Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day April 24 or May 6? Both!


According to Wine Folly, International Sauvignon Blanc Day is today, Sunday, April 24 so Que Syrah Sue and I opened three Sauvignon Blanc wines from two continents: two inexpensive ones from South America, Decopas from Argentina (around $10) and Globerati from Chile (under $10), and a more expensive one from North America, Provenance from Napa (around $30), and notes on the wines follow.

Many wineries around the globe are celebrating this versatile, food friendly, spring time favorite today.


But then again, maybe International #SauvBlancDay on Friday, May 6, 2016? According to St Supery, Friday May 6 marks the seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

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April is Malbec Month: How We Celebrated #MalbecWorldDay 4/17


When Que Syrah Sue dropped by on Friday to drop off my son’s newly repaired Cotillion pants a few hours before Cotillion, I knew I needed to reward her with some wine!

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Magic on the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara Sun. April 17, 2016


Somehow yesterday when I was writing about April events on the central coast, I neglected to mention the 4th Annual Magic on the Urban Wine Trail Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 3-6pm at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA.

A fundraiser for the PARC Foundation, PARC funds 60 summer camp scholarships for 2016 and and the Teen Culinary Arts Program which teaches at-risk teens job skills and how to make good nutritional choices.

And before the event, head a few blocks up the street to Santa Barbara’s Earth Day, which runs for two days, Sat. April  16 and Sun. April 17.

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Select April Events in Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties



April always explodes not only with wildflowers around here, but with wine events too. Here on the central coast, it’s a great time to get out and about, see the green hillsides brimming with colorful orange poppies, purple lupine, yellow daisies of different kinds, and mustard.  Read on to learn more about where you should go: Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, Champagne on Main in Ventura, California Wine and Jazz Fest at the Four Seasons Westlake, and the 34th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting.


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tercero’s Larry Schaffer, Rhone specialist: part 2 red wines


Whether you are a red wine fan or a white wine fan, whether you are an adventurous wine drinker or a more traditional one, a visit to Santa Barbara County’s tercero in Los Olivos is well worth a trip just off the main drag (2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, suite 104).

At the end of our late February visit, Que Syrah Sue bought seven bottles of tercero and I bought six. We were both tempted to buy more and we both look forward to going back. And here’s why:

tercero owner and winemaker Larry Schaffer  has a wonderful philosophy and personality, and we appreciate his approach to wine to really showcase the fruit and not mask it with oak. We appreciate his playfulness and willingness to take chances with and play which is refreshing in a wine industry that can be so pretentious.

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tercero’s Larry Schaffer, Rhone specialist: part 1 white wines


While February’s Santa Barbara Love #winestudio introduced Que Syrah Sue to Larry Schaffer and his Tercero wines, I met Larry in July of 2014 when he hosted a bunch of us wine bloggers at his tasting room in Los Olivos (2445 Alamo Pentad Ave) before the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Ynez.

And we all left with half a case or more of tercero wine!

Why? Specializing in Rhone wines, tercero is not only off the beaten track in Los Olivos but he offers Rhone wines that are also off the beaten track.

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April Fools for Albarino


No fooling around –this April, we Wine Predators will be fools for Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain!

Legend says that the Rías Baixas are traces left by God’s fingers, where, after creation, he rested his hand. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and north, Galicia has over 1000 miles of coastline. The sea reaches inland to form estuaries where the Rías Baixas mix fresh and salt water to sustain a rich and diverse population of aquatic life–and provide an excellent place to grow Albarino!

Each Tuesday in April (and May!) from 6 – 7:00pm PST, I’ll be talking and tasting Albarino (and more!) with other wine writers and educators during #WineStudio’s weekly educational  program using the hashtag #WineStudio.

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