International Food & Wine Festival
Just got back from the International Food & Wine Festival at Herzog’s Oxnard winery. To use a single word (or a few single words) – Stupendous, Vibrant, Electric, or Fun. Everyone from the Herzog family down to the people cleaning the floors (yeah I stayed late ;-) ) - were just great. I went there with friend and we must have gone through some 20+ wines. Wine notes will follow – but for now the clear winners:
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1999 – Huge winner!!!
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2003
Chateau Pontet-Canet 2003 – Killer!!!
Capcanes Peraj Ha’abib 2004 – I did not like it as much as the 2001, but so many loved it – I had to place it on the winners.
Carmel Blend “Limited Edition” 2004 – Big favorite
The bigger disappointment was the Barkan altitude wines. To be fair – some liked it – but it was too light for such a wine. A clear trend in the wines I tasted at the event was red fruit. Even the larger Bordeaux vintages and wineries still were very red in flavor, when I was expecting black fruit.
Awesome event, great turnout, fantastic food and a great time by all. I hope Herzog saw the love it needed and will continue to support the west coast with events like this one. Congratulation Royal Wine on such a wonderful event.