Taste of Wine
Like most west coast wine lovers, my choices have been confined to California, Oregon and Washington.
Road shows are nothing new in the wine world. Especially this time of the year when wine makers really don’t have critical responsibilities at bud break and flowering of the vines.
The Coast News expands. As some of my readers know, I’ve been crisscrossing Colorado for the past couple of weeks, visiting wineries from Denver to Grand Junction and will deliver the news of what I found out about Colorado wines in just a few weeks.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles, offers a commanding vista of one of the largest, most beautiful marinas in the world.
Last week I got to thumbing through my very first wine columns some nine years ago. The wine world has changed so much since those halcyon days when life was a little calmer, prosperous and most of the wine we reported on was Cabernet and Chardonnay.
I may need a few household things, but when I am finished at the COSTCO in Carlsbad, I have my few things PLUS nearly a case of a variety of wines to fill the cart.
“Discover Beaujolais” read the campaign slogan. It caught my eye because Beaujolias is one of the oldest wine brands in the world, crafted by respected wine makers in eastern France above Lyon for something like 2000 years. It’s squeezed into an area dominated by Burgundy in the north, and the Rhone wines in the south.
A friend of mine recently passed me the official site map for Temecula that I speculate could have been printed in the ‘80s. It showed 12 wineries, some 25 less than are counted today in the winegrower’s brochure, an amazing growth record.
The road map to find my “Great Eight” wines for the first three months of the year took me to many road shows, wine bars, resorts and restaurants.