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Wine Guy: Wine and food event to benefit local children

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego are jazzing up a new direction in fundraising.
Rhythm and Vine is scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 25 at Westfield North County mall. The inaugural music, food and wine festival was conceived as a benefit for the venerable nonprofit, which serves children throughout San Diego County.

Wine Guy: California wineries to pour samples at DM Fairgrounds

On March 15, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will play host to a large tasting of California wines.
More than 240 family-owned wineries will be on hand to pour samples inside Wyland Hall at the inaugural 2009 Family Winemakers of California San Diego Tasting.

Wine Guy: News and notes from Napa

Patience will reward collectors

Balance is the new buzzword in the Napa Valley.

The flamboyant style of many Napa wines fashionable throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium seem to have hit its peak of popularity, with the pendulum swinging back toward a more classic and age-worthy fashion

Wine Guy: Dessert wine ties together a romantic affair

The most memorable words I ever heard about the legion of women who hope, or expect, to be wowed by their significant other on Valentine’s Day innocently came from a 1990s radio advertisement when the actor deadpanned, “It’s their Super Bowl.”

Wine Guy: UCSD grads reinvent themselves with wine

After just two years in business, brothers Daniel and Georges Daou might be on the cusp of producing what could be the first true cult wine out of the Paso Robles.

Heady talk when you consider they have not yet produced or even harvested their first estate crop. However, if past business success is any measure of future potential, these siblings with San Diego ties are going to wow wine enthusiasts for decades.

Wine Guy: Experiment with the other white pinot – blanc

The January 2009 edition of Food & Wine Magazine named pinot blanc as one of the “50 Trends to Try” in the New Year.

Wine Guy: Family partners bring French wine to San Diego

Family, ambition and a little love brought a wine previously unknown outside of France to San Diego.

La Jolla residents Claudette and Bill Berwin recently formed a wine importing business called Prime Vines after Kevin and Cassi Whiting, Bill’s sister and husband, purchased a French vineyard and Chateau in 2005. The import company was created to bring the Chateau’s award-winning wine to San Diego, and to continue to build family bonds.

Breakin’ down the bubbly

A quick lesson – and the ones to stock for the 2009 countdown

It’s hard to envision counting down to the New Year without hearing the “pop” from a bottle of bubbly.

Even as a kid – when things were simpler – the sound of the sparkling apple cider bottle seemed synonymous with “three, two, one: Happy New Year!”

Top-notch wines

The Wine Guy shares his favorites

Everywhere I turn it seems I’m being asked for wine recommendations.

Being someone who could – and usually needed to – take a hint, I have come out with the 2008 San Diego Wine Guy “Favorites” Awards.

Harvest celebration wine returns to stores

Beaujolais Nouveau is back. The so-called cult wine, which makes its annual appearance the third Thursday in November, hit store shelves Nov. 20.

Nouveau was originally produced to give locals something to drink while more traditional wine from the region was being made, while offering cash flow to wineries during the aging process of more serious productions. Over the years this younger sibling expanded its role as it became a reverent symbol used to mark the successful completion of another harvest.