What we're about

This is a group designed for anyone interested in learning more about wine, or just enjoying the social aspect of wine tasting. Whether you've just discovered you actually like wine, or if you're a certified Sommelier, all are welcome and we cater to all levels of knowledge. Some activities I'd like to see happen for the group are road trips to various wineries, hosting food and wine pairings, visiting local wine bars for food and wine pairings, or just hosting an event where we can all casually mingle and sip wines. Just a note: A majority of events will most likely have some sort of cost involved, but it's my goal to make it worth every penny and help you grow in your knowledge, love, appreciation, and enjoyment of wine.

Although the Group name is "SoCal Wine Enthusiasts," a majority of the members are from the Chino area. We tend to have a majority of our events in the Inland Empire area, but will periodically venture out to other areas, as well.

Upcoming events (5)

H is for HUXELREBE (Hucksle, huh?)

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We're heading into Germany's Rheinhessen Region, where we'll learn about a wine starting with the next letter in our series: H. This week's wine is a more obscure varietal called Huxelrebe (HOOK-sill-ray-beh). There are only about 400 hectares of Huxel grapes grown in Germany, so this is one I am sure none of your friends have heard about, let alone tasted. Let's learn about this unknown, yet fantastic wine, shall we? This is not going to be your typical dry white wine, so make sure to bring a bit of a sweet tooth with you to this session. These wines are typically served with sweet desserts, or as an apertif, but are delicious with spicy poultry and fish dishes, too (did someone say fish tacos?). This will also go well with sweet and sour dishes. Looking back on our Wine & Cheese sessions, I would think that this would be a no-brainer with some blue cheese (for those of you who aren't a fan of blue cheese, try this with some cheddar). This will also pair nicely with a cold soup, mango salad, pumpkin pie, or cheesecake. Since it's probably going to be pretty hot in Southern California, try this with a nice smoked salmon with mango and avocado salad. Total Wine in Newport Beach is the only place I was able to find this. I grabbed a bottle of their Geil Huxelrebe Spatlese ($23) for this session. This wine is supposed to have a good amount of rich fruit and acidity. This sounds like a full-bodied, semi-sweet wine that should be really aromatic. If you are not able to find an actual Huxelrebe wine, then grab some Sauternes, a Riesling (Auslese or Spatlese) , or Muscat, and you'll have something close enough. Or just grab a glass/bottle of anything, and just join us! If you sign up, please try to be prompt so you don't miss out on any of the educational info. If you can't make it, please update your RSVP accordingly, so I am not waiting for you to "arrive" ... that holds things up from starting for the others. Like all other events, we'll have the presentation first, then we'll wrap up with a Happy Hour. If you prefer to show up for Happy Hour, that usually starts about 45 minutes later (3:45-4:00ish). Feel free to pop in then, but please post a comment letting me know you'll only be participating in the Happy Hour (again, so we're not waiting for you). Password:[masked] ... just click the link at the right side of the page next to the event write up info.

I is for ICE WINE (Eiswine)

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As we move onto our next letter in the alphabet, and are heading into the (hopefully) cooler months, this sounds like a perfect time to learn about ICEWINE. Have you heard of Ice Wine but aren't quite sure exactly what it is or how it is made? This is the week for you! Icewine (or Eiswine, as it's referred to in Germany) is a type of sweet wine that tends to have flavors such as citrus, tropical fruits, honey, and marmelade. Originally from Germany and Austria, this wine is also being made in the Northeastern part of the U.S., Canada, and China. Icewines pair well alongside fruit-driven desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, and with soft cheeses like Brie or a pungent Stilton. Just make sure it is a cheese with strong flavor, otherwise, the taste will disappear once you sip your Icewine. This is also a great match with spicy foods (Thai, Indian, Creole, Mexican), as the sweetness will pair perfectly with the spice. Sweet and salty is also a great combo ... add some anchovies, olives, and capers to the snack tray this week. There is some degree of acidity in an Icewine, so you can pair it with rich foods (foie gras, pate), too. IF you have some fruit you'd like to add to your snack tray, go with pineapple, peach, or banana. My favorite pairing is Icewine and creme brulee. NOTE: Most Icewine can be pricey (there is a LOT involved in the process to make this varietal), but there are some decent-priced options out there if you don't want to invest a good chunk of money on something you've never had before. Liquorama in Upland has several, ranging from $23 - $90. Total Wine carries several, ranging between $30 - $90. Wine.com has a Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine for $38, and BevMo has a Jackson-Tiggs Vidal Ice Wine for $30. If you sign up, please try to be prompt so you don't miss out on any of the educational info. If you can't make it, please update your RSVP accordingly, so I am not waiting for you to "arrive" ... that holds things up from starting for the others. Like all other events, we'll have the presentation first, then we'll wrap up with a Happy Hour. If you prefer to show up for Happy Hour, that usually starts about 45 minutes later (3:45-4:00ish). Feel free to pop in then, but please post a comment letting me know you'll only be participating in the Happy Hour (again, so we're not waiting for you). Password:[masked] ... just click the link at the right side of the page next to the event write up info.

