Archive for March, 2010

JC Cellars Marsanne

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I participated in a food and wine party a week ago with a dozen of my uber-foodie friends – these are the kind of people you love to know because they’re all chefs (unpaid ones, but nonetheless), plus they always break open the best wines. This is a California wine lovers group though, rarely do you see a wine from France or Italy make an appearance.

We usually start out with appetizers and white wine, then move into the main courses paired with our reds.  I took a chance and brought a 2005 JC Cellars Marsanne from the Preston Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. For one, I was concerned about the age of the wine and knew these guys would be brutally honest if it had turned and two, I knew if it was still good, it would be great.

Cowabunga!  Beautifully balanced, full-throttle Marsanne loaded with creamy pear and not even a hint of fruit-gone-bad. It was perfect and, if I don’t say myself, the best white of the night!  Only 4 bottles left on the shelf so don’t dilly dally.

St. Patricks Day Party, RiverStar Vineyards, Friday Night Flights

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

We’re starting the week off early on Wednesday with a St Patty’s Day Celebration starting at 5:00pm with $5 Guiness, $5 O’Rielly wines (from David O’Rielly of Owen Roe wines and traditional Irish grub until 9:00pm. Note: nothing you’ll consume will be green, I promise, but please feel free to wear some green if you please.

This Thursday, 3/18 RiverStar Vineyards of Paso Robles will be visiting and educating us on their lineup of small production wines that are packed with flavor. I’m always in search of those small, family owned and operated wineries who made fab wines for everyday drinking – in other words, RiverStar is great wine that fits nicely into anyones budget.

Come out and taste for yourself 5 RiverStar wines and appetizers for $15, 3/18 between 6-9pm.

Flight night Friday from 5:00-9:00pm. Enjoy a different flight every Friday night for only $10. Pair with a cheese plate for $7 more. This Friday Night Flight (3/19): Santa Barbara County.

Remember, whomever comes to the most flight nights from now until May 31st will get a FREE seat on our Santa Rita Hills Wine Country tour in early June – dates yet to be determined, but let me know if you’re interested & I’ll put you on the list!

To view upcoming tasting events, visit us at

New Items:
Plumpjack Cabernet
Owen Roe Ex Umbris
Carina Cellars
McPrice Myers Kristina & Les

Looking for a great venue to have a private party? The Wine Closet can be yours for a night for groups of 25 or less. Call Linda for details 805.746.5708.

Pick up a bottle of wine from The Wine Wine Closet to enjoy with dinner at JJ Brewsky’s, Verona Trattoria or D’Amore’s Pizza and enjoy free corkage! Great wine deserves great food!

Check out our entire selection of wine online at

Retail store hours: Tues & Weds 11-7pm, Thurs & Fri 11-9pm, Saturday 11-7pm, Closed Sunday & Monday (for now).

We look forward to seeing you here.

Linda & Rob
The Wine Closet
Old Town Camarillo
2423 Ventura Boulevard

Vinni Travel Bag…in the news

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Vinni Bag is a reusable travel bag you can pack your beloved wine into so you can take it with you on the road (or plane that is).  We’re all about reducing our carbon footprint and the Vinni Bag is one way of doing  just that since it’s reusable over and over again.  There’s nothing better then enjoying your own wine once you reach your destination away from home, and the Vinni Bag will help keep it safe during travel.

The Vinni Bag has received some recent press, check it out…

New gear for multi-tasking travelers

Accessories? These days, they’re more like necessities

By Rob Lovitt
Travel writer
updated 5:44 a.m. PT, Tues., March. 2, 2010

Tight travel budget got you down? The makers of luggage and travel accessories feel your pain.

Consider many of the new products at this year’s Travel Goods Association (TGA) show, opening today in Las Vegas. Instead of touting designer names and luxury logos, manufacturers are emphasizing affordability and the specific needs of individual travelers.

“Travel is a multi-segmented market,” says Michele Marini Pittenger, TGA president, “and each type puts different demands on travelers. So it only follows that we’re seeing more and more accessories targeting specific types of travelers.”

Found a new favorite wine or foreign olive oil, but feeling the squeeze from TSA’s 3-oz. rule on liquids? Pack your bottles in the inflatable VinniBag ($24.95), put them in your checked luggage and they’ll survive even the roughest baggage handler. Expandable air chambers provide protection against impact and leakage; the open design will accommodate odd-sized items (e.g., figurines, vases, perfume bottles) and the bag rolls flat when not in use.

Purchase the Vinni Bag today at The Wine Closet for only $19.99

Doin’ the Mollydooker Shake

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Here’s what’s going on this Thursday night at The Wine Closet…

Whether or not you’ve heard of or tasted wines from Mollydooker, this is a tasting NOT TO MISS! Seriously, I mean it when I say Australia’s best – I love all of these wines! But wait, there’s more…we’ll teach you to do the “Mollydooker Shake” – bonus!

For 12 years, Sarah & Sparky Marquis (pronounced Mar-kwis) have been “WOW”ing wine fans around the world with their award-winning Australian wines. This dynamic duo has been awarded the title of Australian Winemakers of the Year; is the only husband and wife winemaking team to receive Mclaren Vale’s prestigious Bushing Award three times; and is responsible for crafting four of only 24 Australian wines to receive 99 points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate in the last 10 years.

Tasting is $18 per person for 5 delicious wines and appetizers- this Thursday, 3/4 between 6-9pm.

To view upcoming tasting events, visit us at

So here’s a little info about the Mollydooker Shake and a link to the video demo created by Sarah and Sparky Marquis so you can check it out yourself.

Apparently, the Mollydooker wines are made with less sulfites and more nitrogen in an effort to help ward off headaches suffered by those who are allergic to sulfites. Because of the addition of nitrogen, the Mollydooker wines need to be “shaken” prior to consumption to help release the nitrogen – ever had a Guinness Stout in the can? – same concept used here, except there’s no nitrogen capsule inside the bottle.

The proper way to “release” this extra nitrogen within the bottles of Mollydooker wine is to unscrew the cap and pour about 3 ounces into a glass, screw the cap back on the bottle, turn the bottle upside down and give it a vigorous shake, unscrew the cap to release the gas (foam will be noticeable on top of the wine which quickly disipates), put the screw cap back on and repeat the Mollydooker shake once more, now the wine is ready to consume.

check out this link – of course, this “shake” is not recommended on their Sparkling Shiraz for obvious reasons.