Rose all May with Cantara and Clos de Amis
As the weather gets warmer, are you ready to Rosé All May?
And so is Clos des Amis after bottling their 2020 Ventura County South Mountain Estate Rosé of Grenache and Mourvedre.
And Camarillo’s Cantara Cellars is now offering a Rosé this spring– their first since 2008! Continue reading
leaving on a jet plane
If we walk along the El Camino Real from our house along the Ventura beach at night to Santa Barbara county campsites at Refugio or El Capitan State Beach just north of Santa Barbara, the lights of the squid boats bounce gently on the open ocean. They quietly gather there, moving into their spots as the sun sets. One minute you’re watching the falling light, the next you’re gazing on the twinkling squid boats with the stars above.
If I walked further –A LOT FURTHER than I did on the Pacific Crest Trail–I could find myself on the Camino de Santiago in Spain’s western shore, Galicia.
After all they say, the Camino — The Way of St James — starts at your front door.
And there are as many ways to get there as there are people who walk the way– over 300,000 people a year– with nearly 23,200 people along the Portuguese Coastal Path which travels through and, like all the Caminos, ends in Galicia, Spain.
This year, the World Wine Travel group of wine writers explore Espana, and this month we virtually visit Galicia, a trip we are pairing with Albariño wines from the Rias Baixas D. O. And Santiago de Campestoloa is located just above! Continue reading
“Tonight?” he asked in accented English. “You want to stay tonight?”
“Yes,” we assured him, “yes please.” It was about 8pm and we’d be there as soon as we could.
On that gray fall day, our morning began early in Hautvillers, Champagne, Continue reading
Carême “Spring” Vouvray
The Loire Valley in France offers languid riverside paths for walking and cycling, storybook castles for exploring and staying, forests for hunting deer and mushrooms, gravelly shoreline and hillside vineyards for wine grape growing, deep limestone caves for living, staying, and storing wine, plus lush fields for cultivating vegetables and raising livestock. Continue reading
Sicily’s Volcanic wine region: Wines from Mt Etna paired with pork Sugo
Do you have a favorite little known and under appreciated region in Europe– a region that could use more attention and love? Continue reading