Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Magnavino Cellars wines on Celebrity Apprentice

Ventura County’s own Magnavino Cellars is thrilled to announce that their wines will be showcased on this Season of the "Celebrity Apprentice".

The Celebrity Apprentice is one of the hottest shows on television. Using their fame, along with a rolodex of contacts and their business acumen, 16 celebrities will be competing against one another to raise money and awareness for their respective charities. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will be joined by Eric Trump to help advise their father on which celebrities should advance each week.

During each episode, from the comfort of their respective war rooms, the winning team will have the privilege of watching the losing team squirm under the scrutiny of Mr. Donald Trump in the boardroom. Magnavino Cellars is honored to announce that the winning Celebrities will be enjoying their wines while they relax and Celebrate their Victories.

The show airs Sunday Nights, check your local listing.

The women include: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Dionne Warwick.

The men include: Gary Busey, Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and John Rich.



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Governor Brown and wine…

Last week Governor Jerry Brown (72) made an impromptu appearance at the ninth annual California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) Capital Wine Dinner with a message of collaboration. The event, which took place at the Sutter Club in Sacramento drew more than 100 attendees this year.

“California is facing unprecedented challenges,” said Governor Brown. “We have to come together and find the higher objective, which is improving our state. That is my goal.”

Governor Brown spoke briefly and then met wine grape growers face-to-face, asking questions and discussing issues important to the wine grape growing community. He continually spoke of the need for a unified effort to resolve California’s standing fiscal and economic challenges.

In a related story……………

Glass of wine a day 'cuts dementia risk'

Scientists followed 3,200 people over 70 years old, who had no signs of dementia when they enrolled on the study, for three years. Of those, 217 went on to develop dementia.

They found those who drank between two and three glasses of wine a day were 29 per cent less likely to have started developing dementia by the end of the three-year study period.

The results for Alzheimer's, which accounts for two-thirds of dementia cases, were even more striking: such drinkers were 42 per cent less likely to have developed the disease.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Temecula Valley Wineries.... who do they think they are?

Look at my website under winery reviews, and you get an honest idea of what I think of the Temecula Valley area wineries. 

This coming weekend myself and a group of 22 other wine lovers are traveling up to Sonoma for their annual barrel tasting weekend. This will be 5th year in a row that I have attended this wonderful event. For only $20 you can barrel sample at any of the 147 wineries participating in this years two weekend festivities.

I love Sonoma Valley wines, they represent some of the best California has to offer.

This same weekend, Temecula Valley, is holding their own Barrel Tasting weekend. For $99 you can visit any of the 30 wineries in the Temecula Valley. They are calling this event WoW (World of Wine), unfortunately I feel that the Temecula Valley is no where near the World of Wine. A part of me would like to see Temecula Valley be made a part of Arizona (nothing against Arizona) but is embarrassing that they represent California Wines.

I have made three trips to the Temecula Valley in the past five years, and not once did I find a wine that suited my palate and I found the arrogant attitude of most of the tasting room personnel worse than in the snootiest of Napa wineries. 

What do you think of Temecula Valley wines? When was the last time you saw one of those on a restaurant wine list?