Maria and I have been wanting to take a big trip to California for a while now, and we finally got to have our big California adventure. She grew up near San Diego and went to college in LA, so she has lots of family and friends in Southern California. We started in San Diego, then spent a weekend in Temecula, then on to a few days in LA. Next we spent some time in Paso Robles, then drove The Pacific Coast Highway up to Napa, where we spent our 2nd weekend of the trip. That's right, we visited 3 California wine regions!
We decided to bring some Texas wine from some of our favorite Texas wineries to share with friends and family. We enjoyed Lewis Wines Swim Spot and William Chris Skeleton Key with a full spread of tacos after a day of wine tasting in Temecula. Swim Spot is a slightly sparkling Blac du Bois, prefect with a warm afternoon and tacos that have some spice. Skeleton Key is a blend of 7 red wine grape varieties. It's a bigger wine that can stand up to some meatier dishes.
We brought the 2012 Bending Branch Texas Tannat to dinner at Pizzeria Mozza in LA. The grippier tannins the wine showed when we first tried it a year ago have mellowed out, leaving a more balanced wine that still has a lot of body. We enjoyed the Brennan Vineyards Cabernet at C&O Trattoria, in LA as well. At under 20 bucks, Brennan's Cab can stand up well when compared to California Cabs in this price range.
Here are some of the wine we brought back from California: Aglianico from Cougar in Temecula, Cotes de Tablas from Tablas Creek in Paso Robles; then the Napa bunch: Caymus Zinfandel, Keenan Merlot, Keenan Syrah, Freemark Abbey Petite Sirah, Conn Creeek Cabernet Franc, and Grgich Hills Merlot. I'll be making new posts to share our experiences from each of the California wine regions we visited.