Monday, October 9, 2017

10/09 CHRISTOPHER TARANTO, PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE, PASO HARVEST WINE WEEKEND, ELLIOTT DOLIN, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS, LARRY VAN AALST, SONOMA FIRE

CHRISTOPHER TARANTO - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE - PASO HARVEST WINE WEEKEND OCTOBER 20-22, 2017!

Halfway between the two main California metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco is Paso Robles Wine Country. Located along California’s famed Central Coast, the Paso Robles winegrape growing region’s climate is perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines. A long growing season of warm days and cool evenings gives rise to vibrantly ripened fruit with dynamic flavor profiles that translate beautifully in your glass of Paso Robles wine.

Traversing the landscape you will find 40,000 vineyard acres, producing more than 40 winegrape varieties – from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, including the area’s heritage variety zinfandel. The styles of wine are diverse in this very distinct region.

40,000 vineyard acres & 40 winegrape varieties
Along your journey through Paso Robles Wine Country, take time to stroll the historic downtown to shop and dine. Boutique stores, wine country cuisine, and tasting rooms fill the blocks surrounding Paso Robles’ Downtown City Park. A scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Paso Robles’ downtown completes the picture of Paso Robles Wine Country.

Neighboring Paso Robles along the coast are the towns of San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle on the north, and the fishing village of Morro Bay to the south. In between you will find Cambria, Harmony, and Cayucos. All are within a short drive and worthy of your exploration. Much like the marine air influence to the winegrapes, the coast is a perfect complement to your Paso Robles Wine Country experience.

We invite you to discover Paso Robles Wine Country. Use the links above to learn more about Paso Robles’ history, its wineries and vineyards and upcoming events. To find out more about visiting Paso Robles Wine Country, explore the touring and visitor information.

HARVEST WINE WEEKEND | OCTOBER 20-22, 2017!

We Harvest Happiness!
It’s time to be happy! A year’s hard work is rewarded with another great harvest. Come celebrate with us during Harvest Wine Weekend, October 20-22, 2017!

In Paso Robles Wine Country, you’ll discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension. Try a taste for yourself with more than 140 weekend activities! Winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, and live music are just a few of the exciting offerings that await!

Visit www.pasowine.com to search the full weekend of harvest events by day, winery or activity. You’re sure to find something to satisfy whatever your palate desires!

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ELLIOTT DOLIN – PROPRIETOR, DOLIN MALIBU ESTATE VINEYARDS - HARVEST UPDATE/UPCOMING EVENTS

Inspired by a Chardonnay vineyard that Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted behind their Malibu home in 2006, Dolin Estate quickly emerged as one of the leading producers of estate Chardonnay in the Malibu Coast. Today its Malibu production has grown to include a second Chardonnay from Malibu Newton Canyon and two proprietary Malibu Coast red blends.

With the 2012 vintage, Dolin Estate broadened its scope beyond the boundaries of Malibu with a line of Central Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. The lineup includes a range of regional blends and single-vineyard designated bottles from revered sites such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Solomon Hills Vineyard and John Sebastiano Vineyard.

The Dolin Malibu Coast Estate
The Dolin property sits at 400-ft. elevation just off Point Dume State Beach, where it benefits from a coastal microclimate with cool foggy mornings and large diurnal shifts. The site is laid out at a 45-degree eastward facing angle on the property’s sharply grated, south-oriented slope. The blend of Zuma volcanic soils and sandy loam has proven to be a perfect fit for Chardonnay.

Malibu Coast AVA
In 2011, wanting to offer a greater “sense of place” to the region, Elliott helped spearhead the establishment of the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) alongside other Malibu vintners. The Malibu Coast AVA is 46 miles long and eight miles wide, with the majority situated within the Santa Monica National Recreational Area.

Winemaking:
Respected Central Coast winemaker Kirby Anderson brings decades of experience and takes a mindful approach to winemaking at every stage of production, from harvest to bottling, to make balanced wines with rich fruit, bright acidity and voluptuous texture. He makes monthly visits to Malibu during the growing season to meet with Elliott and monitor the development of the fruit. Elliott in turn frequently travels to the winery and vineyards in the Central Coast to offer direction and feedback on the winemaking.

