I tip my cap to the Temecula Valley Wine Society who did a stellar job checking people in, pouring wine, serving food and so much more. It was great to see Marshall Stuart, Jim & Christine Hart, Dorian & Les Linkogle, Ray Falkner, Nick Palumbo, Marcelo & Damian Doffo, Robert Renzoni, Bob Olson (owner of Danza del Sol, formerly Filsinger), Jennifer & Rick Buffington, Phil Baily, Steve & Valerie Andrews and to meet South Coast’s head Chef Dean Thomas, Van Roekel winemaker Gus Vizgirda and Dave & Gail Bradley, owners of the new Vindemia Winery.
Food ranged from cheese and cold cuts to Beef Bourguignon and Coq Au Vin. The best quote I heard all weekend came from Marcelo Doffo. When I told him how much I enjoyed the barrel sample of his first Zinfandel he replied “We’re going to kick some butt with this wine, eh?” Celebrity spottings – Angela Bassett was at Robert Renzoni Vineyards for more than an hour Saturday and baseball legend Jay Johnstone was sipping Briar Rose Cabernet on Sunday.