Wine Tasting and Lesson Fundraiser

Wine Tasting and Lesson:
Fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalists of SCV
Santa Clarita Valley Winery Crush Pad

SANTA CLARITA, CA – The SCV Custom Crush Services, the only winemaking facility in Santa Clarita, will play wine tasting host and wine educator in a fast-approaching fundraiser on Sunday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A large portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the work of the Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita. Just like in the UUofSCV church, all are welcome to attend.

For a $25 fee guests will be able to tour Santa Clarita’s first licensed and bonded winemaking facility, learn about winemaking and taste through all of the wines currently available for purchase, and some still in the oak barrels, from our local Pulchella Winery. Small bites such as cheese and crackers, prepared by church members, will also be included in the ticket price.

Winemakers Nate Hasper and Steve Lemley, will lead the event. Lemley said, “We will be tasting the ‘2012 No Excuses’ vintage – we dubbed our new releases this way because after five years we had the warmer weather we wanted, grown personal relationships with the growers and are now enjoying the “fruits” of our long-term contracts with farms.”

Reserve your tickets by visiting http://uuofscv.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=192 which will route you to our PayPal link. A maximum of 70 guests can attend, so reserve your spot quickly. For more information on SCV Custom Crush Services see: http://www.scvwinery.com/

Press only contact: eve@evewine101.com

Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown Los Angeles

Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown
Los Angeles of Decadent Wine+Food+Music at the 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival
 
Los Angeles County (March 27, 2014) – The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association  2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard Event on Saturday, April 26, from 11am-4pm, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, features an unparalleled mix of great locally-produced wine and food, paired with illustrious live jazz music performed in a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard setting.

“You might say we’ve created a kind of  ‘holy trinity’ for voluptuaries of decadent wine+food+music in a heavenly oasis right outside of Downtown Los Angeles,” says Cyndee Donato of Donato Family Vineyard and Antelope Valley Winery, a Winemaker and member of the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association. “And, the beauty of it is, almost no one knows we’re here, so our guests get to be the first to discover this burgeoning, wine frontier.”

Local Wine, Breweries, & Spirits Tastings will be from, among others, San Antonio Winery, —  Alonso Family Vineyards —  Bobcat –Chavez Vineyards– Du Nasi — Golden Star Vineyards  —  Harris Wine Biz  — High Desert Cellars — Coruce Vineyards — Oasis Vineyards — Six Foulkes —Magellan Gin   — Agua Dulce Winery — Absenthe — Pulchella Winery — Rhum Barbancourt   — Reyes Winery — Anhueser-Busch and other SPVVA Members.
Gourmet Bites will be supplied by delicious artisan food producers such as
Le Chene French Cuisine — Portos Bakery — Truffles n Toffee  —  California Bakery — Gourmet Blends and more to be announced.
The 2014 Festival’s Jazz-In-the-Vineyard Musical Lineup includes:
  • Quattro, the 2013 Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, a fresh, new innovative ensemble blending  Latin + Pop + Jazz + Classical creating their unique sound. Their debut album is “POPZZICAL”. Read more…
  • Lauren Koval, jazz vocalist & Paul McDonaldkeyboardist and arranger, performing Latin Jazz & Standards from the Great American Songbook. Read more…
  • Jon StephenTropical Brazilian Guitarist, performing his own genre of all original music of magical compositions ranging from smoky jazz to breezy bossa nova to serrano-like flamenco. Read more…
  • Still Moving Project, a group of dedicated, fun-loving musicians, making beautiful original music with a unique brand of melodic rock, country, folk, and jazz
The Arts & Crafts Exhibit will feature local artists including the find woodworks of Carlos Bacelar, Isidora Designs, DeSigns by Sandra Lane, andPrussmeier Pens. Also, MCigar returns with his highly coveted, hand-rolled fine smokes.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, Rec Solar, TeeItUp, and All-American Containers. For more information on the 2014 Festival, and a up-to-date list of participants including wineries and other vendorsartists’ biographies and photographs, please visit the SPVVA website.
Media Contact: Georgina Stassi, Stassi & Associates, Media Relations for the Wine & Culinary Industrygeorgina.stassi@gmail.com310-613-7445. Find a Media Pass Request Form on SPVVA website. Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, CA 91390.
About Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and SPVVA Vintners Association:
The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community in order to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events and hiking trails. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

Wine & Spice 101 – Striking a balance between Wines and Spices

“Ever wanted to learn how to pair wine with your food? Come learn the basics of pairing wines by focusing on the spices used in that dish. Don’t know about Spices? Don’t worry, we’ll cover those too!”

wineandspice101-300x300The Spice In Life in downtown Newhall is proud to be offering cooking courses enhancing your culinary experience.  From wine pairing to pizza making, The Spice In Life is sure to become a culinary hub for foodies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Claudia Sheridan, of atoasttome.com and WSET Level II graduate, will be facilitating monthly courses, Wine and Spice 101, focused on wine and spice education. The first Wine and Spice 101 course takes place Saturday, March 22 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.  Cost is $30/person and includes the wine and spice education, along with sample pairings to taste. The Spice In Life’s March course line-up includes:

Sat, March 8 – Pizza with Chef Cindy – Have you ever wanted to make the perfect pizza?  Come learn how to make delicious pizzas that will make you want to throw out those take-out menus.  $30/person 11:00 – 1:00pm Instructor: Cindy Smith

Thu, Mar 13 – St Patty’s Meal with Chef Liz – Chef Liz Pack from Devine Catering will be teaching us all about Corned Beef, along with roasted Carrots, Cabbage and Potatoes. Come learn her unique way to make this delicious meal for your family and friends, they will Love You! $30/person 7:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Liz Pack

Sat, Mar 22 – Wine & Spice 101 – Ever wanted to learn how to pair wine with your food? Come learn the basics of pairing wines by focusing on the spices used in that dish.  Don’t know about Spices?  Don’t worry, we’ll cover those too!  $30/person  1:00 – 3:00pm Instructor: Claudia Sheridan

Thu, Mar 27- Spice Rubs with Chef Cindy – Tired of the same old flavors? Come learn how rubs elevate protein in a way you didn’t think was possible. Chef Cindy will teach you how to create a rub, as well as share with you her special “Magic Dust” recipe. $30/person 7:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Cindy Smith

The Spice in LifeReservations are encouraged as seating is limited for all courses.  Courses include instruction, recipe(s) when available, tastings and an intimate learning environment where students are encouraged to interact, ask questions, and have a great time. For reservations, please contact The Spice In Life at 661-290-2700 or visit the store at 22722 Lyons Ave. #2, Santa Clarita, CA 91321.

Opolo Vineyards takes over for a night

Opolo Vineyards is located on a beautiful 70 acre mountain site in Paso Robles, but tonight they brought their wines to Santa Clarita Valley for a wine pairing dinner at Salt Creek Grille. Dave Nichols, co-owner of Opolo Vineyards, served as host for the evening telling us about the wines and sharing other stories from the vineyard. Dinner began with a generous pour of 2012 Albariño served with Lobster Flatbread Thermidor.  This pairing was a sexy one. The buttery lobster was delicious and the light acidity of the Albariño cut through leaving a lingering sense of Summer to come. IMG_5437_1200x900-300x225

Smoked Duck Breast Salad was served next with Opolo’s 2011 Grande Rouge.  The salad was absolutely delicious, made with Tuscan lettuce, aged goad cheese, blood orange supremes and candied pecans drizzled with a spicy pecan dressing.  The Grande Rouge is made up of Counoise, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah and has the essence of dark berries.  In my opinion, this wine is one of the lighter wines Opolo has made, and I would enjoy it just as much without food as well.  I’ll have to pick up a bottle or 6 next time I’m up in Paso Robles.

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Opolo’s 2011 Petite Sirah paired  beautifully with the dry aged New York steak medallions, mashed potatoes and red wine sauce.  The dish included sautéed kale, but I found myself avoiding the kale because, well let’s face it, it is difficult to pair wine with kale and this was no exception.  The wine was big and bold and complimented the steak beautifully.  More please. IMG_5445_1200x900Dessert was a beautiful chocolate filled beignet served alongside stilton cheese and a wine berry sorbet that was to die for.  Opolo’s 2012 Mountain Zinfandel was a surprising pairing that provided a nice twist to dessert that worked really well.  The rich chocolate of the beignet, with the raspberry, vanilla, cayenne pepper and butterscotch of the Mountain Zinfandel – Absolutely Perfect! IMG_5448_1200x900-1024x768Salt Creek Grille and Opolo Vineyards are definitely a match made in heaven.  Not only did they produce an amazing wine pairing dinner, but they provided us with an evening of decadence, great company and something to write home about.

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Recipes

Chef Ignacio MunozWant to learn how to make the dishes?  So do I!  So I searched the internet and found a few recipes to hold us over until Chef Ignacio Munoz of Salt Creek Grille invites me in to learn the secrets of his dishes.

