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Adam Sandler and Company Wrap Up The Familymoon at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

This summer we had the good fortune to host the cast and crew of The Familymoon, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s new family romantic comedy. They filmed on location at the Summer House, the wave pool at LanierWorld and even had an entire set on Pine Island. We were excited to visit the set on their last day, where they were shooting an African day-care scene with warthogs, hedgehogs, bunnies, a lemur, a baby ostrich, and even a lion cub! During each take, the warthogs would squeal, the ostrich would flap his little wings, and  the lion would growl his irritation at being woken up from his nap (hey, just like a human toddler!). The bunnies and hedgehogs were pretty much content to just chill with the kids.

Sandler came in and out of the room frequently to direct the kids, or change an angle, or just watch one of the takes in person. While he was busy finishing up the last few scenes, we got a chance to talk to Rob Frank, the location manager, about the movie and about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization Sandler is involved with.

Coming to theaters next year, The Familymoon is about a widowed father (Sandler) with 3 daughters and a widowed mother (Barrymore) with 2 sons who meet on a spectacularly disastrous blind date at Hooters. Of course they dislike each other at first, but naturally they win a trip to Africa and end up being forced to share a room. In the course of the movie, Sandler teaches Barrymore’s boys about sports and other manly pursuits, and Barrymore cleans up the girls from tomboys with rats’ nests haircuts to lovely young women.

The whole cast really enjoyed filming in Georgia, which is quickly becoming a favorite of many producers due to low costs associated with new film incentives introduced by the state legislature in 2008. In addition to the time they spent here at the resort, much of the cast also visited popular Atlanta tourist sites like the Georgia Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum. At the resort, they had a blast checking out all of our activities – fishing, boating, Wake The Lake Cable Park, horseback riding at the Stables, and especially LanierWorld, where they filmed a scene in the Wavepool. They were extra impressed with Beth Pedaggi, our Equestrian Center manager. “Beth was a superstar,” said Frank, “we love her!” Then he made sure to give a shout out to Fred the Horse.

 

Next Frank talked to us about Sandler’s charity. On every location where it’s an option, Sandler makes a point to contact the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter and request to grant a wish. This time he granted wishes to multiple kids with life-threatening diseases. For starters, he put them smack dab in the middle of a baseball scene in the movie. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, he paid for an entire week’s worth of adventures and fun times for the guys – LanierWorld, fishing, Lego Land, Medieval Times, the Georgia Aquarium, and horseback riding! They had a fantastic time, and Make-A-Wish knows that wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition, they believe whole-heartedly that wishes are more than just a nice thing; they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. –from Make A Wish

Sandler’s Wish-kids got to spend the whole day on set on the last day, and then they got to be his special guests at a luau that night. We’re just glad we got to be a part of it.

The Familymoon comes out in May of 2014, production permitting, and we encourage everyone to go see it, and see if you can spot the places you’ve been at Lake Lanier Islands!

Whatta Band, Whatta Band, Whatta Mighty Good Band

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Well, as you all know from the frequent rain and cool weather, Fall is on it’s belligerent way and Summer is starting to slink into the background. School has already started for tons of kids and weeklong family vacays are over. But do not let the mopey blues worm their way into your brain! We’ve got all kinds of exciting entertainment lined up for every weekend between here and Labor Day!! Check out the schedule below!

 

 

 

3-7 pm: Live Remote with Clapper from 97.1 The River 

 

 

 

All Day: 97.1 The River Volleyball Tourney (registration required) 
12-4 pm: Patch Stewart at Gianni’s 
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol
1-5 pm: Sinnergy Unplugged at Sunset Stage (Bringin’ The Funk, Dance, Soul, and Rock ‘N’ Roll to the ATL!)
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
7-11 pm: Bryan Martin at Sunset Cafe
5-9 pm: Haywire at Big Beach Party 

 

 

 

1-5 pm:  Fun Patrol 
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe
5-9 pm: Don Law at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

