May 10, 2012

Yocha Dehe wine and olive oil

Wintun Yocha Dehe Launches Seka Hills Brand

By Lisa Gale GarriguesVisitors to Mulvaney’s B&L Restaurant in downtown Sacramento were treated on April 30 to the taste of three different wines as well as a variety of appetizers, including steamed organic asparagus dipped in 100 percent virgin olive oil, when California’s Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation launched its new product brand, Séka Hills.

The wine and olive oil are already on the market, and the tribe has plans to expand the brand to organic food by next year, says Jim Etters, director of land management for the tribe. Séka is the Patwin word for “Blue,” which describes the hills in the tribe’s ancestral lands in the Capay Valley of Northern California.

The tribe is the owner of the Cache Creek Casino near Sacramento as well as 11,000 acres of farm and ranch land in Yolo County, California.

A Viognier white, a Tuluk’a cabernet/Syrah blend, and a Rose of Syrah are currently being grown and harvested on 1500 acre of vineyard. The Viognier won the Best of Class Award at the 2011 California State Fair, in which 2,600 wineries from all over California competed, as well as the Gold Medal for 2012 Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California. It has aromas of orange blossoms, jasmine and honeysuckle, with tropical fruit flavors like mango and lychee, and a hint of vanilla.
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Below:  "Marshall McKay, tribal chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, with the tribe's new olive oil at the Seka Hills Brand Launch at Mulvaney's B&L restaurant in Sacramento." (By Lisa Garrigues)


Anonymous said...

This is interesting. I'm wondering if Seka Hills is protected as a trademark. I know American wines don't have the same degree of trademarking as European wines, where a champagne has to actually come from Champagne. (Americans have a gap in finer foods. So Americans take the "Rolexx" approach.)

Rob said...

I have no idea if the name is trademarked.

For more on the subject, see:

Yocha Dehe Greases its Impressive Business Wheels With Olive Oil

After you build a profitable casino, luxurious hotel and championship golf course, create an award-winning wine label, manage more than 11,000 acres of farm and ranch land—including 300 heads of cattle—and on top of it all, buy back your original tribal lands, what on earth do you do for an encore?

If you’re the very enterprising, 62-member Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California’s Capay Valley, you make 100 percent premium extra-virgin olive oil, marketed under the tribe’s distinguished Séka Hills label.