Happy Earth Day! France Comes to LA: Bordeaux 4/23 + Loire 4/30


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.

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Ventura Wine Company offers free Bordeaux tasting this Sat. 3/7

Nick of the Ventura Wine Company says:

Enjoy a Casual Saturday afternoon Wine Tasting this Saturday, March 7, 2009 in The Cave! We are working to expand our import selection, and we’ve invited a French Specialist to come in and share 3 special Bordeaux Wines from France with you. The tasting will take place from 1:30 – 3pm and its complementary. Again, it is casual so come and go anytime you’d like during the scheduled time – or stay awhile and enjoy some Small Plate menu items and check out what’s new on the Enomatic Machine! We have changed out most of the Enomatic Machine wines this week… check out our new picks: Here is your chance to try one of the most famous wines in California, Opus One! You can taste it this weekend on the Enomatic. We know this wine is expensive, but if you like it, as part of our “stimulus package” we are offering it for sale in our retail store at a substantial discount!

Let’s see if any are biodynamic/sustainable/organic choices!
Ventura Wine Company: 4435 McGrath St. #301, Ventura, CA 93003
805-642-9449 phone

Monday 10am to 6pm
Tue, Wed, Thurs 10am to 8pm
Fri, Sat 10am to 10pm