7-11 pm: Full Moon Party featuring Banks & Shane

 

 

12-4 pm: Rhett Sypher Trio at Gianni’s
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol  
1-5 pm: B.C. Band at Sunset Stage
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Big Beach Party featuring The Squirlheads
7-11 pm: James P. Morgan at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

1-5 pm: Fun Patrol  
12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Don Law at Sunset Cafe

 

 

5-10 pm: DJ Request Night with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage

 

 

 

12-4 pm: Brad Lacey at Gianni’s
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol 
1-5 pm: James P. Morgan Band at Sunset Stage
3-8 pm: Fun Time Players
5-9 pm: Big Beach Party featuring Kurt Thomas Band 
7-11 pm: Jay LaBoy at Sunset Cafe

 

 

 

12-4 pm: DJ Request Night with Jesse & Aaron at Sunset Stage
12-3:30 pm: License 2 Chill at Big Beach Stage
1-5 pm: Fun Patrol
5-9 pm: Johnny Summers at Gianni’s 
6-10 pm: Live Entertainment at Sunset Stage
After Dark: FAMOUS FIREWORKS SHOW!

 

 

 

12-4 pm: John Amoroso at Sunset Cafe

Surveys Winners

Monday, August 12th, 2013

First off, the Great End-Of-Summer Survey contest is over, and it’s time to announce the winner!!

For the last several weeks, we’ve been passing out survey cards to guests for a chance to win a 3-night stay at Legacy Lodge! It was simple, really: all we wanted to know was which other hotels our guests were considering, and why they chose us!

One name and email address later, and you were entered for a chance to win! So we’ve just ended the contest, and selected a winner, and we are VERY EXCITED to announce our lucky card-filler-outer… winner.

It’s SHELBY A.!!! Hurray!! Shelby let us know that she didn’t even consider going anywhere else because she was here to have fun with her 6-year-old daughter at LanierWorld! Well, now Shelby gets to enjoy 3 more days of quality mother-daughter time at Legacy Lodge for FREE!! Way to go!!

Secondly, we are also ready to announce our JULY WINNER for our online Unifocus Survey!!

Leah A., who stayed with us in early July, we can’t wait to send you to a relaxing, enjoyable 2-Night Stay in our Legacy Villas Private Concierge Program!! Whoa!! Lucky Leah, this offer includes your room, tax, gate & resort fee, breakfast each day, one dinner & one activity per person (Tranquility Spa, Legacy on Lanier Golf Club, The Stables Equestrian Center OR Harbor Landing). Thank you for filling out our online survey!

The Last Full Week Of Summer At LanierWorld

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Can you believe it’s already August?? We can’t either! This week was the last full week of LanierWorld being open, although it will continue to be open on weekends. Sunset Cove and Gianni’s will also continue to operate on a daily basis until Labor Day. There’s still plenty to do at the Lake even though LanierWorld is nearing the end of its Summer heyday.

For example, try golfing on one of our championship courses designed by Billy Fuller, the man who invented “Billy Bunkers,” used in over 500 courses nationwide!  The Legacy on Lanier Golf Club represents a return to the Golden Era of Golf – a period from the early to mid 1900’s when designers created some of the most storied courses in the world. An unrivaled golf experience, the layout traverses a natural setting with twelve scenic holes on the water. Legacy on Lanier Golf Club offers tactical challenges for the avid golfer while not proving too daunting for the casual golfer. Legacy on Lanier Golf Club includes a fully stocked golf shop, new state of the art MiniVerde Bermuda Greens, and zoysia lined “Billy Bunkers,” an innovative Bunker design developed by Fuller during his tenure at Augusta National Golf Club. For scratch golfers and high handicappers alike, the Lake Lanier Golf Club offers a challenging, aesthetically pleasing lakeside golf experience. There’s not a lot more relaxing in life than going golfing in the Fall when the leaves are changing in North Georgia.

