Do you have a favorite place for sipping vino in Santa Clarita? So do I. Of course this is going to be subjective. Your task is to look over my list and then use the comment section if you’d like to add to it. It’s not like I’m such a lush that I’ve been to every drinking establishment in Santa Clarita. But it is my column.
- My Front Porch. Years ago when we moved from our second house in SCV to our third, we discovered Happy Valley. You know the oak tree on our city’s signs? They’re in my neighborhood. No tract housing, not many sidewalks, and, for us, a nice view at 5:01 PM. When my husband Eddie and I aren’t rushing out for dinner one of our favorite pastimes is to have a bottle of wine on our front porch and watch our neighbors coming home from work, the piano teacher’s arrival, the lone walker with two water bottles on her hips, the car washing, the cyclists…it’s not a Paris café but it’s home.
- Your Front Porch. Granted this doesn’t happen as often as one of my neighbors usually shows up at 5:02 with her own glass on my porch. But, sometimes, we do mingle on hers or, if really lucky, the street gets coned off, neighbors bring a favorite dish, families don lawn chairs and liquor is abundant.
- Every Wine Bar in Town. Of course we may live closer to one or another, which sometimes suits our tastes as the “Cheers” bar where everyone knows our name, but we love each and every one and hope they are all in business a very long time. Let’s list them alphabetically to be safe: All Corked Up, Aqua Dulce Vineyards, Lee’s Wine Bistro, Valencia Wine Company, Vino 100, Vintners Cellar, Wine 661 and soon, if we push our politicians, Pulchella Winery Tasting Room. Also, if I had my way, The Loose Goose Wine Society would come back.
- Restaurants with Wine Lists: We like many restaurants, but some we bring in our own wine or settle with what they offer, I will stick to the ones with lists we like only. Le Chene has to be first as their wine list is Wine Spectator awarded. Then comes The Oaks Grille at TPC, Salt Creek Grille, Maru Sushi, The Social, Vines, Cavi Cucina Italiana, Wolf Creek, George’s Bistro.
- Wine Tasting Groups: I highly recommend joining a wine tasting group for anyone interested in learning more about wine. Intimidating? You bet but you will learn so much more than just drinking socially or at big wine events. Eddie and I got invited to meet with the SCV Vintners and Growers Association and feel like we struck gold. We’ve learned about grape growing, wine making and what their varied education brings to a tasting. Next up for us is joining Rusty Sly (A writer on my blog that satisfies my Wine 102 readers) for his Grape of the Night.