Tom Maas knew wine was in his future as he looked over the vineyards in Germany’s Rhein-Hessen, southwest of Frankfurt.
Tom, who spent part of his childhood in Bakersfield (the family moved to Indio after the 1952 earthquake) had survived a year in Vietnam. Now it was the late 1960s, and he was stationed in Dexheim, Germany.
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Astounding! That’s the only word for it. As I swirled the deep red wine in my glass and inhaled the heady aromas, I thought, wow, this is really good. I tipped the glass to my lips and took a sip. Silky texture, deep, rich flavors, and a long finish. Wow again!
Who said they couldn’t make wine in Tehachapi?
That’s right. Tehachapi, the Cummings Valley to be precise, less than an hour’s drive from Bakersfield. It’s home to Souza Family Vineyards, a not-so-fledgling boutique winery that produces Primitivo, the Italian first cousin of Zinfandel, under the Tehachapi Wine & Cattle Co. label.
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What would you bet are the top wine destinations on the West Coast? Certainly Napa Valley comes to mind; it rivals Disneyland as our state’s top tourist destination. Sonoma County? You bet. Paso Robles? Bingo.
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It’s not often you find a winery whose signature wine is Gewurztraminer. More often you find people who don’t even know what kind of wine it is.
To be sure, Tackitt Family Vineyards in the Pleasant Valley area northeast of Paso Robles makes more than just Gewurztraminer. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc are some of the winery’s more popular varietals.
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Adam LaZarre is the most enthusiastic, genuine, lovable, intense, inquisitive, outspoken, talented, and caring person I’ve ever met. I have met people who are as enthusiastic, as talented, as caring, even a few as intense.
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Fess up: if you like wine—and since you’re reading this, the chances are good—you’ve likely thought about making wine. Picking the fruit, stomping the grapes, blending your wine—sounds like fun!
Continue reading It’s Wine Time: First Crush Cellars