Check out the article in the SB Independent. Looking forward to this... "Nonetheless, Cora isn’t here just to bask at the beach. “I definitely am looking to open a signature restaurant in Santa Barbara and am looking at properties and talking to people,” she said. “When we really have the news and the location locked in, I’ll let you know. But that’s definitely a goal, bringing something unique and wonderful." -source : SB Independent
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Dennis Schaefer's interview with Adam Firestone is right here
Keywords wine industry news
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Check out this extraordinarily long "discussion" regarding Pinot Noir and the meaning of color...
here.. You get to hear some local SB winemakers duke it out and discuss how they make wine.
Interesting fact discovered about 10 pages in,there is a white Pinot Noir.. Domaine Serene Coeur Blanc
Friday, October 19, 2007
My first wine was the Curran Gerwertzaminer. If you find this wine, you must buy it. An absolutely beautiful nose, so floral and feminine. I wanted it as a perfume. And on a warm day just a great lovely white to sip. Next was the DiBruno Pinot Grigio. Again, I wasn't dissapointed. I skipped the Curran 2006 Grenache Blanc because I 've enjoyed it before. Traudl of Huber Wines pictured to the left. Norm Yost to the right
Then we moved on to see our dinner companions from the night before and try the Flying Goat Pinot Gris. A light and lovely wine to have with a cheese plate. We skipped the 2006 Goat Bubbles because we had a bottle the night before and we already know its a great pinot noir sparkler.
The Huber's offered two different 2005 Chardonnay's. poured by Norm and Traudl. One was oak fermented the other was stainless steel. In the end I liked both but loved the creamy mouthfeel the oak gave the varietal. In the end its what you prefer, right?
Prodigal made a Pinot Gris but there wasn't any left by the time we got there.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Here's a pick from the Santa Barbara Vinters Association's Celebration of Harvest 2007.
Cabernet and Sangiovese Super Tuscan blend. Tasting notes: Plush rasberry fruit with spice. It made me crave spaghetti and meatballs.
Try the 2005 Koehler Magia Nera.
Overall a great day, we were pouring 3 different pinot noirs that were a hit at the festival. Numerous people came up and said that this was the best Pinot they tasted all day! See my previous write up for tasting notes
Friday, October 12, 2007
- Driving up from the South, I'd start out by stopping at Summerland Winery just south of Santa Barbara. They will be having snacks and a 20% discount on wine. Their black label Pinot Noir is a steal at $20 retail. Etienne's wine's in the single vineyard collection are just delicious.
- If you want to stay around SB, stop by Jaffur's Tasting Room
- Either go on to the festival or stop by any of these tasting rooms. Alma Rosa,Foley, Melville, Then on to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto and try Palmina and Fiddlehead.
- Sunday, I'd recommend ABC open house right in the middle of the famous Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria or over to the Cheer's for Charlotte Event at the Huber Vineyard.
- Otherwise Sunday, drive up to Foxen Winery and then swing back to downtown Los Olivos and head over to Wine Country , Longoria, and Andrew Murray after grabbing a snack at Panino.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
On my way to Old Kings Road in SB for trivia, we stop into Paradise Cafe for the Paradise Burger, medium rare with grilled onions. I scan the wine's by the glass list and find Ojai Vineyards Non Vintage Red. This wine really starts to open up in the glass after a few minutes and it was delicious with the Paradise Burger.
