Mesa Del Soul Vineyards Offers Holiday Gift Ideas, New Releases and January Getaway Specials

Just Announced! Mesa del Sol Vineyards and Retreat announces the perfect holiday gift, wine and fun not to miss getaway.
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Nov. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Press Contact:                  Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455

Mesa Del Soul Vineyards Offers Holiday Gift Ideas, New Releases and
January Getaway Specials

CARMEL, CA  -- Ann Hougham, owner of Mesa del Sol Vineyards and Retreat, announces holiday gift ideas, Mesa Del Soul new wine releases and a January getaway offer not be missed as Mesa Del Soul Vineyards and Retreat!

The Perfect Holiday Gift:
Mesa Del Sol Wine Club Membership
- Two seasonal shipments of Mesa Del Sol wine per year; spring and fall. Your choice of 3 bottles, half case (6 bottles) or case (12 bottles).
- Shipping costs range from approx. $30 (1/2 case) to $65 (case) Pick-up arrangements also possible, just call or email.
- 25% off retail prices plus free packaging and handling. Wine club discounts also available online.
- Special members-only yearly events at the Retreat.
- 25% off all future release wine orders.
- Membership is free and can be cancelled at any time
- Complimentary bottle of wine when you recruit a new member!
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer stop by Wittakers of Carmel sells Mesa Del Sol hand harvested and made lavender caches!  Only $10.00 per cache.

Mesa Del Sol New Releases:
2009 Sangiovese
An Italian varietal, the principal grape in Chianti. A fruit forward wine, soft on the palate with just the right amount of tannins. Complex structure with overtones of lavender, pepper and spice. Some say, similar to a Pinot. A versatile wine, lovely with Italian foods, fish, cheeses and charcuterie. Ready to enjoy but also would cellar well.
2009 Zinfandel
An elegant wine which soars from the glass with aromas of cranberry, toasted hazelnuts and cherries. The flavors are a riot of pomegrante, blackberry and essence of cedar. The acidity is keen to take on just about any meal. Will only round out more beautifully with cellaring.

January Getaway:
Ann Hougham, owner of Mesa del Sol Vineyards and Retreat, announced a special offer available for the month of January 2013!  Normally $2,500 for a 3 day rental, Hougham is offering all three day rentals for $1,900 during the month of January 2013 only!
Mesa del Sol Vineyards Retreat offers adventure in wine and eco-tourism on a weekly rental program. The spectacular setting is a haven from the stress of the everyday world, with historic buildings dating back to the late 19th century that once served as a healing center. President Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed the retreat’s curative environment while being treated for tuberculosis. The ten-room estate is available for weekly rental of $5,000, with reduced winter rates and can accommodate up to twenty. Guests enter the estate via a driveway lined with olive trees and rows of fresh lavender. Upon entering the retreat, guests can stroll the garden, swim in the old grand pool, play volleyball or badminton, feed the chickens and collect eggs for breakfast, pick fresh fruits and vegetables from the organic garden, hike the Arroyo Seco backcountry, take a leisurely swing under the ancient oak, or just relax beneath the arbor in a hammock and enjoy the views. Don’t forget to enjoy a bottle of Mess del Sol’s award-winning wine.
Ann Hougham can personally plan additional group activities at Mesa del Sol including, culinary adventures and cooking classes with a Monterey County Chef; fly fishing expeditions; yoga and massage, flora and fauna hikes; gardening and floral arranging classes; as well as corporate team building activities. These services are available at additional cost.

Find Mesa Del Sol At:
You can find Mesa Del Sol wines at these fine establishments:
The Cheese Shop
The Bountiful Basket
Il Fornaio
Mission Ranch
St. Tropez
Carmel Valley
Wills Fargo
Santa Cruz
Ristorante Avanti's
Trio Tasting RoomVisit "Trió" our Tasting Room/Retail Shop in Carmel on Dolores St.,  East Side, mid block between Ocean and 7th.

Background on Mesa Del Sol:
Located on a beautiful upland promontory at the junction of three major watersheds, Mesa Del Sol has been a favorite location for more than a century.
One small stone building, a water house, and a portion of one of our cabins date back to the 1800's and are believed to have been a stage stop for travelers headed overaland to Carmel Valley or up the Arroyo Seco River to the Mission San Antonio.
Around the turn of the century, a health center with various small cabins was developed. The hot dry pure air of the Arroyo Seco Highlands became a soothing setting for those with tuberculosis and other maladies. Teddy Roosevelt was a visitor and stayed here during that time!

In 1927, California Senator Fred Weybret purchased the property and moved his family here. The main house was constructed in 1936 out of local redwood and Carmel stone. The Senator and his family lived here until his death in 1945 and the land passed on to a noted Monterey County lettuce baron from Salinas, Steve Rianda, and his talented artist wife, Mary.

With their three children, the Rianda family lived on the property, named it Mesa Del Sol, and went on to beautify the mesa, adding a pool and other out buildings and cultivating the grounds and gardens over the next 25 years.
In 1998 another Salinas-born agricultural innovator Jake Hougham, purchased the land. The vineyards were planted and the trout pond was reinstalled at that time.
Since Jake Hougham's death in 2000, his wife Ann has continued to restore the 14 acre vineyard estate and produce award-winning grapes for many celebrated Monterey County vintners. The estate buildings have been lovingly restored, the grounds beautifully landscaped and crops now include fragrant Provence Lavender used in sachets, lotions and oils.

For more information on Mesa del Sol Vineyards wine and or rental please visit the estate’s website at or contact Ann directly at 831-624-8527.
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