Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting
The Rhone Rangers annual event in San Francisco takes place every year in March and culminates with a Grand Tasting at the Mason Center. Last year over 2,000 people tasted some 500 wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers wineries.
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.
Paso Robles - 200 Wineries!
The Paso Robles region has been growing grapes and making wine since the Mission period in the late 1700's. In the past 10 to 15 years the area has seen a surge in quality grape production and wine making facilities. 217 bonded wineries reside here but almost 60% of the grape production is sold outside the county.
All Corked Up
The most common closure is of course the Natural Cork closure that roughly 80% of wineries in North America use. They vary in size (some are as long as my thumb!) and quality but get the job done. They are expensive ($.75 to $.90 each) but many consumers equate quality wine only with natural cork. Not so say the experts!