Another great outdoor activity to take advantage of this Fall is horseback riding. Saddle up for the ride of your life at Lake Lanier Islands Equestrian Center. Gentle horses are ready to take you through a set of scenic trails along the shores of Lake Lanier Islands. Our Stable guides are some of the friendliest in the Southeast, and you will not be disappointed in their knowledge and professionalism. Older kids and adults can enjoy a 45-minute ride along the shores of Lake Lanier Islands, which departs every hour on the hour. Younger kids can go on a 30-minute ride, suitable for children two years of age and up weighing less than 80 pounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

If horses and golfing don’t quite feel right for you, check out our rustic campgrounds! The Campgrounds at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Shoal Creek are just the place to enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of Lake Lanier Islands. These campgrounds offer an idyllic rustic destination for adventurers who yearn to sleep under the star-filled skies of Georgia, with the moon overhead and the sound of the lake as a soundtrack. Spacious and scenic, the sites are ideal for RV’s and tents. During the day, guests have easy access to all the excitement of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, including LanierWorld waterpark, award-winning golf facilities, rejuvenating spa treatments, the equestrian center, zip line canopy tours and more.Boat ramps are also available at all of our campgrounds.

A fourth fantastic option is our Canopy Zip Line Tours. Soar through the Georgia skies on one of Lake Lanier Islands canopy tours’ zipline adventures! There are 6 tour types available depending on the size of your group and the amount of awesome you feel like you can handle in one day. Try the PineIsle Tour and glide along several 1000+ ft lines, race a buddy on a 1,500ft zip track, and naturally, see some spectacular views of the Lake and the Islands! Check out the Legacy Nights Tour for some adventurous excitement. Zip through the trees and over the lake by night in the most exciting option of all our Lake Lanier Islands outdoor tours! Throughout your tour you will travel by moonlight, headlamps, and lanterns on a series of cleverly constructed zip lines, sky bridges, and platforms up to 70 feet in the treetops. Or, if you think you can handle it, go for the Full Day of Zipping Package! This package includes 30 incredible ziplines with incredible views, six sky bridges where you can test your mettle and conquer the trees, entrance to the resort, and lunch at Bullfrogs! The Canopy Tours are one of the favorites here at the Lake, and we are positive you’ll be talking about this one to your friends for months, and they’ll be asking you when the next trip will be!

So don’t be sad that Summer is coming to an end! There’s still plenty of fun to be had at Lake Lanier Islands! We can’t wait to see you!

Red, White, and Luau 4th of July Celebration!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited!! The whole holiday weekend is going to be jam-packed with music, live entertainment, dancing, awesome interactive activities, fireworks, and of course, LanierWorld water slides and fun! If you’re looking for the details on what promises to be a fabulous weekend, you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s go over the actual holiDAY first, shall we?

First and foremost, on July 4th we are super excited that Lyndsey and Axel from Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 will be doing a live broadcast at Sunset Cove from noon to 7pm. This is actually going to be really cool because Rock 100.5 is a fantastic radio station, and Lyndsey and Axel are both a lot of fun.

From 11-3pm, our Fun Patrol will be interacting with the kids all around LanierWorld, and let us say, this is extremely fun for the kiddos.

In addition to these cool events, we’ll have live entertainment at both Gianni’s noon to 8pm, the Fun Time Players will play some great dancing music from 3-8pm, Blair Crimmins and the HULAgans will play the Sunset Stage from 4-6pm, followed by the Geeks from 7-9pm.

But it’s not just LanierWorld that will be getting the live music treatment! Legacy Lodge will have live entertainment at the Pool Side Patio from 12:30-4:30, and BULLFROGS will have live music from 6:30-10:30pm. Lounge by the pool and enjoy some great tunes before heading over to BULLFROGS for a tasty dinner!

Finally, when the sky turns dark and everyones eyes have begun to drift skyward, Lake Lanier Islands will be pleased to present a huge fireworks display for your enjoyment and in celebration of our nation’s independence!

