February 2015 Newsletter


Hi Friends,

It’s almost Valentine’s Day–the most romantic day of the year! We’re so glad February is here. Behind us lies old January, the driest month we have EVER had on record–at least since 1849 when rainfall record keeping began! Its cold nights and clear days set us to hoping another drought year is not looming on the horizon. Looking at our vineyards right now we thank goodness last December’s rainfall, a generous amount but still not up to normal levels, has replenished our ground water, so vital to all plant’s nourishment and growth. With those rains our vines regenerated themselves after harvest and are now looking healthy and invigorated. The vineyard soil is moist and covered with a carpet of green. All looks right for this time of year. And the good thing is we’re looking at more rain on the horizon. In fact, it is predicted to start raining soon! This is definitely the time of year for rain so–let it pour!

This is also the time of year when farmers find time to enter wine competitions, attend meetings and seminars and conduct other business they don’t generally have time for otherwise. And this year we are proud to say O’Connell Vineyards has been chosen to participate in one of the premier Pinot Noir wine events in the United States - Charlie Palmer’s Pigs and Pinot at the Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg on March 21st. To let you know just how prestigious and popular this event has become, word is that tickets were sold out in two minutes!

We can certainly tell you how good our small lot estate grown O’Connell Vineyards Pinot Noir wine is. This is another vindication that our Pinot is definitely as good as we know it is! And of course, we know it is incredibly delicious! Spreading the word is our goal and in that regard Pigs and Pinot can only help our delicious small lot, single clone wine become more known in the world.

We welcome you to taste it yourself. Just think of sipping a seductively warm, delicious Pinot Noir wine with your lover. Our Pinot Noir is the perfect wine for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Paired with chocolate it is devine! Our vintage 2012 is going fast. Get your supply soon before it runs out. This special discount will be valid through Valentine’s Day. For shipping please order by February 8th to receive your wine by Valentine’s Day. Your significant other will be glad. And so will you.


Happy Valentines Day!

Dan and Jan

“Love is like a fine wine..”  


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2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Our delicious Burgandy style Pinot -
perfect for Valentine's Day.


10% Valentine's Day Discount (Regular Price $45.00)


$40.50 per bottle

to place your order




Join our Wine Club! -
enjoy amazing discounts
all year long on wine!


Contact Dan or Jan at O’Connell Vineyards regarding your membership,  to order wine
and for wine club events at the number below, or visit our website at to sign up.

to email your order


If you prefer to place your order by phone, please contact us directly at 888-889-0929.

You may also pick-up your order at the vineyard.


Valentine's Day Recipe

If you and your lover enjoy chocolate this is definitely the cake for you! This rich, gooey chocolate cake is simply delicious paired with our O'Connell Vineyards Pinot Noir wine.

Sticky Chocolate Cake

1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 Cup white sugar
1 T vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup butter, melted

1.    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch pie plate.
2.    Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt; set aside. Stir the eggs into the sugar until smooth. Add the flour mixture, and stir just until combined. Pour in the vanilla and butter; stir until well combined. Pour into prepared pie plate.
3.    Bake on the lower rack of the oven for 35 minutes, or until the center has slightly set. Allow cake to cool for 1 hour in the pie plate.

Serve warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold.

Serves 4 but perfect for 2!