I confess. I like wine. I like it a lot. I am a pretty high-stress person and I take on way too many activities and projects (just ask my husband). With juggling a full-time job, two board commitments, being part of numerous volunteer committees and trying to keep my home life in check…things can get crazy. How do I relax? How do I handle the curve balls life throws at me? I drink. That sounds bad. What I meant to say is that I find repose in fine wine.
There was a reason Jesus turned water into wine. It’s amazing. There is so much diversity in wine. From a light Savignon Blanc to a deep and robust Cabernet, everyone has their favorite. Wine people get it. When you meet someone who has the same love for wine, you can talk for hours and learn so much from one another. And, it is so true, one person’s tastes can be completely different from another and that is okay. One of my favorite whites (and I am not a big fan of white wines) is Barefoot’s Pinot Grigio at just about $5 a bottle. But then, there a few BIG reds I like — Rubicon Cask Cab ($60) and Silver Oak Cabernet Savignon ($80) and Opolo Zinfandel (great buy at like $30/bottle).
Trader Joe’s carries some fun wines. Love BevMo and CostPlus has some gems too. But, if you love good wine, there are some great wine shops in Orange County you should check out.
- BRIX, Sunset Beach
- The Wine Gallery, CDM
- Wine Lab, Newport
- Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
- And coming in April 2012, SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach
And here’s the kicker…I am helping to plan a HUGE wine tasting event taking place in the OC on Feb. 11, 2012. Wine Knot 2012 at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club will feature eight (8) wine partners from Sonoma Valley to Paso Robles. Guests who purchase a passport to tasting will get three (3) complimentary pours from each of the partners, get to enjoy live music, dine on decadent foods and get to bid on some amazing silent auction items. Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day early this year…I mean nothing says love like PLENTY of wine and great chocolate (which there will be both of at Wine Knot).
Wine Knot Featured Partners Include:
- Thompkin Cellars
- The Other Guys
- Taft Street Winery
- SeaLegs Wine Bar
- Pear Valley Winery
- Brew Bakers
Win a pair of passports to Wine Knot by commenting below and telling me your favorite wines. One lucky winner will be selected at random and contacted by Feb. 7th should they be the winner. Good luck and happy wining to all.
Should you wish to purchase passports to tasting for Wine Knot 2012, mention “OC Family” and get $5 off the passport price.