The American Rosés can be darker hued, cloyingly sweet and overdone. Think White Zinfandel. Are they trying to duplicate the intensity of a varietal that had seen it’s prime? Do they even like what they produce themselves?
Then I had Tobin James Syrah of Rosé, that even though was packed with fresh fruit and charged with strawberry color, I did find pretty damn good. But really different from the other American Rosés I had encountered.
The Rosé I finally settled on was found at Valencia Wine Company: 2008 Domaine St. Andre de Figuiere. Floral, light, crisp, and went well with…well not with…my stupid diet cookies.
But, and here’s what you’ve been waiting for, as the French version wasn’t a fruit forward wine like our American Rosés I’m still officially on my diet. Right?
Macon-fuisse Bourgogne 2004 Chardonnay
Robert Karcher Vin D’Alsace 2004 Sylvaner
Cotes du RhoneSaint Esprit 2007Syrah/Grenache
Chateau des Matards Cotes de Blaye 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Candied pecans, sliced red onions, cranberries and gorgonzola cheese tossed with homemade Dijon vinaigrette dressing
Chicken Basquaise Pan Seared Chicken Breast, Grilled red pepper, zucchini, eggplant and tomato sauce
Beach Bash at Valencia Wine Company.
Here is a puzzling question. What do you do when you work at a wine bar and your off the clock? You come back to the wine bar and drink more wine (Jeff Prang in the Aussie hat).
Then there’s Larry, a true showman at heart. I need to contact his fashion designer. He stands out over everyone when it comes to proper attire.
Talk about true Wine snobs. What a party. Thanks Guy, Jeff, Kevin and Katlin.
Know anyone who’d be interested in these very discounted wines? I guarantee they have been well cellared.
Don Mac Neil, 661-993-2566
1997 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml 1 $35
2003 Pride Mountain Merlot, 750ml 1 $45
2004 Pride Mountain Mountain Top Vineyards Vintner Select Cuvee Merlot, 750ml 1 $75
2002 Pride Mountain Merlot, 750ml 1 $50
2002 Insignia, Meritage, 750ml 1 $150
2001 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml 1 $40
2009 2003 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain Merlot, 750ml 1 $35
2009 2002 Beringer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 $30
2002 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 $40
2002 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Pinot Noir,] 1 $25
1999 Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir, 750ml 1 $15
1999 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml 2@ $55
2001 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve Merlot, 750ml 1 $35
2007 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 750ml 1 $50
1997 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml [2917835-S8174] 1 $40
2001 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 375ml 1 $40
2005 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 750 ml 2 @ $55
2004 Chateau St. Jean Eighty-Five Fifty Five, Bordeaux, 750ml 1 $35
2004 Pride Mountain Mountain Top Vineyards Vintner Select Cuvee Merlot,
750ml 1 $60
2004 St. Clement Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml 1 $45
2005 Martinelli Bella Vigne Pinot Noir, 750ml 1 $50
2007 Central Coast Pinot Noir
2003 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2006 Solomon Hills Central Coast Pinot Noir
2006 Cargassachi Central Coast Pinot Noir
1999 Monte Rosse “Sonoma” Zinfandel
2002 Turner “Lodi” Zinfandel
Knowledgeable vintners hailing from California to Australia will be on hand to discuss the finer points of the business and will present some of their finest wines for sampling. Some of the vineyards represented at the Wine Festival will include Silver Oak, Cakebread, Tobin James, Layer Cake, Opolo Vineyards, Far Niente and Dr. Loosen Wines. As a complement to the wines, local restaurants and caterers will pair regional foods with the vintages.
Tasting tickets will be available for sale and can be exchanged for food, wine or in the beer garden. Throughout the evening, the event will feature music from world famous musicians, art exhibits and products from several high-end retail stores.
Those who attend the festival will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets during the event and will be given the chance to win high-end prizes such as magnums of wine.
Whether a novice or a connoisseur, all wine lovers attending the International Wine Festival, which will be located in parking lot #7 on the corner of Rockwell Canyon Road and Valencia Boulevard, will have the opportunity to learn about wines in an informative and supportive environment while helping a much-needed arts and education outreach program for local schools.
“The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center’s new K-12 Arts Education Outreach program is pleased to be the beneficiary of this year’s International Festival,” said PAC Managing Director Adam Philipson. “The outreach program will serve the growing needs for arts education in our valley and will impact the lives of nearly 10,000 children this year.”
All Corked Up members will receive a $10 dollar discount off a regular priced admission of $50, which includes 10 food and beverage tickets. Discover more about All Corked Up Memberships by calling 661-799-7979. To order tickets, go to the company’s Webpage at:www.allcorkedup.com.
With the increase of these new high tech closures such as screw caps, Zork closures, synthetic cork, etc., what are the effects on the wines. These new closures are great at preventing oxygen from entering the bottles and I believe that we can all agree that the drink now wines (less than 5 years from vintage) will not be affected. In fact, I believe that the consumer will receive a fresher and more consistent product than those that use natural cork. But what about the wines that we want to cellar. The big cabs, Bordeaux’s, Burgundy’s, etc. How will this affect the development of the wine over time?