We’ve Got Positively SPOOKY Great Reds!

Click the photo for a Halloween Sangria recipe

Click the photo for a Halloween Sangria recipe

Okay, it’s Halloween and that calls for, what else?

RED wine: the preferred choice for all you ghouls and goblins.

Stuck for a great one?  Here are some wicked fine reds you’ll find at The California Wine Club:

  • Castoro Syrah and Merlot
  • Sterling Albert Syrah and Merlot
  • Selby Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gnekow Winery Merlot and Zinfandel
  • Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Madrona Vineyards Zinfandel
  • Fields Family Cabernet Sauvignon

So get out your leftover Halloween candy, uncork that red, and party on!

What is a “Cooking Wine?”

cooking wine

You should cook with mediocre wine, right? Save the good stuff for drinking.

People usually think so, but chefs disagree! The wine you use to prepare the food should of premium quality, and it needs also to complement the flavors of that dish.

Glazes, sauces, marinades, soups.

What great recipes have you discovered with wine as an ingredient?

Which is your Favorite California Celebrity Winery?

california's celebrity wineries

California’s celebrity wineries are multiplying.  People love the idea of buying wine from a rock ‘n roll star, or race car champion or famous actor, and these wineries do a brisk business.

There’s even a book, Celebrity Vineyards: From Napa to Tuscany in Search of Great Wine, that tells the story of some of the wineries.

California can boast many wineries owned by or partnering with celebrities from Mario Andretti to Fergie to Mick Fleetwood.

Check out the list on Wikipedia. Celebrities own wineries all over the world, but the ones in California are a real eye opener.

Have you ever purchased a wine from a California celebrity winery?

Do you have a favorite celeb winery?

Andretti Winery in Napa

Our favorite is Mario Andretti in Napa. It’s a gorgeous little winery with lots of fun memorabilia, and of course, great wine.

Buy yourself some great wine from our wine store.

California Wine – Who’s Your Daddy?

father of California wine making

Who had the most impact on California winemaking during the post-Prohibition wine renaissance? During those formative years when California winemakers were basically starting pretty much from scratch?

Our vote?

André Tchelistcheff.

This Russian émigré (1901-1994) was a passionate advocate for traditional winemaking techniques, and he mentored dozens and dozens of California winemakers during his 56 years among them.

Who gets your vote?

California and Wine – Our Favorite Subjects!

wine regions of California

Here a few fun facts -

  • If the Golden State were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for wine production, behind only France, Italy, and Spain.
  • Chardonnay is the most planted grape in California — 95,000 acres.
  • In 2005, two out of three bottles of wine sold in the U.S. were from California.
  • 14.5 million visitors flock to California wine county each year. Wow!  We’re happy to join the crowd.

How Much Do You Pour?

Wine Splash Painting from Etsy

Painting by ViktoriaMajesticArt on Etsy

The publication Substance Use & Misuse published a study by Doug Walker and Laura Smarandescu of Iowa State University and Brian Wansink of Cornell University, showing that people often don’t know how much wine they are pouring.

They evaluated more than 500 pours from 73 wine drinkers. Among their discoveries was that the shape of the glass has a lot to do with how much people pour – wider glasses tend to lead to more wine poured.

It seems like most people don’t know what a “standard” moderate pour is or how to gauge it (the government lists 5 oz. as a single serving); they simply monitor their intake by “number of glasses”.

Do you pour a 5 oz. serving or a glassful?

Whatever you’re pouring, you can order it in our wine store.