Ellie Anest
 
December 27, 2023 | Ellie Anest

Celebrating Excellence and Reflecting on Milestones

ELEVEN ELEVEN WINERY'S
2023 YEAR IN REVIEW

 

As we bid farewell to another remarkable year at Eleven Eleven Wines, I find myself filled with immense gratitude and reflecting on the defining moments, exciting ventures, and exceptional wines that made 2023 truly shine. Anchored by the unwavering dedication of our team and loyal support of our customers, this year has been a testament to growth, creativity, and heartfelt connections with our cherished community.

 

HARVESTING INSPIRATION: Vineyard Triumphs Amongst Challenges

 


 

Amidst our vineyards, 2023 blessed us with grapes of exceptional quality, reflecting their terroir’s true essence. While the extended harvest season brought its own unique challenges, our diligent winemaking team patiently worked with the new opportunities presented to us.

Under the seasoned guidance of Winemaker Kirk Venge and the inspiring leadership of Director of Winemaking Brett Weis, we saw yet another successful harvest promising an enticing array of diverse wines, waiting to be unveiled and savored.

 

OUR LOVE FOR CABERNET: Unveiling ENAXI and The Cabernet Club

 


Speaking of which, this year additionally brought us the exciting unveiling of our newest addition to the Eleven Eleven portfolio: the 2019 ENAXI Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Nine years in the making, our inaugural reserve wine epitomized elegance and refinement, a testament to the culmination of our winemaking artistry.

“With eyes open wide and ‘whoa's’ in our throats, ENAXI is simply an outrageous wine that boasts a rich profile of aroma, flavor, intensity, and depth, with a gorgeous 3-minute finish!” – Winemaker Kirk Venge

A big year for Cabernet, we also joyously launched our exclusive Cabernet Club. Members were treated to early access to ENAXI, along with personalized offerings, marking our commitment to curating extraordinary moments.

ELEVEN YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: Launching The Make Your Moment Tour

 


An unforgettable highlight of this year was the commemoration of our 11th anniversary and celebratory Make Your Moment Tour. Launching an immersive journey that extended an invitation not only to our esteemed guests but also to our dedicated club members, the Make Your Moment Tour allowed our community across the country to experience our Napa Valley wines in the comfort of their home cities.

Adding to this, our newest We11ness Experience, amidst the tranquil ambiance of our Red Barn space and nestled amongst the vineyards, provided a serene haven to wine country locals and visitors. Here, our guests immersed themselves in nature, mindfulness, and the harmonious blend of wine and well-being.

AN INCREDIBLE TEAM: Honoring the Heart of Eleven Eleven Winery

 

Behind every achievement and momentous milestone, stands our remarkable team at Eleven Eleven Winery. Their unwavering devotion, passion, and expertise have been the cornerstone of our success. I’m fortunate to lead this team that continues to exemplify excellence in every aspect, infusing ingenuity and enthusiasm for crafting exceptional wines and fostering genuine connections.

COMMITTING TO STEWARDSHIP AND SHOWING GRATITUDE

 

Throughout the year, our commitment to sustainability and innovation remained integral, with vineyard practices and eco-conscious initiatives reinforcing our goals of preserving the environment while crafting wines of unparalleled quality. As we celebrate our 11th year of winemaking, Eleven Eleven Winery would like to take a moment to express our profound gratitude to those who have played an essential role in our journey. 

To our patrons, partners, and community, we extend heartfelt thanks – recognizing your unwavering support that not only fuels our passion for excellence but also serves as the inspiration propelling us to greater heights. Your enduring enthusiasm remains a constant driving force behind our mission to continually elevate our craft and exceed expectations.

CHEERS TO 2024: Exciting Things Ahead

 

Looking ahead to the promise of 2024, Eleven Eleven remains resolute in our commitment to producing extraordinary wines and fostering connections fueled by warm hospitality and unique experiences. Guided by the ethos of Parea, celebrating friendship, joy, and shared experiences, we eagerly anticipate creating more unforgettable moments. Our love for nurturing a community where each glass of our wine sparks cherished connections and meaningful conversations remains steady.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Ellie Anest & The Remarkable Eleven Eleven Team

 

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This year, we had the pleasure of being featured in several noteworthy press articles that celebrated the craftsmanship and passion that go into each bottle of Eleven Eleven Wine. From seasonal features on our wines to in-depth highlights of our founding story, these accolades are a testament to the dedication of our team and the love poured into every endeavor. Head to our Press Page and check them out!

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2023 at 10:00 AM Permalink to Celebrating Excellence and Reflecting on Milestones Permalink
Ellie Anest
 
September 15, 2023 | Ellie Anest

Celebrating Heritage & Hard Work

Meet The Dynamic Cellar Crew
at Eleven Eleven Winery

At Eleven Eleven Wines, the story of excellence is written by every member of our family. As we step into the vibrant tapestry of Hispanic Heritage Month through September & October, we take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the dedicated individuals who bring our wines to life. Our Cellar Team, led by Cellar Master Edgar De Haro, exemplifies the heart and soul of our brand.

From harvesting and processing grapes to managing fermentation and maturation, the cellar team orchestrates our grapes’ intricate journey from vine to bottle, resulting in our high-quality wines that embody the artistry and craftsmanship of our team.

