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All New Blanc de Blancs!

Willow Creek Estate is thrilled and proud to release our long-awaited Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine. We’ve wanted to add a sparkling wine to our line-up for over a year. And now it’s finally a reality.

The Wall Street Journal (no less) called Blanc de Blancs “the wine insiders’ favorite champagne.”...Read More »


Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe originated at Harrah’s Steak House Restaurant in Reno, Nevada. It was submitted to us by a good (Wine) Lover’s Club member, Suzanne Woodhead. And it is presented here for your enjoyment.

Ingredients

1 ½ lbs butternut squash, roasted pulp
1 cup onion, diced fine
1 cup celery, diced fine
2...Read More »


The Estate Has Sold

Before anything else is mentioned, let’s be clear — Willow Creek Estate wine is still a thing. The wine you’ve come to know and love is still available. And we’re looking at future product releases.

And Now The Bad News

We have sold the Willow Creek Estate Property. It was a difficult...Read More »


Willow Creek Estate & GSO

We’ve made hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions since founding Willow Creek Estate. As with any business, there have been choices every step of the way. Some of these have been big, like what will our name be or what will the logo look like. Some have been tiny, like...Read More »


The Brave New Year

Happy New Year, everybody!

With 2017 in our rearview mirror and 2018 in our headlights, we almost feel like a wide-eyed, frightened deer. As we mentioned before, the first year at Willow Creek Estate was a whirlwind of surprises, activity, successes, and (yes, some) disappointments. So, what does...Read More »


Turkey & Wine

Thanksgiving is just days away. For many folks, that means family and friends, football, tons of great food, and fine wine. Willow Creek Estate is no different. And like many Americans, we’ll be serving a turkey for dinner. Perhaps you will be, too.

How To Pair It

So, the inevitable...Read More »


11 Months

Eleven months sounds like both a short time and a long time. It’s as though either a lot can happen in 11 months, or very little can happen. It’s less than a year, but more than a passing season. At Willow Creek Estate, 11 months has gone by so quickly...Read More »


Chicken & Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
16 ounces baby Dutch potatoes, halved*
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
For the garlic parmesan cream sauce
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4...Read More »


Regulations

Farming takes time. Like many crops, vines have one growing season a year. Manufacturing companies can pump out multiple production runs each year. But farming is a long, drawn-out process which doesn’t give you any real feedback until harvest.

It’s Like A Party!

You know what else takes time? Governmental regulations. Licensing....Read More »


We've Gone Hollywood

It’s been nearly a month since we “wrapped” shooting. Long enough to make me wonder if it really happened at all. We have photos, so … that’s proof. Right? It must have been real.

Scene I, Take I

Part of the surrealism is how fast it came about. It seems like things...Read More »


Spring Is Coming!

December 21st … That was the last time we posted in this blog … December 21st

So, what has been happening since December 21st? Yikes! Where to begin?

Hopefully, everyone had an awesome Christmas and New Year’s celebration. We would have loved to have been able to supply you with holiday...Read More »


Escrow Has Closed! Willow Creek Is Ours!

Well, technically the escrow for Willow Creek Estate closed on Friday, the 16th.  But today, the escrow closed on our former home in Orange County. That little bit of real estate and financial detail is important because it signals the end of the first chapter of our story.

And what a...Read More »


Stay Connected With Willow Creek Estate

Want some REAL news? Something to get excited about? Something to look forward to?

Willow Creek Estate is HAPPENING!

And by “happening” I mean … This actually is happening!

Beyond expectation. Beyond belief. Beyond comprehension.

Willow Creek Estate will officially begin December 1st!

What is Willow Creek Estate? It’s the future home to world-class wine...Read More »


Willow Creek Estate Is Happening!

We’re ramping up operations. Stay tuned as things start popping at Willow Creek Estate!

...Read More »