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Wine 101

Posted: October 25, 2008 8:37 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.
At the Soroptimist International of Great Santa Clarita Wine Affair to benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, I got to do what I do best: Sip the wine from the Santa Clarita Valley's finest merchants along Town Center Drive in Valenica.

John R. Kelley, of Raven Oaks Vineyards poured 2001 Cabernet Franc and 2001 Syrah in the cool interior of Bella Sport.

Both varietals were grown in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.

Vino 100
Vino 100 co-owner Lil Lepore served the aptly named Hope Chardonnay and Shiraz. Hope Wines gives 50 percent of its sales, twice a year, back to charitable causes, and Lepore contributes as well.

We enjoyed all of the wines while Peter "the Goose" Goossens strolled over and helped fill in.

Lee's Wine Bistro
Lee's Wine Bistro patrons were handed stemless wine glasses for their choice of three from the four varietals offered - a unique Wolfgang Gru-Vee Gruner Veltliner white wine from Austria, St. Francis Chardonnay, Kenwood Pinot Noir and Kenwood Meritage.

The Gruner Veltliner was the perfectly crisp apple I needed in the heat of the day, followed by the pleasant bouquet of the Meritage.

Loose Goose
Loose Goose wines sparkled beside the elegant jewels of Ro,Ma in the Goose's large logo goblets.

April Price chatted while pouring a delightful King Frosch Riesling, then a Stonewood Chardonnay, Leona Valley Cab, the count-on-it smooth Silkwood "Red Duet" with its blend of 50 percent Cab and 50 percent Shiraz and finally a Craneford Allyson Parsons Shiraz that Price knew I would love.

Salt Creek Grille
Salt Creek Grille's Greg Amsler was on hand to help serve a Coppola Chardonnay, Pepi Pinot Grigio and a Sterling Cab. The Pepi Pinot Grigio, new for me, was delightfully refreshing.

The Sunday Brunch crowd didn't take notice of the new crowd of wine drinkers eavesdropping on the live band, and live WAVE radio coverage.

Valencia Wine Company
Valencia Wine Company, always doing it right, didn't stick to the plan of offering three tastes.

Guy LeLarge, on his normal Sunday off, shone in what sippers Pam and Rich Jaffke thought was an intentionally matched sapphire blue silk shirt and watch - it must have been the wine.

We were offered no less than 10 pours of everything Tobin James Cellars had to offer: Merlot, Cab, Syrah, James Gang Zinfandel, Liquid Love alongside Handley's Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.

At 4:30 the raffle held at Ro,Ma got started. LeLarge had a ticket and headed over to check the winners with everyone else. He was surprised to win a trip for four to a winery, and in front of everyone, LeLarge realized that he didn't need to win and gave it back. That's what it's all about.

And more
Sisley Italian Kitchen served up its private label, Maddalena Vineyard, of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.

South Pointe Grill served its house wine, the Argentinean Trapiche, a Chardonnay, Malbec (Malbec is a good South American wine varietal) and Cabernet.

Vines also served its Michael Mondavi-developed wine, exclusive to the Hyatt, the Canvas bottling of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.

Eve Bushman is a resident of Newhall. Her column represents her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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