- Vineyard Grant James has just announced their Sommelier series wine classes. First is with Molly Brooks on February 2nd. This is an important one because there will be a person of great reknown in attendance -- namely, me! Second one is March 1st with Lindsay Pomeroy, and the third March 29 with Brigita Williams Rasmusen.
- Cougar has it's 5th Annual "Bottle Shock" wine tasting event January 16th, pitting their Italian varietals against Italian equivalents. Attendees get to vote along with judges. $75 per person. Day before they have a showing of the movie "Bottle Shock", complete with unlimited popcorn (and a glass of wine) at $30 per person.
- Europa Village is running a cruise in the Med, led by their level 3 Sommelier Dr. Doug. See picture below.
- Wine club change at Orfila: Wine club members now get 8 tastings per month rather than the 2 or 4 tastings per visit.
- Hatfield Creek is running a series of Second Sunday Supper wine/food pairing events with a guest chef.
- Casi Cielo is now open for private events. They've also introduced some fruit wines made from, surprise!, fruit they grow on their property. And the Alpacas -- Ginger, Mary Ann, and Gilligan -- are doing just fine.
- Vineyard Grant James is now taking people on a river cruise in Europe this summer (August), with lots of wine! See winery for details.
- For those of you who like cruises, the San Diego County Vintners Association is sponsoring a wine-cruise going from New Zealand to Australia. The trip will run from February 24 to March 8, 2020.
- Principe di Tricasse just released their 2017 vintage Nebbiolo. It is fabulous! It will sell out very quickly, so get yours ASAP. I did -- bought a half case.
- Vineyard Grant James has some new releases, including a Cabernet Franc, their Phoenix (Petite Sirah/Petite Verdot blend), and, much as I hate to admit, a Tempranillo that I actually did not hate. Also tasted two wines that they will release soon -- the Spanish white wine Albarino and their Zinfandel.
- On the bad news side, Chuparosa is all out of their Albarino. Fortunately, they'll be releasing a new vintage soon.