Carmody McKnight Estate Winery Announces
Land of the Giants Collection
Land of the Giants Launch Party set for August 26
at Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles
(Paso Robles, CA)–Carmody McKnight Estate Winery has announced the release of their new Land of the Giants collection. The initial release includes the 2019 Estate Colossal Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2019 Estate Colossal Cuvee. A five-course dinner created by Le Vigne Executive Chef Walter Filippini celebrating the release is scheduled for August 26 in Paso Robles.
Originating from Carmody McKnight’s legendary volcanic West Paso Robles vineyard, the special series of Bordeaux varietal wines are hand-crafted by Winemaker Anthony Gallegos. Gallegos continues the Carmody McKnight tradition of long barrel aging with minimal intervention. The 2019 Estate Colossal Cabernet and Cuvee both show off the incredible vintage of the nutrient rich volcanic West Paso Robles vineyard. These are serious complex, fruit-forward, giant Bordeaux wines to be enjoyed now and for decades. The Colossal Cuvee blends Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Star of the cult science fiction TV series, Land of the Giants, Gary Carmody Conway is, along with his wife, former Miss America Marian McKnight Conway, the proprietor of Carmody McKnight Estate Winery. The Irwin Allen (Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) series is one of the most popular TV series on a worldwide basis ever, airing on hundreds of stations internationally.
Attending the dinner and available to mingle with guests are original cast members Gary Conway (Captain Steve Burton), Heather Young (Betty Hamilton) and Stefan Arngrim (Barry Lockridge).
The Land of the Giants Cabernet Sauvignon will be paired with the second course of Red Wine Cavatelli with Pancetta & Asiago. The Colossal Cuvee is featured in the third course alongside Captain Burton’s Braised Bison Short Ribs.
Also poured at the launch dinner alongside the first course of Betty’s Beet Carpaccio with Balsamic Glaze and Fried Capers will be Carmody McKnight’s 2019 Forever Miss America Cabernet Franc. From the sale of every bottle from the Forever Miss America collection, the winery bestows a gift to the Forever Miss America Scholarship Fund. This fund has provided decades of commitment to the economic and social advancement of all women through education opportunities and career resourcing.
The dinner opens and closes with courses paired with wines made by the Conway’s daughter Kathleen. Little People Appetizers will be served with K Estate Sparkling, and the dessert, Very Barry Semifreddo, is matched with her K Estate Port.
The Land of the Giants wine collection labels are designed by renowned comic book artist John Peter Britton who specializes in producing artwork for fantasy and science fiction genre television. They depict Gary Conway’s character, Captain Steve Burton, being held captive in the hand of a giant.
The Land of the Giants release dinner will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Le Vigne winery located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, California, 93446. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm and tickets are $132 per person, including tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, please go here.
COLOSSAL WINE RELEASE MENU
Welcome Reception 6:30 pm
Little People Appetizers
Wine Pairing: Kathleen Conway’s K Estate Sparkling
Betty’s Beet Carpaccio with Tuscan Volcanic EVOO, Balsamic Glaze and Fried Capers
Wine Pairing: 2019 Carmody McKnight Estate Forever Miss America Cabernet Franc
Red Wine Cavatelli with Pancetta & Asiago
Wine Pairing: 2019 Estate Colossal Cabernet Sauvignon
Captain Burton’s Braised Bison Short Ribs Accompanied By Creamy Potatoes and Rustic, Caramelized Carrots
Wine Pairing: 2019 Estate Colossal Cuvee
Very Barry Semifreddo
Wine Pairing: Kathleen Conway’s K Estate Port
About Carmody McKnight Estate Winery
Established in 1968 by former Miss America Marian McKnight Conway and actor/artist Gary Conway, Paso Robles-based Carmody McKnight is credited for pioneering the West Paso Robles AVA – Adelaida subdistrict now recognized as a premium viticultural region for Bordeaux and other noble varietals. Located seven miles from the Pacific Ocean and climatically protected by the Santa Lucia Mountains, the legendary estate vineyard, with its three volcanoes, possesses the rarest of viticulturally rich soils making it the epitome of sustainability. The region is also known for its perfect Mediterranean temperature range and climate conditions. Carmody McKnight produces award-winning, limited release Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc varietal wines. Allocation list members enjoy exclusive access to limited release collector series wines including Land of the Giants and Forever Miss America wines that support women’s educational scholarships.