Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.
How To Match
Here are some basic guidelines to making the right decisions when combining wine with food. The key is balance—balancing heavy foods with rich wines, moderate foods with medium bodied wines, lighter foods with light wines and sweet foods with sweet wines. Also look for complementary or contrasting flavors to make an impression on your palate (think blue cheese and Port). Ultimately it comes down to your individual tastes but here are a few tips, hints, ideas, and thoughts.
Greg Graham -at it again
Greg Graham was the winemaker at Rombauer Vineyard since 1988 and began producing wine under his own label in 1992. He purchased a 13-acre Zinfandel vineyard in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. The soils in the Red Hills appellation are red, rocky and well drained, and are ideally suited for the Rhone varietals.
Ask The Advisor
Have a wine related question? "Ask the Advisor" is our new feature where you can have your burning wine questions answered. We plan to tackle a broad range of subjects from food and wine pairing to the pros and cons of wild yeast fermentation. No question is too simple (we like those because they are easier to answer) and if you have a tough one we can't answer it we will either punt, call in for industry reinforcements or go back to Fresno State.
Santa Barbara and its 100 wineries
Not only is Santa Barbara home to some of the state's most impressively priced real estate, it is home to some remarkable wines and wineries. From cool coastal vineyards near Santa Maria to the warmer climes of Santa Ynez this region has come of age producing highly prized fruit, attracting quality winemakers and impressive winery ventures.