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Gearing up for its 5th year, Sunset Savor the Central Coast has a weekend of great events in store. This year’s event will take place from Thursday, September 25th – Sunday the 28th, 2014. The festivities start on Thursday with a variety of Savor Adventure Tours to choose from. Tours will take place on Thursday and Friday and include creating botanical spa products, blending your own wine, roaming Covell Ranch with Clydesdales, sampling an array of fresh balsalmic vinegars and so much more.

Special events and dinners include the popular Sunset at Heart Castle; an evening that takes you back to the 1920’s and 30’s with Jazz, dancing, wine tasting, gourmet food, and a silent auction. Although details are yet to be released, the Winemakers Dinner at Pismo Beach and Sunset in the Vineyard at Vina Robles will be taking place again this year.

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Celebrity Chefs Fabio Viviani and Tanya Holland will be dishing out some Italian inspiration and savory soul food.

The Main Event will run from 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Over the course of the weekend, visitors will get to roam the beautiful and historic Santa Margarita Ranch while sipping and savoring hundreds of local wines, beers and savory bites. Six unique educational seminars will be conducted over the course of the weekend. These seminars will be moderated by Sunset Magazine Editor, Sara Schneider and will be conducted by winemakers, sommeliers and other industry leaders.

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Sunset Savor the Central Coast is one of the best food & wine events of the year and is not to be missed. There are so many great components to this this massive event. There are still more details yet to be released so be sure to check their website www.savorcentralcoast.com for updates.

For our coverage of last years event check out: http://www.thefrugaltasters.com/archives/1479

*photos courtesy of SavorCentralCoast.com

 

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Parejas Cellars

2009 Wysling Reserva

ALC: 13.9%  Price: $20

Media Sample

Bottle Notes:

“An incredible international blend of 22% Malbec, 38% Tempranillo,10% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, and  2% Carmenere! This blend of “YakimaValley” AVA grown varietals greets your senses with luscious aromatics of mixed red & black berries,currants,and vanilla-laced mixed spices. Loads of red & black fruits on the palate are infused with intriguing smoky-spiced flavors that meld into a silky mouth feel which creates a very long lasting lush finish!”

Our Tasting Notes:

 This wine is best described as dark and mysterious. This brooding blend of Malbec, Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carmenere was loaded with flavors of black licorice, plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, and a bit of pepper. It’s multi-layered nature requires that you take your time sipping it. This wine benefited from some air-time so please decant and enjoy!

 

For more info check out: Parejas Cellars

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Parejas Cellars

2012 Wysling Band of Sisters

ALC: 13.2%  Price: $16

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Bottle Notes:

“Co-fermentation&blending of 2 separate lots/vineyards has created an amazing Dry full-bodied wine of elegance and power. 55%Marsanne/34%Roussanne/11%Grenache Blanc all “band” together to reveal exotic & refreshing perfumed aromas of spiced herbal tea, spring blossoms, Asian pears, Greengages, and honeysuckle! All these aromatics follow thru to the palate creating an incredible rich mouth-feel that continuously pleases with or with out food!”

Our Tasting Notes:

 This was a beautiful blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. All varietals came together nicely to create an elegant white wine with notes of pear, green apple and white peach. While I would definitely classify this wine as being dry, it was kept in balance with a touch of sweet, floral essence.

 

For more info check out: Parejas Cellars

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Wind Rose Cellars

2012 Sangiovese

Price: $19.99

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Bottle

“We’re pleased to release our premier Sangiovese.

This full body red wine has the color of red garnet gems.  On the nose, the wine has aromas of fresh herbs, currants, plums and mocha. More plum with flavors of juicy red fruit, plum and fresh fig dominate the palate. The wine has a moderate finish with hints of coco, mocha and vanilla. Enjoy with beef, lasagna, and red pasta sauces. Can age  5-7 years. 75% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Notes:

If you’re looking for an easy-drinking red to pair with any saucy Italian dishes, look no further. This bottle of 2012 Sangiovese from Washington-based producer Wine Rose Cellars is a great food wine. This youthful wine is clean, fresh, vibrant, and bursting with flavors of cranberry, blueberry and a splash of mint in the finish. A unique wine that is well worth its under $20 price point.

Our Tasting Notes:

 

 

For more info check out: Wind Rose Cellars

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3CV/ Cimarone Estate Wines

2012 Cilla’s Blend

ALC: 13.9%  Price: $17.99

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Bottle Notes:

“The wine is made from exceptional estate grown hillside hand-sorted fruit. Fermentation is performed in open-top barriques using classic manual punchdown. The wine is then brought up for 10 months in a combination of new and neutral French Oak barrels in the cold cellar. The full bodied and classically structured wine made from the Cabernet is blended with the ripe Syrah to yield a wine of beauty and elegance – just like Cilla.”

Our Tasting Notes:

Santa Barbara County producer, Cimarone Estate Wines has become a “go-to” for me with their flawless consistency of top-quality wines. Their 2012 Cilla’s Blend consists of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Syrah, 12% Cab Franc, 12% Malbec, and 1% Petite Verdot. This full-bodied gem was multi-layered and bursting with cherry, tobacco, and a bit of spice in the finish. This wine was tangible, solid and worthy of being savored slowly. Cimarone Estate Wines are always delicately balanced and full of flavor, making them sure to please any palate.

