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San Carlos Wines - News Blog - Domenico Winery

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Abby Lynch
January 30, 2018 | Abby Lynch

Award-winning wine and movie pairings












The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has released the winning wines for 2018, and we’re proud to announce that Domenico Winery has made the cut with four amazing wines! We’re taking this star-studded lineup and pairing it with another — the Best Picture favorites for the 2018 Academy Awards. (Don’t worry, no spoilers!) And the nominees are…

Lady Bird

The coming-of-age story of a high school senior longing for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, Lady Bird is a film that has it all. Whether you’re searching for drama, romance, or humor, it’s all here. We’re pairing this movie with our 2016 Rosato — a silver medal SF Chronicle award-winner. With many of the same elements listed above, our Rosato, a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, and Dolcetto, is light in color, yet has many complex layers. Lively and refreshing, the rise of Rosé is somewhat of a coming-of-age story itself.  

Bonus: Lady Bird’s pink hair is a perfect match.  




Get Out

Smart, comedic, terrifying, dark, and satirical are just a few words that describe this year’s breakout film by Jordan Peele. In Get Out, modern interracial relationships and racial paranoia are thrust into the spotlight in a brand new way. This is a movie that stays with you long after it is over, much like our 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel. Another silver medal winner, this Amador County-grown varietal packs a punch. Grown on vines over 100 years old, you’ll find aromas of currant, blackberry pie, cigar box, and spicy black pepper. This wine is rich in texture with a smoky oak finish.




The Shape of Water

Part fairytale, part sci-fi film, The Shape of Water is elegant, mesmerizing, and refreshing. Set in the Cold War Era, this seemingly simple story directed by Guillermo del Toro quickly turns into a complex and unique love story. An equally intriguing work of art is the Domenico Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc. Taking home a bronze medal from the SF Chronicle, this Cab Franc has layers of black currant, cherry, and plum, integrated with baking spices, dried herbs, and subtle floral notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, much like the shape of water…





The Post

Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks. The Washington Post. Does it get any more iconic? A throwback film that dives into the hot topics such as freedom of the press and women in power, this film is dramatic, engaging, and oddly timely. Such is the nature of our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. An iconic varietal from an iconic appellation, this wine is timeless and is taking home the bronze medal. Dramatic flavors of tobacco, mocha, and spice linger on the palate for a long, beautiful finish.

If you want to try our award-winning varietals, join us on Saturday, February 10, 11 am - 4 pm for a special flight of these four wines. And don’t forget to tell us who you think is taking home the Oscar!

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Abby Lynch
January 10, 2018 | Abby Lynch

Food and Wine Pairings to Warm Up with this Winter

Let’s be honest, after the holidays, winter is just cold days followed by even colder nights (looking at you, bomb cyclone). Since this weather has us yearning for the comfort foods of Christmas past, we’re sharing our favorite cold weather wine pairings to help you make it through to spring. So bundle up, and prepare to make your next trip to the store.

Getting started

Let’s start with some wine pairing basics. Sure, you can drink any varietal at any time of year, but that doesn’t mean some aren’t better suited for these frigid months (sorry, Rosé). Try matching the complexity of your wine with the complexity of the dish. Full-bodied reds pair perfectly with traditional winter meals like stews, chilis, and heavier sauces. Next, think tannins.Tannins aren’t so much a flavor as a mouthfeel, and they are responsible for that dry, gripping feeling you get when you taste a wine. Tannic wines are food-friendly, while lighter, more floral wines shine better on their own.

Let’s Dish

Gnocchi & Primitivo

When it comes to pasta, red, tomato-based sauce remains queen. Acidic and bright, we love tossing some freshly made potato gnocchi into an even fresher pan of tomato sauce. Because of this acidity, opt for a medium-bodied red, like Primitivo. Similar to Zinfandel in structure, Primitivo lends savory aromas and is softer on the palate, a lovely complement to this pillowy dish.

Chili & Petite Sirah

It’s time to turn up the heat! Adding a little spice to your life, and your chili, is an excellent way to get some extra warmth. Did you know beans, an added source of protein, also help keep you warm? An assertive dish like this needs an assertive wine on its arm. Enter Petite Sirah: a wine that is anything but petite, but rather big, bold, and full of tannin. Texture, meet texture. The rest is history.

