Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sip This: Michael David Cinsault

Michael David Winery Ancient Vine Cinsault 2013: In 1885, the Statue of Liberty just arrived in America, and Joseph Spenker planted the Bechtold Vineyard in Lodi. Turns out both are still going. That 25-acre vineyard is divvied up to stars like Turley and Scholium Project, but most of it goes to owners The Phillips Family, aka Michael and David.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Sensational Six Pack of Summer Beers

Sure, come summer you can drink up beers with blonde or light or even worse lite in their names, or you can pour yourself something with some flavor that still won't weigh you down or heat you up. It really is a blessed time of beer plenty right now, so enjoy, even while sweating in the sun. Here are six California brews that will please in very distinct and delicious ways, from German classic styles to wheat-based beers to saisons - a variation adapted from the farmhouse style of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium - to, yes, even an IPA that with its higher alcohol level and heady does of hops still seems perfect for the backyard, or even a dark bar watching the Dodgers (as if they were on TV) or Angels.

Want to read the rest then do so at KCET's Food Blog.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sip This: Tablas Creek Vermentino

Tablas Creek Vermentino 2014: While it’s hard to beat sipping a rosé on a fine summer’s day, this unusual white is a fine alternative. There are about a 100 acres of it planted in the U.S., but this grape is well-established in Corsica, Sardinia, and Italy.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Should the Local Food Movement Include Wine? The Restaurants Weigh In

Last week we looked at the titular question from the viewpoint of three fine wineries in Santa Barbara County (Brander Vineyards, Kunin Wines, Tercero Wines). There was a mixed response to the issue raised by Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator, who wrote a recent column asking, "Do wine directors and sommeliers have any obligation to champion nearby wineries?" Since he focused on Northern California and Oregon, I thought it might be illuminating to examine the issue in Southern California.

This week we turn to three L.A. restaurants -- AKASHA, Faith & Flower, and Valentino -- all not only esteemed for their cuisine, but adored for their wine lists. How do they feel about the "local" wine issue? It should be noted that the first two establishments have held wine dinners with Larry Schaffer's Tercero, so that might be a hint.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Santa Barbara Passport to Drinking Pleasure

Discounts are a dime a dozen these days, often just to get a nickel back. To rise above that pack, the Santa Barbara Passport is making their deal book about community and opportunity as much as saving cash. “We do lots of giveaways and launch parties with alcohol distributors or breweries,” explained Passport rep Jane Pimcomrie. So for $20, you get discounts at 28 bars — from Alcazar to Whiskey Richards, Goleta to Carpinteria — but will also join a group of like-minded fun seekers.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Sip This: Angel's Envy Bourbon




Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon: Very few whiskeys can claim to be GMO-free, given the altered state of corn in the United States. And even fewer can claim to be finished in ruby port barrels. But Angel’s Envy, the new liquor from Lincoln Henderson, former head distiller at Brown-Forman, lives up to both those claims.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Should the Local Food Movement Include Wine?

Finding the word "local" on a menu is practically cliché; there may be a day when vegetables grown in a restaurant's own garden won't be enough anymore. We might wind up at "micro-local" soon: "We grew the greens for your salad in a pot at your table."

Given that focus on food, it seems strange that restaurants might not feel the need to serve local wines, too. Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator wrote a recent column asking, "Do wine directors and sommeliers have any obligation to champion nearby wineries?" Since he focused on Northern California and Oregon, I thought it might be illuminating to examine the issue in Southern California.

Want to read the rest then do so at KCET's Food Blog.