Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour


Explore more than 150 wines from 40 Paso Robles wineries.
Paso Robles is California's third largest and fastest growing wine region,
so come taste a new vintage from your favorite winery or discover new ones!

Wineries from Paso Robles will showcase what sets this world class wine region apart.
Cheese and charcuterie will be presented by The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
and Peacock Cheese Company to complement this Paso Robles wine experience.

This Thursday, February 28, 2013

6 - 8:30 p.m.

The BookBindery
8919 Lindblade Street
Culver City, CA 90232
Join us for this unique night of wine tasting where the winemakers and principals
will be on hand pouring their award-winning and nationally acclaimed wines.

Participating Wineries and Partners:

Adelaida Cellars
Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery
AmByth Estate
Ancient Peaks Winery
Bodegas Paso Robles
Bon Niche Cellars
Caliza Winery
Cass Winery
Chateau Margene
DAOU Vineyards
Eberle Winery
Epoch Estate Wines
Halter Ranch Vineyard
Harmony Cellars
Hunt Cellars
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
L'Aventure Winery
Le Vigne Winery
Lone Madrone
Midnight Cellars
Minassian-Young Vineyards
Niner Wine Estates
Opolo Vineyards
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
Rangeland Wines
Record Family Wines
Silver Horse Winery
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Thacher Winery
The Farm Winery
Treana and Hope Family Wines
Venteux Vineyards
Victor Hugo Winery
Vina Robles
Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cristal Roederer Champagne And Biodynamic Grapes

BY Paige Donner

Cristal Roederer champagne is one of the most famous high-end champagnes sold the world over.



But Cristal was actually the first “prestige cuvée,” to be produced and exported from the region, Champagne. That was back in 1876 after Louis Roederer selected old vines in special parcels of vineyards he identified lending significant calcareous/ chalk mineral qualities to those particular grapes – which translated into a significantly “crystalline” wine. Hence Cristal.
The House of Louis Roederer Champagne itself was first born in 1776, the same year as the United States. By the 1840s it found itself becoming the favorite champagne of Czar Nicolas II and even the official champagne of the Imperial Court of Russia.

Cristal is a champagne reputed to age very well. 

Today, the house is embracing biodynamic vineyard cultivation. They first began their “biodynamic experimentation” in their champagne vineyards in 2000. Now they have 40 hectares they cultivate biodynamically out of a total of 230 ha. that the house of Louis Roederer itself owns. More here…
Their Cellar Master explains their philosophy towards embracing biodynamic vineyard cultivation,

With biodynamic viticulture, the path we are following is very simple. It’s about getting the best possible expression of terroir while observing viticultural practices that are the most respectful of nature.

The more you respect Nature, the better the fruit she yields.  -  Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon

Biodynamically cultivated grapes are used for Roederer’s Brut Premier, their Millésimé and even Cristal.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's a la Paris

The Hôtel de Crillon invites you
to celebrate love in the heart of Paris in its exceptional and romantic setting.

Love is In the Air at the Winter Garden
From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 February, 2013
The historic and sumptuous setting of the Winter Garden is the ideal spot for a romantic tea, enchanting your senses with an exotically flavoured "little heart" to share. A special treat that paves the way to even more delightful culinary experiences...

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