Welcome to the Bridge - Monthly Newsletter of Grand Island Vineyards


For more than 50 years our family has tended our vineyards and grown our own grapes, for our wines, along the lush banks of the Sacramento River. We are striving to perfect the art and science of grape growing, and we’re proud to share the rewards of our labor by creating wines that showcase distinctive grapes perfectly. Bridging all aspects of our Winery from the Vineyard, to the Cellar, Winery Grounds,Tasting Room and beyond.



Starting at 6:00 PM

One day advanced booking is required.

Duration: 3 hrs

Tickets From: $8.00 - $10.00

* Member Discounts Apply

Kick off your weekend with us! Enjoy our beautiful grounds, while the sun goes down, listening to the great sounds of music by Ed Wilson! Our wonderful wines will be available for purchase by glass or bottle (tastings are not offered during live music events).

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Starting at 12:00 PM

One day advanced booking is required.

Duration: 3 hrs

Tickets From: FREE!

Give the Mom in your life a beautiful, relaxing day @ GIV!  Wine & Music by Michael Padilla!  We will be tasting as normal (with perks for mom), so normal tasting fees apply or just buy a bottle and have a relaxing mothers day.

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Two Grand Island Vineyards Clubs to Choose From!


Consider joining our Salman Family Reserve and/or GIV Wine Family Wine Club(s) and get great discounts on wines and cases, events, merch and pretty much anything else that would make sense. Join us for pickup party celebrations or have it shipped directly to your front door. Get more info, see pricing or sign up!


Wine Clubs Full of Wine Spotlights & New Releases!

Written by Winemaker, David Shattuck


Shipment Scheduled: May 07, 2022

We're pleased to announce the following select products to be included in your upcoming shipment. You can refine your choice of additional products until the scheduled billing date: May 07, 2022.

This Shipment Currently Includes:

2019 GIV Petit Verdot (below, left) - Limited Edition pours an inky purple color. The initial aromas are brooding blackberry with a burst of wild floral aromas including sage, jasmine, and lilac. While the wine is densely tannic, the aging process has rewarded us with a remarkable velvety texture in this brawny wine. The finish has subtle oak notes intermixed with a pleasing berry compote flavor. I use this wine with venison chops, grilled lamb kebabs, chicken mole enchiladas, and flash fried wild mushrooms.

2019 SFR Chardonnay (below, right) - Pours a beautiful straw color. The initial aroma is of baked apple, frankincense, and bitter almond. With a swirl, the wine begins to display flavors of toasted coconut, lanolin, and brioche. The mouthfeel is viscous with a pleasing note of acidity to keep the wine fresh. The wine finishes with a prolonged creme brulee note.



Shipment Scheduled: May 07, 2022

We're pleased to announce the following select products to be included in your upcoming shipment. You can refine your club shipment and choice of additional products until the scheduled billing date: May 07, 2022.

This Shipment Currently Includes:

2019 GIV Cabernet Sauvignon (below, left) is a blend of home ranch and estate fruit. This wine pours a vivid magenta hue. The first sniff packs a punch with dusty black cherry, chocolate, and bay leaf. The palate is soft with well extracted tannins and a beautiful mixture of sweet plum and humidor flavors. The finish is soft with a hint of sea spray mixed with currant, toasted oak, and fig paste. This wine is equally well enjoyed on its own or with a richer dinner like grilled ribeye or mushroom risotto.

The 2021 Chenin Blanc (below, center) was bottled in march and is remarkably lively in the bottle. It pours a beautiful pale straw color. The initial aromas are exotic with ints of greengage, persimmon, jasmine, and musky melon. This wine displays a pleasing sucrosity, despite being bone dry, and nervy acidity that helps keep the wine balanced. The finish is rewarding with delicious flavors of mandarin orange, ginger, angelica, and sake notes. I love this wine with triple creme brie, cheddar, pork chops, and grilled halibut. Featured selection for this Club Shipment

The 2021 Symphony (below, right) pours a delicate straw hue. The initial aromas are pineapple, passionfruit, jasmine blossom, and star anise. The mouthfeel is dense with a playful sucrosity. A fresh burst of acid on the wine's finish is reminiscent of mandarin orange and kumquat.


April Showers May Bring Flowers, but... 

April Freeze Erases Flowers with Ease!

Written by Operations Manager, Joe Salman


Why is it all I ever talk about is the weather? You would think I am eating soup while writing this article.

Anyway, April was a weird one. In California, we all were happy to see some spring storms come through, even during the Adult Easter Egg hunt. These storms added at least a little reprieve from the drought for now and even some snow in the Sierras. But what we didn't expect is how cold it got one evening in early April. 

After a couple days of north wind, the wind stopped around midnight and things got still and cold. Weather stations measured temps as low as 30 degrees and damage occurred on young tender grape shoots. There was widespread damage in the Clarksburg and Delta, Amador, and Dunnigan Hills, and some in Lodi. This is what things looked like the next day (photo - upper right)

The frost patches seemed to be in lower lying areas, and the majority of our vineyards were spared. However, we have a couple vineyards (Gewurztraminer and Chenin Blanc - below) that have portions of the blocks damaged and we still don't know the extent of loss. Here is a more recent picture showing the flower clusters and leaves seemily burned off.

All that being said, many vineyards look great and this photo is snapped today in chardonnay with a beautiful blooming cluster. Farming and working with mother nature can be tough but luckily there is wine. Anybody know where I can go to get, say 2021 Chenin Blanc?


More Great Events Coming Soon!

Written by Tasting Room Manager, Tess Jonson


Spring is in full swing and the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a tasting and picnic on our patio. Reserve a table for you and your crew and enjoy a beautiful day on GIV grounds.

Sipping at Sunset is back May 6th, 6-9pm. Grab a pizza, some sandwiches or pack a picnic and sit fireside listening to the tunes of Ed Wilson. Ticket purchase can be made online. Start your weekend right, GIV style.

Don’t forget about the Moms! We will have regular tasting with perks for mom along with the sound of Michael Padilla playing in the background. This is limited space so reserve your spot now!

And we can’t forget about our trivia pickup party on May 14th, 5-8pm. We encourage you to reserve a table for six, the more brains the better your chance of winning. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams! Food by Todo Al Grill Chef (Tex Mex BBQ) will be available for purchase.

Last but not least, join us for a mozzarella cheese making class on May 15th at 2:30pm. The very talented Kim Mack, founder of Scratch Made Life, will be teaching us how to make this versatile cheese. Get your tickets today!

See all of our Upcoming Events or Tours and Tastings at GrandIslandVineyards.com

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