One of the favorite activities that the Epicurean Pilgrim enjoys is presenting new wines from unsuspecting places to a group of people. A little while ago, the EP was honored to be asked back to host and lead a wine tasting for a familiar group of individuals. Previously, tastings for the group included an introduction to wines followed by a tasting of one specific winery and their various varietals. This tasting would be different.
The night began by watching excerpts from the movie Somm. If you have not seen this documentary, I would highly recommend it. It provides an inside look at what individuals going through the process to become Master Sommeliers endure. The story is excellent and anyone that has a passion for wine will enjoy the documentary.
Following the viewing, tasting of six wines from the local area began. Specifically, the EP picked wine that could be found at wineries in the Cucamonga Valley that sourced their grapes from the Cucamonga Valley. Each wine was paired with a specific dish to allow the wine to really open up to be enjoyed. The wines for this tasting were from Galleano Winery, located in Mira Loma, and Joseph Filippi Winery, located in Rancho Cucamonga.
The Line Up:
Galleano Winery Candlelight White NV – Spicey Salmon Sushi from Sushi-n-i
J. Filippi Fleur de Valley 2012 – Chili jam over cream cheese on a cracker
Galleano Winery Zinfandel NV – Sweat and Sour Meatballs
J. Filippi Sangiovese 2009 – Sweat and Sour Meatballs
Galleano Winery Zinfandel, Pioneers Legend 2010 – Hand Tossed Pepperoni Pizza
Galleano Winery Sherry 2006 – Toasted walnuts with carmel source on Brie cheese
The group was surprised by the quality of the wines as well as the cost of the wines. The item that excited the EP was that the quality of the wine was not over priced. The Candlelight White from Galleano Winery was enjoyed with the sushi and the price per bottle at the winery is $5.50.
Both of the wineries provided nice wines at responsible prices. I would recommend either winery. If you go, tell them that you heard about them from the Epicurean Pilgrim. Then report back and provide your thoughts.
The EP and his friends are planning a day at Galleano Winery to enjoy the wineries outdoor space to drink some Galleano wine paired with food we will bring. It is relaxing and very friendly.
You never know, you might run into the EP and his fellow pilgrims.