Malibu has long been noted for it’s surfer community and beach houses.  You can now add fine wines to that image!  Colcanyon Estate Wines located in Latigo Canyon, Malibu was just awarded the DOUBLE GOLD medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. There was only one of 13 such awards made from over 3500 entries.  If there was ever a definition of “fine wine” then this is it !!  Check out our Featured Wine of the Week


June 4-9, 2012 at Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa!

6-day, 5-Night all-inclusive event for $1,250 PP

We had such a great time celebrating this year’s food and wine event at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, that we decided to stage our next event at Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in Jamaica. For those of you who did not see our inaugural event video, you can click here to see it.

Our next Food and Wine Event offers all the privileges offered by Sandals Whitehouse, plus a private‐to‐the‐group, welcoming reception party and buffet dinner, plus 4 Chef Signature Gourmet Dinners in a private dining room accompanied by select wines from the Manager’s & Chairman’s Wine List.

This event is available for booking on IndieResorts.com.   Indie Resorts is the special interest travel division of Indie Winemakers.  The intent of Indie Resorts is to provide unique travel experiences where artesian wines and gourmet foods are paired in luxury resorts worldwide.

We hope to see you and your friends in Jamaica, 2012!

We’ve got a great line up of new wineries and repeat wineries for the 2011-2012 “wine of the week” promotion.  Look for our newest wines soon!

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!!!!

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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Ok, so to celebrate the day, you want to toast mother earth with an organic wine.  So, what makes a wine organic/sustainable?

Good question and the answer is it depends on who you ask.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a wine can be certified as “organic” only if it is made without pesticides and herbicides in the vineyard and without sulfites in the winery. If you want a sustainable status, the winery must use organically grown grapes but can add sulfites to the wine during fermentation. Several organizations provide this certification.

The problem is most wineries who follow these practices do not have the cash and time required to obtain this status.  Our featured wine of the week is in this category.

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