Plenty to do at Veris Cellars
On top of a small knoll, just above Highway 46 West near Paso Robles, sits a white farm house and the lovely location of Veris Cellars Home of JanKris & Ben Hogan Wines. Besides a spacious tasting room and a beautiful tree shaded patio, it may be the only tasting room with a driving range for golfers. (Balls and Clubs available in the tasting room - just ask!)
Lone Madrone - Lonely no more
Lone Madrone is owned by the British born winemaker and former chef Neil Collins, his wife Marci and Neil's sister Jackie Meisinger. Neil has honed his craft at three prestigious central coast winery operations (Wildhorse Winery, Adelaida Cellars and Tablas Creek) before starting out on his own venture. His original winemaking experience came from the famed southern Rhone estate of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf-du-pape region.
Mendocino County's Laid Back Wine Country
Each wine region in California has its own unique style and personality. From the magnificent coast, to Alexander Valley, to the warm interior, serious winemakers are quietly making some of the states most distinctive wines. The mood is relaxed, knowing, and celebratory. Learn more about the regions and wines of this "off the beaten path" part of California's wine country.
San Joaquin Valley Wine Country
There are five million acres of irrigated farmlands planted to cotton, grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The majority of wine, table and raisin grapes in California are grown in this Valley. French Colombard is the leading variety with over 28,000 acres. Chardonnay is the second most planted grape with...read more.
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.