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Maryanne Karuga
July 4, 2023 | Maryanne Karuga

Passionfruit White Wine Sangria Recipe

passion-fruit sangria ingredients

Mellowood 2017 Sangria


1 bottle of 2017 Mellowood Marsanne (white wine)
2 apples, sliced
2 Asian pears, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2 passionfruit, pulp scooped out
1/4 cup tequila or rum (adjust to taste)
1/4 cup simple syrup (optional, adjust to taste)
Ice cubes


passion-fruit sangria mixed

1. In a large pitcher, combine the sliced apples, Asian pears, lemon, and orange.
2. Add the passionfruit pulp to the pitcher, along with the tequila or rum.
3. Pour the 2017 Mellowood Marsanne into the pitcher and stir gently to combine the ingredients.
4.Add simple syrup to sweeten the sangria. Start with a small amount and adjust to your taste preferences.
5. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria chill for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.
6. Just before serving, add a generous amount of ice cubes to the pitcher and stir gently.
7. Pour the passionfruit sangria into glasses, making sure to include some of the fruit slices in each serving.
8. Garnish with additional passionfruit slices or a sprig of mint, if desired.
9. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Feel free to make any additional modifications to suit your personal taste preferences. Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.Can I use a different type of wine instead of Mellowood 2017 Marsanne?

Yes, while Mellowood 2017 Marsanne adds a unique flavor profile, you can substitute it with another white wine of your choice, such as a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

2. What other fruit combinations are best for sangria?

Sangria is versatile, and you can experiment with various fruit combinations based on your preferences. Popular choices include berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), peaches, pineapples, grapes, and citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges). Feel free to mix and match fruits to create your perfect blend.

3. How long should fruit sit in sangria before serving?

It's generally recommended to let the fruit sit in the sangria for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving. This allows the fruit to infuse its flavors into the liquid and results in a more vibrant and flavorful sangria. However, if you prefer a more subtle fruit taste, you can serve it immediately.

4. Should you soak fruit in sangria?

Yes, soaking the fruit in sangria is a common practice. Soaking allows the fruit to absorb some of the flavors from the wine, enhancing their taste and making them juicier. It also adds a decorative touch to the sangria. However, it's not mandatory, and you can choose to serve the sangria with freshly cut fruit if you prefer a crisper texture.

5. What can I use instead of rum or brandy in white sangria?

If you prefer to skip rum or brandy in your white sangria, there are alternative options. You can use vodka or a flavored liqueur like peach schnapps or elderflower liqueur. Alternatively, you can omit the spirits altogether and focus on the wine and fruit flavors for a lighter and alcohol-free version.

6. Can I skip brandy in sangria?

Yes, you can skip the brandy in sangria if you prefer. While brandy adds depth and richness to the drink, it's not an essential ingredient. The combination of wine, fruits, and other spirits (like rum or vodka) can still create a delicious and refreshing sangria. Adjust the recipe based on your personal preferences and enjoy the flavors that suit you best.


Maryanne Karuga
July 1, 2023 | Maryanne Karuga

6 Reasons To Visit Mellowood Vineyard This Summer

1. 2018 Estate Zinfandel- Double Gold Winner

Aroma Bliss, Ripe Berries, and Subtle Spice

One of the first things that sets our Zinfandel apart is its captivating aroma. As you bring the glass to your nose, you'll be greeted by a bouquet of ripe berries, including luscious blackberries and juicy raspberries. The aroma is further complemented by subtle hints of spice, such as black pepper and a touch of oak, adding complexity to the wine's aromatic profile.

Upon taking your first sip, the 2018 Zinfandel unveils a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. The prominent fruit notes of blackberry and raspberry continue to shine, offering a burst of vibrant sweetness. These flavors are skillfully balanced with a touch of acidity, ensuring a harmonious taste experience. As the wine lingers on your tongue, you'll also notice a delightful interplay of warm spices, such as cloves and cinnamon, adding layers of depth and intrigue.


