A Pét-nat for Monterey County!

It started with the pét-nat. I had tasted and loved the 2016 vintage from Cima Collina. It was fresh, berry smacking, yogurty. It had that desirable pét-nat rosé profile, the version craved by all of us seeking summer. THE expression of stars and light. Served chilled, it is a beverage so ethereal that you *may* forget it is for the adults and accidentally offer it to children. A good rosé pét-nat seems like any other fruity, carbonated refreshment to grab with a to-go deli sandwich. Like a kombucha. Yet, most children and many grown ups will not prefer such. It has a sour taste. Some of us love it. Some cannot get down with the rawness of the sparkling drink. I categorize myself in the former, finding pét-nat most delightful.

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The Rosé Renaissance

Rosé. I like to say it aloud. It has a good cadence. Rosé. When I speak the word, I think of the spelling, the accent over the "e", making it sound European and classy. The pink drink has a sordid history stateside, at one time giving it a reputation that was anything but classy. But we in the New World, have grown-up. Rosé, real rosé, inspired by the crisp mineral styles of the Old World (Europe), be it direct press or saignée, are dominating in the spring and summer. They said it was a trend. The market prediction: shifty American consumers would move on to the next wine fad du jour. Instead we keep finding ways to reinvent rosé: put in a can, then a 40oz bottle, hashtag it infinitely, make it into gummy-bears. Year after year, rosé only seems to gain more momentum in the U.S. Yes, folks, I believe that we are having ourselves, a very pink and plump, Rosé Renaissance. 

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Yummy California Pinots! Just in time for Thanksy.

Hi friends! Who is ready for a holiday devoted to eating? I sure am. And what goes best with large quantities of rich carbohydrate laden foods? Why, my favorite snack, of course. If there is a holiday, there must be wine. Now, what wine pairs the best with this holiday meal? Ca dépend. I will not be consuming turkey, or any fowl, but I will be taking down some of the cheesy-buttery sides, passing as vegetables. Yas! You may have heard that Rosé or Riesling are good choices to pair with Thanksgiving. And they are, in drier styles, the acidity balances the meal, cutting through all that decadence. Another favorite is Pinot Noir. Generally speaking, Pinot Noir is a safe bet to bring along to any gathering when you aren't sure what will be on the menu. It is a lighter body red and elegant, matching with an abundance of flavors, as well as on its own. We recently hosted another wine tasting and this one was devoted exclusively to California Pinot Noir, from four distinct areas. The timeliness of it all is astounding!

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