The Wine Country's May 2019 Newsletter

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May Wine of the Month--$12.99 per bottle

2017 Parcelleros Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina

“Parceleros” is a local name in Mendoza for a small grower or vigneron, and this wine is a tribute to them.  They have practiced sustainable and family viticulture for generations, but never receive any recognition, so this wine is a tribute to them, the real makers of this wine...Read more

 

 

  

RE-THINKING YOUR WINE'S PURPOSE

by Randy Kemner

It's fruit juice, after all, so is wine Booze or Food?  Last month, once again we put ourselves in a familiar position to defend German Riesling, historically some of the world's finest and most revered white wines.  The occasion was our Saturday afternoon tasting the day before Easter.  What do families eat on Easter Sunday, we asked...READ MORE  

 

 

  

FUN FRENCH WINES FOR THE GRILL

by Samantha Dugan

Time to start those grills folks. Piles of charred, juicy meat need the proper wine and we have found a bunch of fun new things to accompany those dishes! Easy drinking yet still full and hearty enough for big hunks of seared meats or thick slabs of grilled mushrooms. Fire up those grills, pop the corks and get ready for summer!  READ MORE

 

 

SOME OLD FRENCH WINE FAVORITES RETURN TO THE WINE COUNTRY

by Randy Kemner

Sometimes we lose track of some of our favorite French wines--wines we've been drinking for years. We began to ask, "Are they as good as we remember?" And fortunately, for us, the answer is a resounding yes...READ MORE

 

 

 

INDULGING IN THE HIGHER END OF ARGENTINE MALBEC

By Jessica Martinez

Malbec found its place in Argentina in 1852 when the first vines were brought over from France. The Argentine wine world didn’t truly find its stride until the late 1980s early 1990s when they began to focus on the quality of the production of wine instead of the quantity.   This put them in the international market as true competitors...READ MORE

 

 

   

AMERICAN WINE:  MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR A MEMORABLE EVENING

by Chris Costales

We have a special treat for our customers on the evening of Friday May 10th as winemakers Ken Brown and Rick Longoria will be visiting the store for a Friday evening tasting of their wines staring at 7:30 for $50.  This has been a much-asked-for tasting so we’re very happy to pair these two Santa Barbara legends together for one amazing tasting. Long before the movie Sideways shined a spotlight on this area these two winemakers were creating wines of elegance and setting the high standard, we now know it for...READ MORE

 

 

 

THE BRILLIANT WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY:  PIEDMONT & VENETO REGIONS

by Kevin Lepisto

Unlike the sun-saturated, riper wines of the south, the red and white wines of Northern Italy possess a freshness and structure you only find in cooler climates. This is why you'll find many of Italy's most brilliant, accomplished and diverse wines in Piedmont and the Veneto.  I’m hosting two Italian wine tastings this month that I am particularly excited about..READ MORE

 

 

CHAMPAGNE:  HOW DEEP IS YOUR LUST?

by Samantha Dugan

“Have fun pouring and selling those big, fat, round, lusty Pinot Noir-based Champagnes!”  Randy’s voice bellowing, him walking out the door at the end of his workday, me placing tasting sheets at each place setting for another sold-out Champagne tasting, the early part of my workday.  His words still hanging in the air sort of like a cartoon bubble, “Those big, fat, round Pinot Noir” and while as a “curvy girl” I appreciate the fact that some folks find thick curves and densely packed flesh lusty, is that the definition of lusty or sexy for everyone?  READ MORE

 

 

 

CRAFT BEER NEWS:  DRINK LOCAL!

by Nic Bradley

We can all agree that craft beer is a wondrous thing.  As is supporting local businesses.  So why not combine the two and drink local craft beer?  Over the past few years some absolutely wonderful new craft breweries have opened up in the greater Long Beach area that absolutely deserve your attention. One being our Signal Hill neighbors Ten Mile Brewing...READ MORE

 

 

 

SPIRITS REPORT:  SPRING IS IN FULL SWING AS TASTES BEGIN TO LIGHTEN UP

by Randy Kemner

Just as your food choices change from hearty in winter to light and fresh in the summer, the styles of my tipples tend to conform to the seasons as well.  When it's dark when I get home from work, I reach for the browns, but we're in the middle of spring with summer on the horizon, and suddenly a gin and tonic with a squeeze of fresh lime seems just about perfect right now...READ MORE

 

 

 

GOURMET FOOD NEWS FOR MAY

by Dale Kemner

Randy and I were having breakfast at the beautiful Allison Hotel in Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country and I noticed him admiring the solid wooden pepper mill on our table from Fletchers' Mill in New Vineyard, Maine.  He was so impressed he took a picture of it.  Most people eating breakfast on an outdoor veranda in the heart of the Oregon wine country would be admiring the verdant view, the hollandaise sauce, the fresh fruit bowl or even the fresh-brewed coffee.  But Randy was fixated on a wooden pepper mill from Maine...READ MORE

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