Let's take a closer look at the incredible members of our cellar crew and their favorite aspects of winemaking at Eleven Eleven.

EDGAR DE HARO
Cellar Master

Harvest at Eleven Eleven holds numerous enjoyable aspects to me; my role as Cellar Master is never monotonous, with every day bringing forth a variety of details to pay attention to. The abundant energy and upbeat attitude during harvest is invigorating, making each day exciting and fulfilling. I have been a part of the Eleven Eleven team since June 2019, bringing it to approximately 4.5 years now. My journey of winemaking initiated with my first harvest in 2008, exclusively in Napa Valley, laying the foundation for a decade-long passion.

My favorite Eleven Eleven wine is our 2018 Laki's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which turned out exceptionally well-rounded. I greatly enjoy pairing it with spicy Carne Asada and roasted peppers on the side for a meal.

MARIO HERNANDEZ
Barrell Hall Supervisor

Having been an integral part of the Eleven Eleven team for ten Harvest seasons, my experience and fondness for this special place has only continued to grow over time. In total, I've been making wine for twelve years, honing my skills and deepening my appreciation for the craft. One aspect of the Harvest at Eleven Eleven that I particularly relish is the delightful aroma produced during fermentation. 

Among the diverse range of wines we produce, the Destin Estate Syrah holds a special place for me, as it is my favorite to produce, encompassing all the passion and dedication I hold for winemaking.

CECILIO SALDIVAR
Cellar Supervisor

Harvest at Eleven Eleven is a thrilling rush of excitement – life is never still during this time of year! The robust teamwork and seamless communication make it incredibly enjoyable to be a part of this dedicated team. Despite the hustle and bustle, the days pass by swiftly because of the fun we share by working together. I've been with Eleven Eleven for around 3.5 years now, and my journey in winemaking spans a little more than a decade – 11 years to be precise – all of which I've spent in Napa Valley. I started my professional venture in St. Helena, eventually ending up in the Oak Knoll District.

Among all the wonderful wines we've produced, my favorite would be the 2019 Laki's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – its smoothness and pleasant nose make for a standout wine! A juicy, medium-cooked steak complemented by grilled veggies serves as the perfect pairing to bring out its distinct flavors.

SERGIO MENDOZA
Laboratory Technician

My favorite part of Harvest at Eleven Eleven is undoubtedly Halloween – not only does everyone dress up, but the competition for best costume is taken very seriously! Last year, I was Naruto, though I'm still brainstorming for this year - but I plan on winning! I've been a part of the Eleven Eleven team since August 2021 and have been making wine since 2018, marking this year as my sixth harvest. It's honestly hard to believe how fast time has flown!

One wine that stands out to me the most is our Beckstoffer Sauvignon Blanc; its release is something I anticipate every year. When it comes to a food pairing, I highly recommend spicy shrimp ceviche to complement the wine's flavor profile excellently.

JUAN TOVAR
Cellar Assistant

One of my favorite parts of Harvest is the process of pressing grapes. I love to see it happen - especially the whole-cluster white varieties are fascinating to watch go through the bladder press. I've been with Eleven Eleven for about 3.5 years, enhancing my winemaking journey that spans over 10 years. 

My favorite offering from Eleven Eleven's portfolio is our 2020 X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon, primarily for its flavors and harmonious tannins. To enjoy it to the fullest, I pair it with a Mexican plate featuring red mole, a dish that carries just the right amount of spice. Truly, nothing compares to the version prepared by my mom – it's the best!

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Join us in raising a glass to our incredible Cellar Team as we honor their hard work, passion, and the amazing perspectives they bring to Eleven Eleven. Cheers to excellence, unity, and pouring our shared love into every bottle!

 

 

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Ellie Anest
 
March 28, 2023 | Ellie Anest

Our Commitment: Farming & Winemaking Values

Spring 2023 is officially here, and we could not be more excited to welcome in this season of renewal with a refreshed sense of energy. With warmer weather on our terrace, a selection of new wines to savor, and the start of bud break in our vineyards, spring reminds us that there is always a fresh start waiting just around the corner.

As springtime tends to also bring the first few glimpses into the upcoming harvest season, we thought there was no better time to share a little bit more about our approach, values, vineyards, winemaking practices, and our efforts to lead a more sustainable and organic business model, inside and out. 

 

An Honest Approach

Throughout the course of my career—and well before Eleven Eleven—my entrepreneurial spirit has always prevailed. My roots coming from Nebraska, where my father farmed the land for over 40 years, was where I learned about hard work and the values that come with it—like commitment, perseverance, and excellence. Combined with my years of business experience, strong values, and passion for connecting with people, these traits ultimately laid the foundation for the partnership venture of Eleven Eleven Winery—where, to this day, I instill these very values in each and every bottle of wine we produce.

My commitment to quality paves the way in all aspects of our business. From premium customer service to efficient farming practices, through my leadership, we strategically plan for exceptional hospitality in our tasting room and implementation of sustainable and organic programs in our vineyards.

Diversity of land, people, and process is deeply rooted in our core. 

