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Twisted Roots Wine offers Custom Labeling Program for Bottles of its Award-Winning Wines

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

Carmel Valley, CA, November 06, 2018 — If you’ve ever wished you had your own personal wine label but didn’t want the hassle of actually owning a vineyard, winery and bottling and labeling facility, Carmel Valley and Lodi-based Twisted Roots has the perfect answer for you.

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

“It’s all inclusive, we provide the wine, bottling, custom labeling, and help with artwork as needed,” said Matt Pridey, partner in Twisted Roots Wine. “It’s really a hands-off process for them, we even handle all the legalities. It’s a really cool product for companies or individuals, like client gifts, employee gifts, special events, parties and weddings.”

Pridey said the custom labeling program is based on the winemakers’ available product. Twisted Roots produces about 1,000 cases a year, or about 35 barrels, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Twisted Roots’ signature “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel. In addition, they need a lead time of three to six months, to allow for bottling and design decisions.

Twisted Roots has already completed several projects and is ready to take on orders. Cost varies according to what varietal is selected.

“We’re ready to rock!” he said. “It’s a really cool product and is a really great deal if you want volume. It looks like they made the wine themselves!”

To order your own custom-labeled bottles of Twisted Roots wine, go to twistedrootsvineyard.com or call (831) 594-8282.

About Twisted Roots

Centered in the heart of the Lodi appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family members dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes following sustainable growing practices. While the family established the vineyard in 1918, it wasn’t until recently that they began producing their own wines.

The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 produced by Ross Schmiedt, as a result of an overabundance of Petite Sirah on the vineyard. In 2009, production was expanded to include other varietals grown on the estate, while the wine making was moved from the old farmhouse, to their partners at Estate Crush in Lodi. Even though their famous Petite Sirah will always continue to be their flagship variety, Twisted Roots also offers a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Zinfandel.

Twisted Roots Wine LLC, was incorporated in 2010 by partners Josh Ruiz, Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt. Ross passed away in March of 2014 and will always be remembered for his contributions to making Twisted Roots what it is today.

In January of 2016, Josh and Julie bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Twisted Roots partnership took on a new look as college friends Andy Gulley (wife Laura) of Fresno, Matt Brem (wife Laura) of Salinas, and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles joined Josh and Julie in an effort to help grow the business.

Also joining the partnership is Whitney Pridey (husband Matt) of Salinas who is the current wine club manager and also the sister of Matt Brem.

Each partner brings a unique skillset to that has proven to be invaluable in helping Twisted Roots reach its goals.

Twisted Roots has two tasting rooms, one in Lodi, where Twisted Roots Vineyards was born, and a recently renovated one in Carmel Valley.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/

Twisted Roots Celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2018

Tasting Room Renovation Completed, Expanded Hours, Music Series Announced and More!

Salinas, CA, May 22, 2018 – The Schmiedt family vineyard, was first planted with wine grapes in the rich soil of Lodi in 1918. But it took the family 87 years to decide to use those grapes to make their own wines in addition to selling the grapes to winemakers around the state.

That was 2005, when Twisted Roots Vineyards was born and Ross Schmiedt produced a Petite Sirah because of an overabundance of the grape. In 2009, production was expanded to include other varietals on the estate, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel.

The winemaking operation was moved from an old farmhouse to their partners at Estate Crush in Lodi, a dedicated custom crush facility for premium wine production that continues to produce Twisted Roots wines from grapes grown at the Schmiedt Vineyards.

In 2010, Josh Ruiz partnered with Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt to create Twisted Roots Wine LLC. Schmiedt passed away in March of 2014 and his place in the partnership was filled by his wife Susan Schmiedt.

Twisted Roots raised a few eyebrows when it opened a tasting room in Carmel Valley in 2013. “At first, some of the other winemakers were leery about having a Lodi winery here,” Ruiz told Carmel magazine,“ but they’ve accepted us.”

New Ownership

In January of 2016, Ruiz and his wife Julie, who is Schmiedt’s niece and Hodge’s daughter, bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Ruizes brought on board a few college friends to help expand the business.

