One of the reasons we love summertime… besides the warm weather… is the vast array of wine tasting opportunities available.
California Wine Country, of course, is a hub of activity this time of year, and wineries in the Central Coast region have begun to emulate their neighbors to the north with special concerts, festivals, seminars and other special events.
Take Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, as an example.
During the summer months, Sundays have been transformed into “Library Tasting Sundays.”
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tony Hermann hosts an educational food and wine event that is limited to 18 guests. Typically, six wines — both older vintages and current releases — are spotlighted, along with a bonus “mystery wine.”
Don’t worry about the “mystery wine,” by the way. It’s nothing like “mystery meat.”
The sit-down tastings, conducted in Adelaida’s barrel room, include the wines plus tapas-style food pairings prepared by chef Claude Chazalon. The casual discussions focus on the winemaking techniques and flavor profile evaluations of the wines.
Hereâ€™s a look at the upcoming schedule of featured wines:
*** June 15 — Reserve Syrahs and Rhone Style Red Wines
*** June 29 and July 13 — HMR Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
*** July 27 and August 10 — Viking Estate Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The cost for each seminar? A very reasonable $25.
To make a reservation or for further information, call Rose Jaques at 805-239-8980, ext. 14, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.