2. 2020 Estate Syrah- Double Gold Winner

Dark Fruits, Cocoa, and Velvet

The 2020 Syrah reveals a symphony of flavors that dance across the tongue. The wine showcases an impressive depth of dark fruit, with luscious blackberry and juicy plum taking center stage. These flavors are complemented by hints of blackcurrant, blueberry, and a touch of cocoa, adding layers of complexity and a touch of indulgence to the wine's profile. A well-balanced acidity lends freshness to the palate, while gentle tannins provide structure and a velvety texture, contributing to a truly pleasurable drinking experience.

3. Other Varietals: Discovering Hidden Gems

Rose, Pinot Noir, Marsanne, and More

We pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of varietals to cater to every palate. From our Rosé, Pinot Noir,  Mourvèdre, to our crisp Marsanne, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery. Each wine represents our commitment to crafting exceptional expressions of various grape varieties. Whether you're a red wine enthusiast or prefer the refreshing tones of white, our lineup promises to captivate and excite your taste buds.

4. Wine Tasting Experience

A Journey of Sip and Swirl

As you step into the welcoming ambiance of Mellowood Vineyard, prepare to be captivated by a wine tasting experience like no other. With each pour, our knowledgeable and passionate staff will guide you through a journey of sensory exploration. From the first swirl to the final sip, you'll be immersed in the aromas and flavors that define Mellowood's wines. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of wine, our tasting room provides the perfect setting to deepen your appreciation and broaden your palate.

5. Live Music

Groove with the Beat at Mellowood

At Mellowood Vineyard, we believe that great wine and great music go hand in hand. That's why we're thrilled to bring you regular live music performances that will have you tapping your feet and swaying to the rhythm. Our stage comes alive with captivating performances from talented local musicians. Whether you prefer soothing acoustic melodies or energetic bands, our diverse lineup ensures there's something for everyone. Sit back, relax, and let the music set the perfect backdrop for your wine tasting experience.

6. Foodie’s Paradise: Kenyan Cuisine

Pilau and Nyama Choma: A Flavorful Symphony with Our Estate Wines

Embark on a culinary adventure as Mellowood Vineyard unveils the perfect pairing for your savory delights of pilau and nyama choma. Imagine a plate of fragrant, spice-infused rice accompanied by tender, grilled meat bursting with flavor. This dynamic duo dances harmoniously with the exceptional wines of Mellowood, creating a symphony of taste on your palate. The bold and robust flavors of our Zinfandels complement the complex notes of pilau, while the smoky and savory nyama choma finds its perfect match in the rich and distinctive character of our Syrahs. Indulge in the unforgettable combination of pilau, nyama choma, and Mellowood's wines, and let your taste buds revel in the sensational experience that awaits.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are reservations necessary to visit Mellowood Vineyard?

No, reservations are not required. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you can visit us at any time during our operating hours.

2. Can I bring my own food to enjoy?

Absolutely! Mellowood permits outside food, and we have a beautiful picnic area where you can relax and enjoy a delightful meal with your family. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks or pack a picnic basket to complement your wine tasting experience.

3. Can I host private events or celebrations?

Yes, we welcome private events and celebrations at our vineyard. Whether it's a birthday party, anniversary, corporate gathering, or any other special occasion, we can work with you to create a memorable event. Please contact our events team for more information and to discuss your specific requirements.

4. Are children allowed?

Absolutely! We allow children at Mellowood Vineyard. However, we kindly request that parents or guardians closely supervise their children to maintain a serene and respectful environment for everyone.

5. Can I bring my pet?

Absolutely! We allow pets at Mellowood Vineyard. We understand that pets are an important part of your family, and we're delighted to have them join you during your visit. We kindly request that all pets be friendly toward other dogs and people, and that they are up to date on their vaccinations. We want to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. So, grab a leash and bring your furry friend along to explore our vineyard together!

