November 2, 2013 |
The roving tasting event Wine Riot is coming back, for the third year - on Saturday, Nov. 9. Founded by Tyler Balliet and Morgan First of Second Glass , Wine Riot is pitched to the younger and just-getting-into-it wine consumer. Lavish use of the words “hip” and "tech savvy" abounds in coverage of previous events. If that speaks to you, then by all means sign up. There will be more than three dozen booths pouring wines from around the world. Newbies should keep an eye out for the Wine 101 booth, which will get down with the basics of tasting, so you can discern, for example, the difference between oaked and unoaked wines or dry and sweet.
November 1, 2013 |
Temecula is just 86 miles from downtown L.A. That's about an hour and a half drive when the traffic gods are with you. And yet the fun-loving, party-happy wine region is hardly ever at the top of avid wine buffs' bucket list. But now, with the opening of Farm House Kitchen, it can boast a serious wine restaurant to sweeten the wine region's appeal. Part of the golf resort Temecula Creek Inn , the new restaurant cost about $2.5 million to renovate. That's a serious investment and Farm House Kitchen will be doing the heavy lifting, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everyone's favorite, weekend brunch.
October 30, 2013 |
Coming up this weekend, SLO Wine Country's Rockin' Harvest Celebration . SLO, of course, stands for San Luis Obispo. That's just up the coast and could be a day trip if you're up for some driving (and bring along a designated driver). Didn't know about it before? No worries, this Central Coast harvest celebration is perfect for those who do not plan ahead. The event kicks off on Friday, with a backstage look at three San Luis Obispo wineries. For $50, “Rockin' Road Trip” takes you through the winemaking protocols at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Talley Vineyards and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery.
October 28, 2013 |
Cyclists searching for a more sybaritic approach to bike touring might want to check out this offering from Trek Tours. Its five-night, six-day California Wine Luxury tour will have you pedaling through the Napa and Sonoma valleys, with stops at noteworthy vineyards, fine restaurants and luxe accommodations. The average daily distance is 40 miles, but there are options for shorter and longer rides. Day one begins at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis, where your biking group will assemble and then be shuttled to the Benzinger Family Winery for a gourmet picnic lunch, tour and tasting.
August 29, 2013 |
California Wine Month is September, a time when grapes are harvested and fruit gets crushed. Lodi south of Sacramento welcomes wine lovers with a $20 "passport" that's good all month and includes discounts and savings at local wineries and other attractions. The deal: The 2013 Lodi Road Trip Passport contains coupons for free wine tastings, discounts on tastings and bottles of wine, and free food pairings at 49 vineyards in the Lodi area. Restaurants and hotels offer discounts in the passport too. Also, the Holiday Inn Express Lodi is offering a package for $159 a night midweek/$164 a night on weekends that includes room, breakfast, a bottle of Lodi Zinfandel and two passports.
August 28, 2013 |
Visitors to California's Central Coast can sample the beach and wine country with a two-night package from the Blue Dolphin Inn in Cambria. The 20-room inn, just across the road from Moonstone Beach and its seaside boardwalk, is about 30 miles from Paso Robles, center of a major vineyard region. The Coastal Wine Package provides a four-hour wine-tasting tour, with round-trip shuttle van transportation from the inn. Note: The inn is for adults only (ages 18 and up), and you must be at least 21 to book the wine package.