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LARRY VAN AALST –  SONOMA FIRE UPDATE

LARRY HOSTS A WEEKLY PROGRAM ON CRN AND IS AN EXPERT ON WINE WHO IS SOUGHT AFTER FOR, TASTING AND MAJOR SOMMELIER EVENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA. HE COMMENTS ON THE INDUSTRY, WHATS GOING ON IN THE SOMNOMA AREA AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT WINE.

Monday, October 2, 2017

10/02 STEPHEN DOOLEY, STEPHEN ROSS WINES, MIXOLOGIST JEN ACKRILL, SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI, HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

STEPHEN ROSS DOOLEY -  WINEMAKER AND FOUNDER, STEPHEN ROSS WINES 

Small, family owned winery producing hand crafted wines on the South Central Coast of California. 

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars is a premium family run winery located in the Edna Valley specializing in vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Winemaker and owner Stephen Dooley has become one of the most respected vintners in the region crafting exceptional wines from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region.

In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. Home to several well-known vineyards, the Edna Valley exemplifies the characteristic microclimate and geologic features, which are the hallmark of the south central coast; an east-west valley, which mitigates its temperate climate with cooling, ocean-borne breezes. This provides a long growing season ideal for the development of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah grapes.

Dooley is currently producing wines from grapes grown at prestigious vineyards such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Oliver’s Vineyard, Dante Dusi Vineyard, Wolff Vineyard and Thomann Station in addition to the estate Stone Corral Vineyard. Pinot Noir is also being sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. He also prodces Pinot Gris and Albarino.

The tasting room and winery is just a few miles from the vineyards of Edna Valley and located in the southern end of town in a mostly commercial area. Once inside the attractive tasting room the wines speak volumes for the commitment Steve has made to creating memorable wines.

The tasting room has an up to date modern look with a roomy tasting bar and small stand up tables made from oak barrels. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to provide details of the wine making process and philosophy of the winemaker.

WWW.STEPHENROSSWINE.COM


MIXOLOGIST JEN ACKRILL - DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY FOR SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI TALKS ABOUT THE SEVENTH ANNUAL HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 

The seventh annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will feature world class food, wine, and COCKTAILS in Ka‘anapali, Maui from October 20-22nd.

Jen Ackrill,  Director of Mixology for Sky and Top of Waikiki, returns to Maui to dazzle guests with her dynamic drinks and charm. With a career spanning more than 17 years, she has developed cocktail programs for some of San Francisco’s premier watering holes including Rye—one of The City's first modern craft cocktail bars. She’s known for making original libations that take a nod from history—with the freshest of local ingredients. This year, the Festival will welcome 200 chefs, winemakers, and mixologists to the two-week long celebration on three islands.

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai‘i.
Dates: HFWF17 is October 20-November 5, 2017 on Maui, the Big Island and O‘ahu
Website to buy tickets and book travel: www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
                                   
HFWF17 MAUI EVENTS:

20th Annual Roy’s Golf Classic- SOLD OUT
October 20th at Kā‘anapali Golf Course
(Golf tournament was added as the kickoff HFWF event 3 years ago.)
-Fun pairing of chefs, pro golfers, amateurs, food & cocktails spread out over 18 beautiful holes of Kaanapali golf course followed by dinner at Roys Kaanapali. Charity golf event benefits Imua Family Services.
-Hank’s Haute Dogs, Tin Roof’s Sheldon Simeon and more will serve up dishes on the course.

Global Street Food- TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 21st at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
-Beautiful setting on the lawn overlooking Maui’s famous Black Rock Beach
-13 world class chefs such as Jonathan Waxman, Roy Yamaguchi, Raphael Lunetta, and David LeFevere will create street food inspired from cuisine around the world using fresh local ingredients that will be paired with great wines and cocktails by Jen Ackrill and Chandra Lam Lucariello. At the end of the night, there will be a grand fireworks finale.

