Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wine along with the Goddess...

Just a quick note while prepping the next post. We've got some fun events coming up, and would love you to share them with us.

On Sunday, February 6th, if you're not into football - or even if you are - come on down to Loft 218 and join me as I teach Wine Camp for LearnAboutWine. It's fun! It's a great way to discover new wines and make new friends with common interests. Click thru on the icon with a wine bottle in a tent - Wine Camp, get it? - and buy your tickets for a terrific Sunday afternoon with no football to get in the way. I'm just saying...

Then, on Tuesday, February 8th, join JD and me at Total Wine & More in Northridge as we taste and talk about romantic wines to buy for Valentine's Day! Oh, and there WILL be chocolate! Click thru on the Local Wine Events icon to buy your tickets. This is a great way to learn about wine in the San Fernando Valley. Did I mention there will be chocolate?

Almost forgot! The team that brings you the LA Wine Fest is now bringing you the Santa Clarita Valley Wine Fest on Saturday, February 12th! The Goddess and JD will be pouring wine there to support their friends, wine aficionado Dr. Joel Fisher, blogger extraordinaire Eve Hammond Bushman and many others!

Don't miss these great events! Cheers!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jumping into the new year, wining as we go...

2010 ended with a bang and a whole lotta Champagne. 2011 started quietly while we rehydrated. But JD and I are back in full swing now!

We started at the monthly Monday night meeting of Grape of the Night at the Valencia Wine Company. January's topic was Rhone-variety blends from anywhere. We had a nice crowd including Four Brix owner/winemakers Steve and Lora Simonsgaard. We had met the Simonsgaards a few times before, but this time we got a chance to really visit with them, especially as they poured their 2008 Rhondezvous, a delightful blend of 43% Syrah, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Grenache, 10% Counoise, aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. There were some other interesting blends that night, lots of lively conversation and plans for upcoming events. Another big hit of the night was 2007 Pulchella, another local winery sourcing their grapes from the Paso Robles region.