 

Our Vineyards and Farming 

Since arriving in Napa Valley in 2012, the three vineyards in the Oak Knoll District AVA of Napa Valley have been farmed with care and intention to produce the best quality fruit–Laki’s Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon) Destin Vineyard (Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Riesling) & Eleven Eleven Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc). In collaboration with Winemaker Kirk Venge and Renteria Vineyard Management, we now have three places to literally “establish our roots'' and start building our winery from the ground up. With aligning values, Renteria Vineyard Management embraces innovation while respecting tradition. They believe that family comes first and treat their clients, employees, and the earth with the utmost care and respect.

Eleven Eleven Vineyard, which resides alongside our winery and tasting room.

“MY FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ‘VINEYARD FIRST’ AND THE ELEVEN ELEVEN VINEYARDS ARE IDEAL FOR PRODUCING EXCEPTIONAL FRUIT FOR A POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF NAPA VALLEY." - WINEMAKER KIRK VENGE

Director of Winemaking Brett Weis (left) and Winemaker Kirk Venge (right) show perseverance, ingenuity, and mastery in their craft by creating our beautifully balanced and elegant wines.

While growing a wide selection of Rhone & Bordeaux varieties on our three estate vineyards, we also source other varieties throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Allowing us to round out our portfolio of wines, outsourcing gives us access to the very best quality of grapes grown in optimal conditions for those specific varietals. These vineyard sources are highly allocated and sought-after throughout wine country—including Beckstoffer, Dutton Ranch, Calesa, Bacigalupi, Saddleback, and our newest addition, Vivio Vineyard.

Replanting—Destin Vineyard

As you may have already seen, we recently released our newest vintage of Rosé of Syrah! Previously sourced from our estate Destin Vineyard, this wine was alternatively sourced from Vivio Vineyard for the 2022 vintage, due to a replanting of our Syrah vineyard last year. Replanting Destin Vineyard has allowed us to diversify our estate varietal selection and refresh the land laying the foundation to implement sustainable organic farming practices. 


Director of Winemaking Brett Weis and pal, Willa, surveying our newly-planted Syrah grapes at Destin Vineyard.

 

Sustainable Practices

We are committed to sustainable practices at every level of our business. Our team produces wines as organically as possible, reducing our carbon footprint with fewer tractor passes and carbon-neutral shipping through WineDirect Fulfillment. We also use resources more efficiently with solar power and precise irrigation. We have plans to change our farming practices to further our commitment to organic farming by transitioning each of our vineyards to organic viticulture.

Harvesting our grapes by hand with precision and care, limiting our impact on the soil around them.

Learn more about our environmental stewardship in our blog post: “Celebrating Mother Nature Today, and Every Day.”

 

Natural Beauty In Every Bottle

At Eleven Eleven, we believe the best wines are made with minimal intervention. We take pride in the fact that our wines are made without the use of additives like Mega Purple or fining agents. 

“EVERY GRAIN OF GLUCOSE AND FRUCTOSE IS FROM GOD’S GREEN EARTH” - WINEMAKER KIRK VENGE

Discover the pure, honest, and natural flavors in our wines.

With care and attention to detail, we allow the natural flavors, aromas, and colors of the fruit to shine through in every bottle. By using minimal intervention and striving to honor and celebrate the natural beauty of our vineyards, we can create wines that truly express the unique terroir of where they’re grown.

 

Springtime at Eleven Eleven Winery

Spring is a time of rejuvenation, and what better way to experience the magic of the season than with a visit to Eleven Eleven? Our vineyards are bursting with life as the grapes awaken from their winter dormancy, and our tasting room is the perfect place to sample our latest vintages.

Don’t forget to take a look around our surrounding vineyards, as we anticipate new growth!

With stunning views of the surrounding hills and an elegant atmosphere, just 10 minutes from downtown Napa, come visit our estate and Make Your Moment® with us this spring!

Time Posted: Mar 28, 2023 at 5:19 PM Permalink to Our Commitment: Farming & Winemaking Values Permalink
Ellie Anest
 
December 2, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Throw Your Most Elevated Holiday Party with Eleven Eleven Wines

We know, the holidays are often coupled with occasional stressors—gift shopping, dinners with the in-laws, and travel, to name a few. But, it can also bring the most rip-roaring fun at festive holiday parties! 

If you’re lucky enough to be an attendee, your main priority boils down to just a simple gift for the host (a bottle of your favorite wine, perhaps?) and maybe a small appetizer or two. However, if you’re brave enough to take on the hosting job yourself, it goes without saying that there’s much more on the to-do list. 

Fear not… With just a little pre-prep and some simple tips and tricks, you’re on your way to throwing the most elevated holiday party this season. 

Plan ahead:

However much you can get ready ahead of your event, the better. Whether it’s writing out your to-do list, making dishes ahead of time, or putting up your decor early, you’ll thank yourself later when it comes down to crunch time.

Deck your halls:

Chances are, you’re already planning to (if not already) scatter some holiday decorations around the house. So before you go breaking the bank on new lights, trees, the whole shebang, take a look at what you might already have. Regardless of your style, it’s important to be methodical from Day 1 of decorating, it’ll save you time and energy when the time comes for your spectacular soirée.

