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Holiday Specials on Waits-Mast Pinot Noir by valleyfog
December 9, 2011, 12:13 am
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(photo by Katie Parker)

Seasons Greetings Pinot Noir fans! It’s been a great year at Waits-Mast Family Cellars and we wanted to celebrate the holidays by passing along some specials for our loyal fans and customers. If you’ve got some Pinot Noir-lovers on your gift list (or those you’re trying to convert), then we’re going to help with the following deals:

Shipping Discount on 3 or More Bottles

Purchase three or more bottles of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir and UPS ground shipping is complimentary. Just start shopping in our webstore and the discount will automatically kick in once you add three or more bottles to your cart. This offer is good through 12/28/11.

2009 5th Vintage Five-Pack

2009 was our fifth vintage of winemaking and we celebrated it by making Pinot Noir from five different vineyards in Mendocino, Sonoma and Santa Barbara Counties. And a great vintage it was — these wines are already getting accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine Enthusiast. Now’s your chance to enjoy or give this five-pack, which includes each of our five new releases for a special price of $190. The 5-pack qualifies for complimentary shipping.

Mendocino County Three-Pack

Sample each of the three single-vineyard 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir wines from Mendocino County, including two from the Anderson Valley appellation, all at a special package price of $112 (also qualifies for complimentary shipping).

Case discount

We offer a standard 10% discount on orders of one case or more. Mixed cases qualify.

SHIPPING INFO

If you want your packages to arrive by December 25, please place your orders as soon as possible. For ground shipping to the midwest, we recommend that you place your order by December 15. For ground shipping within California, place your order by 12 noon, December 19.

At the moment, we are only able to ship to the states of Illinois and California, but we are working on adding some additional states (NY, WA are next) in the coming weeks and months. If you are in one of those other 48 states, another option is to purchase our wine through online retailers like K&L Wines that carry our wines and can ship to a large number of states.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!



Valentine’s Day Special: Share the Pinot Noir Love by valleyfog
February 1, 2011, 12:16 am
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It’s February and the time is nigh

To think about your honey, your love,

That special someone who makes you sigh.

It’s time to get creative

As the fourteenth will come soon

To think about an expression of your love

Something to make him or her swoon.

The best things in life are shared.

Love and wine are the most fun,

To savor together, a perfect match, a wonderful pair.

So spread the love with a certain treat

A bottle of something red and lush,

A glass of nectar that can make the heart beat

And in turn, a Valentine blush.

Pinot noir is the perfect greeting

To make this Valentine’s Day exceptional

And to ensure your next romantic meeting

Is both heartfelt and memorable.

A hand-numbered bottle, just for you

With February 14th just around the corner, Waits-Mast Family Cellars wanted to inspire your Valentine’s Day gift-giving with our little poem and a special limited discount. Now through February 5th we are offering 14% off of any wine in our webstore (no two- or three-pack bundles). Just enter the discount code “SWOON” when you’re checking out and hit “apply” to see the discount.

Keep in mind that if you want to ship your wine via ground shipping in time for Valentine’s Day, you’ll need to put your order in by this Friday, February 4th (if you’re on the West coast, Monday or Tuesday of next week may still work). There are three-day, two-day and overnight options as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone here at Waits-Mast Family Cellars!



New Holiday Special: Waits-Mast 08 Appellation 3-Pack by valleyfog

Waits-Mast Pinot Noir Holiday Appellation 3-Pack

To keep things festive during this holiday season, Waits-Mast Family Cellars has put together a specially-priced three pack for California pinot noir fans, an appellation three pack. The three pack features a bottle of 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from three different regions: Anderson Valley, Russian River Valley and Sta. Rita Hills.

Purchased separately, these three wines would total $135, but this special holiday pack is priced at $115 for all three bottles. Here’s the lineup of our 2008 pinot noirs included in the three pack:

2008 Hein Vineyard, Anderson Valley: from Mendocino County. Gold Medal, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2008 Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley: from Sonoma County. Silver Medal, 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition; 87 points, Wine Enthusiast.

