Sample some outstanding boutique wines
Enjoy enticing edibles from Buca di Beppo.
Take in the panoramic views from atop the Sky Tower at Magic Mountain.
All while joining the Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s efforts to help
Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Sky Tower at Magic Mountain
As this is an exclusive and limited opportunity,
For reservations, please contact the Michael Hoefflin Foundation
661.250.4100, email@example.com or visit us at www.mhf.org
Other highlights besides the Spritzer, which became a common pre-siesta drink due to the heat, included every local wine we could find.
In Ferarra, at the oldest wine bar in the world, Enoteca Al Brindisi, we were served Vinavecchia. (Which our server spelled out for me, said meant old grapes, but I found nothing on the Internet to confirm this.) The wine was made from the Fortana grape and, later, we sampled their local Merlot. I had a second glass of the Fortana and, even though I noted the bottle “8 Burson Randi”, the server told me I’d never find it again. (Readers: Feel free help here it was that good!) My receipt showed we had a total of 6 glasses, paying 3 Euros for each. The best deal in Italy was definitely going to be the wine.
In Rome, we were tempted by the half dozen bottles of Champagne in ice buckets at Vudabar, but had to get to the Colosseum before the Obama visit shut it all down. We did enjoy the same bottle of Shiraz, at two different places, and as that was the first time that had happened…we can only hope it happens if/when you go as we didn’t write down the name!
We had a great Nebbiolo, and this one I did write down: 2006 Langhe “Regret” that another blogger reviewed and has a photo of: http://cinciwine.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_archive.html
At Enotrev, you guessed it, by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, we were treated to many tastes that, at press time, I am waiting for their rep to confirm. (http://www.vinovip.com/uk/index.html) We had a coffee and cream flavored Grappa, Limoncello and then a series of cream-based liquors that ranged from Pistachio (I liked) to strawberry (Ed’s fave).
As you people are used to reading short posts on this blog I will quit for now…those of you die-hards that want more will just have to read the full story that will run next Friday in the West Ranch Beacon blog! Ciao!
We just got back from the Winemakers Magazine wine making conference.
Four wonderful days in Napa – and lots of great information on viticulture and wine making. Plus lots of tasting-not just Napa wines but wines from all over. 4,474 entries in this year’s competition.
The highlight is the Friday night wine swap where all of us Winemakers bring our wines and share them with the other 500 attendees. Tons of great amateur wine out there from all over the place. Habanera wine? It was there. Ice wine? Ditto.
Great people and great wines made for a great time. If you are an amateur wine maker this is the conference to be at. Next year it will be in the Columbia gorge area.
We got a gold medal for our Castaic “Scorched Earth” 2007 Syrah and another gold for our Red Mountain Cabernet. Our Pinot Grigio and Gruner got a Silver and Bronze respectively.
We met some local wine maker/growers from Castaic and Antelope Valley there too. (If you happen to be in the Sonoma Coast area and want a wonderful dining experience try Nick’s Cove-Great food, service and location.)
Tonight we sampled our 08 Castaic Colombard and it is a remarkably powerful white wine. Pale gold in color with grass and melon on the nose. Great balance with citrus (orange blossoms?) and tropical nuances, incredible mouth feel and a fruity, crisp, lingering finish. WOW! I am calling the nursery and ordering more of these vines tomorrow.
Also sampled the 08 Malvasia Bianca-golden color, light apricot on the nose with grapefruit, pineapple, honey and coconut in the mouth. Nice balance of fruit and acid, good mouth feel, silky. Santa Clarita is showing the potential to be a great wine making area! Give us a jingle some time and we can try the Syrah and Cab and whatever. Hope all is well,
Susie and Kerry-Two Hearts Estate, Castaic, CA.
Blush wines have been making a comeback for some time and they’re better than ever! Gone are the days of super-sweet pink wines that we remember from the “white zin” days. Now blush wines are off-dry and are being made from some really interesting grapes. Ever seen a blush Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Malbec or Pinot Noir? They DO exist and they’re great Summer wines! They’re light and crisp, go with lots of different foods and even manage to satisfy the most discriminating wine drinkers.
Since all blush wines come from red grapes, you might be wondering how wine-makers achieve that gorgeous rose color. The answer lies in the maceration process. Much of a wine’s character comes from the grape skins, not the juice as many people believe. To lighten things up, wine-makers simply remove the grape skins earlier than they would if they were making a full-bodied, red wine. Removing the skins after a few hours [or days] creates a wine that’s light, refreshing and perfect for Summer!
At Wine 661, I serve a blush Tempranillo by the glass and it’s a huge hit! I also carry an inexpensive blush Grenache from Spain (or Garnacha as they call it in Spain) and I can hardly keep it on the shelves. At a mere $19.99 per bottle, it’s a steal! I have a blush Pinot Noir from the Coppola family of wines and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Pale pink, fruity but not sweet, lots of character and it comes in a stunning bottle!
If you haven’t tried any blush or rose wines in the past few years, give them another shot! They have a long way to go to repair the damage that “white zin” did to blush wines but if you’re adventurous enough to revisit them, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing wine experience!
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