Dazzle their tastebuds:

Always overestimate when buying food and beverages. It’s much better to send your guests home with tasty leftovers than to leave them hungry in the midst of entertaining. But it’s important not to stretch yourself too thin—the last thing you want is to miss out on all the fun! So stick to a simple menu with some signature dishes (prep as much as you can beforehand), and let yourself get ahead of schedule.

Don’t forget the wine:

Of course, you can’t have a holiday party without a delectable selection of drinks. Whether you’re whipping out a specialty cocktail, or a classic creamy eggnog, make sure you also have a stash of wine ready to go. Best paired with your mouthwatering courses, intimate conversations by the fire, and everything in between, wine can be the winning crowd-pleaser for any gathering. Need to restock your cellar? Check out our Current Releases or Large Format wines that are sure to satisfy every palate at your party! And head to our Wine Storage 101 blog post for some tips and tricks to enjoy your wine at its best!

Turn on the tunes:

Rounding out your special night requires one of our party favorites: music! Whether you set the mood to be smooth and sultry, happy and cheerful, you can’t go wrong with some classic holiday songs. Don’t worry if you’re not the playlist-making guru, Spotify has any and every holiday party playlist you could ever need!

Relax and have fun!

So no matter what the festivity, size of the guest list, menu of the evening, don't let yourself get too overwhelmed. The whole point of the holiday season is to have fun and make memories! With a glass of Eleven Eleven nearby... you're already on your way!

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Ellie Anest
 
October 17, 2022 | Ellie Anest

How to: Store your wine for upcoming seasonal parties, casual drinking, and more.

As we head into the holidays, there are sure to be many opportunities to pop open a bottle (or two) of wine. Whether it’s at a seasonal gathering, an elegant dinner party, or just a casual night in, you’ll want to make sure your wine is at its best—and if you ask us, it all starts with how it's stored.

Need a little refresher on the basics? Keep reading for some Wine Storage 101 — Eleven Eleven style.

Temperature is key.

Wine’s number one enemy? Heat. Without the proper temperature regulation, your favorite wines can go from delectable to dreadful. In general, the ideal temperature range is between 45° F and 65° F (55ºF being the perfect go-to). Anything hotter will “cook” your wine, resulting in flat aromas and flavors. And anything cooler can dry out the cork and cause damage over time—most household refrigerators remain around 40° F, so if that’s where you typically store your wine, we suggest keeping it short-term.

Keep it horizontal.

Why are wines stored horizontally? It serves more than an aesthetically pleasing purpose, we promise. Keeping wine on its side helps keep the cork moist, which is key for long-term storage, as a dried-out cork can cause seepage and premature aging. Although not necessary for wines with screwtops, or those being planned to be enjoyed in the short-term, horizontal wine storage is still an efficient strategy in itself. 

Turn the lights down.

Off, in fact. Whether you’re storing it for months, weeks, or days, keep your wine in the dark as much as possible. Light, especially sunlight, can damage wine’s flavors and aromas and cause premature aging. Fun fact: one of the benefits of colored glass bottles (such as our own) is to also protect from light—they’re like sunglasses for wine!

Recork right away.

While a good bottle of wine should never be hard to finish, you should never feel rushed in doing so. When stored properly, an opened bottle of wine can last 3-5 days. The key is to recork it promptly and tightly to best extend a wine’s shelf life and retain its original qualities. While simply sticking the cork back in will be fine for its next few days in the fridge, we suggest upgrading to a wine vacuum pump for the ultimate airtight seal.

Curating your own unique collection can be one of the greatest pleasures of enjoying and drinking wine. But without proper storage, even the best wines can be ruined. All the nitty-gritty specifics may sound daunting, but at the end of the day, just following these few simple guidelines should keep your wines good and safe until you’re ready to drink them. 

Searching for some elegant and nuanced additions to your collection? Look no further than our latest Current Releases, or maybe even dive into our own cellar of Library Wines over the years. P.S. — they also make for great holiday gifts to friends, family, and colleagues!

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Ellie Anest
 
September 13, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Corporate Gifting, why and why not give any time of the year…

Throughout my professional career, giving a gift to my team or my boss to show appreciation has come in many forms. From handwritten cards to personalized gifts, we all enjoy the surprise gesture to acknowledge our gratitude. This was mirrored to me by my parents while growing up in a small town in Nebraska. They made sure to show their appreciation throughout the year to their employees and the helpers in their lives. This made such an impression on me that it is part of my DNA to create gifting offerings at Eleven Eleven that truly exemplify our motto to Make Your Moment®.  

In business, executing your corporate gifting strategy is one of the keys to enhancing relationships with your clients or employees, especially when the gifts are personalized. 

The cheer we get from the holiday season doesn't have to happen only in the final months of the year, in fact giving in non-holiday times can have more impact on your clients and employees. Given the changing and evolving work environment, we have experienced these past three years, it is more important than ever to reach out and connect. At Eleven Eleven, I give back to my team in the form of restaurant gift cards, opening up my wine library, or simply via the gift of additional time off. 

Our work family is the group of people we spend most of our time with during the week (either in person or on Zoom). Ensuring we don't take them for granted is critical to maintaining a happy team, which hopefully transfers to happy guests or clients. In a world where everything is moving too fast and our brains are racing, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on your gift-giving. Gestures and spontaneous gifts are always appreciated when they are sincere. From a psychological, spiritual, and scientific point of view, there are only advantages to continuing to give gifts. Not only are you making someone happy, but you are doing your own spirit, body, and mind a favor as well.

