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Sep 2013

In honor of the dedicated “vineyard volunteers” who help with harvest each year, Burnsini Vineyards & Winery will introduce its latest red blend, Friends, on Saturday, September 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Label for Friends, a new red blend by Burnsini Vineyards & Winery

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of our friends,” says Tom Burnham, co-owner of the Cottonwood vineyard. “We wanted to make a wine that says thank you to our community.

Finished in American and French oak, Friends is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah grapes. This charming, full-bodied wine draws you in with its clear, ruby color and fragrant aromas of blackberries, dried cherries and violets. A red to linger over, Friends starts with complex flavors of ripe, dark fruit and finishes nicely with a hint of spice. Packaged in a traditional bottle with a fun label that gives a nod to the young and young-at-heart community that helps make Burnsini successful, Friends is the perfect wine to give as a gift or to open while surrounded by family or friends.

For nearly 25 years, Tom and Joy Burnham along with their longtime friends, Jim and Deanna Tomasini -- their last names combine to form Burnsini -- have been dedicated to growing quality grapes and making delicious red wines. Hobby turned to business in 2000 when Burnsini became a bonded winery. Thirteen years later, the winery continues to thrive, adding selections like Friends to its growing wine list.

To celebrate Friends, the Burnhams and Tomasinis invite guests to sample their latest release as well as other bold reds in Burnsini’s rustic-inspired tasting room. In addition to tasting, visitors will have a chance to tour the winemaking facilities and vineyard. Food and entertainment will be provided.

“We’ll have plenty of hors d’oeuvres, wine and music,” says Burnham. “And if you want, you can buy a bottle of wine then go out back to relax and listen to music.”

Those interested in joining other North State wine enthusiasts for wine, food and fun at Burnsini Vineyards & Winery should RSVP to by Saturday, September 7.

Burnsini Vineyards, located at 19535 Hammers Lane in Cottonwood, is a family-owned and -operated winery specializing in varietals like Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, and two red blends. The vineyard sits on 10 acres at 700 feet elevation where grapes thrive in warm summers and mild winters. All wines are produced and bottled on site then aged for two years in American and French oak barrels.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Burnhams and Tomasinis will be pouring their latest creation, Friends. As you savor the flavors of Burnsini’s charming, approachable wine, be sure to introduce yourself … we’re sure you’ll become fast “friends!”

For more information, call (530) 347-4765.


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