Hello and welcome to Blog About Wine’s weekly wine news update. Every week we scour the web in search of some of the best stories in the wine world and deliver them to our readers around the world. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and read some of the latest wine news hot off the press.
12 Livermore Valley Wines You Need to Drink Now
In Northern California wine country, Napa Valley and Sonoma County get all the attention. Another wine region I love is Livermore Valley, an easy drive from San Jose and Silicon Valley, and 35 miles east of San Francisco. Livermore boasts 50 plus wineries and is still growing, with about eight new wineries that launched in the past 5 years.
Why do I love LV wine country? Great wines are a big draw, but what’s even better is that most wineries are small and family owned. That means you have a good chance of the winemaker or owner actually pouring your wine, which happens rarely in Napa or Sonoma (unless you make an appointment, but I digress). Because these wineries are not as well known, you don’t get huge crowded tasting rooms or bus loads of tipsy visitors. The roads are not clogged with tourists as they are in Napa Valley, especially in the summer. There’s plenty to do besides taste wine, from playing golf or bocce ball to biking and eating well. (Read More)
Wine Wisdom: Removing the mystery, intimidation of choices
Two people sip a well-made wine. One loves it for its dryness, the other hates it. If it is a quality wine, how can that be?
Two of my goals for this column are to remove the mystery and eliminate the intimidation factors that wine drinkers sometimes face. Let me elaborate on why folks sometimes perceive a particular wine so differently.
The main reason is because each of us is unique. One of our most distinct elements is our palate; the volume of taste buds vary from person to person. You love steak; I love lobster. Someone else likes both equally. It’s the same with wine. If you are a wine drinker, no one has your exact palate, so you may experience wines differently than many other folks. (Read More)
A Wine Walk by the Sea
Right in the center of California’s Central Coast is the charming Monterey wine region, featuring the rocky Big Sur coastline, chic shops and restaurants and its newest attraction, the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea.
With a population of roughly 6,500, Carmel Valley is one of nine appellations that comprise Monterey County’s wine country. Teeming with art galleries, boutiques, European-style cafes and restaurants, Monterey’s first tasting room opened in 2004 at Galante Vineyards & Winery, owned by Carmel city founder J.F. Devendorf’s great-grandson, Jack Galante. But last year, several others sprung up, prompting the development of a walking tasting room tour that includes seven stops. So where do you begin? (Read More)
Food & Wine Events: East Bay & Beyond, May 19-26
Cooking demonstration series. Watch as Eric-James Horton-Brande of Conscious Nosh Chef Services demonstrates his raw fusion culinary style, including kale salad with roasted vegetables, sesame and avocado brown rice, and a seasonal salad. Free tastes and recipes. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19. Berkeley Farmers Market, 1900 Center St. 510-548-3333,www.ecologycenter.org.
Wine-tasting dinner. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as you tour the historic Elliston mansion, then sit down to a five-course dinner with wine pairings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 18. Elliston Vineyards, 463 Kilkare Road, Sunol. $75. 925-862-2377, www.elliston.com. (Read More)