At Eleven Eleven, we make it easy for you by offering a variety of gift options; a personalized bottle of  Eleven Eleven wine, a wine tasting gift certificate, and for the non-drinker, a branded cozy blanket, candle or bracelet sends the 11:11 message of being in the moment. You can mix and match any of these items to personalize your gift based on the interests of the recipient.  

 

CUSTOMIZED GIFTING
With a range of different customizations, curate your ideal unique gifts when you choose between our 1, 2, and 3 bottle branded gift boxes, limited edition magnums, custom wine labels, and redeemable gift cards—complete with a personalized note to truly wow your recipients. For an extra touch, explore our unique accessory gifts that wonderfully complement our wines, perfect for hosting elegant soirées or simply cozying up this holiday season.

A few of our popular gift boxes are: 

The Make Your Moment Box: Includes a bottle of wine of your choice, a branded glass, and a candle accompanied with the most delicious salted dark chocolates.  

The 11:11 Unplugged Box: Includes a bottle of wine of your choice, a cozy branded blanket, and a candle, or for your non-drinkers substitute the wine for a hydro flask water bottle.

Wine Duo or Trio Box: Choose wine from our limited production portfolio with a personalized message. 

The 11:11 Connect Experience Box: No matter where you and your team live you can have a tasting experience together. Includes a minimum of two bottles of wine for you and your group to enjoy with a one-on-one virtual tasting with one of our Hospitality Ambassadors.

I recommend that you truly get to know your coworkers and clients, which might end up becoming the biggest gift of all.   A positive relationship tends to lead to greater enjoyment in business. Boosting someone's morale can improve their experience at work and even add a touch of meaning to their life. Everyone likes to be uplifted and showing that you listen and care about their interests is an easy way to have a positive impact.   

Inquire now about our elegant gifting solutions this season. Contact Jordan@1111wines.com for your personal concierge service. 

Be well and have fun gifting all year round. 

Ellie 

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Ellie Anest
 
July 14, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Meet Our Hospitality Team

Founded on a serendipitous encounter, Eleven Eleven is rooted in the celebration of meant-to-be moments. We are guided by the principles of synchronicity and inspiration that have been part of our winery’s story since day one—and we are proud to have a dynamic, skillful, and dedicated team that shares our passion for enriching life with friends, culture, great food, and wine. 

Meet the Eleven Eleven Hospitality Team, whose enthusiasm helps contribute to our ongoing success and the invaluable connections we make. They are the faces you will see and meet during your next visit with us, and they look forward to welcoming you to Eleven Eleven. You may also find they have some fantastic recommendations for the best Napa Valley destinations... Three cheers to them all!

Jordan Goldberg, Sales & Marketing Manager

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

I have been with Eleven Eleven since the very beginning in 2012. Starting as an independent contractor, then transitioning to a full-time employee, I have had MANY different roles at the winery over the past ten years. It has been one of the best personal and professional experiences getting to be a part of and see what it takes to build a business since its foundation. 

What first led you to a career in hospitality? 

Having been born and raised in Napa Valley, there was a high likelihood that I would eventually end up in the wine industry. Really, I found myself in hospitality because I grew up in a hospitality family. Starting when I was a child, I would do event service for my mother who is a Private Chef and Event Coordinator. My father worked in the restaurant industry before eventually opening his wine retail shop in 2000 where I also worked after school. From age 10, I was learning about different wine regions and producers as well as wine sales, wine shipping, wine laws, and the industry as a whole. After graduating college with a Degree in Business Marketing, I moved back to Napa Valley which led me right into working for Eleven Eleven. Looking back I realize that everything I have done and experienced in my life has led me to where I am today, in the wine industry, at Eleven Eleven. 

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

First and foremost, the people — my colleagues that I have the pleasure of working with AND the supporters of Eleven Eleven that I get to meet and know. Getting to enjoy our outstanding wine pretty often doesn’t hurt either!

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

You often times can find me in or by a pool, on a tennis court, working out, traveling, at a concert, or spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

“Nothing is impossible."

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley? 

Bistro Don Giovanni is a must when in Napa Valley — whether for lunch or dinner, I have always had a stellar dining experience. I also love walking around Yountville and enjoying all that it offers.

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

Calesa and/or Bacigalupi Pinot Noir paired with any Italian pasta dish.

 

Bradley Ward, Hospitality Manager & Estate Ambassador

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

One year!

What first led you to a career in hospitality? 

I was going to college for a degree in mathematics and couldn't find a career that excited me. I was working as a barista at a local coffee shop and loving every day, and I happened to be approached by someone in the industry who offered me a job at a boutique tasting room. They covered my wine education, and eventually, I grew into hosting tastings full-time!

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

The intimate experiences. I love being a part of a smaller brand because each experience with guests is more one-on-one. You really get to develop meaningful relationships with people and hear about what is going on in their lives. I appreciate the people I have met while being here. 

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

Lots of video games and cooking/baking. I'm an avid gamer, frequently excited for any downtime to game with my better half. I also get so excited about baking new recipes (particularly cookies), cooking new dishes, and I just got into creating homemade ice cream for the summer!

