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Taste of Temecula
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
On Saturday, February 20th, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition celebrated another banner year with a full house at the 2010 Public Tasting. Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the event brought in rave reviews from an astonishing 6,000 patrons, ranging from newcomers and recreational wine lovers to expert tasters. "It was hard to imagine improving on the 2009 Tasting, but 2010 surpassed every expectation," says executive director Bob Fraser.
Our other medal winning wines:
The San Francisco Chronicle Recommendations:
Our Sauvignon Blanc was recently recommended by the chronicle-articles.sfgate.com/2010-01-24/food/17834974_1_monterey-county-fruit-central-coast-sauvignon-blanc-melon
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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Santa Barbara News-Press
Featured in "Scenery: A Sunday Afternoon in the Valley"
Dynamic and Organic in Los Olivos
"Late afternoon in Los Olivos brings out a certain feeling in the air. People are savoring their last tastings while others are filtering into Los Olivos Café or Patrick's for sustenance. Picking randomly from our map, we decide on a winery whose name takes a little effort to pronounce. Contained in a tall, corrugated-metal building circa 1891, Coquelicot is one of the few wineries in the region to be certified organic. Named after a French poppy, this winery gets its fruit from a 58-acre vineyard in Solvang. A shady bocce ball court in the back, picnic area and trickling fountain make this a very desirable place to kick back.
We are pleasantly surprised to find that there are nine wines to taste for just $10. Cyndi Ray adds a zesty, intellectual flair to the experience, keeping track of the lineup while interjecting in subtle yet enlightening fashion. Wine Spectator-type descriptions on the list would be laughable to some, but they make sense to most connoisseurs. A glossary of terms on the back of the list is helpful. The 2007 Black Oak Syrah, for example, might bring to mind graphite and pen ink. The minty essence in the 2007 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is undeniable. Coquelicot's flagship Bordeaux blend, Mon Amour, is like a rich dessert one might follow with a cigar."
-BY TYLER BLUE, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT