Escaping to Wine in the Pines 2017

Posted on: 06/16/2017 00:00

(By Eve Bushman) Last week we attended one of our favorite wine events, Wine in the Pines in Pine Mountain Club about an hour from Santa Clarita. Why is it a favorite? The venue is incomparable – you are in a mountain community, filled with flora and fauna, and so unlike our little Awesometown. Also, the event is spread out enough that the lines aren’t very long before you can visit with a favorite winery, and usually, the winemaker. (Don’t have time to read my thrilling prose? Check out the event in just 2 minutes via this You Tube slideshow. It was National Rose Day on June 10, so I did take more than my share of Rose photos!)

Just Some Favorites

Michel Ayer, winemaker for namesake winery Workman Ayer, had a new red Rhône blend that served a year of time in the bottle and was released just in time for the event: the 2014 "de facto" Santa Barbara County red wine of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It was outstanding. Under 100 cases produced. His Viognier was getting quite a bit of attention too.

Ted Plemons, partner at CASS Winery, had a great red blend with his famous grinning mug etched onto the bottle. It was mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a healthy bit of Mourvedre, and then small percentages of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Look for the 2014 “Vintage Ted” and buy it.

I’ve enjoyed Stephen Hemmert Wines for a few years now, today I tried one of his newest releases: a dry Muscat he’s named “Ella” which is a blend of white Muscat and Viognier grapes.

At Arndt Cellars I looked over the “2017 Medal Pack” list of wines and discovered their killer 2014 Benito Dusi Zinfandel. I had to agree with the judges from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: this wine definitely deserved the Gold medal it was awarded.

The first Sake Sommelier I ever met is Yoshi Murakami, and he never fails to impress me with his knowledge. JFC International is lucky to have him on board. Enjoyed sampling several refreshing drinks at his table.

From La Montagne, a 2014 Mourvedre made from Paso Robles was quite good; owner and winemaker Kimberly Smith also makes a Chardonnay, Rose of Pinot Noir and a Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills grapes

Read More Here: Eve’s Wine 101: Escaping to Wine in the Pines 2017




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