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley? 

I'm not sure. I get really excited about coffee shops, so I'd have to say Southside Cafe or Ritual for coffee. My better half and I love walking through Oxbow Market to grab some spices, food, coffee, you name it. There are great gift items there too. For brunch, La Cheve. I love their cornmeal pancakes and their chilaquiles!

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

I love the Estate Cabernet Franc with Bolognese. My partner makes some delicious homemade Bolognese with homemade pasta! I love how well the Cabernet Franc works with the tomato, the herbs, and the meatiness. We also use our own herbs in our herb garden (Oregano, Rosemary, Basil, etc), which only makes it more satisfying. I'm very spoiled!

 

Anis Sarrage, Hospitality Manager & Estate Ambassador

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

Just over two years.

What first led you to a career in hospitality? 

It's a dynamic industry where you get to meet and interact with lots of different people on a daily basis - never a dull moment! It's nice to be able to show people a good time and expose them to amazing experiences - food, wine, etc. 

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

Being able to share our delicious wines. As well as having so many guests tell us we were their favorite part/highlight of their trip to Napa Valley. 

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

I love traveling to new places, landscape and cityscape photography, exercising, and reading. 

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love" - Marcus Aurelius

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley? 

Driving up and down Silverado Trail and taking in the beautiful views. 

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé by the pool - no food needed :)

 

Jermaine Burse, Hospitality & Estate Ambassador

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

9 months

What first led you to a career in hospitality?

I graduated from college and needed to make some money to survive, so I became a banquet bartender at the Carneros Inn, which after 5 years evolved into me becoming their Food & Beverage Director property-wide. After 15+ years of F&B directing, I decided to try my hands at DTC wine sales and have been an active host for 8 years now.

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

I deeply enjoy the Ownership, Hospitality, and Production Teams and the brilliant ambiance of 11:11 Winery.

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

I am a nationally recognized Visual Fine Artist, so when I am not hosting guests at 11:11 Winery. I am in the studio painting for high-end collectors and or installing my Fine Art in collectors' homes. I also enjoy networking and building relationship equity, hiking, exercise, and sports.

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

“The combination of your thoughts and feelings is your state of being. Change your state of being... and change your reality.”

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley? 

Bistro Don Giovanni is hands down my favorite restaurant to dine. The food, ambiance, energy, and frequency of the restaurant bring me joy. 

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

I love the Eleven Eleven Destin Estate Syrah(Any vintage) paired with wagyu ravioli with blistered tomatoes, asparagus tips, and black truffle oil. 

 

Jani DiCarlo, Events Coordinator & Hospitality Ambassador

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

I have been with Eleven Eleven for a little over 2 months.

What first led you to a career in hospitality?

I had a background in food and it made sense to move to Napa and delve into the wine industry. After almost 26 years in Napa, it was the best decision I made.

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

Of course, the wines. The beauty of the winery itself is stunning. The experiences that guests receive, create memories and are something they will have with them for years.

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

I love music and try to see live music in Napa whenever I can. Of course, there must be dancing.

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

"To the finer things in life, may you enjoy them all in moderation, with a few glorious exceptions with friends".   Robert Mondavi

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley?

Whenever I can eat on the water, I am a happy girl, ANGELE. Sitting outside at night with the lights and fountain, would have to be Don Giovanni. For great sushi, take a drive to Calistoga and visit Sushi Mambo. The list is so extensive, you just have to come and see it.  For music, The Blue Note, Uptown, and Oxbow River Stage.

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

Bacigalupi or Calesa Pinot Noir served with fresh salmon, celery root mashed potatoes, and fresh haricot verts with shallot butter sauce. Yeah!

 

Zack Krugel, Hospitality & Estate Ambassador

How long have you been with Eleven Eleven?

Just over 9 months.

What first led you to a career in hospitality?

Have always loved hosting great food and wine experiences with friends while having great conversations and learning new things through those conversations.

What's your favorite thing about working at Eleven Eleven? 

Besides working with the best staff in the business and the amazing leadership, my favorite thing would have to be working at a gorgeous property that people from all over the world visit, and I get to meet and interact with to start new relationships.

What hobbies, activities, etc. do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy running/ being active, traveling with my wife, wine tasting (of course), and searching for unique dining experiences.

Favorite quote/personal mantra?

"Control what you can control and don't worry about the rest."

Favorite place to go to in Napa Valley?

For tastings, I love going to Sodaro Estate, but if I am not tasting I always enjoy dining out downtown or catching a summer concert at the Oxbow.

Favorite Eleven Eleven Wine and food pairing?

2018 Malbec with a medium rare Filet Mignon

 

If you haven’t already had the pleasure, we invite you to join us for an elegant tasting experience with one of our excellent Hospitality Team members and Make Your Moment® with us!

 

Time Posted: Jul 14, 2022 at 4:35 PM Permalink to Meet Our Hospitality Team Permalink
Ellie Anest
 
June 17, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Dads of Eleven Eleven and Their Favorite Library Wines

At Eleven Eleven, we commemorate the essence of family and celebrate the one we’ve created within our winery over the years. And with Father’s Day upon us, we’re taking the time to recognize the dads, and dad-equivalents, around us and are honored to even have a few fathers amongst our own team

Whether running around the playground, playing step-in tutor, or cooking delicious (yet picky-eater-satisfactory) meals, being a dad requires dedicated work day in and day out. With all of that going on top of their daily responsibilities at our winery, we commend this group of men, and are excited to introduce you to them, their favorite Eleven Eleven Library Wines, and their favorite aspects of being a father! 