Pizza & Nebbiolo

Of course, pizza is not strictly a winter food but the key here is comfort, and what’s more comforting than a good pizza? Making your own pizza at home allows you to add whatever you want—so toss on those winter vegetables! Pizza, especially when topped with sausage or meats of the like, makes a great companion for the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo’s bigger, bolder and even more tannic flavor profile feels like a cozy winter coat. 

Beef stew & Super Tuscan Style

A little bit of fat and a lot of flavor, beef stew is that hearty meal you crave when you want to warm up from the inside out. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean fresh vegetables have gone by the wayside. The earthy flavors of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, and onions are just what an Italian Super Tuscan Style wine needs. With Sangiovese, Primitivo, and Syrah, there’s nothing better.

Visit us in the tasting room to try our selection of wines, including our specialty of Cal-Italian varietals!


Time Posted: Jan 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM
Abby Lynch
December 6, 2017 | Abby Lynch

A Taste of San Carlos

When you think of wine country, does San Carlos come to mind? If not, we’re here to tell you the days of needing to travel to Napa for an authentic winery experience are gone. Here are just a few San Carlos stops to add to your next urban wine tasting itinerary!

Flying Suitcase Wines

Found just across the street from Domenico, our neighbors at Flying Suitcase Wines bring just as much whimsy as they do great vino. This hidden industrial gem opens up to a gorgeous tasting room perfect for relaxing, hanging with friends, or enjoying a laid-back first date. Specializing in wines ranging from the classics, like Cabernet Sauvignon, to more unique varietals, such as Aglianico, stop by for a glass and you’ll see how Flying Suitcase Wines was “born simply from a passion for drinking wine.”

Old County Cellars

Located inside of Cuvée Cellars, Old County Cellars was created by several friends with differing skills and talents. They strive to keep their production small-batch and high-quality— sourcing fruit from some of the most well-known wine growing regions in California. Join Old County Cellars for a weekend wine tasting and taste your way through their wine portfolio.

Domenico Winery

A family owned and operated boutique winery, we bring the best of wine country to the city. Soak up San Carlos’ urban vibes and stop by for a glass of any of our noteworthy wines, specializing in Italian varietals. We welcome the community of San Carlos to join us for wine tasting events, free live music Sundays, the Bacchus Winemaking Club, private event space, and so much more.

Walking in a Winter Wineland…

Ready to taste through all that San Carlos has to offer? Join us this Sunday for the Downtown San Carlos Holiday Wine Stroll! We’re proud to be the wine sponsor of this event, which brings almost 20 local wineries together for one fun afternoon full of holiday cheer. Enjoy amazing wine, light food bites, and stop by the Bottle Booth to purchase your favorite wines of the day. See you there!

Time Posted: Dec 6, 2017 at 2:34 PM
Abby Lynch
November 10, 2017 | Abby Lynch

3 Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Wine

Thanksgiving means getting together with friends and family to share in the earth’s bounty (also known as overeating) and recognize the things we are thankful for in life (also known as wine).

Pairing the perfect wine with the meal of the year can be daunting—the options are as endless as the plate combinations! And while there’s not one single wine that could stand up from appetizers through dessert, we’ve chosen three of our go-to favorites to pair along the way.

White wine

Although fall has us craving heavier white wines, your usual go-to choice of Chardonnay isn’t the most appropriate wine to invite to the Thanksgiving table. Heavy oak influence can clash with the rich, savory notes of the meal you’ve slaved over all day. If you’re serving white wine, opt for floral, fruity, and ultimately refreshing. Our Viognier is the perfect wine to take your guests from appetizers through the main course, where the turkey will highlight the wine’s fruitier notes.

Try this: 2014 Amador County Viognier

Red Wine

Syrah and Cranberries

Although it might feel more logical to pair white wine with poultry, Thanksgiving also calls for vibrant reds that were born to be paired with food. Near the top of our food-friendly red wine list lies Syrah. This varietal is strong and spicy, with a light berry brightness on the palate. This wine can handle everything from a sausage-heavy stuffing to a tart cranberry sauce and will add more complexity to the cornucopia of flavors already on your table. Sip, sip, Syrah!

Try this: 2012 Amador County Syrah

Dessert Wine

Black Silk Dessert Wine

After the turkey has been gobbled, pie becomes the star of the Thanksgiving show. Whether you’re looking for something to complement that rich, sweet pecan pie, or replace it altogether, dessert wines like port or sherry are a perfect choice. Since traditional pies (like pumpkin) tend to be more savory than sweet, they need a wine that is silky, smooth, and not too heavy. Our full-bodied Black Silk Ruby Red dessert wine holds up to the weight and flavors of any pie.

