid at Mayacama, where we offer an array of area and on-site adventures for our youngest Members. In addition to traditional adventures, there are also special events showcasing crafts from glass fusion workshops, sculpture classes and science experiments. Year-round, we’re always looking for new ways to create enjoyable activities which will become unforgettable memories for the little ones.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s Activities Director, Melinda Murray, to gain some personal and professional insight.

# years in Sonoma County: 20

Originally from: Marin County

Job Title: Activities Director

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?

Over the last seven years of working at Mayacama, I have learned that one of the biggest pulls for our members, especially those with children, is that the club is so kid friendly. With our newly renovated play room, kids’ nights during most club events, childcare offered at anytime, our extensive summer camp schedule, and year round activity options, our members feel comfortable knowing that their children will have as much fun as they will during their stay.

What is the most popular family-friendly event at Mayacama:

Our biggest event by far for the whole family is our Easter celebration we hold every year on Easter Sunday. We fill the courtyard with crafts, cookie decorating, games, a balloon artist, cartoonist, baby animal petting zoo, and our very own Easter Bunny to take pictures with. We also have a 5,000 egg hunt that always gets the kids excited. Other noteworthy events at the club are our Mothers day brunch with a gift craft option for the children, Gingerbread house decorating at the Christmas party, and the Halloween carnival I am very excited to be bringing back this year.

Outside of Mayacama, what are 3 of your favorite spots to take kids?

I love keeping the kids active and letting them have the freedom to run around, so one of my top spots to take children is Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. It is an indoor trampoline park with an arcade and huge jungle gym for the kids to explore.

The Charles Schulz museum and Snoopy’s Ice Arena are other great spots to take kids of all ages. The museum encourage creativity with a cartoon classes offered and the history of one of our famous Sonoma County residents, while the ice rink lets the kids release some energy and play.

My other favorite spot to take the kids is Glass Fusion and Pottery Too in Sebastopol where the children are able to showcase their creative side and make beautiful and one of a kind art pieces.

What are your favorite Sonoma County annual events that are kid-friendly?

The Sonoma County Fair is a great place to take children of all ages with the rides, shows, food, and attractions that always guarantee a good time. There are also many local children theater productions and child friendly shows that run throughout the year. These are great to go to because I love when seeing a show with a child inspires their inner performer.

What’s new at Mayacama? 

Last year we renovated the clubhouse kids room by opening up all the walls and added games, big screen TV’s, a ping pong table, and shuffle board table, making it a family friendly location to spend some quality time in.

One of the additions to the activities schedule I am most excited about is the Halloween Carnival we will be bringing back this year. With games, crafts, haunted carriage rides, and entertainment galore, I am hoping this event will become as popular as the Easter Celebration.

3 words I’d use to describe Mayacama: Serene, vibrant, and family friendly.

Growing up I dreamed of being a: Professional Ballerina like my mother.

5 things I can’t live without: Golf, performing, friends, popcorn, and my dog.

Best part of my job: Giving children and their families memorable experiences while visiting Mayacama.

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Scotland and Ireland for a historical golf trip.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Go Behind The Scenes with Daniel Hildebrand at Mayacama

Let’s face it. Everyone enjoys a friendly, familiar face. One of the reasons that members invest in Mayacama is because the staff is here to greet you time and time again. Over the years, relationships have been formed and friendships created between the Mayacama team, guests, neighbors and members. Each lifestyle section of our resort features consummate professionals in their industry that are happy to answer questions and lend a tip. Over the next several months we’ll be introducing you to Mayacama team members and sharing a behind the scenes look at the Mayacama lifestyle. We interviewed Daniel Hildebrand, Director of Residences at Mayacama, for a closer look at the residential side of the resort and what attracts buyers to invest in fractional and whole ownership at our resort:

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?
I believe the most compelling reason members have become a part of Mayacama is the outstanding golf program that has been fostered into place by our Head Golf Professional, Ted Antonopoulos. From the physical course itself, to the locker room experience, the maintenance of the grounds, and the friendliness of the staff, it all comes together to make a lasting impression that our members get to relive again and again.