Please give this wine time to open up. It would be a big injustice to consume it without letting it reach its full potential.  I drank this wine over the span of 2 days and it was even tastier on day 2.

For more info check out: www.cimarone.com

 

 

 

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Parejas Cellars

2012 Albariño

ALC: 13.1%  Price: $15

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Bottle Notes:

“This WA grown Spanish/Portuguese varietal is adopting well to our terrior. Scents of apricots, peaches, pears, and spice coincide on the palate. A refreshing mouth-feel with flavors similar to the aromatics all carry through to the clean, bright, long-lasting refreshing Dry finish.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 Although gaining popularity in the United States, Albariño is still not a common name to most consumers. The grape itself originated in Portugal but is most widely planted in Spain. It is also known under different names such as Albarina, Alvarin Blanco, Alvarinha, Alvarinho, Azal Blanco and more.

This bottle of 2012 Albariño from Parejas Cellars had inviting aromas of peach and apricot which also translated over to the palate. Light in style, this wine had a crisp quality that was very satisfying and made it extremely easy-drinking. Although this Albariño was mostly dry, it was kept in balance with the bright fruit flavors of peach and apricot. This was a lovely wine well worth its modest price point of $15.

 

For more info check out: Parejas Cellars

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Wind Rose Cellars

2012 Dolcetto

Price: $17.99

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Bottle Notes:

“Our new Dolcetto has already been a big success. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this medium body dry red wine has aromas of licorice , fresh herbs and raspberry tea. On the palate, the wine has fruit flavors of mulberry and sweet plum. Raspberry chocolate finish. Pairs with BBQ, grilled chicken, pork and pizza.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 Dolcetto is an Italian grape varietal that produces wine made for early consumption. Typically, Dolcetto is enjoyed within 2-3 years of its release. This 2012 Dolcetto from Wind Rose Cellars holds true to that style. Cranberry, raspberry, and cinnamon flavors were kept in balance by the dry tannins and bit of cinnamon spice. The youthfulness of this wine made it fun, fresh, and vibrant. This wine begs for a pasta dish or a tasty slice of pizza.

 

For more info check out: Wind Rose Cellars

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Stanza

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $13

Purchased at BevMo

Bottle Notes:

“Stanza Cabernet Sauvignon is well-balanced with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and toffee with exploding flavors of blackberries, plums, currant and a hint of spice to accent the finish. Enjoy with Prime Rib, Tri-Tip roast, lamb, hearty soups and dark chocolate desserts.”

Our Tasting Notes:

This delicious Cabernet exuded aromas of milk chocolate and cinnamon spice that made you want to keep on smelling! Juicy flavors of dark cherry, licorice and was as smooth as silk. It had wonderful acidity to balance out the fruit. Yummy! Loved this wine and happy to discover that it’s such a great value.


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Wind Rose Cellars

2011 Primitivo

ALC: 13.9%  Price: $24.99

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Bottle Notes:

“Primitivo, a rare Italian varietal grown in Washington State, shows intense complexity of dark fruit flavors – black berry, dark cherry and espresso – even in its youth. This dark red garnet wine, barrel-aged for 14  months, is perfect with hearty dishes and always welcome with friends and family. This wine is unfiltered.”

Our Tasting Notes:

This bottle of well-crafted wine comes to us from the great state of Washington. Award winning Wine Rose Cellars is located in Sequim, WA and is focused on crafting great Italian varietals. With production at just 900 cases a year we were honored to have the opportunity to taste their wines.

The 2011 Primitivo lured us in with fragrance of violets, cherry, and earth. There was such depth to this wine because of the layers of flavor including fresh raspberries, plum, and a touch of cocoa.  So  fresh, clean, and complex while also being  light on its feet. The peppery finish was enjoyable and lingered for quite some time.

This was a delicious find from a wonderful producer. We are looking forward to trying their Sangiovese and Dolcetto in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

 

For more info check out: Wind Rose Cellars

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Prix Fixe

2011 Bordeaux Blend

ALC: 12.6%  Price: $22

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Bottle Notes:

“Fresh raspberry, black cherry, and cinnamon spice aromas with soft, warm flavors of black cherry on the palate, balanced by good acidity. Those flavors, along with some earth tones, linger for a while; and the wine will age for another three to four years. This wine will go perfectly with roast duck with a fruit sauce or glazed pork tenderloin. It’s a wonderful example of a French wine from a small but ever-more important region.”

Our Tasting Notes:

A French product crafted in California, this wine was meant to be enjoyable and approachable. For under $25 you can have a well crafted bottle of French Bordeaux that is bursting with flavors of juicy pomegranate and ripe cherries. The nice acidity and spice would make this wine a nice companion with beef stew on a chilly evening. It was light, fresh, and with alcohol at just 12.6%, an extra glass or two was not out of the question. Cheers!

For more info check out: Spelletich Family Wine Company

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