Wine Wednesdays at 58 Degrees & Holding

By Amelia McLear

Amelia McLear
Amelia McLear

Among the many recent positive changes at midtown wine bistro 58 Degrees & Holding Co., the one I’m most excited about is the return of “Wine Wednesdays.” This weekly wine-tasting happy hour features wines “worth adding to your collection” as selected by 58’s awesome new sommelier, Tyler Stacey.

Tyler and 58 Degrees kicked off “Wine Wednesdays” last week with a sold-out event featuring the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from Viluko Vineyards, located in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County. (This week’s winery is Broc Cellars, featuring their Zinfandel, Grenache and more.)

Hosting the Viluko tasting last week was daughter of the proprietors, Noelle McGahan, 35, who is also the winery business manager and lives in East Sacramento.

Noelle pouring
Noelle McGahan pouring at Wine Wednesdays!

As business manager, Noelle helps with the wine distribution, marketing, website and social media.  She does all of this in the 1.5 days per week she’s devoted to supporting the winery.  On the other days, she’s a full-time mom of three children, ages 1, 3 and 5.

“This is not a job for me,” says Noelle. “It’s being able to re-engage with my parents on a passion project that I want to see succeed.”   And, she’s enjoyed putting her more “adult” skills to good use. “One-year-olds don’t appreciate your sales skills for some reason,” she jokes.

In 1998, Noelle’s parents bought 500 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains, a well-regarded wine-growing region in Sonoma County and planted their first round of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on 46 of those acres in 2003. In 2006, they did a large re-plant of the vines and also added Sauvignon Blanc, her mother’s favorite.

The winery’s best known for Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) which is made from a selection of the five best blocks of Cabernet grapes grown along the ridge line of the hillside property; their Split Rock Cabernet Sauvignon($32-$35) comes from younger grapes grown in the lower elevations and is more fruit forward.

“What I love about our wine is that my parents have stayed true to their organic practices by maintaining the natural landscape and using the rich soils and hilly topography to their advantage,” says Noelle. “They both get their hands dirty in the fields and have stayed true to themselves while making an exquisite wine true to the amazing land.”

Locally, their 2011 Split Rock Cabernet is sold by the glass at Mulvaney’s and the 2011 Estate Cabernet is sold by the glass at 58 Degrees. Currently, you can buy bottles of the Sauvignon Blanc and both Cabernets at the 58 Degrees wine shop.

Viluko wines

Details about Wine Wednesdays:

Every Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., open to the public

$15 tasting fee, which is waived if you buy 3 bottles or more at the tasting. 10% discount on all wines being sold at the tasting

Check out the list for the upcoming wines being featured for the rest of October

Girls on the Grid enjoying Wine Wednesday

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