Nothing is more satisfying to thecommich than creating great memories that also happen to help grow businesses. This was definitely the case (pun intended) for the launch of Corte Riva Winery’s newest label, Cortez ’78, which was held at the Cortez Residence in sunny Penngrove California last week.
Under the wine country sun, 30 specially selected guests ate a simple yet elegant “Wine Country Pinoy” meal created by Thomas Keller alum Cocoy Ventura.
Each course was paired with one of the three wines under the Cortez ’78 label – their “Ladykiller” Merlot Rosato, Petit Sirah, and their “Firepit” blend.
Nieves Cortez, co-founder and queen bee of Corte Riva Winery, gave a heartfelt and stirring speech to start off the afternoon. “From our humble beginnings making wine in our garage, to hosting such wonderful and important people, we are so grateful for how far we have come,” she said. Marketing Manager Rich Rivera followed it up with the story of the Corte Riva logo – an old Chinese vase from the Philippines that their parents used to empty all their loose change into every night. “One day, this will be your treasure,” they said. And so it was.
3 delicious courses later (and a very special pour of the world-famous Corte Riva 2005 Merlot), everyone packed their cars with as much Cortez ’78 as they could carry. A lucky few won Cortez ’78 bottles signed by winemaker Lawrence Cortez himself.
Thecommich once again thanks Cocoy Ventura for creating a meal to remember. Thanks as well to food videographer Kenrick Mercado, for sharing his captured highlights of the afternoon below.
Any of you readers jealous yet? Worry not, my lovelies. There are more special events planned between Ampliphi Media and Corte Riva Vineyards, and as my loyal followers you all get first dibs on tickets to the next one!
In the meantime, check out this video made by Kenrick Mercado of KennyKusina