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Lucky 7 - TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 22nd at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
-Seven course wine-paired dinner featuring six top chefs will be a lucky celebration for our seventh year in a spectacular outdoor setting overlooking the Pacific at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

WWW.HAWAIIFOODANDWINEFESTIVAL.COM

Monday, September 25, 2017

9/25 AVERYL DUNN, WASHINGTON STATE WINE, 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL, IAN BLACKBURN, BEEKEEPER CELLARS, WINE LA

AVERYL DUNN FROM WASHINGTON STATE WINE - DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 TASTE WASHINGTON FESTIVAL
SEATTLE’S PREMIER WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, TASTE WASHINGTON RETURNS MARCH 22-25, 2018

Coming off its biggest year ever, Taste Washington will be back for another four-day festival March 22-25, 2018. 

This past March, the 20th anniversary celebration drew more than 7,000 attendees – a festival record. The Grand Tasting poured over 675 wines, served bites from 65 restaurants – honoring Capital Grille as 2017 Best Bite award - and shucked 9,600 oysters! Planning for 2018 has begun and will include popular events including the Grand Tasting, educational seminars led by industry leaders, the Red and White Party, Taste Washington on the Farm, and the New Vintage. Tickets to the 21st annual Taste Washington will go on sale December 1, 2017 at www.tastewashington.org.

About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 21st annual event will be held on March 22-25, 2018 at various locations in Seattle. The 2018 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Mileage Plan. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and the festival is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Washington State Wine:
Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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IAN BLACKBURN – FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS & OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA 

ABOUT BEEKEEPER CELLARS
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.

Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.

In 2008, Clay saw the fruits of his family's labor taking shape and came to Ian with a unique opportunity to source some of the Rockpile fruit. He told Ian in the difficult days of 2008, “now is the time to get in and build the business and have it take shape as the market improves, and to not wait until business is strong as you will have a hard time getting access to the right quality assets.” Ian took heed of Clay’s wise comment and said "When your best friend is Clay Mauritson and he offers Rockpile fruit and to assist with winemaking…... you make Zinfandel.”

In Los Angeles, Ian operates a specialty wine marketing organization known as wineLA and has pioneered wine education for the past 20 years (since 1995) through www.learnaboutwine.com and www.wineLA.com.  Beekeeper Cellars is also involved in Ian’s Masters of Wine Thesis project and provides him the winemaking training he requires to help pass the difficult Masters of Wine exam...an ongoing pursuit.

ABOUT WINELA
wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA will promote significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. LearnAboutWine will now evolve onto a digital platform; the transformation will take some time; so we will slowly rebrand our event efforts onto wineLA, reduce the number of activities we focus on, and elevate our efforts to focus on the next big thing… Doing what is best for the wine industry and the communities we serve.  Edicts:  innovate, evolve and excite.

We thank you for joining our newsletter, we will be sending fewer emails and packing them with amazing content. We want to be your wine content provider and would love to hear about your favorite places, your music, your locations - we want to be under the influence of what ignites your passion for Los Angeles.

OCTOBER EVENTS:

WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA
100+ WINES - 200 GUESTS
Marina City Club - Marina Del Rey
Oct. 04, 2017 / 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

THE FOOD EVENT 2017
THE NAME SAYS IT ALL - TONS OF WINE, BEER, FOOD & FUN!
Saddlerock Ranch - Malibu
Oct. 15, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LA TIMES "BITE NIGHT"
CELEBRATING J. GOLDS TOP 101
The MacArthur - Los Angeles
Oct. 23, 2017 / 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

COLLECTABLE BURGUNDY VS. AGED BAROLO DINNER
Otium - Los Angeles
Oct. 26, 2017 / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FALL FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL
33RD ANNUAL EVENT
Parkway Grill - Pasadena
Oct. 29, 2017 / 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

9TH ANNUAL
STARS OF CABERNET
35 WINERIES - 1 NIGHT ONLY
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Nov. 15, 2017 / 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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