Wine Ninja Strikes Del Mar, This Time With Food

The Wine Ninja, this time two Ninjas, struck Del Mar again this past weekend. With this final test of the Wine Ninja concept, all the kinks have been worked out. The next Wine Ninja event will be a summertime virtual class at MiraCosta College. Do you want the Wine Ninja to visit your home? Then sign up for the class! Details coming soon.

Arrival of the Wine Ninjas (Ninjas are rarely captured on camera)
Listen to John
Ninja Performance
A dinner fit for a Ninja
Who are these guys?
Time to learn…and drink!

Photos courtesy of Ellie Kardaras. Instagram: @eyes_of_eleni

Virtual Wine Tasting-West Coast is da Best Coast

Four wines were served at this virtual wine tasting (see photos). Opinions varied as to the favorite wine, but all wines received first place votes. My personal favorite was the 2015 Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Beringer is an iconic Napa producer and one of the oldest wineries in Napa, founded by Frederick and Jacob Beringer in 1875. Their tagline is “California’s Oldest Continually Operating Winery.” Krug is older, but had a hiatus during Prohibition. Beringer survived (and operated continuously) by making sacrificial wine for religious purposes during the Prohibition years. Someone pulled out an issue of Wine Spectator magazine, which rated this wine at 90 points. If you can find it, try the 2015 Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet.

Special thanks to Bree and Megan for being tonight’s Wine Ninjas.

Video password = KutaSomm

Final Italian Wine Class Rescheduled

Due to the pandemic, MiraCosta has postponed the final session of Italian Wine, Art, and Culture. The final class will be held at a date and time to be determined. The wines are safely stored in the temperature-controlled KutaSomm wine cellar. Looking forward to getting back to teaching very soon. I hope all of my students remain safe during these trying times.

Two New Somms in the house

Congratulations to Steve and Joe who successfully completed the rigorous course and examination to become Level 1 Introductory Sommeliers in the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. You really earned that pin. I was there to celebrate literally hours after the results came in. Congratulations! Are you going for Level 2 next?