 

Friday, July 5th also promises to be a great day, with live entertainment at the Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Gianni’s, and BULLFROGS from 12:30-10:30pm and alternating throughout the day. The Fun Patrol will be out and about again from 11am-3pm, and the Fun Time Players will be playing from 3-8pm.

Additionally, Friday is Flip Flop Friday, presented by Marine Max at Sunset Cove! Ditch work and come out early for drink specials and DJ requests all night long!

The No Shoes Nation ticket giveaway will be sponsored by Miller and Kicks 101.5 at Sunset Cove, too! For every Miller product you purchase, we’ll drop your name in the bucket for a raffle to win tickets to the August 3rd No Shoes Nation Kenny Chesney concert in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome!


Also on Friday we’ll be featuring two Dive In Movies! “Free Willy,” a classic from the early 90s about a boy trying to help a killer whale get back to the ocean, will play at the WavePool at 8:30pm, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the tale of a courageous and defiant young horse in the Wild West, will play at Legacy Lodge.

 

Saturday, July 6th will be a typically enjoyable day at the Lake. Once again the Fun Patrol will be interacting with kids around the Family Fun Park from 11-3pm. Also, there will be live entertainment at Gianni’s, Legacy Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Boardwalk, Sunset Cafe, and BULLFROGS throughout the day beginning at noon. Our Saturdays are particularly awesome because we host Big Beach Parties on a weekly basis, so come out to Big Beach and see the Mike Veal Band from 5-9pm.

Sunday, July 7th should be excellent as well, as live music will entertain guests all over the park all day long beginning at noon.

And if you haven’t booked a plan for this holiday yet, we’ve got you covered! We are still running our GOTOFUN promo!!

From June 28-July 6, with rates starting at $149/night and INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld, this is a deal you DO NOT want to miss!!

So come on out this weekend and enjoy a magnificent staycation with us here at Lake Lanier Islands!! And hey, have a happy 4th of July!! ‘Murica!

SURPRISE!! Our biggest surprise of the Summer!!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Our biggest surprise of the Summer so far took place Monday morning at LanierWorld: a surprise FREE entry day!! Everyone got to just waltz in to LanierWorld like they owned the place from 10am-noon and stay all day! We were overwhelmed with the incredible response from the community, and even though it took a good bit of time to get through the main gate, once people found out our big surprise, it was all smiles from then on! Looks like you guys have been listening to us when we say our social media followers get special attention.

Was it fun over at WiggleWaves? You bet it was!

How was the water in Georgia’s largest wave pool? Chilly, but with a 100% chance of fun!

Who likes the Raging River? These kids do!

Just how popular are the mighty Twister and Typhoon? Guests cheered when the lifeguards opened the ride!

Where can a kid go to get soaked around here? How about the FunDunker!

We were thrilled to see everyone out having a great time at LanierWorld on Monday, and we want to thank everyone for making it as huge a success as you did! You guys were amazing! If you were one of the few who somehow missed out on our Surprise FREE Day, make sure you get in the know as fast as you can – we have deals and specials going on all summer long! Facebook, Twitter, and our Mobile VIP club (text LLIR to 84700) all run contests for tickets, prizes, and more all the time, and you can even check back here to see all the weekly deals!

Rediscover the Lake: The Wines of America

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

 

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

For the final adventure on our Rediscover the Lake; Fall Wine and Food Cruise Series, we bring it back home to the good ole USA. In addition to amber waves of grains, America has been producing great juice since the first Europeans brought grapes to our shores over three centuries ago, putting to test the vast and varied regional terrains of our great nation. Sail along as we present some unique twists on flavor and production from regions you may not have ventured to before and a few of those from some of the traditional favorites. We hope you enjoy a voyage dedicated to great varietals of Reds, Whites and “Purple”… (sorry, we could not find a blue one…We looked…really…they don’t make it.)