Mark your calendars it’s Wine Festival Time!

Who doesn’t love a wine festival?   The 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival is coming back this year and promises to be even better than their last one.  Whereas I wasn’t able to attend last year, I’m sure hoping to go this year.  Will I see you there?

2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival
The Perfect Pairing of California Fine Wine & Good Living

February 17, 2014 (Los Angeles County) – Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association (SPVVA) will hold its 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce.  Proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. Guests will enjoy “ticketless” tastings of wine, beer, spirits, and gourmet fancy food samplings, all paired perfectly with a full day of good living and great experiences.  Guests will receive a complimentary commemorative tasting glass and plate, a specialty gift bag, and free parking. Festival attractions will include:

Wine, Beer & Spirits Tastings from San Antonio Winery, Alonso Family Vineyards, Chavez Vineyards, Golden Star Vineyards, Harris Wine Biz, High Desert Cellars, Oasis Vineyards, Agua Dulce Winery, Pulchella Winery, Reyes Winery, and other SPVVA Members.

Gourmet Bites, from delicious artisan food producers such as Le Chene French Cuisine, Truffles n Toffee, California Bakery, and more to be announced.

Arts & Crafts Exhibit featuring some of LA’s most esteemed artists and craftsmen including Bacelar Woodworks, Patina Soul, Prussmeier Fine Pens, and the paintings of Winemaker Robert Reyes.

Live Music from Quattro, the 2013 Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist; and returning for a second year, the Still Moving Project.

Silent Auction and Raffle items will include Wine & Dine gift certificates, a variety of other wines, gift packages, artwork, and many more exciting items from the event’s sponsors. Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, and Rec Solar.

VIP Treatment: With the purchase of a VIP Pass, guests will experience the private Winemaker’s tour and barrel tasting including early entrance at 11 a.m.; V.I.P. lounge reserve wine tasting paired with a gourmet lunch, plus all general admission ticket benefits. (Only a limited amount of VIP passes are available).Exclusive V.I.P. Access Event Passes will be available online at $90.00 until February 28. After February 28, V.I.P. passes will return to their original price of $100.00.

Purchase Tickets: Please visit the SPVVA website.  Prepaid general admission tickets are $65.00 and $75.00 at the door. Special-Benefit-Designated-Driver tickets are also available.

Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, CA 91390.

Media Contact: Georgina Stassi, Stassi & Associates, Media Relations for the Wine & Culinary Industrygeorgina.stassi@gmail.com; 310-613-7445. See Media Pass Request Form on SPVVA website.

About Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and SPVVA Vintners Association:

The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community in order to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events and hiking trails. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintner’s on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

Corkage Fees for Santa Clarita Valley Restaurants

Ever wonder what the corkage fees are around town?  Well if you live in the Santa Clarita Valley, EveWine101.com has just made an updated listing available to us locals.  If you don’t live in this area, let us know which area you’re interested in getting a list for, and we’ll start working on it!

Reprinted with permission

Santa Clarita Valley Wine Corkage Fees
Updated for 2014
Source: Eve Bushman, www.Eve’sWine101.com

I’m walking to the nearest winery.

So on occasion, and I use that term loosely, I go to the gym.  I know I should go more often, and I’m working on it, but fortunately for me, that’s not the reason for my post.  (See how cleverly I can get out of it?)  Anyways, my gym membership is to a local all woman’s fitness center who has come up with a unique way to motivate their members to work out by issuing challenges.  This month’s challenge is to walk 75 miles on the treadmill, essentially the distance from the gym to Santa Barbara.  Every member who completes the 75 miles will be entered into a drawing for a night out on the town, complete with limousine and dinner at one of Santa Barbara’s hot spots.

Here it is, day 12 of the month, and I join the challenge.  Corey, the gym’s only consistent piece of eye candy – and all around great guy – explained the challenge to me.  I told him that the reality of me making it to Santa Barbara was that it wasn’t going to happen, but that I would go ahead and track mileage.  Yesterday I completed a whopping 1.3 miles, and at this rate, I’d be happy to make it onto the 5 freeway.   Corey encourage me to shoot for Filmore, which is much closer, albeit not really a “destination” location.

So here’s the compromise, I’ll just walk to the closest winery! :)  Giessinger Winery happens to be 23.2 miles away, and is located in Fillmore.  If I complete the challenge, then I will treat myself to a tasting there — Lord, I hope their wine is worth it.  And, if I don’t complete my challenge, well then I may just go there anyways.  Who wants to come with me?