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Monthly Archives: August 2011

‘Excellent – 91 Points’ for 2008 Syrah Tous les Jours


Marc Hinton of

‘Excellent – 91 points’ for our 2008 Syrah Tous les Jour from Marc Hinton of


” The taste as it spreads softly across the palate generates flavors more commonly found in wines costing three times as much. The long lush pleasing finish cleanses and as you take another bite, the wine beckons you back to repeat the experience. Serve this with almost any hearty pasta, pizza, roasted or grilled meat or for this price a perfectly cooked bacon cheeseburger! This certainly fits the bill for an everyday drinking wine. I wish all my days included a bottle of this.”


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Virginia Dinner and Tastings

What: Winemaker dinner in conjunction with Cobblestone Cellars (Sorry, sold out)

When: Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Where: Virginia Beach, VA


What: 4th Annual Forbidden Fruit Tasting

When: Monday, August 29th, 2011, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: The Blue Goat, 5710 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226, (804) 288-8875


What: 4th Annual Forbidden Fruit Tasting

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042, (703) 270-1500



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2008 Espérance Named Finalist in Sunset Magazine’s Western Wine Awards

We are delighted to announce that our 2008 Espérance red wine blend has been named a finalist in Sunset Magazine’s Western Wine Awards.  Sunset will announce the winners at the Western Wine Awards Dinner and Gala on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at the Pismo Pier.  The judging was conducted by a panel of professional judges including Western wine writers, sommeliers, and winemakers.

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Wine Harlots Review of RGB 2011

  Wine Harlots Review of RGB 2011: August 5, 2011


“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” — Diane Ackerman 

You’ll have serious sense-memory overload with Andrew Murray Vineyards RGB 2010, an amazing white Rhône blend. The aromas and flavors are hypnotic, jasmine, Granny Smith apples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, orange blossom honey with mineral notes and a racy acidity. A serious glass of wine, at a wallet-friendly price-point.

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Los Angeles Rhone Rangers Tasting Event

When: Sunday, August 7, 2011…2-5pm General Admission, 12-5 pm VIP Admission

Where: Pier 59 Studios West, 2415 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Scoop:

Andrew will be pouring his wines at this Rhone Rangers event.  Guests will be able to sample over 200 American Rhones from a wide range of vintners.  To receive a $5 discount on General Admission tickets, enter the coupon code: SDK 8711



Stop by and ask Andrew for a discount coupon on AMV wines as well!


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Growing-Up Green

‘Sustainability’ and ‘green’ are the buzzwords that seem to be getting more airtime than Charlie Sheen and the ‘debt ceiling’ these days.  Poor Lindsay Lohan can’t even compete for press when pitted against an update on the green movement.  If you don’t toss one of these words into your speech, website, LinkedIn profile, or campaign platform, you’ll be perceived as an anti-environment, polluting, miscreant.

The good news about the green movement’s popularity is that it’s bringing the notion of sustainability to the public fore.  The bad news is that silence on the topic translates to presumed guilt and non-compliance.  By nature, I am not a chest-pounder.  I was never the guy who ran 74 yards for the game-winning touchdown, then spiked the ball into the ground (though that would have been cool); nor was I the guy who paraded around with a cheerleader draped on each arm (probably would have been cool too).  I did my own thing, which included among other things: indulging my fascination with paleontology, playing a tennis racquet air guitar, learning French, and falling passionately in love with the art of winemaking.  As a teen, these were not particularly ‘cool’ things.  One of these less-than-sexy ‘things’ was an early respect for the environment and sensitivity to man’s impact on it.  I’ve never thought of this as something to brag about or expound upon, but perhaps I should fill the silent void.

Andrew with His Children

From the beginning in 1990, Andrew Murray Vineyards has been committed to sustainable farming and green business practices.  ‘Green’ is not a fad for us; it’s a way of life.  As a small, family-operated winery, our children have been with us amongst the vines since their birth.  The last thing Kristen and I want is for our children to cavort in a chemical fog, or to work the land so hard that we eliminate the opportunity for them to have a future in this business.

Our vineyard manager, Coastal Vineyard Care, is committed to the principles of sustainable, organic, and biodynamic vineyard farming.  Their low input viticulture methods ensure that the growing of our premium grapes has minimal impact on the environment and their workers.  Practices include attention to soil structure and cover crops to reduce soil erosion, use of biodegradable oils, soaps, and plant extracts for controlling pests and mildew, and introducing microorganisms into the soil to encourage nutrient cycling.

Foggy Morning in the Vineyard

Inside the winery, packaging and promotional materials are selected with careful consideration to environmental impact.  Our boxes may not be the sexiest ones on the shelf, but they’re made of kraft, natural, recycled cardboard (no virgin pulp) with one color soy ink and no bleach for the printing process.  Our letterhead is made from recycled paper, and we use only chemical-free cleaning products.   We were early adopters of the Internet, and long ago went paper-free in terms of newsletters and communications with our customers.

There are a variety of bottle thicknesses and shapes available in the wine industry.  Variation in these areas translates to variation in weight and raw materials.  Though we understand the romantic nostalgia of a big, heavy wine bottle, its additional weight burns more fossil fuels in transportation, and its volume requires more raw materials and fossil fuel in its manufacture.  Instead, we use a lighter bottle, thereby reducing use of these valuable resources.  In addition, we recently reconfigured our wine club to reduce our carbon footprint in terms of shipping.  We now ship three times a year, rather than our former four.

Our friends here in the Santa Ynez Valley often tease us about wearing our ‘life preservers’ (down vests) around town.     It’s the uniform that Kristen and I wear day-in-and-day-out at the winery.  Of course, wineries are supposed to be kept cool, but we figure not heating our office is just one more way to save energy and go green.  We may not be flying a green flag, and we may not be the grooviest folks in the industry, but our concern for the environment has been marked by a steady dedication to sustainable farming and business practices – this is who we are, not something we’ve recently become!

Andrew and His Daughter Holding Viognier Grapes

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