6. Is Mellowood Vineyard wheelchair accessible?

Yes, we strive to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. Mellowood Vineyard is wheelchair accessible, including our tasting room, outdoor areas, and restroom facilities. If you have any specific accessibility needs or requests, please feel free to contact us in advance, and we'll be more than happy to assist you.


Maryanne Karuga
June 28, 2023 | Maryanne Karuga

The Best Rosé To Try This Summer

Mellowood Vineyard's 2018 Rosé

Mellowood Vineyard, nestled in the picturesque Sierra Foothills, has gained a reputation for producing exceptional wines that truly embody the essence of the region. With its vibrant flavors, enticing aromas, and a commitment to sustainable winemaking, our rosé is a true representation of our vineyard’s dedication to crafting remarkable wines.

I. Unlocking Rosé's Brilliance through Gentle Maceration

We handpick the grape varieties, ensuring only the best quality makes its way into the rosé wine. After harvest, the grapes undergo a gentle crushing process, allowing for optimal extraction of flavors and aromas. The juice then undergoes a brief maceration period, imparting the beautiful color and subtle complexities that make this rosé so special.

A. The Perfect Rosé Blend of Handpicked Grapes and Flavors

With the first sip, our rosé reveals a bright and lively flavor profile, bursting with juicy red berries, including strawberries and raspberries. These fruit-forward flavors are balanced by a refreshing acidity that adds a zing to each sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, inviting you to savor every moment and appreciate the wine's exquisite craftsmanship.

II. The Warmth of Sun-Drenched Days 

One of the defining characteristics of the Sierra Foothills is its abundance of sun-drenched days. The vineyards bask in the warm rays, allowing the grapes to ripen fully and develop their distinct flavors. The ample sunshine promotes the accumulation of sugars in the grapes, contributing to the luscious fruitiness found in our wines. Each sip reveals the sun-kissed essence of the region, filling your palate with the flavors of ripe berries and tropical fruits.

A. The Cool Caress of Nighttime

While the days in the Sierra Foothills are warm, the nights bring a welcome coolness. As the sun sets, a gentle breeze descends upon the vineyards, allowing the grapes to rest and rejuvenate. This diurnal temperature variation is crucial in preserving the natural acidity of the grapes. The cool nights retain the wine's freshness, ensuring a lively and vibrant character. When you sip our Rosé, you can taste the balance between the ripe fruit and the refreshing acidity—a testament to the region's unique climatic influence.

III. Mellowood's Commitment to Sustainable Winemaking 

Mellowood Vineyard's dedication to sustainable winemaking is ingrained in every aspect of our operations. With a firm belief in nurturing the land and preserving the delicate ecosystem that supports our vineyard, we are committed to organic and biodynamic practices.

A. Organic Vineyard Cultivation for Exceptional Wines

By adopting organic practices, our vineyard minimizes the use of chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides, ensuring that our vineyard remains in harmony with nature. This approach not only protects the environment, but also promotes the health of the vines and the overall quality of the grapes. The result is wines that are vibrant, pure, and reflective of the unique terroir in which they are cultivated.

B. Nurturing Nature for Future Generations

Our commitment to sustainable agriculture goes beyond the vineyard itself. We implement energy-efficient practices in our winemaking processes, reduce water usage, and prioritize waste reduction and recycling. By considering our long-term impact of our actions, we ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the fruits of the land in the same pristine condition.

IV. Pairing Mellowood's 2018 Rosé with Cuisine

Our rosé is not only a wine to be savored on its own, but it also lends itself beautifully to a wide range of culinary pairings. Its vibrant flavors and refreshing acidity make it a versatile companion for various dishes, enhancing the dining experience and creating harmonious flavor combinations.

1. Seafood Sensations

Consider pairing it with fresh oysters on the half-shell, where the brininess of the shellfish is complemented by the wine's zesty acidity. The rosé's red berry notes can also elevate the flavors of seared scallops, bringing a touch of sweetness to the rich, buttery texture of the seafood. For those who prefer a light seafood salad or grilled prawns, the wine's refreshing character provides a delightful contrast and brings out the natural flavors of the dish.

