Catalina Wine Festival
Those of you in Southern California know what I’m talking about, when I quote this old song from 1958. This last weekend it was a 26 mile trek across the channel to Two Harbors on Catalina Island for the 12th Annual Summer Wine Festival.
“Buffalo Milk”. It was more of a dessert drink, with whipped cream and grated nutmeg on top, along with a splash of liqueur de Cacao. Dinner was on the boat the first night, and grilled filet mignon paired nicely with the Buscador Pinot Noir and the Ancient Peaks Oyster Ridge. As the sun set, we looked forward to Saturday’s wine tasting event.
AvalonRotary Club and the Santa Catalina Island Company, as a fundraising event for local community programs. Tickets went on sale in May, and by the time the line had formed to get into the event, there was a long waiting list for tickets. All 500 tickets had been sold, prior to the event day.
Mad Mikes Gourmet Sausages were there from Temecula. They took groups of six people, and tasted samples of their sausages. I must admit that their bratwurst is one of the best I’ve had….just melted in your mouth. I just wish I had some Riesling to go along with it! A silent auction with Catalina items appealed to a lot of the crowd, who kept returning to their favorite item, to make sure they weren’t out bid.
I was only able to get to about 20 tastes in the three hours of the event. Out of those wines tasted, I came across one bottle that was tainted (volatile acidity). Some of my favorites for the tasting were the Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and very yeasty Iron Horse Ocean Reserve Sparkling wine, and my favorite of the day was the Don Sebastiani B-side Cabernet Sauvignon. For about $25, you can’t beat this Napa Cab, with its’ dusty tannins, black fruit and chocolate.
TheHarbor Reef Restaurant. Calamari steaks paired with a Santa Ynez Sauvignon Blanc ended our time on the island, and it was back to the boat for a final glass of Dragonette Cellars Rose, and a toast to the sunset, good friends and a great trip.
Sunday morning came too fast, and we needed to pack up everything for the boat trip back to the mainland. The winds remained calm, and we made our voyage toast to Neptune with some homemade Bloody Mary’s. About three hours out, we came upon a pod of dolphins, and followed them for a while, before returning to Long Beach, and a return to reality.