I don’t know about you, but I enjoy wine the most when it is paired with food –and when the pairing works.
I love how a food can bring something special out in a wine and vice versa.
One of the questions I get asked most (after what is my favorite wine!) is how do you know what wine to pair with food.
The best way is to experiment. But I get it — that can be scary and pricey. Not everyone is willing to open up a couple of $15-50 bottles to see what works!
A great way to experience great wine and food pairs is by attending winemaker dinners, and in Ventura County, there are three great ones coming up this month. Details follow.
And if you can’t attend a dinner like this, you CAN learn a lot by studying the menu! What do the experts pair with what? You’ll notice trends, for example, duck with Pinot noir; however, I’ve found that I generally prefer duck with syrah, so you still need to experiment!
For something completely different, head to the Ventura County Fair on Tuesday August 11 from 5-7pm Continue reading
May is the annual Finger Lakes Month, and so with my spring semester grades turned in, it seemed like time to celebrate! We opened a 2011 Blanc de Blancs from Fox Run Vineyards that I received as a sample.
Established in 1990 in a former dairy, Fox Run is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. Continue reading
Did you know that May 21 is Chardonnay Day? If you read this blog regularly, you probably do; here’s last year’s post where Helen and I traveled to various wineries in Ventura County.
Did you know that May is National Pet Month? And do you have any idea how many pets are waiting at shelters for HOMES?
Our rescue kitty, Ginger, with a number of bottles of Chardonnay May 2014.
I do! Since I was in second grade, I have been rescuing cats Continue reading
Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2015!
Because this is a weekend to celebrate all wines Santa Barbara County, what with the 33rd annual Vintners Fest in Buellton tomorrow and all, it seemed most appropriate I opened a Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes grown in Santa Barbara County, specifically a 2010 from The Ojai Vineyard from the Santa Ynez Valley’s McGinley Vineyard located in the far eastern end of the valley, east of Los Olivos almost to Lake Cachuma. Continue reading
Happy Earth Day!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think wine is one of the best ways for people to come to care about climate and the planet. As global warming effects become more and more apparent around the globe, it starts to impact vineyards–what grows where and when is going to change.
This may mean that some regions will no longer be able to grow grapes or make wine. And that other areas previously too cold or lacking in one way or another may become the next century’s great grape growing region.
As people discover the magic of terroir –how a particular place is expressed in a wine– they will see how climate has an impact on the wine production in the region.
One of the best ways to get to know the wines of a region, short of traveling there personally, is to attend a tasting where you can bombard your taste buds with wine grown in a particular place and with a specific style.
For Los Angelenos, two such opportunities are coming up on the next two consecutive Thursdays in April: the first, tomorrow April 23, features wine from Bordeaux while the second, April 30, specializes in wine from Loire Valley.
As the weather warms, wine predators everywhere are headed to outdoor wine festivals, tastings, and activities as well as picnics in the park on the beach.
As luck would have it, today is a Saturday and my 12th wedding anniversary –which means silk, linens, and pearls! Oysters anyone? Plus it’s Earth and Poetry month. So how should a wine predator poet celebrate?
Fortunately, I have several wonderful wine options! Continue reading