Monday, February 06, 2006


LaQuinta, CA – Found a great new place that took my mind off missing the Silver Oak, Trilogy and other big release parties up in Napa Valley last weekend.

I was escaping the Seattle rain again down in the Palm Desert and made a wonderful new find – TREASURES OF THE VINE A brand new wine shop on the corner of Highway 111 and Washington.

Looking at their great collection of California Cab’s and blends I was greeted by Dustin Miller – the buyer/manager of this hip new spot. I was looking at a Fisher Cabernet and Dustin said; “Have you had it?” I said; “No, but had heard great things…” So he say’s “Let’s Try It” And I was definitely impressed and of course and a result…walked out that night with some great bottles.

The next day met owner Lance and his wife Shannon for their Saturday tasting Noon – 9:00pm. Just one of their weekly tastings (the other one is on Wednesday’s for the locals).

Check out this tasting:

1) Artesa 2002 Sauvinon Blanc $21.99
2) Patz & Hall Chardonnay - $34.99 Always one of the best California Chardonnays.
3) Au Bon Climat – Santa Ynez Valley Pinot from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. $35.99
4) Ramey Claret $36.99 a blend of Cab, Cab Franc and Merlot. (FAVE)
5) Vino Bella 2003-Meola Vineyards/Alexander Valley. Bordeaux Blend with everything but Malbec.
6) Pine Ridge 2002 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab/Merlot Blend. $37.99 (FAVE)
7) Astrale & Terra 2001 Napa Valley Syrah $29.99 – nose smells like Blueberry Muffins.
8) Venezia Meola Vineyards 2002 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - $52.99.
9) Solus Ad – Barbera D’Asti 1998 A wonderful Red Wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. $34.99

Bonus taste:

Titus 2003 Cabernet Sauginon.

Screaming Eagle Tasting coming up cost $250 and you get to taste 2 years of this cult wine from Jean Phillips and there are also hard to get wines on this unbelievable tasting. Share your tasting and you’ll get to experience some of the best wines in the world.

Stop in and say Hi to Dustin, Shannon or Lance during your next visit to the Palm Desert-LaQuinta Area it’s a great location next to another hot spot Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar and of course Las Casuelas and the Falls Steakhouse.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cool Websites to Find Wine Tastings in Your Area

Just found a great website to stay up to date with Wine Tastings in Your Area and they have listings for all over the world!

One note - If you live in San Francisco and choose wine events in SF Area - you wouldn't see events coming up in Napa or Sonoma even though the counties are part of the SF metro. So Add Napa and Sonoma to your weekly e-mail.

Likewise in Seattle you have to choose Woodinville to see events that are in the Seattle Metro, but not within the city limits.


If you're single check out this one -