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Association of African American Vintners – Juneteenth 2008 – COPIA

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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On Saturday, June 14, the annual event celebrating the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) was held at COPIA in Napa, CA.  I was my first time attending this event which included panel discussions followed by wine tasting.   This was a fantastic event:  well attended,  enthusiatic panel discussions; good, food, music and people.  Even the weather was nice.  The annual AAAV event is an excellent opportunity to learn and enjoy wines produced by African-American vintners.  I highly encourage you to attend next years event.  I’ll be there.

Later that evening, my wife and I, enjoyed dinner at 1300 Fillmore on Fillmore St. in San Francisco.  1300 features a menu of noveau-soul food by Chef David Lawrence.   I recommend the “shrimp ‘n’ grits.”  Many of the wineries featured at the AAAV event are featured on the wine list.  Highly recommended. 

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Panel 2 – left to right: Pam Moore (moderator), Dr. Ernest Bates (Black Coyote Wines), Stephen Sterling (Esterlina Vineyards & Winery), Daniel J. Bryant (Running Tiger Wines), Vance Sharp III (Sharp Cellars), Stover Oaks Winery (Louis Garcia), Vision Cellars (Mac McDonald)

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One of the world’s premier sommeliers, Mr. Andre Mack, and his proud mother

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Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars with a glass of his supurb ’07 Rose

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Mrs. and Mr. Daniel Bryant (Running Tiger Wines)…their outstanding Syrah was a big suprise

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Juneteenth featured wines

Some of the wineries featured.

Reg

African American Vintners Winetasting @ Copia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

This Saturday, June 14th, is the 5th annual African American Vintners Winetasting sponsored by the Association of African American Vintners.  It’s a unique opportunity to meet and try excellent wines from people of color.

The event is held at Copia in Napa.  It will start at noon with a panel discussion.  Wine tasting begins at 1:30pm.  Tickets are available at the door,

For more details:  http://www.copia.org/content/node/1170

I’ll definitely be there.

Happy Juneteenth and Happy Fathers Day!

Reg

Tax Relief 2008

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

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 There are two days I will never work…the MLK Holiday and the Friday after Aprl 15th.   I will not work on the MLK Holiday for obvious reasons.  I will not work the Friday after April 15th because I need tax relief.  On April 15th, I always pay and I pay big.  I don’t mind paying taxes, I just wish I had more control over what my tax money is being spent on.  So, in an ongoing effort to bring the wine culture to African-Americans and people of color, I took Friday (April 18th) off and went to Dry Creek Valley to do some wine tasting.

 I also wanted to take advantage of the VISA Signature complementary wine tastings on approximately 50 wineries in Sonoma County.  As you may know, tasting fees can add up, so this VISA Signature deal is serious tax relief…check it out.

I had intended to leave San Franacisco and drive up Hwy 101 to Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.  I wanted to visit 8 wineries in one day!  Instead, I only made it to three:  Trentadu, Michael-Schlumberger, and Montemagorre.

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Wine from Maui, how bad could it be? …let me count the ways.

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

I recently returned from a long overdue vacation in Maui.  It was my 5th trip to Hawaii and my third time in Maui.  Sand-and-sun are not my thing, but overall it was a great family vacation.  On most of my travels, I bring a few bottles of wine.  On this trip I bought two bottles of wine and one sake.   I always think it is a good idea to travel with bottles of wine or sake, either for personal consumption or to give away as gifts.

On this trip I bought an excellent 2006 Conundrum White Table Wine, a good bottle of 2006 Vision Cellars riesling, and a very good sake.  I highly recommend the 2006 Conundrum.  It’s a multi-varietal white wine from Napa, made in cojunction with Caymus.  It’s inexpensive (~$20), refreshing, and unique.  Conundrum will not improve with age.  I would drink Conundrum within 6 months of purchase.

I almost always bring a bottle of sake when I travel, except of course when I journey to Japan.  Sake travels better than most wines, will not lose its flavor profile if kept cold for several days, and it’s difficult to find good sake on the road.  For my trip to Maui, I brought a very good bottle of Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri, the “Mirror of Truth.”  This post, however, is not about what I bought to Maui, but about a winery in Maui.

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“we try the bad wines, so you don’t have to”

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

 I knew I would would not like it.  I actually knew I would hate it, but I bought it anyway.  Why did I but this bottle of wine?

 I bought this bottle to give it a second chance.  I bought this bottle to blog my displeasure.  I bought this bottle to give my myself something to complain about.  Something to take my mind off politics and the war in Iraq. 

2007 Beaujolais Nouveau.  Any year Beaujolais Nouveau (BN)…I don’t care, this stuff is absolutely horrible.  Some say it’s tradition.  I call it a waste of precious hepatocytes.  Send this vino to St. Elsewhere.  I’m not even going to describe how bad this stuff actually is…I would not even call it wine.

I was going to dissertate on BN.  I truely want to inform people about wine and the wine culture, but I’m not going to waste my time on this one.   Look it up on Wikipedia if you want to learn more about BN.

Our un-official motto is “we try the bad wines, so you don’t have to”  I’m going to consider changing the motto.

 Stay tuned, however, there are better days ahead.  Look for contributions from Anani and Mack.  We hope to have some videos soon (vinocasts).  My wines of the year!  Thanksgiving vino picks!  And a little something from Japan!

 Reg

I Must Say It Was A Good Year (2004 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon)

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

It’s Fall, my favorite time of the year. The weather is fantastic, football is back, and the new Cabs are being released. Over the past 6 weeks I tried about twenty 2004 Napa Cabs.

Yesterday alone I tasted 12 Cabs. I went to a Saturday tasting at one on the local wine shops, The Wine Club, and they featured the “Big Guns” of California. Quintessa, Dominus, Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red, Hewitt Rutherford, Far Niente, Ramey Jericho Canyon, BV Georges de Latour, Joseph Phelps Insignia, Mondavi Reserve, Beringer Private Reserve, Opus One, and Ridge Monte Bello. I’ve also tried the ’04 CS from Neal, Turnbull, Hourglass, Pride, and Groth.

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