Hot

Hatch Chile Braised pork shoulder, Brioche crostini
Grilled Beef skewer, Fresh California Salsa
Idaho Potato & Salmon Shepard’s Pie
Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Peach Butter

Cold

Carolina Shrimp Salad Shooters
Pickled Vegetables and white beans
Cheese and Cracker Display

Dessert

Warm Apple Tart
Macaroons, Petit fours, Truffles

Wine Selections

Gruet Brut, New Mexico
Ste Chapelle Chardonnay, Idaho
Ponchartrain Vineyards, Zydeco Rosato, Louisiana
IM Pinot Noir, Oregon
Three Sisters, Fat Boy Red, Dahlonega, Georgia
Biltmore Estate, Century Red, North Carolina
Simons Creek Winery, American Claret “untouchable Red”, Wisconsin
Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
Purple Wines, Cryptic Red, California

Rediscover the Lake: Paso Robles and Argentina

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A recap of the last few weeks of our Fall Wine Cruise Series: Rediscover the Lake

What an amazing couple of weeks…It is truly exciting to see how well our wine cruises have taken off. It has been such a pleasure meeting with guests as they return from the cruise. Your knowledgeable feedback and kind remarks have all been noted and will help us as we continue to grow the series in the future. I would like to give a huge thank you to Carl Danbury of Points North magazine and Rene Busque of All Good Wines. Not only was Carl the driving force behind the initial concept of the cruise series, but both gentlemen were also instrumental in making our cruises for the past two Sundays amazingly successful.

Starting on the weekend of the October 14th 

Rene brought in the wines from Rotta Vineyards in Paso Robles, California.  We experienced incredible wines as presented by the winemaker himself, Mark Caporale. From the Trinity to the Black Monukka, all wines were thoughtfully offered and interpreted by Mark and paired with the culinary delights of Chef Kevin Allen. The winning combination of the day was the Trinity and grilled prawns with ginger, blood orange and chili butter…what’s not to love?

On the 21st 

The Island Queen set off with a selection of fresh finds from Argentina.  Lee and Camby Akers of Panoram Imports of Chattanooga, TN brought a variety of delicious Malbecs, Cabernets, Sauvignon Blanc and red blends from Otero Ramos and Siete Fincas vineyards.

In speaking with Drew Fraser, our food and beverage intern and adopted cruise host, he said, “Once again, people didn’t really know what to expect as they arrived but as soon as we got going they were all having a blast. These wines were exceptional! We were pleasantly shocked at the depth and flavor profiles of these wines.”

Chef Kevin’s menu was representative of intense Latin flavors and traditional presentations from Argentina.  The Empanadas Arabes-Ground Lamb, Potato & Lemon Churrasco – Grilled Sirloin, & Chimichurri on Flatbread were in a dead heat tie for best dish, while the Otero Ramos Testamento Young Malbec Lujan de Cuyo was the fan-favorite red.

Coming Up Next Week on the Fall Wine Cruise:

Embrace your inner ghoul, as we embark on a tongue-in-cheek journey of wines from Eastern Europe. I told myself I was not going to do a Halloween theme cruise, but here we go…costume is optional, though Drew says encouraged, as we go on the trail of that infamous Monster hunter, Van Helsing. Venture with us through some hauntingly inspiring wines from Italy, France, Romania, Croatia and Hungary…see you on the lake!

 

Wines of Eastern Europe

Magical Nights of Lights | Commercial Contest

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

2012 is our 20th Anniversary for Magical Nights of Lights here in Buford, GA and we’re offering a great contest to help make a few lucky winners a part of Lake Lanier Islands history!

What’s Magical Nights of Lights?

This is our yearly celebration here at Lake Lanier Islands Resort that features miles of twinkling lights in different designs, a Holiday Village with Santa and all his friends, a carnival, great shopping, marshmallow roasting, a live nativity & more! Magical Nights of Lights, which lasts from November 16th to December 31st, has been a fixture of Southern holiday tradition for years. So this year, during our 20th Anniversary, we’re adding even more fun!

