Happenings!

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Spring has sprung, and summer is starting to show glimpses.  A side effect of this season, is that there is a plethora of wine events going on in May and June.  A few of the highlights in the next few weeks are: Tuesday May 11th, the Rose Avengers and Producers (RAP) hosts thier annual Pink Out celebration in San Francisco.  From 6:30 – 8:30pm, the celebration of all wines pink features an extensive walk around tasting of 40 wines, still & sparkling, as well as some tasty appetizers.  This event does sell out (sorry for the late notice!) and tickets can be purchased online for $35 or if any are left, for $45 at the door.  For those of you who can’t make it in person, TasteLive is hosting an online tasting forum with the Mutineer Magazine crew. Have you ever been to a tasting room with 20 wineries?  Well, ok there are more and more coop tasting rooms out there, but how about one housed in a custom crush facility?  For those of who are less familiar with the winemaking minutia, a custom crush facility is a place where many wineries / labels can use the same equipment, share costs, and share space.  Vinify Wine Services is one of these meccas for up and coming cult wines, in Santa Rosa.  It’s housed some of the best botique wines in Sonoma County over the past few years, and many more to come.  As the nature of the beast goes, you use a place like this for as long as you need, but then you might outgrow it and use your own facilities for various reasons. On May 23rd, VINIFY IS HOSTING their annual Open House.  This is a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy some 20 labels of delicious juice, for the bargain price of $20 (including a fancy glass).  There will be over 40 wines, and you will have the chance to meet the winemakers, bottlewashers, and salespeople – being the same person – in an intimate setting.  I hope to see you there to taste some of the following: Baker Lane Bevan Cellars Bjornstad Cellars Lattanzio Winery Pfendler Vineyards Sojourn Cellars Westerhold Family Vineyards Calluna Vineyard Jemrose Vineyard Barbed Oak Vineyards Claypool Cellars Desmond Wines Frostwatch Vineyard and Winery Olsen Ogden Wines – a personal favorite of mine Gracianna Winery Cinque Insieme Wines Suacci Carciere Wines Vinfiy Wine Services is located at 3358 Coffey Lane, Suite D in Santa Rosa.  Tickets should be purchased in advance at Local Wine Events and you can reach them at 707-495-4959 On June 5th & 6th Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend will have several expanded wine seminars and sessions. With the Glam Camping Compound at the heart of the festivities, Sara Schneider could suggest her favorite bottles for the ultimate “glamping” trip (more details here: http://www.sunset.com/marketplace/camp-glam-00400000066902/) Expanded wine seminars, including tours through the wines of Washington, Southern Oregon and California’s Central Coast (these always sell out!) A sneak peek at Savor the Central Coast, Sunset’s new food & wine event that will […]

Weekend Wine-ing with the BrixChicks!

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This weekend, I was lucky enough to have a full wine schedule with each of the Brix Chicks, that fun filled wine duo also known as Liza and Xandria. Saturday, Liza and I atteneded the Rosenblum 30th Anniversary Open House courtesy of the Blogger Extrodinaire, Farley of Behind the Vines. With over 40 delicious wines being poured, it was fantastic to be able to park our rears in beach chairs, and munch on fresh cheese and Zinfandel ice cream. Yummy! I am sad to report that we missed out on the Anniversary Edition of the Rockpile Road Zin, because we were attempting to go in a reasonable order from everyday to extraordinary. C’est la vie. My highlights of the tasting day at Rosenblum were: England-Shaw Vineyard Syrah, Solano County – 2005 Harris Kratka Vineyard Zinfandel, Alexander Valley – 2005 Planchon Vineyard Zinfandel, Contra Costa County – 2006 Rockpile Road Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley – 2006 Rominger Vineyard Syrah, Yolo County – 2006 Maggie’s Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley – 2005 Monte Rosso Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley – 2006 Rockpile Reserve Syrah, Fran’s Vineyard – 2006 St. Peter’s Church Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel, Sonoma County – 2005 Can you see a theme here? First, I am a Zin girl. Always have been, always will be. While I love Syrah and really enjoy Pinot Noir these days, Zin is where my heart is. Sunday, Xandria and I headed up to Dry Creek. I have to add a disclaimer here, because I did not take any tasting notes. I was just enjoying myself too much to think about it! So, these recollections are just the wines that stuck out in my mind as tasty without any deconstruction. I had originally wanted to head up to Vinify Solutions in Santa Rosa because I got an invitation to their open house where Kethcum Estates was pouring there fabulous Pinot Noir. I first discovered Kethcum last year at Pinot Days, and have been a fan every since. Little did I know that Vinify, a custom cursh facility, had over 10 labels pouring that day! Pinot, Syrah, Chardonnay oh my. Some of the offerings we tried were: Ketchum Estate Bjornstad Cellars Suacci Carciere Baker Lane Sojourn Cellars Dry Stack Cellars Super Sonoman Lattanzio Wines Cinque Insieme Bevan Cellars I did not have a bad wine among them, which is truly dangerous since my garage is running out of cellaring space! Do I see a wine locker in my future? After that luscious pitstop, we zipped on up Dry Creek to go visit @ShaRayRay (Shana to you non Twitter types) at Kokomo. Bermuda, Bahama, baby don’t you wanna? I would if I were you. For a new winery, Kokomo is producing some amazing things. My first trip to Kokomo was this year’s Barrel Tasting, when I fell in love with the Carignane. Sadly, I have to be a patient Wineaux, since it won’t be released for a while. While we were enjoying our lunch from the Dry Creek General […]