I'm going to have to pick up a bottle or two for home because at $16 a bottle retail its a bargain
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Cheers for Charlotte is a benefit for the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society
Sunday, October 14, ( $10/person)
Reasons to Go, if you need them
1. Its Sunday, you aren't working
2. It’s for charity
3. The Huber's are releasing their Reserve Dornfelder wine
4. The Huber’s will be joined by
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Ensconced in what I believe was at one point a Taco Bell, a nice wine shop and tasting room has opened up north of LA in Thousand Oaks, CA. This Thursday Pine Ridge is coming to pour their wines at the Wineyard. I'm a big fan of their wines. I previously mentioned their great bargain wine the 2006 Chenin Blanc/ Viogner. They also make a great Chardonnay that has been barrel fermented ( aged sur lie, with occasional stirring). The winemaker also chose to inhibit MLF( malolactic fermentation). I completely agree with the choice, it shows of the fruit characteristics without that boring oak chard that is just so 1980. And the Cabernet is also wonderful, hailing from the famous Stags Leap District.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Science has proven that mice can get fat and still live as long as mice fed a usual mouse diet if their pig-outs also included big doses of resveratrol. Resveratrol is found in wine in case you weren't in the know.
Resveratrol also has shown in Rodent studies that it :
- lessens the sensitivity of rats to pain.
- Resveratrol in combination with statins works better than either one alone in improving lipid levels in rats with high cholesterol and in improving their recovery after heart attacks
- resveratrol can greatly reduce risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancers
- low doses of resveratrol aid in sensitivity to insulin and could open up new new therapies for type 2 diabetes
Lets hope there are some good studies in humans to acertain if this translates to people. But I'm glad all these rodents can now live longer, I was worried. In the mean time have some wine just in case :) Check out this whole article in the LA times
Sunday, October 7, 2007
- 1/4 cup balsamic
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- blend and then add 1/2 cup walnut oil
- add 2tsp minced shallots and pepper to taste.
Can your friends guess your wine order before you speak up? Are you in a wine rut? Impress your friends and go with Grenache
I know, you just love only pinot, or syrah, merlot, or cab.. Impress your friend and branch out into Grenache!
I recently got a chance to have some of Longoria's 2001 Santa Barbara County Grenache. It was tasting great. Such vibrant rasberry and some zippy pepper on the finish. I'm sure it would be hard to track down the 2001 but I recommend picking up the Longoria 2005 Grenache.
I'm also a fan of these Grenache Producers
Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles alway makes a big fruity pleasing Grenache. I haven't found anyone who didn't ask for another taste
Alta Maria Vineyards 2005 Grenache “Nielson Vineyard”Santa Maria Valley: This was amazing at 2007 Santa Barbara Wine futures.
Beckmen Vineyards 2006 Grenache “Purisima Mountain Vineyard”Santa Ynez Valley. Another standout from Wine Futures
Please share your favorite grenache here by commenting.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Kaena 2005 Hapa, Santa Ynez Valley : Go Native with this Hawaiian Winemaker in the Santa Ynez Valley
Vintners' Visas are available for local wine events from Friday to Monday. I'd highly recommend the ABC Open House on Sunday. It's always a blast.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
But before I got to take the juice out of the tanks and move it to the barrels.. I got schooled in the art of barrel washing and sanitizing. After filling with water and dumping, you use a barrel washer ( really a sprinkler like device) hooked up to an Ozonater to give a final rinse to the barrels so you can resuse barrels from the prior year. The idea is that these barrels will impart less oak to the wine compared to the new barrels and thus giving the winemaker more options for blending and thus a more complex final product.
Then I drew off the free run( juice in the tank) from below the cap ( grape solids) and moved the free run pinot noir juice to their new expensive french oak habitat. These barrels will later be transfected with a secondard malolatic fermenting beastie ( yeast) to finish the red wine fermentation. Malolactic Fermentation yeast beasts will, by just being themselves,change the Tart malic acid to the softer tasting lactic acid and thus make yummy well rounded pinot. Hence the name : Malo--> lactic fermentation.
The solids left in the vats were taken to the Bladder Press for a gentle nudge by a large air bag to coax more precious wine out of them. This wine was moved to a stainless steel tank for and will be racked into barrels in the morning.
We got to taste the Press run coming off and its certainly baby wine at this point. It had distinct notes of tartness. The astrigency is hard to miss at this stage, akin to drinking cranberry juice, the fruit is fleeting and then seems to dry your tongue out. But no bitterness at all, so so far things are looking up for the 2007 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir!