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.

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