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ESCAPE to All Things Wine

Posted: July 30, 2008 12:24 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Hello again. Even though I am on a short vacation, I will still attempt to inform Escape readers on the finer points of vino as best I can.

Jeff Jacobson, you recall as the wine chair for the COC Wine Classic, recommended that we try to eat at Otto, the pizzeria owned by Mario Battali and his wine partner, in Manhattan.

"I understand that it's not as difficult to get reservations at Otto as it is at Battali's other restaurants," Jacobson said. "Joan, our daughter, Julie, and I were fortunate to have dined at Babbo, his upscale restaurant in Greenwich Village, a couple of years ago. It was fantastic, and I had much fun discussing wines and food pairings with the sommelier."

"We enjoyed a terrific white wine from Ischia, an Italian island near the Amalfi Coast, with various hors d'ouevres, then a Brunello with the main courses, and a Passito with dessert."

"I have read that Otto has a nice selection of reasonably priced wines, like those at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, which Battali, his wine partner and Nancy Silverton, jointly own, and where we also enjoyed dining, recently."

And in Canada I will surely be going here:

Dear Eve,

We look forward to meeting you when in Halifax and would love to show you some of our Nova Scotian wines. I was one of the founders of the modern age wines of Nova Scotia thus well versed in the offering. Alanna McIntyre, one of our sommeliers, also has a vineyard with her Dad and can thus give you even more of an insight.

Cheers from Canada,
John Stuart
Bishops Cellar
Halifax, Nova Scotia
This is one of Canada's top five wine stores.

Until I return, your assignment is to check out:

Dream Dinners Valencia is hosting a Champagne Brunch on Sunday Aug. 10 from 11 am to 1 p.m.; 20 percent off all ready-made entrees, lots of homemade potato salad and baked beans (Martha style); all stations open, no minimums.

Vino 100 partners with Hope Wines and local charities to raise funds for autism awareness, AIDS research, and breast cancer education, research and treatment during the months of August, September and October.

Hope Wine, a unique charitable wine label, donates 50 percent of its profits toward the fight against breast cancer, AIDS and autism. Each varietal of Hope Wine's product line backs a different cause: Cabernet Sauvignon supports autism awareness; Merlot promotes AIDS awareness; and Chardonnay benefits breast cancer. Semi-annually, the company donates 50 of their its profits to partnered charities.

Each month, Vino 100 will designate a local charity to receive an additional 10 percent of sales on selected purchases, as well as host a launch party and special events throughout the month to give each charity added exposure for its cause: Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN), AIDS Project Los Angeles and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center.

Another neat thing they have is a wine club that gives you the power to choose your own monthly selections at a members-only event on the third Monday and Tuesday of every month.

Each month you will have an opportunity to taste four wines and select the two you enjoy most up to a maximum retail value of $40. Not only are you able to taste the wines before you take them home, but you will also be educated about the selections.

Membership also includes one two-bottle tote and one Vino 100 hinged wine opener.

Advance invite to exclusive events, advance notice of new wine releases, notice on discounted wines, discounts on in-home wine tastings, five percent off all purchases, $10 Gift Card for any wine club referrals and half off regular wine tastings.

Lastly, Vino 100 has registered to be the first cork recycling center in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Hard to find the boutique wine store? At the huge corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Rye Canyon, it is the only corner shopping area not sandwiched in by a big retailer.

Bushman is a resident of Newhall. Her column represents her own views, and not necessarily those of The Signal. If you have a wine event, comments, or a cellar you would like to see highlighted in this column, you may contact Eve at


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