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July Newsletter

OC Fair Gold Medal Wines!

The Commercial Wine Competition at the Orange County Fair is the largest California-only wine competition in the world! We look forward to this time of year as it gives us (and you!) a chance to try a kaleidoscope of different California wines-- some that we may not normally have access to. You can find out more information about the competition on the OC Fair website (ocfair.com) or on the site of the group (and old friends of ours!) who co-sponsors the competition, the Orange County Wine Society (ocws.org). We will have a couple of tastings at our wine bar and probably have a number of these wines available on either the wine machines or back bar so you can taste them. Our focus, each year, is on the gold and 4-star gold medal wines but if you do go to the fair, you can try many of the other wines in the competition at the Wine Courtyard-- we usually stop by a couple times to sample or 'warm up' for the next concert. Summer is here!

As soon as we tasted our Wine of the Month we knew we had the one! It is a delicious Walla Walla Valley Chardonnay and the perfect wine to start the summer. The nose is captivating, loaded with tropical fruits, pineapple, butterscotch, lemon curd and a pinch of brown spices. The palate is lush with a rich, viscous mouthfeel leading to, again, tropical fruits, citrus rind, plantain and wood spice, all uplifted with focused acidity. Easy-drinking but fairly serious for such a bargain price, this will ease the heat and pair perfectly with warm weather meals and gatherings. Wine Spectator 90 Points!

Our Champagnes of the Month have a certain gravitas and authenticity that makes them a cut above their big brand competition while being priced way less.

We also have a 2010 Barolo Report, a New Star in Chile, Dry French Roses Part 2, a Cult Burgundy Natural Winemaker, a dazzling Wine of the Month 2, Spirits, Cigars, Sake and much much more!

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