Benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology (http://bonaccorsifoundation.org/)
The scholarship fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology was created in the memory of Michael Bonaccorsi, one of California’s most gifted and passionate young winemakers. Scholarships are a key component of the UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology’s teaching program, one that provides a vital stepping stone for students pursuing careers in the California wine industry. Awarding a scholarship to a deserving student is one of the most direct and powerful ways to impact their lives. Scholarships also ensure that outstanding students are recognized for their achievements and deserving students receive the financial assistance they need.
Michael Bonaccorsi will serve as an inspiration for many future generations of California wine industry leaders because of this scholarship fund. It will provide a lasting legacy of a great California winemaker at one of the finest wine education centers in the world – UC Davis.
Once again, Wally’s popular summer afternoon tasting will include over 50 Central Coast wineries. To date, confirmed wineries include Sea Smoke, Saxum, Au Bon Climat, Qupé, Hitching Post Wines, Fiddlehead, Loring, Beckmen, Rusack, Presidio, Talley, Ambullneo, Whitcraft, Row Eleven, Paige 23, Summerland, Tantara, Linne Calodo, Arcadian, Turley, Claiborne & Churchill and Talbott.
With some of the best chefs and restaurants represented, including Frank Ostini showcasing the art of grilling on his traveling Santa Maria Barbecue pit from The Hitching Post II, returning guests from Los Angeles are Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, La Brea Bakery, Spago Beverly Hills, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern, Campanile, Comme Ça, The Hungry Cat and Sushi Roku. Featured from the best of the Central Coast are: Bouchon, Artisan, Pasolivo, and Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern. Joining the event for the first time is Susan Feniger’s STREET, The Ballard Inn Restaurant and Full of Life Flatbread Pizza from Santa Barbara County.
In addition to the wine and food tasting, guests are invited to participate in a silent auction of rare wine offerings and premier gift packages. Last year’s live auction items included both a Martha’s Vineyard and NewYork City vacation package. All funds received will directly benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund. To entertain the crowd, Gary Burk’s lively group, the Inexpensive Winos, will reprise last year’s musical performance.
Date: Sunday, Aug 2nd, 2009
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Wally’s Wine & Spirits
2107 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(Look for your loyal Wine 101ers – both Eve and Michael Perlis – will be there!)
Unfortunately, their venture was sideswiped by turbulence in the television industry, in which they both work, and the breakdown of the economy, which sealed their fate. The winery closes this weekend, and Jill and Kevin have been trying to clear out their existing inventory at bargain basement prices. Making it worse is the fact that they will not even be able to bottle what Jill considers their best Zinfandel – the 2007 vintage. Jill has written eloquently about their plight on the Midlife Crisis website,www.midlifecrisiswinery.com. She writes of their 5 year labor of love, and the mixed emotions of ending this noble experiment.
As a friend and a fan of the winery, my heart breaks for the Mittans. Their wines are excellent examples of the best kind of winemaking – handcrafted wines, made with love and passion and humor. One of their trademark wines was Roo Boy Red, named for their beloved Australian Shepherd, who passed away just a few weeks ago.
But to paraphrase Jill’s own sentiments, how many of us get to live our dreams, even if only for a short time? I wish them all the best for the future, and hope I get to taste that 2007 Zinfandel someday.Midlife Crisis Winery: 1244 Pine Street, Suite A, Paso Robles; open Thursday through Monday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., until July 26th.
Denise Lowe has been collecting and learning about wine for many years, and there is nothing about which she is more passionate. She is a certified Junior Wine Executive through LearnAboutWine (www.LearnAboutWine.com), and is now teaching classes as a Senior Educator at LearnAboutWine. Denise also hosts guided, in-home wine tastings through WineShop at Home, a bonded Napa winery (www.denisemlowe.com).
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.