Welcome to 2011! With the holidays behind us,
and lots of good
wine consumed, we need to look back on what we liked and look forward
to what our new wine adventures will bring us this year.
admit that I am partial to reds during winter, enjoying varietals from
all countries and regions. We are blessed in Ventura and Santa Barbara
Country with wineries that duplicate the wines from all over the world.
Wonderful varietals like Tempranillo ( Spain), Syrah’s , Cabernets,
Merlots, and Cabernet Francs (France) and Sangiovese (Italy) are all
made here by our local wineries and done very well.
wine drinkers start liking a particular varietal, like Cabernet
Sauvignon, and stay with it, afraid to venture out to other big reds.
Depending on what food is being graced with that wine (another subject
at a later time) , try a Syrah from our local wineries. Merlot has made
a great comeback in recent years, again available throughout our county.
visiting Ventura or Santa Barbara County, stopping at some of the
wineries is a must. Napa Valley used to be THE destination for fine
wine, but no longer. AND, if you have extra time, check out the
wineries in San Luis Obispo County.
With several holidays behind
us, let’s talk about the wines we drank with each occasion. Since prime
rib is usually the meat of choice, I would say that the majority of us
drank a Cabernet Sauvignon with dinner. If ham was served, a lighter
wine, such as a Rhone style (GSM) would have been a great match. For
the New Year celebration, perhaps a big buttery Chardonnay would be a
great choice with lobster. But don’t forget about trying a sparkling
wine with that lobster and continuing with it throughout the evening.
January starting out being very cold, it’s a perfect time to make stews
and pot roast. With these warm comfort foods, experiment with wines. I
suggest Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cab or Merlot, all available at the
wineries on the Ventura Wine Trail wineries.
In the coming months, I will talk about the wineries themselves, and
where and how to taste and buy their wines.
Questions or comments? Reach me at : Wineoeric@gmail.com
Ventura Wine Bars
County Wine Trail
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