J is for JAEN

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It's hard to believe we're almost halfway through the alphabet, already! Next letter we're taking on is J ... and we'll be learning about a lovely Portuguese varietal called JAEN. Also known as Mencia (the Spanish equivalent), Jaen (Zsa-yne) is from Portugal's Dao region, high in the mountains surrounded by pine forests. You'll get flavors of plum and raspberry fruit, along with subtle earthy and peppery notes. These wines are rich and very dry with a good amount of acidity. This is actually a varietal you may consider grabbing instead of the usual Pinot Noir after this session! If you are putting together a snack or charcuterie tray, this is the perfect wine! For meats, go with pastrami, pepperoni, or salami. To complement the meats, grab some Monterey Jack, White Cheddar, Manchego, or Iberico cheeses (Trader Joe's actually sells a trio of Spanish cheeses, that would be excellent with this wine). If you want to go the easy route, and order a pizza, make sure it has some pepperoni on it! My personal favorite with this type of wine: Grilled Ham and Cheese (brioche bread, gruyere cheese, ham, and some strawberry jam spiked with a bit of Pinot Noir)! Now the challenging part ... where the heck do you find a bottle of this Portuguese jewel? Unfortunately (at the moment), Wine.com does not have any Jaen in stock. This isn't something you can find at the grocery store or Total Wine, either. I've found some specialized wine shops that carry this and can ship to you: https://nyc.flatiron-wines.com/products/quinta-do-perdigao-perdigao-jaen-2013-nlc https://wineshop.linerandelsen.com/faldas-da-serra-quinta-das-maias-jaen-2015-p11385.aspx https://www.spanishtable.com/product/1583.html https://www.shoppersvineyard.com/wines/Seacampo-Casa-Americo-Jaen-Dao-2008-w8116523yc https://garyswine.com/shop/?product-id=5a456b160abe0a5b1bcae851&option-id=74c6d47a08844a618fdaa0a9266d51d439d90ab32d4972cd8508f7049d4bfc3a&utm_source=winesearcher&utm_medium=feed https://www.astorwines.com/SearchResult.aspx?search=&searchtype=Contains&term=Jaen&p=1 OR ... you can search for Spanish Mencia, which is pretty much the same thing as a Portuguese Jaen. If you sign up, please try to be prompt so you don't miss out on any of the educational info. If you can't make it, please update your RSVP accordingly, so I am not waiting for you to "arrive" ... that holds things up from starting for the others. Like all other events, we'll have the presentation first, then we'll wrap up with a Happy Hour. If you prefer to show up for Happy Hour, that usually starts about 45 minutes later (3:45-4:00ish). Feel free to pop in then, but please post a comment letting me know you'll only be participating in the Happy Hour (again, so we're not waiting for you). Password:[masked] ... just click the link at the right side of the page next to the event write up info.

K is for KOSHU

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We're moving on to letter K, and will be learning about a lovely Japanese varietal called Koshu. Koshu is certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing grapes, with beautiful rose-colored berries ... and they've actually been grown in Japan for over 1000 years! Koshu wines are known for their light body, strong minerality, and somewhat restrained flavors of white peach and citrus. These wines will have a pale straw color, and a soft, fruity and aromatic bouquet with notes of citrus, peach, and jasmine on the palate. With the clean, delicate, and fresh taste of this wine, my "what grows together goes together" rule would apply here ... this wine would be a great match for Japanese cuisine (sushi, fish sashimi, octopus). This will also pair nicely with pasta, salads/spinach, and even pickles! If you are putting a plate of cheese and crackers together, go with a ricotta, white cheddar or gruyere. Salami or prosciutto should be a nice accompaniment, if you are putting a charcuterie plate together. Locally, I found Chateau Mercian Yamanashi Koshu at Mission Wines & Spirits in Pasadena for $27 (they will ship to you if you don't feel like driving to Pasadena). The Vivino site has a Magrez Aruga Koshu for $60 (from a wine shop in WA). Here are links to other places that carry Koshu (I will add more if I find any): https://www.calvertwoodley.com/wines/Magrez-Aruga-Bernard-Magrez-Koshu-Isehara-2016-w81933622x If you sign up, please try to be prompt so you don't miss out on any of the educational info. If you can't make it, please update your RSVP accordingly, so I am not waiting for you to "arrive" ... that holds things up from starting for the others. Like all other events, we'll have the presentation first, then we'll wrap up with a Happy Hour. If you prefer to show up for Happy Hour, that usually starts about 45 minutes later (3:45-4:00ish). Feel free to pop in then, but please post a comment letting me know you'll only be participating in the Happy Hour (again, so we're not waiting for you). Password:[masked] ... just click the link at the right side of the page next to the event write up info.

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G is for GAMAY

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