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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Steven Spurrier Santa Barbara County Wine Tasting

One of our highlights while in Santa Barbara County was a wine tasting with Steven Spurrier. In the United States wine trade, Spurrier is noted for organizing the 1976 blind wine tasting in Paris where a California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon scored higher than prestigious producers from Burgundy and Bordeaux. That singular event put California […]

Boutique Wineries in Los Alamos and a Visit to Presqu’ile Winery

Yesterday we made our way to Los Alamos a small quaint town dotted with antique stores, an odds and ends store and two wine tasting rooms.

Another Fine Sunny Day (#afsd) in Santa Barbara County

Yesterday we visited Clos Pepe Estate where we met Steven Spurrier, the renowned wine critic.

Santa Barbara County Wineries: Los Olivos

Yesterday was our second day in Santa Barbara County. After a delightful night’s stay in the city of Santa Barbara near what is sometimes referred to as America’s Riviera, we drove north on Route 101. At this time of year the dryness of the region has created many dried plants with occasional spots of green trees. The terrain is hilly to mountainous.

As we approached Los Olivos….

Swirl, Sip, and Savor… at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival, June 28

While visiting Jaffurs Wine Cellars, our first winery visit to Santa Barbara County yesterday, we learned that a special Wine Festival is coming up this weekend. The Santa Barbara Wine Festival, Saturday, June 28 benefits the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. More than 50 Santa Barbara County wineries will be participating in the Wine Festival. In addition to the wineries, more than 20 food vendors will be at the festival.

First Impressions of Santa Barbara

After a five and a half hour flight from Washington Dulles and a two-hour drive from LAX to Santa Barbara, we were ready for some wine and winery visits. What will we find as we explore the wine regions and wineries of Santa Barbara County? What will the weather reveal? Will we like the wines? […]

Tasting Notes: A Wine and Music Pairing Fundraiser in Annapolis

On the 29th of June, Tasting Notes, a wine and music pairing event will take place at Bin 201 in Annapolis, Maryland. Bin 201 Wine Sellers will select the wines to be paired with Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello. Whole Foods is providing light hors d’oeuvres.

Reflections on Lake County

The focus on this week’s California Wine Appellation Specialist’s class is Lake County and the Sierra Foothills. I am taking the online version of the class through the San Francisco Wine School. Kathy and I have been to Lake County twice to visit wineries and vineyards. Our first trip was in October of 2009 and […]

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wines and “Not Exactly Real” Videos

Bert Merlott is a fictitious character with high snobbish mannerisms that plays in contrast to the “real” of Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines.

CWAS Homework: Napa

I had previously selected the wines to taste for the second week of the California Wine Appellation Specialist program at the San Francisco Wine School when my instructor threw a curve. One of the wines had to be similar to one of the wines I wrote about the previous week from Mendocino County. Since the […]

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