December kicks off with a bang in Ventura County with the Third Annual Winter Wine Walk in downtown Ventura. The rainy night and a friend’s party kept me away this year, but you can read my thoughts about the 2011 and the 2010 Winter Wine Walks. I know one friend who had his car hit by a drunk driver tonight; I hope the damage this year is minimal because I like the idea of the event and I’d like to see it be successful. Until someone pays for a stronger enforcement present like that required at the beer festival, I fear that people will continue to take advantage of the “wild west” atmosphere that prevails and drink to excess.
Both Saturday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 2 join a Holiday Open House from noon – 5:00 p.m. at the Camarillo Custom Crush Winery
300 South Lewis, Unit C. For a cost of $20, you can get a taste of what Ventura County winemakers are up as winemakers will pour their juice. Check out the local wine gifts for the holidays, too.
Sample wine from the barrel, purchase futures, taste library wines and a limited number of Chardonnay verticals, and more fun. Be sure to bring a picnic and enjoy this bit of rural paradise on a working ranch in Ventura County. Vino V winemaker Michael Meagher is super excited about the 2012 harvest and will happily tell you all about how this year’s warmer summer was a welcomed change from the last two allowing “the grapes to ripen gradually, yet with an emphasis on fruit flavor.” In the tasting room, he’s currently pouring:
2011 Chenin Blanc, Jurassic Park Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
2011 Grüner Veltliner, Paragon Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County
2010 Chardonnay, Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
2010 Pinot Noir, Kick-On Ranch, Santa Barbara County
2006 Syrah, White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
I love what Michael does with his fruit and I’m particularly excited to taste his pinot noir–he doesn’t make it every year and the last vintage he made was fabulous. To learn more, go to www.vinoVwines.com. There’s also the bonus of tasting the wines that Michael makes for Old Creek Ranch–they’re having a holiday open house the same weekend with lots of excitement also!
December is a bubbly kind of month, full of celebratory bubbles at holiday parties, not to mention New Year’s Eve! So it’s the perfect time for me to get going on a bubbly post or two, featuring bubbles from all over the world, including my own backyard. Look for a post soon about various bubbles including Enza Proseco from Italy, Yellow Tail Pink Rose from Australia, Lucien rose cremant from Alsace, and the brand new North Coast California “Baubbles” from Four Brix, located in Ventura.
On Sunday, December 16 from 2-4pm, I will once again be attending the Ventura Wine Company’s annual champagne tasting held at the Cave, 4435 McGrath Street #301 Ventura, CA 93003. (805) 642-9449.
Tickets are $35 and allow you to taste from a selection of about 40 Sparklers and Champagne, to listen to enjoy live entertainment by Veron Thomas, and to sample light appetizers from The Cave. Dress warmly because the event is held primarily outside. Last year I took advantage of many special prices on sparkling wines.
Wednesday, December 19 at 5pm (Pacific) will find me in bubbles again as we pop corks from Chateau Ste Michelle for another Thirsty Girl Twitter Tasting, this time of Domaine Ste. Michelle’s Brut & Brut Rose.
I’m very excited also to announce that Thirsty Girl has added Wine Predator to their (very limited!) blog roll! Go see!
Taste the Four Brix Baubbles yourself along with two other wines paired with oysters and clams from the Jolly Oyster at Four Brix’s monthly Foodie Friday 12/21/12 from 4-8pm. For $15, get fresh Oysters on a half shell, Wine Barrel Smoked Oysters, and a Smitten Clam Chowder. You’d better RSVP before showing up to Four Brix Winery, 2290 Eastman Ave., 109, Ventura, CA 93003.
What a way to celebrate the end of the world!