Can you believe that it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is right
around the corner? And you say, “What does that have to do with wine?
Of course it’s all about romance, love and friendship but it is also a
holiday that involves food and wine . I can think of nothing better
than some fine chocolate truffles and a nice tawny port. This is a
“Wow” marriage! I recently tasted a wonderful “Saddlerock”
Vine Tawny Port at the Malibu
tasting room in Malibu. This tawny port had
fruit character with a subtle suggestion of wood & vanilla.
This is a great after dinner drink with fine chocolates or soft
Malibu Family Wines
have three labels they produce: one being the Semler
is made from grapes grown on their estate in Malibu, the Saddlerock
produce from purchased grapes mostly from the Central Coast and Santa
Maria, and occasionally the Turtlerock
label. This is a great place to come visit and have a wine tasting. Set
in the mountains near the intersection of Mulholland and Kanan Road,
the tasting room is open every day. Check out their website for events
that are constantly going on. I am lucky to have known the family for
quite some time now and have always enjoyed their wine.
If chance has you visiting or tasting wines on the Valentine’s Day
weekend, after visiting Malibu
in Malibu, stop by Cantara Cellars
Camarillo. Chris and Mike Brown opened the tasting room in 2007 and it
is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays for tasting. Mike produces two
whites and 14 reds for which 18 different varieties of grapes are used
either alone or as a blend. I really enjoy that Mike experiments with
new varietals all the time. At a recent visit, I was able to barrel
sample an Albariño
I can’t wait until this is bottled. This will be a perfect summer wine.
Let’s not forget about sparkling wines for Valentines Day. From an
inexpensive Cava from Spain or a nice Prosecco from Italy to a great
California sparkling, or a traditional French champagne, there is no
better way to start off your holiday celebration. All of the major
retailers, Ralphs, Von’s, Trader Joes, BevMo, have most of their
sparkling wines on sale during this holiday so stop by and stock up.
Be sure to check out www.Valentinewine.com
exciting wine tasting event featuring all of the wineries on the
Ventura Wine Trail, happening Valentine’s day weekend.
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