What was your tasting strategy at A Taste of Camarillo?I read an informative ATOC blog post about planning for a tasting strategy at ATOC this year. So I (mostly) went with the tasting by category approach — as opposed to tasting everything sequentially and confusing my taste buds. I wasn’t perfect at following my strategy though.
|Michael Larner - 2012 Elemental Estate GSM (47% Grenache, 38% Syrah & 15% Mourvèdre)|
And although I only toured and didn’t taste the fantastic craft beer choices at the Wet Your Whistle Watering Hole, I couldn’t help but alter my tasting strategy temporarily at The Lab Brewing Company/Twisted Oak Tavern. Brewmaster Roger Bott’s Hop Solution Double IPA and a Pork Belly Bite served by Jeff Walker were something I couldn't pass up!
Other local craft brews and California brewers were well represented in the VIP watering hole and throughout the general admission Meadowlark Ranch.
Five Threads Brewing Company
Institution Ale Company
Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company
Enegren Brewing Company
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Brews were also poured by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery and Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.
WINE TASTING NOTES
I sampled many of the wines being poured and these are the ones worth checking out for yourself ...
Back Patio poured their Patio White. It was good, but the blend details were only available from the winemaker, who wasn't there at the moment.
Calcareous Vineyards - 2013 Trés Violet (40% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache)
Cantara Cellars - 2013 Quattro, Lodi
Derby Wine Estates - 2011 ‘Fifteen 10’ Red (31% Syrah, 29% Mourvèdre, 24% Counoise, 16% Grenache)
Golden Star Vineyards - New 2015 Viognier a new 2014 Purple Haze (Zinfandel, Merlot and Malbec)
Magnavino Cellars - 2012 Sangiovese, Lodi
Oso Libre - NV Carnal Red Rhone Blend (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah)
Pear Valley Vineyards - 2013 Distraction (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 13% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc)
Penman Springs Vineyard - 2013 Muscat Blanc “DRY HUMOUR” and 2014 Syrah Rosé. I usually don’t like Muscat anything, but this dry Muscat Blanc was a good light wine.
Plan B Wine Cellars - 2012 GMS (Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah)
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard - 2012 Sangiovese and 2012 Smooth Operator
Rasmussen Vineyards & Winery - 2013 Spectrum (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah)
Rideau Vineyard - 2014 Chateau DuPlantier Cuvée (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah) and 2014 Syrah, Thompson Vineyard, SBC
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery - 2014 Merlot SYV (80% 2014 Merlot, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley, 20% 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley View Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley)
Valen Estates Winery - 2015 Cabernet Franc
Vino Vargas - 2015 ¡Olé! Chardonnay
Vista Del Rey Vineyards - 2013 Zinfandel, 2013 Barbera, and the combo of 2013 Zin-Bera
The Cave’s Apple Pulled Pork with Chipotle Carolina BBQ Sauce and a Pickled Apple slice was excellent!
Paul Justi (aka “Cool Paulo” at the local Wine Lovers Meetup group) helped Taste N Trip scout for the sublime wines and he found a few that he would personally buy. Here's what he found ...
Vinemark Cellars Primativo which is light, fruit forward, well balanced, and easy drinking for $33 a bottle
Plan B Wine Cellars has a nice Grenache and GSM that are light, balanced, and easy drinking for $35 a bottle.
Ascension Cellars has GSM that was smooth and rich in texture for $55 a bottle
Rideau Vineyard has a GSM and others that were smooth & elegant to drink for $49 a bottle
Oso Libre has a lively GSM that is worth trying... guess the GSM's took the prize at this festival!
MORE GREAT WINE, FOOD, CRAFTS & VOLUNTEERS
Meadowlark Ranch hands lining up for work.
Waiting to get in and taste some Toucan wines.
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|Photo by Mike Brown|
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