2008 La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills: from Santa Barbara County. Silver Medal, 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition; 92 points, Wine Enthusiast.

Read more about each wine here. The Appellation Three Pack is available through December 31, 2010. This three pack also qualifies for our holiday shipping special, too. So order today, using the coupon code HALF, and you’ll get 50% off ground shipping. To order, go to our purchase page here. Cheers!



2010 Holiday Specials on Waits-Mast Pinot Noir by valleyfog

We’re wrapping up another great vintage at Waits-Mast Family Cellars as you get ready to wrap up your holiday presents during this festive season. To help you out, we have a few holiday specials on our award-winning wines. These specials are available exclusively at our webstore:

Small-lot pinot noir, hand-numbered bottles

2010 Holiday Specials

Savings on Shipping through 12/31/10
To lighten the load on your holiday expenses, we’re offering two different specials on shipping:

50% off ground shipping: Order up to 11 bottles of any wine and get 50% off ground shipping. Just go to the purchase page, choose your wines and enter the code HALF in the coupon code box and hit “apply.”

Free ground shipping: Order a case (12 bottles) or more and get free ground shipping. This is in addition to our standard 10% discount on the price of a case or more. Just enter the code CASE in the coupon code box and hit “apply.”

• Both specials apply to any products in our store including the La Encantada Double-Vintage Pack (see below). The shipping special runs from November 29, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

La Encantada Double-Vintage Pack

Sample both vintages of our La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills at a special two-pack price of $89. Sourced from Richard Sanford’s certified organically-grown vineyard in Santa Barbara County, each of these pinot noirs has its own personality, reflective of the vintage and variations in winemaking style. The 2007 is smoky, spicy with lush dark cherry, blackberry and a hint of cola. The 2008 is bright and vibrant, with cranberry, cherry, plum and an ever-so-slightly toasty nose. Both wines are food-friendly wines with lots of complexity and structure. There are only a few bottles of the 2007 left, so this is a very limited offering.

Gift Guide
Not sure which wine to get for your friends, family or co-workers? Check out our gift guide – designed to match each personality in your life.

We are down to a just a few cases each for our current releases, so visit our webstore today to take advantage of these specials while the wines are available.

Happy Holidays from Waits-Mast Family Cellars!



Valentine’s Day Gift Set: Poetry, Chocolate & Pinot Noir by valleyfog
January 28, 2010, 10:29 pm
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“come winter, come frozen night
in fog, come drink the grape
tug on its green-glass vine*” (a poem)

“layers of artisanal chocolates
Madagascar, Venezuela, Columbia
hand-crafted, a dapple of cocoa to whet your palate” (a bite)

“unfolds with lush sweet cherry
and blackberries, spice, floral notes
and a hint of cola” (a taste)

Individually, poetry, chocolate and wine are inviting and enjoyable…together they are seductive and luxurious. Our special Valentine’s Day gift set brings all three of these favorite escapes from the every day together into one romantic and delectable box of love.

For a limited time only we are offering a Valentine’s Day gift set of 2007 Waits-Mast La Encantada Pinot Noir, featuring a 4-pc varietal box from San Francisco’s renowned boutique chocolatier Recchiuti. Included in the gift set is a limited edition 2009 Waits-Mast Annual Poetry Collection book. We only have a few cases of the 2007 La Encantada left and only a few copies of our poetry collection left as well, so this is a great opportunity to get your honey a unique gift.

The price for the gift set is $49 total (which is our normal SRP for this wine, so the chocolates and poetry are free) and will be available through Valentine’s Day only in our online store. Click here to order today.

Waits-Mast Annual Poetry Collection 2009

SHIPPING NOTES: In order to ensure your gift arrives by Valentine’s Day, please follow these deadlines for GROUND shipping. We also offer 2- and 3-day air shipping.
East Coast/Midwest: Order needs to be placed by 2/3
West Coast (and any air shipping/express packs): Order needs to be placed by 2/8

For sub-freezing climate customers, we recommend that you ship via air to ensure the safety of the wine. We often have a hold on wines being shipped via ground to the areas experiencing sub-freezing weather to avoid any wines being frozen/damaged.