Remember, when you come to Lake Lanier Islands Resort for Magical Nights of Lights, you pay by the carload and not per person!

Commercial Contest Details

To promote our 20th Anniversary, we’re filming a commercial to air on television. That’s where you come in to the picture. Since Magical Nights of Lights is a family tradition, we’re opening up the casting for our commercial to you, our extended family! We’re looking for “family” members to be in our commercial.

So, What Do We Need to Do?

  1. Since Magical Nights of Lights is a per-carload price and not a per-person price, we want to see a picture of you and your friends/family packed into the car/van/truck/etc. Just remember to keep it safe!
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  3.  The group pictured in the photo is what we will be looking at for our selection of winners.

  4. Submit your photos via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lakelanierislands) OR email them to us at llircontests@gmail.com. It might not hurt to include a special Magical Nights of Lights memory along with your photo. 1 submission per family please.

Other Details

The contest begins Wednesday night (10/10) at 8 pm and we will stop accepting submissions on Tuesday evening (10/16) at 8 pm.

We will be choosing 2 carload pictures as the winners of our walk-on spots for the commercial. Winners will be announced on Wednesday (10/17) and filming for the commercial will begin Friday (10/19) around 1pm.

No acting experience needed, just a big smile, holiday cheer and a desire to be a part of 20 years of tradition!

This Sunday’s Wine Cruise: Rotta Winery and Mark Caporale

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908, has an interesting history and one that Mark Caporale is happy to share with guests.

To longtime fans of this wine region, the name Rotta Winery might ring a few bells, but only if you were familiar with Paso Robles’ wines before the rest of the country barely knew where Paso was. In fact, you have to go back several decades to discover the beginnings of Rotta Winery, which was one of the first three wineries established in Paso Robles.

The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a Frenchman named Adolph Siot, who later sold the successful enterprise to Joe Rotta in 1908. In the 1920s, Rotta then sold it to his brother Clement Rotta, who bonded the winery after Prohibition in the 1930s and forged the label into one best known for its hearty Zinfandels. Today, the Rotta label has been revived by one of Rotta’s grandsons, Michael Giubbini, who remembers long, happy days of working in the vineyard as a child when he visited his grandparents from his home in Menlo Park.

The Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and two new recently released varietals — Petite Verdot and Primitivo. All of the fruit for the label is sourced from local vineyards.

Mark Caporale, Giubbini’s partner, is a strong believer in the potential of the Paso area, and particularly the Templeton region where the Rotta family farmed. “Rotta wines reflect the high quality of our old vines and reflect the unique nature of our soils,” he said.

Rotta is just one of 10 wineries in California that sells Cabernet Franc as a stand alone varietal and is the only one that offers the wine from a “vineyard designation.” Its estate Zinfandel comes from the second oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California, while Rotta’s Black Monukka dessert wine is the only Black Monukka cream sherry produced in the U.S.

Rotta Winery Cruise Menu

Cold

Avocado Deviled Quail Eggs, Smoked Paprika & Point Reyes Blue Cheese
Duck Confit Spring rolls with crisp lettuce, mint and sweet chili sauce
Roti topped with Golden Lentil Puree, Sweet Peppadew and herbed yogurt
California Antipasto Display
Fresh Fruit & California Artisanal Cheeses

Hot

Sundried Tomato & Almond Quiche
Grilled Prawns with ginger, blood orange & Chili butter
Coffee Braised Short Rib Cheese Steak, pickled red onion, jack cheese on puff pastry

Dessert

Lemon Zinfandel Panna Cotta
Assortment of Petit fours, Macaroons, Pralines
Chocolate dipped Strawberries

Rotta Winery and Mark Caporale Quick Facts:

2006 Petite Verdot
2009 Primitivo
Muscat Canelli
un-oaked Chardonnay
and the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Black Monukka