Winos - er, oenophiles - unite! Here we go galavanting after the grape, and there are of course scores of fetching - and sometimes surprising - countries & regions to choose from. Cheers!

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Southern California Wine Council greets fall with delectable wines & comfort food

As the cooler weather arrives, at least cooler by southern California standards, our Wine Council gathered to taste California wines from the Napa, Salinas, and Sonoma valleys. Our first two, a brut rosé and a Chardonnay, were from Windsor Vineyards.  Established in Marin County by Rodney Stone in 1959, he moved it to Windsor in Sonoma in 1962.  Strong began customizing the wine labels for his customers who reserved their favorite Windsor Vineyards wine.  After that, the customized labels took…

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Rosé and Summer - a perfect summer pairing

Our Wine Council, based in Temecula, southern California, recently marked the arrival of summer - with its al fresco dining and long, sunny days - by tasting and pairing six delightful rosés. Two are from France, three from Italy, (all distributed by fine wine importing merchants Taub Family Selections), and the sixth from a local Temecula winery.  Most rosés derive their color from a brief contact (less than 24 hours) with grape skins. Spanning the color spectrum from a pale, sheer blush of…

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