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My personal wine journey, the passion of people, and wine

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Wine Musings

Robert Mondavi summed it up best when he said “Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”

The beginning of my journey into the World of Wine is not a proud one. It all started at the age of 19, in one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, Tuscany, Italy.  As a college student, I was too young and broke to drink anything other than the cheapest wine I could find.  For 2000 Lire, roughly $1.75 American dollars a bottle, I indulged myself in several bottles of Italian red that had more similarities to vinegar than a fine Chianti.  When I moved back to the states my wine pallet evolved to the Trader Joe’s new Two Buck Chuck, Cabernet Sauvignon, What a deal!

Starting to learn about grapes…

As a bartender in San Diego I learned the ABCs of wine. I learned the difference between a Cabernet and a Merlot and a Chardonnay and a Muscat… I was armed with just enough information to sell wine to a hungry dinner goer.  Although I loved selling wine, the passion for wine was still in the distant future. At that time, I started understanding the synergy that is created when you brought together good food, good wine and good company.  I could not explain it at the time, but there was an energy that was undeniable with a social practice that goes back in history thousands of years.

All coming together…

When I was hired at Wilson Creek Winery that same synergy I identified several years earlier, B.C. (Before Children), became my new exciting lifestyle and obsession.   I now had the opportunity to taste amazing wine and meet several amazing people daily.

Immediately a Passion, like a fire, was ignited.  I simultaneously opened a door into the world of wine that till this day fascinates me with a road of endless learning.  More importantly the people.  The people in my life had energy and passion, a purpose for family, friends and “the generosity of spirit” that all comes together like music notes played perfectly by an orchestra.

Now my life has wine purpose.  It fills my soul to see first-time wine drinkers drink our White Cabernet with a smile, to cook while drinking our Petite Sirah, my favorite, studying the history of Burgundy France while sipping a Pinot Noir or spending a rare mommy and daddy only weekend in Paso Robles with my wife, to experience new wine while chatting with local winery owners.

I must admit, having four kids should be an automatic acceptance to drinking lots of wine, but wine is more than that to me now…every new wine I drink is like a ticket to a new world, an unknown history, a passion for life, a passion for people.

– Ryan McCormick ~ Hospitality Sales Manager

Check out our Wilson Creek Extended Family Wine Club Video to experience the excitement, energy, friends and family feel that Ryan experiences here at Wilson Creek every single day!

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Are you a “Bridezilla” or “Groomonster”??

Posted on March 27, 2017 in Weddings

Bridezilla/Groomonster (noun) a bride or groom-to-be who focuses so much on the event that she/he becomes difficult and obnoxious

Word Origin 1995; Blend of bride + Godzilla  

 Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC

Okay… So Your big day is coming up and it seems like no one else understands how very important your wedding is to you. After all, you’ve been planning for this since you could remember and this is supposed to be “YOUR DAY.” Obviously, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands, since no one else will, so why not crack the whip and show everyone who’s boss, Right?!

You are no longer the happy, relaxed, and enthusiastic bride or groom-to-be, you have now turned into a raving, crazy, all you can think about is your wedding “Bridezilla/Groomonster!” AHHH!

Now we know there’s a lot of pressure getting married because you want a flawless affair, from the fairytale engagement to the Instagram-worthy reception.

Some people can handle the highest of expectations, while other brides and grooms get buried in tulle-covered fury that their loved ones never thought possible! So Brides and Grooms, here is some Wilson Creek Bride/Groom Guide advice from one of our amazing Events Coordinator Sean Faustina…

“Remember: There is only one thing in this universe that you have absolute and total control over, and that is yourself. You will then be able to breathe easier, relax and trust the professionals who are handling your wedding. By all means, let your family and friends help you so they too can feel involved and valued. Then, let your wedding day happen, and be present in the moment. Your happiness will show in the pictures that you will look at in the years to come and you will always remember your magical, amazing special day!”

Sean Monique Faustina-Smolak

Sale & Event Coordinator

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards

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Pardon our pixie dust..

Posted on March 3, 2017 in About

We are finally well underway with our Tasting Room Expansion and improvements at Wilson Creek. No, you don’t need a hard hat when you visit, that’s just a fun picture. During the construction, our team will be laser focused on making your visit the best experience possible. We always strive to make you, our guest, feel warm and welcomed, construction or no construction. We are going the extra mile working days and through the night to minimize as much ancillary construction dust and noise as possible. We are proud of what we are doing and can’t wait to have it ready for all of you to enjoy. If you want to see what we are doing as well as keep track of our progress, go on our website, there you will find a 3D video fly through rendering or check it out on our You Tube Channel. It’s pretty cool! Keep up with all of our exciting news, events, sales and more by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest, and You Tube.

As Always,


Bill Wilson

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The Love Story…

Posted on February 17, 2017 in About

Even though Valentine’s Day is just behind us, keep your love flourishing with those small gestures! Showing how much you care about your significant other is key to keeping your relationship strong! Our very own Rosie and Gerry are a perfect example, being married for 63 Years! As Rosie would say, “Marriage isn’t 50/50, it’s 80/80,” and that is what she always tells our brides!

Rosie and Gerry being the foundation of Wilson Creek, and building upon their legacy, is what makes our Winery so special. If you have had the pleasure of meeting them, you know what wonderful people they are. You can just see the love that they have for each other and that love spreads to everyone around them. Check out this super adorable article that The Valley Business Journal wrote this month about Rosie and Gerry and their Love Story for the Ages…

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The Big Game Pairings

Posted on February 3, 2017 in Wine & Food

Dun dun dun dun dun NAAAAA!!! Who is ready for some Football?!?

We definitely are, AND we have the Big Game Pairings to prove it!

Now, we know you all have been working so hard on the those New Years Resolution healthy eating plans but, let’s be honest with ourselves… we will ALL be benching them come Sunday! Indulging in all of those delicious party foods with some of your favorite Wilson Creek Wines, in the company of your friends and family, oh and let’s not forget watching the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots go head to head!

Along with the smorgasbord of food you will be enjoying, you have to treat yourself to a variety of wines too. Trust me the wine will not go to waste!

At kickoff, start with a nice fresh cut veggie tray or some salty chips and dip. That will go nicely with any of our Sparkling Wines (don’t forget the Vanilla is on sale right now for $10 online only), RoussanneVS White Cabernet, or “Yes Dear” Chardonnay. All of these have very light and crisp characteristics that will just be so delicious with those Starters.

Throughout the game when the main dishes get passed around, breakout any of our Cabernet Sauvignons, a nice Family Reserve Zinfandel, or Double Dog Red to pair with those hot plates of Pizza, Chili, Meatballs, and Burgers! Mmm!

Towards the end of the game while your doin your Victory Dance you can’t forget the Dessert! Some nice Football themed Chocolate Cupcakes, Brownies, and Cookies will just sweeten the win with a nice glass of Late Harvest ChardonnayAngelica, or Decadencia. If you purchase the Decadencia make sure to grab a bottle of Rose Sparkling and get the 2 pack for only $39.99 all month long in the Tasting Room and Online.) TOUCHDOWN!!!!

Everyone have a safe and fun Football Sunday!

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