“My wife Julie and I bought the family business in January and in June we brought in three of our college friends, who live in different locations in the state, to help us grow the business,” said Ruiz. “I knew that with a full-time job in the Salinas Valley Produce business, I needed help. These are all trusted friends, who have become like family, and it’s all about growing the business. I can’t do it myself.”

Ruiz, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agribusiness, asked his college friends Andy Gulley of Fresno, Matt Brem of Salinas and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles (and Andy and Matt’s wives, both named Laura), to join Twisted Roots.

Ruiz said the three new partners’ skill sets would be invaluable in reaching the company’s goals. Gulley is an agricultural pest control advisor, Brem owns Produce West, a Salinas produce brokerage, and Amarante is an agricultural lender.

Also joining Twisted Roots as a partner is Matt and Whitney Pridey, who are currently managing Twisted Roots’ wine club, events, and general business development. Whitney is also the sister of new partner Matt Brem.

Grapes Planted in 1918

According to Ruiz, the founders of the vineyards, planted grapes on their new property in 1918 because their neighbors were growing grapes. The original Schmiedt vineyard was planted to over 100 acres in what is known as the Dairy Vineyard, and later expanded to include the CLR Vineyards, named after the three sons, Carl, Leland and Ross, of Gust and Dorothy Schmiedt (The original visionaries).

The eventual name was conceived by Ross, who came across a tangle of old rootstock and mused, “Twisted Roots would make a good name for the vineyards and winery,” and it stuck. The appellation in a general sense is Lodi, but the specific appellation is the “Mokelumne River”, which Ruiz believes makes the grapes and wines produced completely different from the rest of the Lodi AVA’s. The corner stone of the Mokelumne River AVA is the river itself, which help to keep the Schmiedt vineyard temps just a bit cooler, in the hot Lodi summer days.

Ruiz said 2017 has been the winery’s biggest year yet, producing 1,000 cases of four varietals, including its signature “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel, created from vines planted in 1918. The other three varietals are the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Petite Sirah and the 2015 Chardonnay.

He said Twisted Roots is looking at a “steady growth” of 10 to 20 percent per year, with the new partners on board to reach those goals.

“It’s still a family operation with roots in Lodi,” says Ruiz. “They really are my family, that’s why they’re partnering with me. We’re bringing it all into the Twisted Roots family.”

Tasting Room Renovation:

“When developing the design concept for Twisted Roots, it was important for us to deliver a comfortable space where guests feel at home to not just taste wine, but to grab a glass of wine, or two, and relax for a while. Craft Design-Build partnered with several local artisans to deliver custom solutions using elements that represent our unique Central Coast Vibe (Santa Cruz redwood, leather, seagrass, stone, hot rolled steel and glass).

“Our goal was to design a space that was visually appealing, but not overwhelming. The monochromatic colors and textures offer subtle interest without taking away from your wine-tasting experience.

“A highlight of the space is the 1918 room, honoring Twisted Roots 100-year-old vines. As you slide open the custom steel barn door, you will enter a space with two sophisticated chandeliers hovering above a rustic 10-foot long farmhouse table . This space was created to host many different types of events from intimate tastings, to dinner parties, to viewing sporting events.

“It was a true honor to work with the Twisted Roots team to make their dream a reality.”

— Jon and Meryl DeYoung Rasmussen, Craft Design-Build Inc.

Craft Design-Build is a full-service design/build firm specializing in both commercial and residential construction throughout Monterey County.

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100th Anniversary Celebration

In 2018, Twisted Roots plans to celebrate 100 years since the vines were planted in Lodi. The festivities will include special events, wine deals, and wine club giveaways, culminating in a glitzy, black-tie, 1920s-style Hollywood party at their tasting room in Carmel Valley, which use to be the Lyons Head Art Gallery, next to Café Rustica.

Save the Date for:

Twisted Roots Announces Its Summer Concert Series at its newly renovated Tasting Room from June – August 2018!

