Darius Miller

Storing and Serving Wine

Storing Wine: As the weather warms, it is time to think about your wine collection and how best to keep it tasting great even if you don’ have that fancy cave, cellars, or fridge. The number one thing to remember is to try to keep your wine at a constant temperature and as cool as possible which can be a challenge during the summer. The second most important consideration is to avoid sunlight; while it is cool to show your…

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How to Blend Wine – Part 3

Aging: Last time I talked about how varietals that grow together go together – most time, but to really get a nice wine, you have to do a lot of trial and error – it sucks being a winemaker sometimes. As the wine is maturing in the barrels, we often check to make sure each barrel is doing ok. Every few months it has to be topped off and we check to see if everything is progressing. As the wine…

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How to Blend Wine – Part 2

Review: Last week we talked about how are we going to take 8 barrels of Cabernet Franc and figure out what went into bottles, on tap, and what was going to be used in a future blend. In review: the first two barrels were easy drinkers with slight bell pepper notes, barrels 3-6 and 8 were all very similar and barrel 7 was most typical of a Cab Franc. Conclusion: In the end, we decided to blend barrels 3, 4,…

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How to Blend Wine – Part 1

Blending wine is easy: Gather some barrels of wine, Gather some friends to taste the wine, Blend the barrels you want together – done. It should be easy, But it isn’t and for reasons, you might not have considered. A few days ago, we pulled 8 barrels of 2017 Cabernet Franc from the cellar since it is ready for bottling. The goal was to identify 5 barrels that would get mixed together and go into the bottle, 1 barrel to…

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The Fly

sit by the pond meditating. My body is relaxed, breathing is smooth and easy. I feel the rise and fall of each breath. My spine is straight and supple – I am grounded. I hear the waterfall, the song of birds, the cars go by without comment. I smell the incense and the earthiness of the pond without judgment. My mind is still, reflective, calm and serene.   A fly lands on my nose.   My body tenses, my mind…

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Try Before You Buy

Come Taste Some Wine There are not many places where you can try before you by, but that isn’t true @ Koi Zen. Our trained staff will take you on a journy around California explaining the history of each wine, where it came from and are there to help you decide which bottles you want to take home. We offer tastings every day that we are open – you don’t need a reservation unless you have a group of 8…

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Winery Tour

Hang Out and Zen Out We have over 1500 square feet of Tasting Room decked out with comfy chairs, couches and tables which is a great place to unwind and have a glass of wine either by yourself or with some special people. Have a large group? We can accommodate groups up to 100 people for meetups or 40 people for a sit down dinner. A great place to hold that birthday party, corporate event and combine with a class…

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A Walk in the Park

Last Sunday morning a group of us met at the winery and caravanned up to Deer Park Monastery north of Escondido. The Monastery was established in 2000 by Thich Nhat Hanh and covers over 400 acres high up in the hills. For those of you who were considering joining us but didn’t go, you missed a GREAT day. After parking, we hiked up a hill about 1/3 mile to the meeting area where over 150 people from all walks of…

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Bling and More Bling

About 10 days ago, I was up in Sonoma drinking some fine wine and hanging out with some friends in the vineyard. What I didn’t tell you last week was why I was up there and how important of a trip it really was for me and some very special people. Last year through a “small world” connection, I met Bill, Mark, and Jeff who approached me and Koi Zen about a collaborative project; they were looking for a partner…

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Baby Grapes Have Arrived

I spent last weekend hanging out in Sonoma with some friends planning some really cool stuff that you will hear about in a week or so, but the house we stayed in is in the middle of a large vineyard. As we sat on the back patio around the fire pit amongst the vines, Mark said, “Ya, it doesn’t suck to live here”. All around us were thousands of vines each with tiny clusters of grapes starting to form. These…

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