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LA Winefest

LA Winefest 2015  May 30 - 31, 2015

The LAWineFest brings hundreds of wines, brews and spirits from around the world to your doorstep in a fun, relaxed environment. (Yes, we’re the WineFest. But turns out even wine lovers need a break to sip something else new and noteworthy too.)  The Fest also offers educational and entertaining presentations on a variety of wine topics, live entertainment,  a score of LA’s most popular food trucks, boutiques to browse, festival merchandise and more!

Click here for more information. Remember to use CWA15 when purchasing your tickets!

 

Broken Earth Winery

 

Broken Earth Winery - Paso Robles

Paso Robles newest winery, is a dramatic destination just a few miles east of  Paso Robles on Highway 46. Open daily for tasting.

Rancho Tierra Rejada, Spanish for “land of worked earth,” is the original name of the 2,500 acre Paso Robles ranch that is now home to the vineyards of Broken Earth Winery.  Broken Earth Winery remains committed to sustainable ideals, and to continuing to bolster the high-quality reputation of Paso Robles wines.

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Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. Tasting room in the heart of Edna Valley.
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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.
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California Grape Harvest
The harvest in California vineyards is almost complete. Overall the yields have been up from previous years and the quality is good and winemakers are happy. See video...
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Complimentary wine tasting lets you taste for free. So if the wine does not suit your taste you won't have to pay. Here are maps of wineries with free tasting in Sonoma and links to other regional maps.
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Ask the Winemaker, Take a punt
The indentation in the base of wine bottles is generally termed a punt. Its origins have been interpreted many ways so here is what I know. There are suggestions that the early glass blowers had difficulty in producing a flat base for the bottle, in many instances leaving a sharp spot where the bottle was held and subsequently marking tables and benches. They found it was more stable and less likely to scratch if an indentation was left.
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All About Barrels
Chris Cameron, answers the question, "What's the difference with all these barrels?" Learn about forests in Europe and how different wood characteristics are imparted into wine.
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