Try this: Black Silk Ruby Red Dessert Wine from Lodi


Now, go on and celebrate with the ones you love. ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be thankful!


Time Posted: Nov 10, 2017 at 2:44 PM
Abby Lynch
November 3, 2017 | Abby Lynch

Cal-Ital Wine 101

Italians were among the first to immigrate to California, and even more specifically to San Francisco. Along with their culture, food, and romantic language, Italians brought their knack for agriculture, which meant one especially great thing for California—Italian wine.

But where is all the Italian wine now? Once referred to as the “Cal-Ital” wine movement, Italian wine made in an American style, the production of Italian varietals slowed down once winemakers realized how difficult Italian grapes are to produce. Enter Domenico: our family-owned urban winery specializing in Cal-Italia winemaking.


There are many legends surrounding the origins of the illustrious Primitivo, such as its relation to Zinfandel, but one thing is for sure: it’s delicious. While Primitivo and Zinfandel are genetically similar, they produce quite different wines. Estate grown and full-bodied, our California Primitivo is a complex, lush, and juicy varietal with the ability to be aged for years to come.


Barbera has long been considered the wine of the people, and is meant to be consumed young. While the Italian counterpart is grown in Mediterranean conditions, the warmer California sun makes for a fine wine with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and spice. Enjoy Barbera with rich or fatty foods, the perfect complement to the wine’s bright acidity!


The grape responsible for the more well-known wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is an especially difficult grape to grow—so much so, that there are only around 100 planted acres of it in California! Grown in California’s Nebbiolo hotspot, Amador County, our 100% Nebbiolo pairs with the heaviest of stews, pasta, or your Thanksgiving turkey.


Bright and fruit-forward, California Dolcetto is among the friendliest of food wines. Literally meaning “little sweet,” Dolcetto is recognizable by its low acidity and cheek-puckering tannin. Dolcetto is young and fun—the perfect bottle to open with friends!

Want more Italian varietals? Visit our San Carlos tasting room Saturdays and Sundays to taste what we have on deck. Cheers!


Time Posted: Nov 3, 2017 at 2:12 PM
Abby Lynch
October 27, 2017 | Abby Lynch

The Revival of the Urban Winery

Domenico Tasting Room

Wine consumption is on the rise, and you no longer have to travel to wine country to enjoy it!

Prior to Prohibition, much of California’s modern winemaking was in San Francisco. Following a move to Napa Valley, wineries and winemaking became synonymous with the rolling countryside found there. But does it have to be? We don’t think so!

The makings of an urban winery


Urban wineries are popping up in cities like Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and making a return to San Francisco. By definition, an urban winery is located in a city setting rather than amongst vineyards. They can blend in on city streets, in industrial parks, or bustling neighborhoods. Along with these fresh new locations comes fresh new freedom. As an urban winery in San Carlos’ industrial area, our beloved Domenico Winery is where winemaking meets winebar, tasting room, event space, local hotspot, and so much more.

Winemaking starts in the vineyard

Amador County

Worry not, our grapes are not grown here on Industrial Road, but that doesn’t mean we’re hands-off. Approximately 150 miles from Domenico, our 8-acre vineyard in Amador County sits in the center of gold rush country. The growing conditions here are perfect for our award-winning Primitivo and Syrah grapes.

Following harvest, our grapes are transported to Domenico in the cool of night, where production takes place in the same fashion as a traditional winery. From grapes to barrel to bottle, all in one location.  Domenico winery is the best of all worlds: A thriving vineyard rooted in California’s gold rush history, a tasting room immersed in San Carlos culture, and a winemaking cellar located in the heart of Silicon Valley

Be where the people are

Domenico Winery

With a growing focus on local craft products and convenience, why not bring the winery right to town? After all, that’s where the people are! All of the luxury, none of the pretentiousness, Domenico provides an authentic winery experience with a friendly atmosphere to boot. 

Plus, you have the opportunity to get your hands a little dirty with our in-house winemaking school. That’s right! Under winemaker Dominick Chirichillo, you have the unique opportunity to create your own world-class wines from start to finish. Where else have you done that? Visit our tasting room and instantly transport yourself to a romantic Italian winery. Relax, unwind, and listen to live music. Join us in our tasting room Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm. See you soon!


Wine flight


Time Posted: Oct 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM
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