Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Ventura County Wine Trail Food and Wine Challenge winners!

The 2013 Local Food & Wine Challenge was a huge hit! It was hard to pick a favorite because all 12 wineries and 12 restaurants served their very best for this special evening! 375 guests tasted 12 pairings and voted for their favorite pairing. Five guests judges selected their best pairing in a blind tasting.

Judges Award went to Bella Victorian Vineyard & Bistro

People's Choice Award went to Cantara Cellars & Twenty 88

What an evening of wine, food, jazz and supporting our local FOOD Share!

Congrats to the winners and everyone who entered!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In Paso Robles, Daou buys Twilight Cellars

One of the fastest growing newer wineries on the central coast is digging it's roots deep into the history of this area's wine country with a purchase just announced today. Daou Vineyards has purchased what is largely considered the oldest existing modern winery in the Paso Robles Wine Growing Region.** 

Dr. Stanley Hoffman established the winery in the 1960's and is well-known for bringing Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to the region, and proving the local climate and soils were a perfect combination for growing and producing great Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and hearty Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Daou's purchase of what was most recently called Twilight Cellars (previously Thunderbolt Junction) creates a cluster of 212 prime acres in the Adelaida district for winemaker Daniel Daou to what he loves to do best with....make great, hearty, bold wines. "This purchase will allow us to complete the planting of the entire mountain, provide our members with more privileges and continue the vision Dr. Hoffman and Andre Tchelistcheff had when they founded the winery in the early 60's thus preserving the bit of history" says owner George Daou. 

**York Mountain Winery dates back to 1882, but is technically just adjacent to the Paso Robles AVA, in the York Mountain AVA.