a selection of wines from grapes grown in Ventura County by several Ventura County wineries
Until December 2017’s Thomas Fire struck Ventura County with a vengeance making it the largest fire in California’s history, most people didn’t know where Ventura County was. I’d tell people we were located north of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara — two well known regions, and one of them, Santa Barbara, very well known for wine.
But Ventura County has a long history of flowers, seeds, citrus and more agricultural abundance — including wine grapes.
Chiaretto? What’s that? Sue and I figured we’d just pass up this month’s Italian Food Wine Travel Chiaretto prompt — it’s summer, we’re busy, we’re traveling, we’ve got big projects going at home, and what is Chiaretto anyway?
But we got an offer we couldn’t refuse: samples! So we looked at our calendars, and committed to it — still with NO IDEA what we were in for but figuring it was something red.
That’s because even though Sue’s family is from Italy, we don’t speak a whole lot of Italian. Continue reading →