Taste of Wine
A wealth of new releases, poured in double the number of wine shows and winemaker appearances in restaurants, resorts and wine bars, have swept into the market. This has given consumers more choices than ever.
When Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa owner Tim Busch recently introduced his Italian winemaking friend and partner Marchesi Armando Fumanelli at a recent gathering, wine history was being made. For the first time in anyone’s memory, a California bottle of Amarone was available. The Trinitas Napa Valley 2006 Amorone, also owned by Busch, made [...]
Crisp and rich with the flavors of tropical fruit, the appreciative guests raised their just-poured 2010 Chardonnay as one, and saluted the lone host of the evening, Mike Grgich, in celebration of his 90th birthday.
In the fast-moving world of wine and food the only thing that is constant is change. My personal pillar of fine wine and fine dining in the San Diego area is no exception to this dynamic. The Grand Del Mar has revealed that its popular Amaya Restaurant now has two locations.
Breaking bread with a leader in the winemaking fraternity of the legendary Italian district of Tuscany is always like visiting the papal community at the Vatican. Tasting their wines is a true epiphany.
San Sebastian, in Spain, is an upscale lifestyle hang-out for the rich and famous and a lot of “wannabees.” I have never been there, but I came very close when I visited the new look at the Sheraton Carlsbad’s posh Twenty/20, which declares itself to be a San Sebastian style restaurant and wine bar.
So how’s the family? If it’s the Family Winemakers of California, they’re doing just fine thank you.
Since I first began my wine tasting journey as a journalist and creator of TASTE OF WINE the column, I have traveled round the wine world and tasted many wine countries. Paso Robles has always impressed me as a young, diverse, multi-faceted sense of place. And what a place it is!
During the holiday period, one of the sales days in the wine department of the COSTCO store in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, brought in $120,000, a huge number by any standards.