June-Concert

-June 10, 4-6PM

-No food, Guests can bring snacks

-$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS

-Music: Wild Turkeys (https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Turkeys-166319330279/)

July-Concert

-July 8, 4-6

-No food, Guests can bring snacks

-$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS

-Music- Rise Up (http://riseupreggae.com)

August-Concert

-August 12, 4-6PM

-No food, Guests can bring snacks

-$15 gets entrance, a free glass, live music, FREE FOR MEMBERS

Taylor Rae (http://www.taylorraemusic.com)-

Twisted Roots will be the wine partner for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Local’s Wine Night Out at the Hofsas House September 21st.

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day on the Twisted Roots Patio. Paint a pumpkin, sip Twisted Roots Wine and support Animal Friends Rescue Project October 24th.

Don’t miss out on Twisted Roots Special 100-year Anniversary Winemakers Dinner exclusively at the Whaling Station Restaurant in Monterey November 8th.

Twisted Roots will at the Hofsas House Hotel Annual Gingerbread House Fundraiser supporting the Carmel Library Foundation December 8th. Build a house for a cause while sipping bubbles from Twisted Roots.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com

Twisted Roots Wine Tasting Room in Carmel Valley Now Available for Rent for Special Events

Twisted Roots Wine, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of growing grapes and fifth year in its tasting room in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley, CA, May 17, 2018 — Twisted Roots Wine, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of growing grapes and fifth year in its tasting room in Carmel Valley, is now available for rent for parties, graduations, wedding receptions, anniversaries and other celebratory events.

Rentals are available in 2-hour, half-day (up to 5 hours), and full-day increments and can be made between the hours of 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The venue can hold a maximum of 75 people for a stand-up reception or sit-down dinner. The venue is not available on weekends from May to October, except after 5:30 p.m. The 1918 Room has no rental restrictions and is available anytime.

Staff is provided for wine pouring only. If you would like assistance with other items surrounding your event, staff can be provided at $50 per hour. Please note this when booking the space. Rentals for up to 20 people will include staff to pour wine only. Rentals over 20 people will be assessed a $50 charge for assistance with pouring.

Live music is allowed until 8:30 p.m. and caterers must be licensed. A signed contract and date-hold deposit (amount based off 50% of rental request) must be received to reserve the date and time of the event. The balance of the space rental fee is due five business days prior to the event.

The general public will receive a 15% discount on wine purchases with all rentals of the Tasting Room and Patio. Wine Club Members will receive a 15% discount on all wine purchases and rental fees.

Date-hold deposit is refundable up to five days prior to the event. No space-rental payments will be refunded. The tasting room is located at 12 Del Fino Place in Carmel Valley.

For more information or custom rental package requests, call (831) 594-8282 or email info@twistedrootsvineyard.com.

Twisted Roots Wine

12 Del Fino Place

Carmel Valley, Ca 93924

info@twistedrootsvineyard.com

(831) 594-8282

www.twistedrootsvineyard.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com

Hey Wine Lovers! Twisted Roots Launches National Drink Wine Day Pinterest Contest

Twisted Roots Carmel Valley Tasting Room at Lyons Head Gallery, 12 Delfino Place in the heart of the valley is open Friday through Sunday12:00 p.m.–5 p.m.).

Carmel Valley, CA, February 03, 2015 — Twisted Roots Carmel Valley Tasting Room at Lyons Head Gallery, 12 Delfino Place in the heart of the valley is open Friday through Sunday12:00 p.m.–5 p.m.).  The tasting room pours  wines created from estate grapes on vines first planted in Lodi in 1918.  Did you know the winery’s name came from a twisted root that the family dug up from the vineyard?

Twisted Roots Launches its inaugural Pinterest contest.  Hey wine lovers! February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and we are celebrating by spreading the love and health benefits of wine! From the beauty of the vineyards to hilarious wine jokes, Pinterest is bursting with fun content for wine lovers. Share your favorite images, quotes and jokes and enter to win in our latest Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest!

To enter the contest simply:

Pin It To Win It!