The 3 things that owners in the Residence Club are most surprised to discover at Mayacama are:
The Residence Club members enjoy the scope of demographic of Residence owners. From young families to retired couples, people of all ages and backgrounds have come to call Mayacama their home in wine country.

Members are pleasantly surprised by the abundance of activities offered through our Mayacama Kid’s Summer Camp. Petting zoos, Magic Camp, and Jr. Golf Boot Camp are just some of the programs offered by our team!

While people understand that California offers great weather, Residence Club Members have come to welcome the temperate climate all 12 months of the year. Never too hot, never too cold the Residence Club Members will find themselves enjoying a refreshing glass of white wine in the middle of August while also snuggled up with a sheep skin blanket in the middle of January. Anytime is a good time to reside at Mayacama.

3 favorite design features of Mayacama Residences:
I love that Residence Club Members have the option to utilize a One-Bedroom Casita or a Three-Bedroom Villa. While the Three Bedroom Villa is the perfect spot for hosting 3 couples, or housing the entire family – a One Bedroom Casita makes the perfect spot for an intimate weekend getaway.

The Harvest Room in our Three-Bedroom Residences is a living space that functions unlike any other room. With just 3 walls, this room offers an option to embrace the outdoor beauty of Sonoma County, while including the amenities of a traditional gathering space.

The beauty and intricacy of the Residences is something very special. Inspired by the Mediterranean/Tuscan architecture, the clay tile roofs, heavy stucco, archways, and authentic landscaping seemingly to transforms you into a true Italian Villa.

Locals know best. Share someplace in Sonoma County that you’d recommend to guests/why:
For families, I love Safari West! An authentic safari adventure, Safari West offers guests something they would never expect in the heart of “Wine Country.” With giraffes, buffalo, and zebras, the family will feel like they have had their own personal zoo brought to them in Sonoma County.

We have a great local dining scene, but everyone has their favorites. What is your favorite nearby restaurant?
With so many options to pick a favorite is impossible. Persimmon (Healdsburg) is a restaurant I just recently tried and I was blown away!

What dish do you recommend? Their Seven Spice brisket was something I did not expect to find on the menu. My favorite thing was Flat Iron steak with house made kimchee and fried rice.

For those who are lucky enough to return time and time again, share one of your favorite, local summertime activities or events with us:
Summer Nights on the Green in Windsor is always a great time! The live music, local food tents, and regional crafts are always entertaining for 3 – 4 months out of the Year!

Red or White: Rose

Favorite Mayacama menu item: Crispy Chicken Breast and Thigh

5 things I can’t live without: My Dog (Mojeaux), My Family, Beer, Cheese, Coffee

Best part of my job: The team at Mayacama

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Sun River, Idaho

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mayacama Members Speak

The story begins and revolves around an expansive Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse. Formal and casual alfresco dining overlooks a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. There is a spa, tennis, pools, fitness, hiking, bocce and exquisite residences nestled into the lush oak-shaded landscape. A Vintner Member program that features 35 of the leading winemakers from Napa and Sonoma accentuates the entire experience. Mayacama is above all things a vibrant and immanently social lifestyle, and an idyllic home away from home.

Discover the Mayacama Whole Ownership Villa Program and the eventual accelerated build-out of more lodging.

We always enjoy hearing first impressions of the property, we invite you to learn more about Membership at this captivating Wine Country retreat through the words of Mayacama Members.

“From our very first visit to Mayacama, we were taken in by the people, the location, and the wealth of activity at the club. We are already creating great memories with our new friends. We look forward to many years at Mayacama with our children and, some day, their families.” – Karl and Robin May

“We’d heard about this fantastic course called Mayacama so we started looking into how we could play it. We were so impressed on our first visit with the beauty of not only the golf course and surrounding vistas, but also the residences and common areas. We’re so excited to be part of Mayacama and look forward to golfing and enjoying all Mayacama has to offer on our visits to Northern California.” – William Gundry and Susan Bentley

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community. Read 10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life. Click here to inquire about Memberships at Mayacama.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community.