Director of Winemaking & Operations, Brett Weis

Favorite Library wine?

2014 Destin Estate Syrah

Favorite things to do with your kids?

Skiing, Dancing, playing Guitar, outdoor movie nights, and making fun of their mom.

Favorite thing about being a father?

Implanting my sense of humor in them. I love to see their smiles and genuine laughter when I do something funny. A good sense of humor can get them through tough times and at the same time, may help someone else do the same.

Any wisdom or advice to other fathers?

Take time to talk to them, listen, and let them ask as many questions as they can. It will amaze you what they retain and understand about the world around them.

Cellar Master, Edgar De Haro

Favorite Library Wine?

2013 Destin Estate Syrah

Favorite things to do with your kids?

I will say my favorite thing to do with my kids is to make memories and we like to do so by going on a lot of road trips. We also enjoy watching movies, playing, and taking our dogs on walks. 

Favorite thing about being a father?

My favorite thing about being a father is that they make me a better person with their unconditional love. I love all the cuddles, hugs, and kisses, and watching them grow up and blossom.

Any wisdom or advice to other fathers?

Don't take time for granted because time goes by very quickly. The days might seem long but the years are very short. Also, not all arguments need to be won. 

Cellar Assistant, Juan Tovar

Favorite Library Wine?

My favorite library wine is 2013 Laki’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite things to do with your kids?

When my seven-year-old and I go for a morning bike ride to enjoy the beautiful view of the Napa Valley. When it comes to my little princess (one-year-old) I would say that my favorite thing to do with her is to make her laugh and be chasing her everywhere because at her age she is touching, eating, climbing, running, and exploring everything! 

Favorite thing about being a father?

My favorite thing about being a father is that I enjoy every single minute that I spend with my kids and I wouldn’t change those moments for anything in the world. 

Any wisdom or advice to other fathers?

Some words of wisdom I would like to share is that being a father is a blessing and sometimes hard, but love and enjoy every moment with your little ones and remember, patience is key.

 

Cellar Assistant, Cecilio Saldivar

Favorite Library Wine?

2015 Laki’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite things to do with your kids?

Going to the park and having a movie night. 

Favorite thing about being a father?

The feeling of the special love and bond between me and my kids. 

Any wisdom or advice to other fathers?

Enjoy every moment with them because they grow up so fast. 

 

Whether celebrating this weekend or looking for a special way to treat Dad any day of the year, you may be thinking about how you can show your appreciation for your loved one. A bottle of Eleven Eleven Library Wine goes a long way to show them how special they are, and better yet, can be enjoyed by more than one!

Time Posted: Jun 17, 2022 at 10:51 AM Permalink to Dads of Eleven Eleven and Their Favorite Library Wines Permalink
Ellie Anest
 
April 20, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Celebrating Mother Nature Today, and Every Day

Another Earth Day is coming around the corner, another trip around the sun, another 365 days of utilizing this planet’s greatest gifts—another day to celebrate all that Mother Nature has to offer and, most importantly, remember how grateful we should be for it. From the sun that shines to brighten our days to the food that grows to bring us health and happiness, the list goes on. 

Gratefulness only means so much, however, until action is taken. With the persistent looming of climate change constantly over our heads, our trips around the sun are becoming more and more harmful for the place we call home, and now is the time to act, innovate, and implement what needs to be done to protect it. 

At Eleven Eleven, our values for making our moment are in being present and caring for our community and product—that extends to the land we gather and grow on. We’re proud to utilize sustainable farming and business practices that respect the environment and its future.

Certified Fish Friendly Farmers

This means that as an agricultural property, we have gone through the certification program that is managed to restore fish and wildlife habitats and improve water quality. Implementation of this program not only benefits the environment but also represents a cost-effective and efficient management strategy for our vineyards.

Reducing Carbon Footprint by reducing tractor passes

Through such, we greatly limit the negative impacts of tractor usage on the soil in the vineyards.

Reducing herbicide use with an increase in mechanization

Increased usage of organic-certified sprays during the growing season

We are not certified organic, but we use sprays that are OMRI certified to use if you are an Organic Farmer.

Decreased water usage with more precise irrigation scheduling

If there’s anything we know as Californians, it’s the drastic effects that drought can bring. As a winery in the Napa Valley, we’re more than aware of the constant danger of potential fires. Decreasing our own water usage allows for the resource to be used more where it needs to be and less where it doesn’t.

Building healthier soils through the addition of organic matter, cover cropping, and compost

Solar power usage for our barrel hall 

Solar reduces our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels and gives us renewable clean power that is available every day of the year.

While we’re happy to have accomplished the earth-friendly practices we have, it’s only just the beginning of what we know still needs to be done to make sure we have a long-lasting planet for our generation, and also those to come. 