* February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and we are celebrating by spreading the love and health benefits of wine! From the beauty of the vineyards to hilarious wine jokes, Pinterest is bursting with fun content for wine lovers.
* https://www.pinterest.com/TRWine/
* Create A Board Titled: Twisted Roots Love Wine!
* Add a minimum of 5 pictures

of your favorite wine images, quotes and jokes with the hashtag #TwistedRootsLovesWine and #TwistedRootsWinery

* Email a link of your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com
* One lucky winner will win a $50 Visa Gift Card and three people will receive a complimentary tasting for two to our Carmel Tasting Room!
* Enter to win between February 1st and February 28th. Winner announced on March 5th.
Certified Green Growers:

At Twisted Roots, we believe in letting the grapes speak for themselves.  Partner Josh Ruiz, representing partners Ross Schmiedt and Mike Hodge, stated that, “We feel that our work in the vineyard is the genesis for the flavor and overall complexity of our wines.  As Lodi Certified Green Growers we follow sustainable farming practices throughout the entire winemaking process.”

The certification of Twisted Roots as a green grower includes two components: The Lodi Rules practice standards, and a Pesticide Environmental Assessment System that measures the impact of all organic and synthetic pesticides used during the year. The vineyard is audited annually by a third party to verify farming practices, and may not exceed a maximum number of points calculated using the system.

Among the Certified Sustainable Practices are the following:
Integrated Pest Management: Twisted Roots limits crop protection to only essential measures, and creates and maintains a habitat for natural enemies of certain pests. For example, the family plants specific types of grasses in its “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard to help attract beneficial insects.

Air Quality Control: Twisted Roots plants cover crops of native grasses in and around its vineyards to minimize dust, and limits tractor usage to reduce air pollution and conserve energy.

Land Stewardship: The family integrates the management of the vineyards with the ecosystem by providing riparian zones, maintaining vernal pools, protecting wildlife habitat, and installing nesting boxes for birds and bats. To combat a growing problem of coyotes chewing up irrigation pipes, workers began leaving buckets of water for the coyotes. Now the coyotes eat the rodents, leaving the irrigation alone.

Water Management: Vineyard workers constantly monitor soil moisture and measure the vines’ water needs. They regulate waterusage through careful irrigation scheduling, and constantly maintain and service irrigationsystems to ensure maximum efficiency.

Soil Health: Believing that healthy soil leads to great wines, Twisted Roots adds organic matter by planting cover crops and by utilizing compost. Experts control fertilizer and irrigation to maximize nutrition in the soil, which results in higher quality, more concentrated fruit. Each year analysts run soil and plant tissue tests to determine the needs of the vineyard.

Human Resources: People are the foundation of great sustainably grown wines. Twisted Roots workers receive comprehensive training and development that enables them to perform their jobs safely and maximize their ability for year-round employment.

The Twisted Roots family creates a sustainable vision for the farm that provides the foundation for sustainable winegrowing. This philosophy helps ensure the long-term health, biodiversity and productivity of the farm and the surrounding ecosystem. All of the Twisted Roots’ farming practices can be evaluated to determine whether they move the vineyard toward or away from this vision.

In the end, sustainability keeps the Twisted Roots’ family close to its land, and helps ensure that future generations will get to enjoy that land and all of its bounty.
Twisted Roots Philanthropy:

For every bottle sold, Twisted Roots donates a portion of the proceeds to the ALS Foundation for research into ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Our partner and creator of the Twisted Roots brand is afflicted with ALS.  Additionally, Twisted Roots donates money to MEarth and its Hilton Bialek Habitat at Carmel Middle School. As Josh said, “Twisted Roots wants to make good quality wine and give back to their communities.”

Where to Purchase and Taste Wines:

Both Café Rustica, Mission Ranch and Tarpy’s Roadhouse serve Twisted Roots wines. And, of course, you can have a full tasting right in Carmel Valley (831-594-8282) or in Lodi by appointment (916-300-2416).

12 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, Ca 93924
info@twistedrootsvineyard.com
Tel: 831-594-8282

Twisted Roots Story:
Centered in the heart of the Lodi Appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family members dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes by following sustainable growing practices. While our vineyard was established in 1918, it wasn’t until recently that we began producing our own wines.

The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 by Ross, after experimenting in the basement of the original farmhouse. In 2009, we began commercial production and expanded our offerings to include other varietals grown on the estate.

Winemaking was moved subsequently from the old farmhouse to our partners at Estate Crush.  Petite Sirah continues to be our flagship wine; we also offer Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com