by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho
Springtime descends upon the Valley in a storm of pink and white petals as March showers gives way to the legendary Blossom Trail. And Sanger’s Kings River Winery is gearing up for wine-tasting season as the weather warms and memories of winter are shaken off like dripping umbrellas. Kings River Life sat down with the winery’s Venue and Hospitality Manager Ashley Green to discuss the winery’s origins and what lies ahead in the world of wine.
KRL: When was the Kings River Winery established; what is its origin story?
Ashley: Kings River Winery was established in 2012. The winery sits on the forty-acre farm that our owner, Bob Bagdasarian, was raised on as a child. Since 1954, Bob and his family have grown everything from grapes for wine and raisins to peaches, plums, and apricots on this little piece of paradise. Bob decided to follow his passion and focus only on what he loves most: wine. He planted twelve different varietals of wine grapes on the farm and began building a state-of-the-art winery with wine-making equipment unmatched by any winery in this region. Adding the finishing touches in 2014, Bob’s vision for a premium boutique winery, that would also fill the need for special event venues in the area, finally came to fruition.
KRL: How long have you been with the Winery?
Ashley: I have been with the winery since September 2015.
KRL: What kinds of events does the Winery host?
Ashley: We host many types of events! Some examples: Concerts, Ladies Night Out, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Easter Brunch, Wine club release parties, Murder Mystery Parties, Grape Stomp, Paint & Sip with Pinot’s Palette, Modern Calligraphy Workshops with Scribble & Script, Cookie Decorating Classes with Auntie Mo’s, Goat Yoga, and Behind the Vines Tours.
KRL: What are the most popular wines? Does the Winery have a specialty?
Ashley: Our most popular wines are our Apache Red, Tomahawk Red, Muscato, and our Sparkling Wines.
KRL: What are the benefits of joining the Wine Club?
Ashley: Our Wine Club members are the first to try our newest releases. They receive 20% off all wine purchases, 10% off merchandise, free entry to our concerts, discounted tickets to our special events, a yearly Wine Club appreciation dinner, and two release parties every year.
KRL: What seasonal events does the Winery host? Any upcoming events?
Ashley: Seasonal events include the Valentine’s Day Dinner, Easter Brunch, Harvest Party, and Holiday in the Vines. The next seasonal event we have coming up is our Easter Brunch on April 21. Tickets are on sale now, and are available through our website. We host a delicious catered brunch, an Easter egg hunt, and even have a visit from the Easter Bunny. We offer bottomless mimosas, along with other wines at the bar. This event sells out every year, and is one of our most popular events at the winery!
KRL: Is the Winery celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?
Ashley: Our Tasting Room will be open on St. Patrick’s Day from 1 p.m.—5 p.m.
KRL: What is the most popular wine-tasting season??
Ashley: The most popular wine-tasting season is typically the spring and fall, but we have visitors year-round in our Tasting Room, enjoying our handcrafted wines and attending our special events. The spring and fall usually have the best weather here in the Valley, which encourages people to get out and about and to explore all there is right in their backyard! We also see an increase of visitors in late February and March due to the Blossom Trail.
KRL: Do you have a favorite wine? If so, what is it??
Ashley: A new favorite of mine is one of our upcoming releases, the 2018 Rosado del Rey. This wine is slightly sweet, aromatic and the perfect wine to bring to your next girl’s night. My other favorites include our Peachy Pie sparkling wine, and our 2014 Tomahawk Red.