Overview of the Wine
Ted Glennon produces his own wine under the label Vöcal Vineyards, a collection of small, single vineyard wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay region of California (going on its 8th vintage in 2020!).
"Vöcal is about the natural tension in the vineyard between grape and ground, the sun and rain, and the hand of man. Each contribution is important. We believe in a thoughtful dialogue in place of dogma when it comes to making the wines. These are vineyards influenced by the Monterey Bay. A deep sea trench that is a feature of the geological event that shaped the Salinas valley and the Santa Cruz Mtn Range, resulting in cold upwelling of water - fog and wind is abundant in a region statistically a desert due to low average rainfall. Wonderful conditions for agriculture in the flats of the valley floor, and brilliant for viticulture in the bench land and mountain sites of the coastal ranges; this is the voice behind Vöcal."
- Ted Glennon
Grape / Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
"Cabernet Sauvignon is legendary in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Montebello Ridge is home to some of the most sought after vines in all of the new world, and the ridges planted by Paul Masson in the early 1900s produced California's first cult wines. Forty miles south, tucked into the redwoods and live oak savannahs on the back side of Mount Madonna and cooled by the breezes off the Monterey Bay that come over Hecker Pass, Bates Ranch first came to quiet prominence in the bottlings of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards and Ahlgren Vineyards.
Vocal was lucky enough to be offered an allocation of hillside rows of Cabernet Sauvignon off the original dry farmed, own-rooted 1969 planting on the Ranch. The wine is spicy and rich and displays the chiseled elegance of old vine Cabernet refined in French Barrel."
About Ted Glennon, Sommelier & Producer
Ted Glennon began his career working in the kitchen of a steak house in the Mojave Desert as a teenager. For over 20+ years as a Sommelier, Wine Director and General
Manager he refined his knowledge of fine wine and hospitality skills and business management. The past 7 years, Ted has gained experience as a wine producer, managing national distribution and route to market brand strategy and event production.
Today, his Company “Asilomar” specializes in developing and managing fine wine brands: national representation and wholesale distribution. The company also focuses on marketing and event creation and production: intimate events elevating wines and creating real engagement with sought after collectors, consumers, and sommeliers.
Ted Glennon is also the Wine Director and Sommelier Liaison for Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Los Angeles Food & Wine which are two of the most prestigious wine festivals in America: a national stage for fine wine brands. He organizes 4 days of tastings, seminars, lunches, dinners, and late night events: curating over 300 producers. Pebble Beach Food and Wine attracts over eight thousand fine wine consumers as attendees. As the Sommelier Liaison, Ted is responsible for organizing a team of over 100 sommeliers each year from across the continent. These Men and Women represent the best and brightest of America’s wine service, and Ted always keeping an eye on new talent - the team is ever changing.
Advanced Sommelier 2010, Rudd Roundtable 2011
Sommelier of the Year, Food and Wine Magazine 2012
James Beard Nominee Best New Restaurant in America, Restaurant 1833, 2012
James Beard Nominee Best Service Quince 2013
Michelin 2 Stars Quince 2013 (Quince was elevated to 3 Stars in 2017)
Product size: 750ml