675 Acres of Classic California Wine Country
Your very own sprawling spot in the heart of Wine Country has to top the list. Sonoma County offers some of the most picturesque settings in Northern California, whether taking in rolling hills of grape vines and the colors they bring, exploring the charm and character of one of its many quaint towns or enjoying outdoor activities in a lovely natural setting. It’s hard to believe such a tranquil location exists amazingly close and within easy reach of the buzz of an international city.

Easy Access to San Francisco City Life
We’d be amiss if we didn’t highlight Mayacama’s close proximity to San Francisco. Just over an hour away the City by The Bay offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues coupled with its incredible food scene. If you find yourself heading into the City, be sure to visit this popular travel site showcasing all that San Francisco has to offer.

A Day Trip to Lake Tahoe’s Year-Round Playground
Whether enjoying world-class skiing at Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar or spending a fun-filled summer weekend on the water, Lake Tahoe is your playground at elevation and is less than a 4 hour trip from Mayacama.

The Raw Beauty of the Sonoma Coastline
The rugged majesty of the Sonoma coastline is easy to reach from Mayacama. Visitors escape to this remote destination to unwind, relax and take in some of the more scenic sights along this barely touched coastline. You can also travel back in time with a visit to the early Russian establishment at Fort Ross, an outpost engaged in hunting and trading.

World Class Dining with a Farm to Table Twist
Enjoy the casual elegance that Wine Country has to offer with its variety of farm-fresh dining options throughout the region. Whether you choose an elegant, formal setting or a casual family-friendly venue, there is something for everyone when it comes to dining in Wine Country. In fact, the Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and ‪ Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region. When planning your next stay at ‪Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

No Club Celebrates Golf and Wine like ‪Mayacama
Of course, we are a bit partial when it comes to golf courses. Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. GOLF.com ranks Mayacama #9 among the “19 Best 19th Holes”. Saying, “It boasts (35+) vintner-members, including the folks who produce Cakebread Cellars Chalk Hill Estate Winery and Silver Oak Cellars. Each vintner provides special tastings each year — the better to help members cope with a Jack Nicklaus design that’s so tough, it would drive anyone to pop a second cork.” However, if you do find yourself along the California coast, there are a number of outstanding public courses in Pebble Beach and Santa Cruz, an easy drive from Mayacama.

Pedal Heaven – 2-Wheeled Nirvana
Recreational bicycling options abound in the region. Enjoy scenic and winding roads as you tour the landscape of Wine Country on 2-wheels. Our Concierge can set you up with group bike tours or recommend the very best trails for those novice to recreational riders. For the competitors out there, Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass-start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world.

Rejuvenation -Hot Springs and Spa Central
Our region is known for its health spas, drawing visitors from across the globe. Unwind onsite. The Spa at Mayacama offers an experienced team of massage therapists and estheticians who deliver rejuvenating treatments for body, mind and spirit. For those looking for a nearby spa outing, head over the hill to nearby Calistoga, a town made famous by their geothermal hot springs.

A Kid-Friendly Location
If you have little ones, there are a number of venues to keep them engaged and entertained. In addition to the family-friendly onsite pool, golf and tennis courts, Maycama offers a great line-up of kid-friendly events planned year-round for our wee members. Thoughtfully created for different age groups up to 14 years old, the Mayacama Juniors’ Club features year-round activities that are anything but ordinary. There’s trapeze adventure at the Russian River Circus School. Kids can learn about the magic of filmmaking and special effects with an industry expert. Experience life on the Savannah at Safari West or skate ‘til you drop at Snoopy’s Home Ice. If they still have energy after the skating adventure, head over to the adjacent Charles M. Schultz Museum and explore the world of the man who brought us the Peanuts Comic Strips.

