If California were a country, it would be the fourth largest wine producing country in the world. It produces 90 per cent of all the wine produced in the U S A.
Americans excel in promoting anything, and wine is no exception.
Napa valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and other California appellations wines will be promoted in all L C B O`s 630 plus stores throughout the province from March 3 to 31.
Organizers have planned to make available visual presentation, seminars, recipes booklets, and other education material to those interested.
The largest export market for California wines is Canada, and Ontario represents the biggest share of all provinces.
The Wine Institute of California, in charge of promoting California wines was established in 1934, and stages annual professional and public tasting in many Canadian provinces, during which winemakers and sales representatives pour their wines and answer questions.
Proceeds of all these events are donated to charities.
Recently, the Toronto wine media was given an advanced presentation of planned events; along with a tasting of close to 50 general list wines.
The following stood out:
Chardonnay, Sonoma-Cutrer – fruity (apples/pears), high alcohol, delightful, food friendly wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Firestone – full bodied, well balanced, powerful wine made from fruit grown in Santa Ynez vineyards.
Merlot, 2009, Sterling Vintners – This winery, located in the northern part of Napa Valley is unique, in that visitors must ride gondolas to get there. Merlot grapes have adapted well to the terroir of the Napa Valley. This wine smells of plums, is smooth, and delicious with a long aftertaste.
Merlot, 2007, Sebastiani – superbly crafted, fruity, well balanced, powerful, smooth wine with a long and satisfying aftertaste.