Wine-ing in Malibu

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When someone invites you to a wine tasting in Malibu, you go.  When Adam Rubenstein, founder of Miz En Place and Viva La Foodies, passed me an invitation  to the newly opened, Malibu Beach Wines tasting room this past week, I was more than thrilled to to devote my Friday afternoon to Malibu and Wine…and food would be provided…so I really couldn’t say no.

Malibu Beach Wines, is a small tasting room and wine shop with a variety of California’s finest wines.  It was just opened in September by Jim Palmer, who is also the owner of Malibu Vineyards.  One of the reasons Palmer wanted to open this wine shop was because he feels that, “most Malibu Vineyards do not have a place to pour their wine or sell to the public.”  He wanted to give these vineyards and other boutique California wines a home in Malibu.  So far, he is succeeding and plans to keep investing in his passion for all things wine.

The private tasting featured bottles from three wineries.  One obviously being Palmer’s own Malibu Vineyard, others included Shai Cellars by winemaker Shawn Shai Halahmy, and Hoyt Family Vineyard by Carol Hoyt.

The specific wines, included Malibu Vineyard’s 2011 Irene’s Pinot Grigio Ramato, which holds a unique “copper-like” color since the grapes are not peeled completely, leaving the pink-orange skin color to saturate the wine.  Also from Malibu Vineyard was a 2012 Irene’s Rosé.

From Shai Cellars was a 2009 Adome (a Syrah/Cab blend) and a 2009 Grenache.  Both were very rich and flavorful and were recommended as a great pairing with Steak.

Lastly, from the Hoyt Family Vineyard was a 2010 Chardonay named Decoupage, a 2009 Chardonay, (their most popular seller, aka “the all day Chardonay”), a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2010 Tempranillo.  The chardonay certainly has an easiness about it, a true stand-alone wine.

Listen, I am by no means an incredible wine expert.  I know the basics, but did have some amateur questions, like, “What is a Greneche?” but, the winemakers were all very kind in guiding me through the tasting, explaining their products.  Each had a unique personality that you could taste in their vino creations.

Along with the wines, some wonderful snacks were also provided by friendly, local faces.  The Roasted Pumpkin and Pecan Pizza and Truffle Pizza from Francesco V., executive chef of Tra di Noi Ristorante in Malibu, were a huge success.  Two cheese and crackers plates came from Franklin’s Teleme Cheese and Rustic Bakery Crackers. Jam samples were offered from Just Jan’s Jams with incredible flavors such as Fig and Apriocot Pepper.  Gotta Have S’more provided individual s’more cakes to sweeten up the table. They were all wonderful flavors to pair with the wine and to also capture the sentiments of autumn.

If you ever need a brief escape from the thickness of LA, take off an afternoon and relax as you wind your way down the coast to Malibu Beach Wines for a tasting session from an amazing array of California wines.  You will immediately sense the shop’s genuine love for wine and be put at ease in a delicious environment.  Jim Palmer knows what he’s doing, trust me.  Cheers!

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Author:The Food Pervert

Tara Redfield, The Food Pervert, is an actress, writer, host and obviously food lover. She started her blog and website, "The Food Pervert," in 2010 after an incredible visit to New York City. Her soul acknowledged a genuine passion for food and a desire to share her experiences with friends and family. She’s been sharing ever since. One of her most exciting experiences living in Los Angeles has been working on the TLC reality cooking show, “The Take Home Chef” with the charming and talented Curtis Stone. Redfield has a true love for cooking, dining, travel and story telling. She continues to spread the food love by visiting restaurants, markets, and food festivals as often as possible and sharing her finds through photos and stories. TV Host Representation: Paul Barrutia Commercial Talent 9255 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 505 West Hollywood, CA 90069 310.247.1431


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