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FREE Virtual Event ~ California Dreamin’… about Wine

March 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


California Dreamin’… about Wine!

A History of California Wine in Six Glasses                        by Kevin Ostrowski

When talking about wine in the United States, most people immediately think of California, and with good reason. California wines rival those of anywhere else in the world and, in some cases, have been deemed the best in the world; but, wine in California had humble beginnings. It is a story of religion, immigration, hard work, taking chances and seizing opportunities.

On Sunday, March 7th at 3:30 p.m., we will talk about the origins and history of California wine, how it began, evolved, struggled, and finally flourished. Let us sample some signature brands and toast their successes with “A History of California Wine in Six Glasses”. We will tell the stories of Krug, Mondavi, Stag’s Leap, and Chateau Montelena, among others — how they got their start and how they built their reputations.

 A short list of representative wines are listed below; but, the choice of wine for this tasting is left to your discretion. We will talk about each of these wine labels within the scope of this presentation; but, regardless of what you choose to enjoy (one, two, or all six!), we will touch upon every one of these labels as our journey wends its way through the winegrowing regions and history of California. We will certainly raise our glass to their founders in the process.

 What follows is the list of brands and labels that we will examine. Again, choose one, several, or all, depending on your taste and budget. Along the way, we will tell the story of these wines as their aromas and flavors bring California wine history to life, possibly encouraging you to plan your next trip (when we can once again travel safely) to the vineyards and wineries of The Golden State! 

  • Buena Vista ~ Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Schramsberg ~ Brut, or Blanc de Blanc
  • Charles Krug ~ Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Robert Mondavi ~ Fumé Blanc, or another Mondavi Label (or, a very expensive Opus One!!!)
  • E&J Gallo — Gallo Family Vineyards ~ Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chateau Montelena ~ Chardonnay
  • Stag’s Leap ~ Cabernet Sauvignon (or, Artemis)

Please join us on Sunday, March 7th at 3:30 p.m. on the Zoom link shown below as we explore the rich history and robust tradition of wine and winemaking in California! Secure one or several bottles of the above-listed representative wines from The Golden State and log onto Zoom for an hour-long whirlwind tour of some of the most prominent labels that firmly established California as what many consider to be North America’s premier wine-growing region.

 To join “A History of California Wines in Six Glasses”, please use the following link:  

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March 7
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