An Event for Every Season
There are a number of events and festivals throughout the year. From wine and harvest, food to film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A few examples of local events in the upcoming months are the Annual Olive Festival, California Artisan Cheese Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival and Savor Sonoma County- A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience. The list goes on and on… At Mayacama, you are never short of memorable life-long experiences to share with friends and family.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Share your #MayacamaScene in 2016

Natural beauty surrounds us each and every day in Wine Country. The picturesque region attracts visitors from across the country looking to spend time relaxing in a gorgeous and tranquil setting. Take a moment to capture your adventures in 2016 and join us in sharing the amazing scenery while staying at Mayacama.

We invite members and guests of all ages to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*. In order to be entered in the contest, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit imagery as often as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

It is getting easier to take amazing photos on-the-go with the incorporation of high resolution cameras in mobile devices. Flickr recently showcased the dominance of the Apple iPhone as far as post frequency over professional DSLR cameras such as Canon and Nikon. With the ability to capture the scenic imagery no further than your pocket or purse, taking photos couldn’t be easier; so grab those phones and click away for a chance to win at Mayacama.

Be sure to join us on Instagram at @Mayacama as we feature our favorite images of Mayacama and beyond. If you’re new to the network, get the Instagram basics. If you need some additional tips, Mashable shares 12 awesome Instagram features you’re probably not using.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

Image credit: @jidskonson, @tripledeluca, @ireneturner6

Introducing Mayacama Uncorked

It has been an exciting year at Mayacama and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Member Magazine – Mayacama Uncorked, a quarterly digital publication showcasing the lifestyle, amenities and recreational opportunities members enjoy in Wine Country.

In the first issue of Mayacama Uncorked, we explore a number of topics including Club Life, Fresh Fare Dining, Membership Perks, Member Amenities, as well as Golf News and Tips. Get ready to mark your calendars in the coming year, upcoming events will be featured in future issues making it easy to fill your annual calendar with a taste of the very best of the Sonoma lifestyle.

In Club Life, the Vintner Program is explored, showcasing World-class vintages, the heart of the wine experience at Mayacama. Members enjoy access to limited vintages as well as invitations to member-only events. Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, offers members a variety of tasting venues and the ability to customize a tasting for any occasion.

Fresh Fare showcases Executive Chef Scott Pikey and his passion for incorporating farm fresh, local ingredients in his delicious culinary endeavors. Watch for an upcoming interview with Chef Pikey for a behind-the-scenes look at his philosophy on food, life and more.

Golf New & Tips offers a wrap-up on the tournament season with the Pro-Member Invitational. For those of you looking to generate more power in your downswing, Mayacama’s PGA First Assistant Golf Professional and TPI Certified Golf Instructor, Andrew Black, offers some video advice for a helpful drill to improve your game.

Get your smartphones ready to capture your favorite local scenes. We’ve just launched an annual photo contest at Mayacama! Share a picture of your visual journey and experiences at Mayacama by using #MayacamaScene for a chance to win giveaways throughout the coming year.

The premiere issue concludes with a wrap-up of the annual Member Holiday Party and a warm welcome to our newest members. Take a peek at the first issue here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A Conversation with Our Wine Director

They’re down a dirt road, tucked up against the shores of a crystal-clear creek. They’re balanced on a steep ridge overlooking the valley. They’re draped along a hillside at dusk, allowing their vines of deep black fruit one last touch of a cooling breeze.

Vintner Members of Mayacama’s Vintner Program span the grape-growing countryside around the Sonoma Valley. They come to this special spot not only to make and share their wines, but also to share in the lifestyle of so many Members and guests whose tastes resonate in the same way.

Jeff McCarthy with Mike Gargus, Mayacama’s Assistant Wine Director.

Jeff McCarthy with Mike Gargus, Mayacama’s Assistant Wine Director.

As the rare and special vintages that pour here at Mayacama have helped make a name for our property among wine lovers, so has Jeff McCarthy, our wine director, contributed so many great moments to our experience of what’s in a glass.

With the best weeks of summer still stretching before us, McCarthy paused during a busy schedule to talk a bit of wine, and what’s upcoming for Vintner Program participants.

