Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier
January 2014

It's a wrap!

It's really hard to believe that 2013 is over. As usual, the year passed too quickly. Wine tastings, both professionally and personally kept me on touch with the wine world which I so passionately enjoy.

The Ventura Wine Trail continues to grow, with a current count of 16 wineries. Downtown Ventura opened several new tasting rooms during the year, making wine tasting an easy experience, even for the least experienced.

For the more adventurous, a day drip to Santa Barbara or Santa Ynes allows food and wine tastings and back home all in a day. Take in a weekend and go to Paso Robles. There are enough wineries there to keep you busy for days.

I learned this year that I have taken a liking to Italian varietal wines. Wine is grown in many regions of Italy, and have names that are hard to pronounce but wonderful to drink. Whether it be a Borolo, Barbaresco, Aglianico or a Falanghina, these wines are worth seeking out or tasting.

With the growth in restaurants and wine shops in Ventura, many of these wine are readily available but for tasting and for purchasing. Please be sure to check out the wonderful world of wine next time you are out.

Mark your calender! The Ventura County Wine Trail presents the third annual Food and Wine challenge on Thursday January 23rd at the Mandalay Embassy Suites. Tickets available at : Venturacountywinetrail.com

Happy New Year,


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