Archive for December, 2008

Dogs (Like me) are on Facebook, too!

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Facebook is for all faces…even the furry kind.  I’m proud to say that I now have my own Facebook page.  Do you?  You can find me by searching for  I miss many of you after you leave the Inn, so this way we can stay friends!  Add me as a friend and I’ll do the same…it’s tricky working with paws, but I manage.  See you on Facebook!

What’s a Dog Like Me Doing Now?

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Snow has finally fallen here at Cave B Inn turning my home into a winter wonderland.  I spend my days frolicking through this fluffy white powder with icicles hanging from my nose.  When I finally decide to come in from the frigid cold you can find me curled up on my bed or snuggled up by the fireplace.  I definitely have more time scheduled for naps these days and find myself waking up earlier and ready to play.  But my favorite place to hide out is with all of my friends that come to visit me, just listen for a tap at the door and you’ll know it’s me.

I’ve found that playing with toys inside and sliding on the wood floors is really, really, fun. Now that I no longer blend in with the ground it’s becoming harder to sneak up on my flying friends, but I still find ways to surprise them. I’ve also noticed that as it gets colder my staff here at Cave B like to fatten me up with lots of cookies and bones, but I’m not complaining.  So if you need a new friend, come watch the snow fall here at home with me!



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Kumquats, Black Cod and More…oh, my!

Friday, December 12th, 2008


It’s December 12:  The first day of winter is just around the corner, and we at SageCliffe are gearing up for the holiday season.  Winter menus are in the works and Tendrils is excited to dive into the local bounty. 

On the top of my list are citrus fruits: blood oranges, kumquats and Meyer lemons.  What else?  Black cod, brussel sprouts, winter squashes, celery root,  and veal shanks. 

Look for these among others on our Tendrils menus  when you come visit Cave B Inn at SageCliffe in the beautiful winter season!

~Shauna Scriver
Executive Chef, Tendrils

SageCliffe Decorates Green for the Holidays

Friday, December 12th, 2008

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At SageCliffe, everything begins and ends with the environment.  Late in the year 2006 our environmental sustainability efforts at Cave B Inn & Spa, Tendrils and Cave B Estate Winery were kicked up a notch.  We continue to seek more ways to bring the SageCliffe experience to guests in a responsible, sustainable manner.  Lately, this has included the holiday decorating of SageCliffe:  an endeavor both fun, and increasingly green.  

By using as many natural materials from the SageCliffe land as possible, and augmenting with reusable, recyclable or compostable decorations, we’ve created a beautiful holiday environment that is also friendly to the environment.  Dried sunflowers from the Chef’s Garden are to be found among the holiday decor, as well as cattails, lavender, curly willow, sage, tumbleweed and mustard plant from the meadow and gorge. Bundle upon bundle of grapevine cuttings from our own vineyards were twisted into wreaths, balls, swags and more.  Augmented by the purchase of dried berries, hickory sticks, cotton ribbon, paper holly, wreaths & swags, as well as tree skirts made from sustainable hemp burlap, the holidays at SageCliffe this year are naturally, sustainably beautiful.  Come on over to the steppe desert to see true green!

Slumbering Red Wines & Cool, Steady White Wines

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008


In November we released our 2007 Cave B vintages of Barbera, Sangiovese and our first ever Tempranillo. I must say that the Tempranillo has become a Tasting room “Rock Star,” making up about 25% of our daily sales since its release. With beautiful full fruit flavours and earthy nuances, this young red wine is ready to drink and wants to join you at the dinner table to accompany some of your dinnertime favorites. It’s nap time! (For the wines). With all of the red wines in barrel now slumbering away and working through the malo-lactic fermentation, things have slowed down since the all-too hectic but exciting days of the 2008 crush.   All of our Cave B and SageCliffe white wines are dry.  Both barrel fermentations and tank fermentations have worked through with cool, steady, long fermentations. These long cool fermentations have made for some truly beautifully crisp and fruity white wines.

Until Next Time,

Bueno Provecho,

Freddy Arredondo, Winemaker