For customers in the SF Bay Area can save on shipping costs by choosing “local pickup” from the shipping options. You can then pick up the wine at the Crushpad shipping and logistics center in San Francisco, located at 566 Minnesota Street, just off of Third Street and Mariposa. Call ahead at (415) 558-9181 to schedule your pickup.

*Jay Rubin, Tasting Ojai (from the 2009 Waits-Mast Annual Poetry Collection)



Waits-Mast Holiday Specials: Wine and Chocolates and Shipping, Oh My! by Jennifer

As we clean up the remaining dishes (and wine glasses) from Thanksgiving, our thoughts now turn toward the winter holidays, which are now just around the corner. As a little incentive to get you started on your holiday shopping, we’re offering a couple of specials:

Waits-Mast Pinot Noir and Recchiuti Chocolates for the Holidays

HOLIDAY GIFT PACK: WINE AND CHOCOLATES
For a limited time only we are offering a Holiday gift pack of 2007 Waits-Mast La Encantada Pinot Noir, featuring a 4-piece varietal box from San Francisco’s renowned boutique chocolatier Recchiuti.

Celebrate the holidays by sending a wine gift-set to your foodie friends. The gift set includes one bottle of La Encantada Pinot Noir and one 4-piece box of chocolates, all for $49 + tax/shipping. You’ll find the gift pack listed in our webstore through the holidays.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: SAVINGS ON SHIPPING
To lighten the load on your holiday expenses, we’re offering two different specials on shipping: For 50% off shipping for any orders of 11 bottles or less, enter HALF in the coupon code box and hit “submit.” For free ground shipping on a case (12 bottles) or more, enter CASE for the code. The special applies to any products in our store including the Holiday Chocolate Gift Pack. The shipping special runs from November 30, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

As a reminder, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you can save shipping costs by picking up your wine. Just select “local pickup” during the purchase process. You can then pick up the wine at the Crushpad shipping and logistics center in San Francisco. Call  (415) 558-9181 to schedule your pickup.



Harvest 2009 Special: 10% Off by valleyfog
October 1, 2009, 10:53 pm
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La Encantada Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County

La Encantada Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County

Harvest is in full swing and we’re seeing so much gorgeous pinot noir fruit pass before our eyes on the sorting table, during punchdowns and juice with such vibrant colors during pressing, it just makes you want to bust open a great bottle of pinot noir. So after we get home from winery work, we’ve been enjoying our 2007 wines that have really started to show quite well after a year in the bottle. To celebrate a great harvest and a busy crush, Jennifer and I wanted to offer 10% off our Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from La Encantada Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, down Santa Barbara way.

The Harvest Special is available at our webstore for a limited time only, now through Monday, October 5, 2009. Just enter the word “harvest” in the coupon code box and click “submit,” then proceed to checkout to get 10% off this wine only. For SF Bay Area locals, save on shipping by choosing “pick up/local” on the shipping page and you can pick up your order at the Crushpad logistics center here.

Pinot Noir clusters at La Encantada vineyard

Pinot Noir clusters at La Encantada vineyard

From the Santa Rita Hills, La Encantada vineyard is owned by Richard and Thekla Sanford (of Sanford Pinot Noir fame) and is one of the first vineyards in Santa Barbara County to be certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). We visited the vineyards last year and you can read more about our visit here.

Tasting notes:

This wine demonstrates an intensity of fruit – basically a bowl full of cherries – that comes from this low-vigor growing climate. Grape clusters came in uniform and tight, with small-medium sized berries. It shows a hint of smoke and spice on the nose, some good tannins and a deep ruby color, leaning towards crimson. The palate unfolds with lush sweet cherry and blackberries, spice, floral notes and a hint of cola. Still evolving its in sophomore year (you never want to peak early), the La Encantada has great structure and will be a great wine for sharing with friends and for tucking away in the cellar.

Bottlenotes, May, 2009: “Zaozers this smells good. Rich aromas of red and black cherry complimented by vanilla. Full cherry flavor and oak treatment lead to a long finish. Yum.”

For more specs on the wine, go here.

Cheers and here’s to a great harvest!