2. Savoring Summery Salads

When it comes to vibrant and refreshing salads, Mellowood's 2018 Rosé is a match made in culinary heaven. Its bright acidity and fruit-forward profile harmonize effortlessly with a variety of summery ingredients. Try pairing it with a mixed greens salad topped with ripe strawberries, tangy goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The wine's strawberry notes will echo the sweetness of the fruit while cutting through the richness of the cheese. Another delectable option is a watermelon and feta salad, where the rosé's crisp acidity beautifully balances the sweetness of the melon and the saltiness of the cheese, creating a refreshing and harmonious combination.

3. Light Fare and Picnic Pleasures

Pack a basket with artisanal cheeses like creamy brie or tangy goat cheese, accompanied by crusty baguette slices. The wine's refreshing acidity and red berry flavors will create a delightful interplay with the cheese, highlighting their unique characteristics. Additionally, this rosé pairs wonderfully with charcuterie, such as prosciutto or cured salmon, where the saltiness of the meats is beautifully balanced by the wine's lively acidity.

4. Dessert

Surprisingly, our rosé can also be a delightful companion to certain desserts. Its subtle sweetness and fruity notes can create a harmonious contrast with lighter, fruit-based desserts like strawberry shortcake or mixed berry pavlova. The wine's acidity cuts through the sweetness of the dessert, cleansing the palate and allowing the flavors to shine. Alternatively, try pairing this rosé with a creamy lemon tart or a fruity sorbet for a refreshing and indulgent finale to a memorable meal.

V. Visiting Mellowood Vineyard

For wine enthusiasts seeking an immersive experience, a visit to Mellowood Vineyard is an absolute must. Step into the heart of our picturesque vineyard nestled in the breathtaking Sierra Foothills and embark on a journey that will delight all your senses.

A. Unforgettable Wine Tasting Experience at Mellowood 

As part of your visit, we invite you to indulge in a memorable tasting session that showcases the diverse range of wines we offer, including our exquisite 2018 Rosé. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of our cozy tasting room, where our knowledgeable staff will guide you through a carefully curated selection of wines, providing insights into the characteristics, flavors, and winemaking techniques that make each one special.

B. Discover Serenity at Mellowood Vineyard

Beyond the wine, our vineyard offers a serene and idyllic setting that invites you to unwind and connect with nature. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, bask in the warm California sun, and revel in the stunning vistas that surround you. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply seeking a tranquil escape, a visit to Mellowood Vineyard promises an unforgettable experience.

C. Experience the Charm and Warmth of Mellowood

At Mellowood, we take immense pride in sharing our passion for winemaking and the natural beauty of our vineyard with our visitors. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring that your time spent with us is filled with joy, discovery, and a genuine connection to the world of wine.

VI. FAQ Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the flavor profile of Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé?

 Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé boasts a delightful flavor profile with notes of ripe strawberries, red cherries, and hints of watermelon. It exhibits a refreshing acidity, balanced by a subtle touch of sweetness, making it a perfect summer sipper.

2. Is Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé suitable for pairing with food? 

 Absolutely! Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Its bright acidity and fruit-forward nature make it a great match for light salads, grilled seafood, charcuterie, and even spicy cuisines. Experiment with different pairings to discover your personal favorites.

3. Is Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé suitable for vegetarians or vegans? 

Yes, Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. The winery follows sustainable winemaking practices, which include avoiding the use of animal-derived fining agents, making our wines suitable for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

4. Can I purchase Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé online? 

Yes, you can purchase Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé conveniently online through our website. Simply visit our online store, select the desired quantity, and proceed with the secure checkout process. Your wine will be shipped directly to your doorstep, allowing you to enjoy the taste of Mellowood Vineyard from the comfort of your own home.

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