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Cabs of Distinction 2015, Part 1

Cabs of Distinction

One of my favorite local industry events, the Cabs of Distinction just came around again, and once again I was lucky enough to attend. You may remember my blog from last year’s event Distinctively Cab. This year’s event was done both similarly and differently than last. This time the opening event was a warm, welcome reception and short presentation on the Paso Robles newly designated 11 Sub-AVAs and an En Primeur & Current Vintage Tasting of all 24 member wineries. Read more…

I love my mother…Earth

Earth Day Food & Wine Fest at Castor Cellars

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE my planet. Whether you call her Earth, Gaia, Mother, or Terra she is the only planet we have and celebrating Earth Day is a celebration of all that we as a species should hold dear. The 8th Annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival held at Castoro Cellars, was quite an event and according to vendors, one of the most well-organized events they’ve ever participated in. Read more…

What a (Greek Wine) TRIP!

The Gang’s all Here

After spending a week in SoCal, it was time to head back home for the weekend, and make our way up to NorCal with stops at Lido at Dolphin Bay, UC Davis and Pathos Organic Greek Kitchen. Read more…

Are you Blu in The Republique of Wine Country?

Prepping for the Taverna Blu tasting

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. We went from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles down to San Diego and back to LA, then it was up to the Central Coast, Davis and Berkeley. The first leg of our trip headed down to San Diego and included a stop at a great little Greek restaurant, Taverna Blu, owned by George Katakalidis a great guy who is an ex professional soccer player turned restaurateur. Read more…

Fundamentally Awesome!

Fundamental LA / Porto Carras wine dinner

Being the Wine and Brand Ambassador for the largest winery in Greece is pretty freaking awesome! Yliana Stengou, the owner of Domaine Porto Carras is in California for her Spring tour, which means hosting wine and food pairing dinners at amazing restaurants up and down the state of California (OH darn! It’s a tough job, but you know someone has to do it. LOL). Read more…

They Call Me…Mrs. Ambassador!

Domaine Porto Carras’ Mount Meliton Vineyard

Domaine Porto Carras

On the slopes of Mount Meliton, on the Sithonia Peninsula in Chalkidik (aka Halkidiki) Greece, sits the Porto Carras Grand Resort. A resort playground to the rich and famous, it houses Domaine Porto Carras the 475 hectare (4750 acres) organic vineyard and historic winery. A winery, that has been practicing environmentally friendly wine-making techniques for the last 40 years while producing some of the world’s most unique and exquisite wines. With the assistance of University of Bordeaux Professor Emile Peynaud (known as the father of modern wine-making) who planted the first crop of “Greek” Cabernet Sauvignon on the property and Professor Vassilios Logothetis from the University of Thessealoniki they’ve created a turning point in the Greek wine industry. In this enchanted location they are bringing back to life ancient varietals like Limnio and Malagouzia, that for a time were thought to be extinct. Read more…

Distinctively Cab!

Cabs of Distinction

This blog posting is long over due. In fact it’s since April 2014 over due, because that’s when this event occurred.  I have already written a couple blogs on the Cab Collective but the Cabs of Distinction event is my current favorite. It was a collaboration between the acclaimed SOMM Journal, Parker Sanpei, and the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) it was 4 days (I was only able to attend 3 of the days) long and included a “camp” for Sommeliers and Press with the entire event culminating in a Gala tasting for the public. The first 2 days took place at the ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn, and 28 wineries were present. Read more…

Tiny Bubbles…By the Sea

Champagne Sabre

 

We attended the first annual BubblyFest by the sea, and although there are similar events in Europe and even South Africa, this is the only Sparkling Wine and Champagne Festival in the United States. Being that October is probably one of the most temperate times of year here on the Central Coast, the weather averages 75 degrees during the day and can drop to around 50 at night, this month is ideal for having a festival like this. The outdoor, weekend long event opened with a Great Gatsby themed cocktail party, and closing brunch taking place at Dolphin Bay Resort and the Grand Tasting along with a Press Preview, held at the SeaCrest Resort. As I mentioned the final event, was a Sunday brunch; unfortunately we were unable to attend that event so I can’t comment and will only be discussing the events we actually attended. Read more…

A Wine Tasting of Myth and Legend

Greek Wine tasting

So the other day I was lucky enough to be included in a tasting of wonderful Greek wines at Taste of the Valleys one of my fave wine bars in Pismo Beach and put on by FreshBuzzMedia and Old World Vines. We tasted around 9 wines both whites and reds. What was most exciting to me about this experience was that the owner Michael was there and provided wonderful historical information about the wines, vines and regions both Naoussa in Greek Macedonia and Porto Carras. Read more…

She and He MIA?

I realize that we have not been very active blog wise lately; it has been an extremely busy last 6 months, and particularly the most recent past 3 months. Between papers and final exams, preparing for my and my daughter’s graduation from college and high school respectively, and wonderful changes happening through out our house career wise, it has been pretty nuts. Things are beginning to slow down and we plan to get back to blogging more regularly soon. So stay tuned…

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