Cabernet Franc Winners With Osso Bucco, Squash Gratin #WinePW

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As the weather cools and as the days get darker and the nights longer, we turn to rich foods that will warm our homes, our bellies and our souls.

How fitting, then, that Cabernet Franc Day is celebrated each year on December 4 as Cabernet Franc is a wonderful wine to pair with these earthy, root vegetables and braised meats to kindle the fire within! Read why Cabernet Franc is celebrated Dec. 4 and six more reasons to celebrate Cab Franc on that day! Continue reading

7 Reasons To Celebrate Cab Franc

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Today, Sunday, December 4, is the second annual Cabernet Franc Day! Which means it’s time to show Cabernet Franc some well-deserved love!

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Sue and I pouring Cantara Cellars Cab Franc blend “Frankenvine” at last night’s Ventura’s Wine Walk.

So I asked Que Syrah “Give me Cabernet Franc or else” Sue why we should celebrate Cabernet Franc today. Together we came up with this list: Continue reading

#MerlotMe Monday on #MerlotDay 11/7/16

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In October, Sue and I didn’t get Merlittle but Merlot for a month of #MerlotMe! And for these two Merlot fans, it was Merlot of a good thing!

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Puns aside, October was a great month of Merlot here on Wine Predator, and certainly primed the pump for us to really appreciate today, Merlot Day, a day set aside to celebrate all things Merlot. Below read about eleven we tasted last month.  Continue reading

Spur of the Moment Local Grenache Day at Plan B and Cantara Cellars

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Speaking of local wines and wineries that will be attending and pouring at today’s “A Taste of VC”, on last week’s Grenache Day Friday Sept 16, the wine samples of Garnacha from Spain that I was expecting didn’t arrive leaving me free to taste whatever I wanted! I was planning on opening one from The Ojai Vineyard or Twisted Oak from my cellar, but as I was at an afternoon meeting in Camarillo, on my way home I stopped by both Cantara Cellars in Camarillo and Plan B Wine Cellars in Ventura for a spur of the moment locally made Grenache!

Because I couldn’t let Grenache Day go by without drinking one of my favorite wines! Read why here. Continue reading

PS I Love You Hits The Road; Reviews of Petite Sirah by Cantara, Back Patio

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This Sat. Feb. 6, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m,

10 Participating Wineries
will share their Petite Sirah wines

 Vina Robles Hospitality Center
Paso Robles, CA

Barr Estate Winery

Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Cantara Cellars

Clayhouse Wines

Graveyard Vineyards

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Red Soles Winery

Robert Biale Vineyards

Le Cuvier Winery

Vina Robles Winery

PS I Love You’s signature February event “Dark & Delicious” is on the road!

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broken wrist + wine: a tweeted tale

So I must apologize for my absence here on Wine Predator. You see, I broke my wrist. My left wrist. At Thanksgiving. At a parking lot at Mammoth Mountain. I slipped on some black ice in my ski boots and went down HARD.

Which meant that during the final three weeks of the semester at Ventura College and three weeks of winter break I had a broken wrist.

Which meant that I couldn’t even open a bottle of wine. Unless it had a screwtop. And fortunately for me, I had a few from Tercero to enjoy, like this grenache on Dec. 21 for winter solstice:

Which meant that while I could lift a wine glass with my right arm, and get people to help with notes, and participate in plenty of twitter tastings, Continue reading