What are you in the mood for this Valentine’s Day?

If you are in the mood for beautiful weather (70s and 80s) and gorgeous sunsets at the beach this Valentine’s Day with a generous helping of great wine and good food, then you should head to Ventura County  for the Valentine n Wine 5 day event starting tomorrow Th. Feb. 12, continuing Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day, Sunday, and all the way to President’s Day, February 16th.

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balmy Ventura beach sunset Tuesday February 10

In addition to tasting at 11 area wineries plus several more wineries at the Custom Crush facility in Camarillo, with your passport you’ll experience: Continue reading

Help With Bottling at Cantara Cellars Jan 31

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Celebrating Zinfandel Day with Lodi Wine at Cantara Cellars

What’s my favorite wine for Thanksgiving? ZINFANDEL! It’s magical with turkey and ham, and it can stand up to all those crazy rich side dishes.1461699_10151785584630924_330197425_n

So what better time to celebrate zinfandel day but in November as we’re preparing for Thanksgiving and figuring out the wines we want to enjoy on this special day?

Today I’m heading over to Cantara Cellars in Camarillo CA where we will taste zinfandel from the Lodi region as well as other wines from Lodi that you might want to consider sharing with your friends and family on Thanksgiving, or other special occasions. We’ll be posting pictures and tasting notes with the hashtag #lodiwine if you want to follow along.

These are the wines that were sent to me as samples for the twitter tasting that we will be opening today from 5-6pm:

2011 Klinker Brick Winery Bricks & Mortar Cabernet Blend $30
2012 St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel $24
2010 Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon $25
2010 Harney Lane Winery Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel $35
2009 LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards Centennial Zinfandel $60
Read more recommendations for wines for Thanksgiving turkey here and wines for Thanksgiving ham here.

SoCal Ideas for Wine Tourism Day, Sat. May 11 2013

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This Saturday, May 11 is Wine Tourism Day, a day to celebrate North America’s wine tourism industry and all those who enjoy the experience of visiting wine country.

According to organizers, “Local wine industry folks in their respective regions — including wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine-related businesses — have created special events for people who love anything to do with wine, food, events, travel and fun!”

Events can be anything from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you or register for the Great Wine Tour Giveaway.

Or create your own event! You don’t have to visit Napa–head out on Saturday to a winery near you and celebrate! You may be surprised by what you’ll find in a few hours drive. Please post in the comments and tell us which wineries are YOUR favorites to visit?

Read on for Wine Predator’s picks of places to prowl! Continue reading

Let’s All Go Zin: Nov. 19 is Global Zin Day

How do you plan to celebrate Global Zinfandel Day, Friday November 19, 2010 from midnight to midnight?

All you have to do is open a bottle of zin and enjoy it! I tell you, I am such a zin fan I’m ready to pop a cork at midnight and begin tweeting! (After all, I cut my wine “teeth” working at Ridge!)

If you want to get social, use the #Zinfandel hashtag to connect with other zin lovers on  Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, blogs, etc.  You can also search the hash tag on social sites to see what others are drinking and read what they’re saying allowing you to connect and chat with other Zin drinkers around the world.

But why not get social in person? Continue reading