Mayacama: Who are some of the newest Vintner Members to join the program?

McCarthy: In the past year, we have added Alysian, Benovia, Walter Hansel, and Wren Hop to our Vintner Family. Each winery not only brings great wine to the program, but the Vintner Members themselves are a great addition to our club. They all actively participate in our programs and are available to our members.

MYA: What are some of the most notable upcoming points in the Vintner Program — dates we should add to our calendars for the second half of 2014?

McCarthy: We are looking to expand wine education, as well as add some creative food and wine events. We will continue with our First Friday tastings, Winemaker Dinners, and the Fall Release Party, but also schedule some mid-month complimentary tastings. This time, we’re focusing on specific varietals, their components and flavor components. Also, look for us to host a Cigar-B-Que, an Oktoberfest event, and our own personal tomato festival at the KJ Culinary Center. We have also invited food professionals from a chocolatier and salumi shop, to explore how they pair with wine. A field trip or two are also in the final planning stages.

MYA: With so many ways to experience wine at Mayacama, how do you balance the Vintner’s Program schedule so that it best represents a range of selections from the area? 

McCarthy: If I only brought in the wines that I like to drink, the list would be pretty one-dimensional. I try and bring in wines that represent as many different wine-making styles and flavor profiles as possible, as well as different terroir. [Terroir being the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.] A great quaffing wine might not be the best food wine — yet our guests drink wine before their meal, as well as with their meal. Finding the right wine for the meal is a wonderful challenge. I also believe that listening to our members is extremely important. I hear what they are saying, note their preferences, and ask for their feedback. When I know what a member likes, I can bring in other wines they will enjoy and that will expand their wine experience.

With the robust schedule McCarthy manages and exciting new partnerships in the pipeline, the Vintner Program is ever-evolving. There’s no better time to enjoy membership at Mayacama with invitations to McCarthy’s wine events, access to special wine orders and more!

 

To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com

Wildflowers in Sonoma

If you judge a season by its blooms, spring is an early visitor in Sonoma County this year. Scarce winter rains and warm temps settled in ahead of schedule, and so the parks of this lush wine country are already awash in color.

Bottom line, Owners and guests at Mayacama are in the midst of a glorious moment. From the front door of Mayacama’s luxury fractional homes they’re only moments from the heart of this region’s green spaces, and the options for wildflowers are everywhere.

For a guide to how to see spring, this year, let’s turn to the experts who are out on the trails.

Spring Surprises: 2014 in Sonoma County

A drier than usual winter in Northern California means unexpected pleasures along the paths that wind the fields, waterfronts, and woods of Sonoma.

The grasses and non-native vegetation that can crowd wildflowers — park experts think there will be fewer of them this year. That means a chance to see more flowers, and to see certain kinds of blooms that might otherwise have been hidden in years prior.

“Whatever happens, this will be an interesting year,” writes Phil Dean, master gardener, on the Sonoma County Wildflowers blog. “You’ll see things you’ve never before seen. I can’t predict exactly what that will be but you’ll notice different plants and I encourage you to get out and see them.”

And, this year, what you do find — from the indigo hues of grape-scented Blue Sky Lupines to the tender yellow of Sun Cups — these are plants that have proven their hardiness during a drought. There’s a home-gardening tip packed into that phenomenon.

“The nice ones you see surviving well are probably the ones you’ll want to shop for at your local native plant store,” Dean writes. “These are plants that don’t use irrigation [or] need a lot of extra water.”

Seeing Color: A Collection of Guided Walks

So, how do you get to all this beauty? Try a tour with the experts at Sonoma County Regional Parks. The schedule and topics for this spring’s series of free guided hikes is as follows — and there’s more information at their calendar page (once on the site, you can use the provided menu filter to select Wildflower Walks).

What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than to lose oneself in a world of natural wonders — all part of the riches for which this grape-graced landscape is known? And, as always, if you have any questions about transportation or coordinating a walk with the parks department, just talk to your Mayacama concierge.

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