We invite you to reflect on your daily practices and see how you too can recognize your impact and make a sustainable difference. Big or small, there are many ways to get involved and take action—from reducing your personal plastic usage (and recycling and reusing what you can) to volunteering at local beach cleanups and reforestation projects, and even just reconnecting with nature.

The Earth Day 2022 Theme is “Invest In Our Planet,” so let’s get out there and make some moments worth remembering!

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 20, 2022 at 5:00 PM Permalink to Celebrating Mother Nature Today, and Every Day Permalink
Ellie Anest
 
April 3, 2022 | Ellie Anest

Introducing: The Eleven Eleven Spring 2022 Releases

Looking back on the previous decade, it’s pretty amazing to see where Eleven Eleven started and what it has become. When coming to Napa Valley in 2012, we never imagined we’d become the winery and organization that we are today, but with many serendipitous moments, a hard-working, entrepreneurial spirit, and an all-star winemaking team, here we are celebrating our 10th anniversary with you! 

Along with us on this journey has been our outstanding winemaker Kirk Venge, who has crafted all of the delightful wines that you enjoy and love. A third-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Kirk’s expertise has been instrumental in our success by creating a portfolio of premium wines that express a specific varietal and the single vineyard’s terroir in which it’s grown. Joined by our Director of Winemaking and Operations, Brett Weis, our winemaking team has experienced many challenging vintages over the previous decade (drought, wildfires, earthquakes), but they’ve shown perseverance, ingenuity, and mastery in their craft by creating these beautifully balanced and elegant wines. The Eleven Eleven family wouldn’t be complete without their contributions and laughs over the years.

And with that, we are happy to introduce you to our 2022 Spring Release wines!

2021 Beckstoffer Sauvignon Blanc

The sun is shining, and the pool is officially open for the season. This wine is for the moment you know summer is here! Hailing from the Beckstoffer Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford, the 2021 Eleven Eleven Sauvignon Blanc embodies the essence of summertime.

Brightly shining and as clear as a perfect day, this wine has just a tad more color than last year. Initially, you are treated with aromas of tropical fruit; kiwis and pineapple followed seamlessly with the invigorating scents of gardenia and Meyer lemon. The palate awakens the senses with flavors of crisp green apples and lemon meringue, accompanied by mouthwatering acidity. With a glass of this wine in hand, your summer will surely be off to a great start!

Food pairing:

Our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with light, delicate flavors like those of itself—making it great for white meats, such as a tasty rosemary chicken, spring vegetables (think dill, zucchini, fennel, artichoke, asparagus, or peas), or a fresh tangy vinaigrette salad.

2021 Estate Rosé of Syrah

Elegant aromas bursting with bright floral and tropical hints, this delicately pressed Estate Rosé of Syrah is inviting and satisfying. The enchanting color seduces you with its charming and fresh hue of grapefruit and ripe peach skin. Luscious on the palate, this wine has excellent weight and persistence. Dry medium acidity, well-balanced, crisp, with pink grapefruit, light raspberry, succulent watermelon, and spice notes lead to a smooth finish. Whether on a beach watching the sunset or on a yacht in the Mediterranean, this is the perfect wine for all occasions.

P. S., this delightful Estate Rosé of Syrah, is already available online, so shop now and enjoy all of its flavors now! 

Food Pairing:

Look to Southern France, Northern Italy, and Northern Spain for food-pairing inspiration, including roast vegetable linguine, Nicoise salad, lemon-garlic shrimp, and paella.

2019 X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon

In 2014 and 2015, we planted the 11:11 and Destin Vineyard with young graftings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. By 2018, the abundant harvests delivered by these vineyards brought us to the very first vintage of our X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon—a mélange of these five Bordeaux varietals, giving this youthful blend depth and complexity.

In our second vintage, the 2019 X∙I Cabernet Sauvignon’s impenetrable and inky appearance focuses the nose on the persistent aromas of dark plums and blackberries. The palate commands attention with layers of cassis, well-balanced tannins, and acidity.

 

Food Pairing:

This young and bold wine will pair well with a classic ribeye or Santa Maria tri-tip for the meat lovers. For something interesting, try it with a truffle cacio e pepe or a cacao rubbed pork chop. To finish your meal, a baked apple crisp drizzled with caramel is sure to excite your taste buds.

2019 Laki’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

With each vintage of our tried and true Cabernet Sauvignon, we look to perfect the wine that started it all for us in 2012. When we acquired Laki’s Vineyard 10 years ago, we had much to learn and understand about the old vines that had been planted there decades ago. Allowing them the opportunity to communicate what this vineyard collectively had to say through the climate, soil, and vines was crucial in crafting our oldest vintage and still is today with our newest. 

Complex and beguiling, this wine boasts a diverse flavor palate of dark fruits, Tahitian vanilla bean, and baking spice. Its full-bodied composition and fine-textured tannins elicit an elegant and seductive finish. 

 

Food Pairing:

This classic example of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon will pair well with the hearty dishes we all love to indulge in from time to time. The complexity of the palate makes it the perfect pair to prime rib and mashed potatoes, beef stew, or braised lamb shank with herbs.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to try these new and elegant vintages! Explore Club 11:11 to learn more about how you can Make Your Moment® with these wines before they’re officially released. Cheers!

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 3, 2022 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Introducing: The Eleven Eleven Spring 2022 Releases Permalink

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