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Overlooking the Pacific and Catalina Island, the festival was held on Sunday with temperatures in high 70’s and a light breeze.  Wow, what a great start.  Headed directly to the tent pouring Taittinger, Schramsberg and Cakebread to start the tasting.  Good thing as they were out of samples within 1 hour of opening.  As for the beer festival portion, enjoyed the Belgium Leffe beer the most.  Only negative to the festival was the lack of drinking water.  Come on – you gotta provide water in an event like this!!!!

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35 wineries participated in this years event. Unique to this event was the use of Second Glass – a smart phone application that allows you to rate wines and keep tasting notes.  Once you’ve signed up, your notes will be there forever!

I was surprised to see Ridge pouring at this event.  It looks as though they are adding Rhone varietals to there offerings – but currently only for wine club members.  They were pouring a Syrah, Petite Syrah and Carignane.  Syrah was from the Lytton Estate and looks like it will become a big hit in a few years.

Cypher wines was pouring the new 2010 Chardonnay- fantastic!  In case you didn’t know, the team behind 4-vines is building this winery and they are focused on the art of high-end winemaking.

Favorite wine of the event – 2010 Curtis Winery Heritage Blanc.  Viognier 60% Roussanne 40%.  Retails for $20 – a bargain.

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