June 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar


LOCAL WINE TASTING – “Winemakers of Stanislaus and San Joaquin County”
Thursday, June 4 thru Sunday, June 7
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person
It’s time to sample wines close to home. Local winemakers continue to receive more and more recognition for their excellent locally grown grapes and wines, as we explore our own backyard.


WINE TYPES LESS TRAVELED – “New and Interesting Grapes”
Thursday, June 11 – Sunday, June 14
2:00pm -5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person
Here is a chance to taste under appreciated California grape types such as Verdelho, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Meunier, or Montepulciano.

WINES FOR FATHER’S DAY – “Uncorking for Dad”
Thursday, June 18 – Saturday, June 20
2:00pm -5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person
Bring Dad to the tasting bar for reds and whites with character and muscle. Bold flavored wines that are ideal for his BBQ. Okay…maybe we’ll throw in a Pinot Noir for his sensitive side. From Wild Hog Pinot Noir to Earthquake Zin we’ll taste a variety of full flavored wines.
Please note…..no tasting on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st.

CHARDONNAY SHOOTOUT – “Blind Tasting of Napa, Sonoma, and Central Coast”
Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, June 28
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $10.00 per person
Here is a chance to determine your favorite regional style as we conduct a blind tasting challenge of six whites from California’s top Chardonnay locations and producers. A perfect summer primer.

















O'Brien's - Dale Rd
4120 Dale Rd.
Modesto, CA 95356 
(209) 545-8100 
O'Brien's - Roseburg
839 W. Roseburg   
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 524-9234

O'Brien's -Riverbank
6331 Oakdale Rd.
Riverbank, CA 
(209) 869-9050




Attention wine Lovers! Every April I help organize one of our area's best wine event. In it's 39th year, the Columbia Wine Tasting takes place on Sunday, April 19 in Columbia State Historic Park. Over 70 wineries and food specialists are on board for a terrific spring afternoon. All proceeds benefit the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program. Click  winetasting.events.gocolumbia.edu for tickets and a list of wineries. Hope to see you there!

 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal


Oakdale Cheese Co. Gouda Here is an aged Gouda from local producer that has been getting a ton of attention. The American Cheese Society recently awarded it 1st place in the Dutch Style category and out of 1,685 entries , place 3rd place in the over all "Best of Show"! Very nutty with dynamic richness that will transport you to Holland! Try with a fulled bodied Chardonnay or foothill Syrah.



 If you need a warm up in this cold and foggy weather, look no further than a glass of port. Styles range from nutty, amber and distinctive tawny ports to grapey, full flavored, and inky vintage ports. While true vintage Ports from Portugal tend to need age and are more expensive, look for labels that indicate LBV, or late bottled vintage, which offer dark berry flavors, less tannins, and rich drinkability. Terrific California producers creating similar styles include Ficklin, St. Amant, and Robert Hall wineries. Enjoy a glass at night with a chunk of blue cheese or roasted honey glazed almonds.

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