Ian Blackburn, the founder of WineLA (formerly Learn About Wine) has partnered with Manhattan Beach boutique hotel Shade to bring 40 different wineries from Napa Valley together for the first Stars of Napa Valley wine festival on Thursday.
“We have an incredible mix of top producers and up-and-coming producers,” Blackburn says. “Winemakers and significant influencers will be on-hand pouring, and consumers will have a chance to rub elbows with these trendsetters—so if you want to know ‘what’s next,’ this is the tasting to find out.”
Heavy hitters like Lail Vineyards and Kenzo Estate—“two producers who have revolutionized Napa Sauvignon Blanc,” Blackburn says—will be pouring, along with winemakers you might not have heard of like Metaphora Wines and Modus Operandi Cellars.
A silent auction will also take place, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Manhattan Beach Middle School.
General-admission tickets are available for $125 in advance, $150 at the door, and get you in at 7 p.m. A $175 VIP option gives you early admission (6:30 p.m.) and includes special wines and passed appetizers, a gift bag, and access to a panel tasting where rare wines from older vintages will be available to taste.
Stars of Napa Valleyat Shade, 1221 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, March 26 from 7 p.m (6:30 p.m. for VIP tickets) to 9:30 p.m.
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The weather may seem like summer, but, really, it’s still spring. Vines are breaking bud and wine events are busting out too. Here are a few coming up in the next weeks.
The new “Zinposium,” two Zinfandel-focused seminars are already sold out, which means early signups for other events are a good idea. Point your browser to the Zinfandel Weekend website and plug in the day or the name of a winery to get a list of activities planned. Ancient Peaks winery, for example, is serving their Zin with Santa Maria barbecue tri-tip sandwiches on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Sunday Castoro Cellars will have a 9 a.m. yoga class followed by an organic brunch and their own sparkling wine ($30). Caucus Cellars will be doing Zinfandel and blue cheese pairings all weekend. And so it goes — through 140 wineries.
Starting April 1, SLO Wine in San Luis Obispo celebrates 25 years with Roll Out the Barrels, a monthlong series of events in wine country there.
If you’re headed north anytime before May 3, check out the activities planned by visitingwww.slowine.com. Join in a tasting to learn about different types of French oak. Accompany a winemaker on a ranch hike or enjoy a lunch of vegetables and wines grown on a wine estate. Some events are free, others have a charge. Pairing local oysters with Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc sounds like fun: That happens the afternoon of April 11 ($2 per oyster). Scroll through the month to find winemaker dinners, farm-to-fork dinners, vertical tastings, barrel tastings and other fun things to do.
Sediment consists of small, dark colored particles that settle to the bottom as the wine ages. While sediment is harmless, it is often removed by decanting to improve the wineâ€™s appearance, and stay out of the tasting experience as it can be unpleasant to taste.