Spring is in the air!
Can you believe that Spring is here already? My merlot vine has just
sprouted leaves and fruit trees are starting to blossom.
This has been a busy month of wine tasting. No, I’m not complaining,
because that is what I love to do. Tasting wines from so many producers
keeps my palate always questioning what I want to drink next, or what
is my new favorite varietal is. My tastings have taken me to Cantara,
Herzog, and Old Creek Winery , all on the Ventura County Wine Trail
. I was
also fortunate to taste 2010 barrel samples from the right bank of
Bordeaux, and lastly, I tasted several wines from small family owned
wineries at a recent wine tasting event, several of them very local.
April brings a couple of holidays that revolve around food and wine.
This year, Easter and Passover are both within a few days of each
other. In Ventura County, we are lucky to have wines produced by many
wineries that will be perfect matches for these holidays.
For Passover, may I suggest any of the wines from Herzog Winery
in the heart of Oxnard. They make excellent quality wines that pair
well with any meal. The ’05 Cab/Syrah Reserve, the ’05 Edna Valley
Syrah and the ’07 Napa Cab I thought were outstanding.
the traditional Easter ham dinner, may I suggest starting out with
the Old Creek Ranch
’08 Grenache Blanc. This is a light white wine with
interesting aromas of orange peel, honeysuckle and honey. Follow that
with their ’08 Grenache. This winery is situated in the foothills of
Ojai. With warmer longer days ahead, this is a wonderful setting for an
From the Rancho Ventavo
, may I recommend the ’05 Tempranillo or
the ’05 Merlot. I found these wines to be great wines that hold up well
to any meal. Especially interesting was their ’05 Cabernet Franc. Not
quite as heavy as the Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine will pair well with
any meal you are serving. Faye and George really do a nice job, so be
sure to stop by.
On April 1st, the city of Ventura is getting their 1st BevMo. They will
be located in the back of the Pacific View Mall along with a new Trader
Joe’s and a new Staples. BevMo is known for its large selection of
wine, with about 3000 different labels from all over the world. Be sure
to stop by and check it out. Say hello to Kyle Sumner, the Store
Manager, he is a great guy.
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last month's "Let's Talk Wine" article by Eric
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