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Carmody McKnight Estate Winery Announces
Land of the Giants Collection
Land of the Giants Launch Party on 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 was held on 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 were original cast members Gary Conway (Captain Steve Burton) and Heather Young (Betty Hamilton). Unfortunately, Stefan Arngrim (Barry Lockridge) was unable to participate.
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 was held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Le Vigne winery located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, California, 93446. The dinner began at 6:30 pm and here are the event details.
COLOSSAL WINE RELEASE MENU
Welcome Reception 6:30
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.
A Carmody McKnight Estate Wine tribute to Irwin Allen's Land of the Giants.
Here are some past events featuring the Land of the Giants cast. More events appear in the IANN Archive.
The Chiller Theatre Expo in October 2017 featured a Land of the Giants reunion with guests including Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, and Stefan Arngrim. The event was held on 27-29 October 2017 in New Jersey. Swiss Family Robinson star Willie Aames was also due to attend.
Deanna Lund attended the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention on Sunday 20th August 2017 at The Reef, 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, Ca 90007. Deanna appeared as part of a Batman themed reunion of Batman hencewomen.
Deanna Lund, Lee Meriwether, and David Hedison (Saturday 29th only) attended the Hollywood Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel (5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA) over the weekend of 28-30 April 2017. Other Irwin Allen related guests included Barbara Bouchet (guest on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), Sandra Lee Gimpel (Bill Mumy's stunt double in Lost in Space), Sherry Jackson (guest on Lost in Space and child star in Where Danger Lives), and Tom Reese (guest on Land of the Giants).
Deanna Lund returned to Virginia on 1st October 2016 to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of RoVaCon 1, the first media event held in Southwestern and Western Virginia. The Virginia Media Event Reunion was held Saturday October 1 at Holiday Inn, 3315 Ordway Drive Roanoke, VA near the airport. There was a full day of activities with media guests, speakers, panels, films, memorabilia sales tables and a banquet with a program.
Deanna Lund met up with composer John Williams at a party in 2012 for the new movie Lincoln for which John has composed the music. Nearly half a century ago, John Williams composed themes for several Irwin Allen productions including Land of the Giants. Deanna and Carol kindly sent this beautiful photograph for us to share with you.
The cast of "Land of the Giants" attended The Hollywood Show Vegas autograph show on Saturday 19th November 2011. Attending the autograph show were series stars Gary Conway, Deanna Lund, Don Marshall, Don Matheson, Heather Young, and Stefan Arngrim.
Deanna Lund (Land of the Giants), Shirley Jones (Beyond the Poseidon Adventure) and Sherry Jackson (Lost in Space, Where Danger Lives) were guests at the July 2011 Western Film Fair held in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Carolyn, Deanna Lund and Dr. Fred at the 2011 Western Film Fair
All of the cast members of Land of the Giants, namely Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, Heather Young, Don Marshall, Don Matheson and Stefan Arngrim attended the Hollywood Show at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center (9-10 October 2010).
Deanna Lund was the guest artist for two schools while back in Virginia in September 2010. Both the Center for the Performing Arts and the William Byrd Players are under Roanoke County Schools and directed by Carol Webster. She conducted workshops having students run through exercises, script readings and taking time to give individual attention to 100 young people.
A host of Irwin Allen stars appeared at the late May (28th-30th) Mickey Sinardi's Showstopper Stars Spectacular including June Lockhart, Shirley Jones, Lee Meriwether, Richard Anderson, Carol Lynley, Robert Colbert, Rosemary Forsyth, Don Matheson, Don Marshall, Allan Hunt, and Terry Becker.
Several Irwin Allen stars and guests attended the Anaheim Comic Con on 16-18 April 2010. The list of stars attending included Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Don Matheson, David Hedison, Lee Meriwether, Yvonne Craig, Michael J. Pollard, Richard Anderson, and Malachi Throne.
Cast members from Land of the Giants (Deanna Lund, Heather Young, Gary Conway, and Don Marshall) and Dennis Cole (Cave In!) attended the 17-19 April 2009 Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey. Click on the link or image below to see photographs from the event.
The Land of the Giants cast recently attended a fabulous new event called ScoutCon which was held on Saturday 24th May 2008 in Tampa, Florida. Attendees included: Gary Conway, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Don Matheson, Heather Young, as well as Don and Deanna's daughter Michele Matheson, Mark Goddard from Lost in Space, Malachi Throne (guest in several Irwin Allen productions), Barbara Luna (Five Weeks in a Balloon), Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea (stars of 2001: A Space Odyssey), Gil Gerard and Erin Grey (Buck Rogers), and Grace Lee Whitney and Sean Kenny (Star Trek).
Deanna Lund attended the Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show in Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia on Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st August, 2008. Click on here or on the image below to view a gallery of pictures from her trip.
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